Alan’s letters 16

October 10, 2009

Alan’s letters 16

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1st September 1943

Dear Bill, I have just recd May parcel which came at a very opportune time. The contents are very useful indeed, the chocolate a godsend, the tin opener indispensable as we lead an essentially tinned life here, very many thanks. One thing which would be useful in a future parcel would be a pair of shorts (my old rugger ones would do well) and by that time I shall probably need another pair of boot brushes as the whole room is already using the last ones. You will have realised that prison life is highly communal, but this just adds to its interest especially in a mixed nationality room like ours. I have received your letter of the 29th July. I am very glad to see that you are keeping in touch with Mr Swann and that he is still well. If he can send Law Notes as you mention, they will be very valuable in keeping me up to date in changes in the law. Well, here’s luck and plenty of good bowling and golf. Love to you both, 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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