Alan’s letters 14

October 10, 2009

Alan’s letters 14

Transcript of above

4th December 1943

Dear Mum, I have just received your letters of the 4th and October and August parcel, all very welcome. The parcel is complete and very useful, the chocolate cheered the room up considerably. I attach a photo of my room-mates taken in August which speaks for itself. It does not flatter but it is true to life. Studying is going well now and I have written to Gibsons for books etc. for the final in case I am here long enough to use them. If they recommend any additional books etc. please accept their suggestions. Re Saw Notes, if this was delivered last year and this year, would you have them cheaply bound and sent out. I should be glad if future ones could be sent direct to me. I am now receiving Law journal which is of great value, I cannot tell from whom it comes, but many thanks to those responsible. I can quite believe that things are quiet at home as you say, but I’ll soon make up for that when I get back. All the best to you both, love, Alan.


Alan Birley Bateman’s letters home from inside Stalagluft 3, while held as prisoner of war between 1942 and 1945. These letters give a first-hand, fascinating insight into life in the camp, and covers the period of “The Great Escape”

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