Alan’s letters 18

October 10, 2009

Alan’s letters 18

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7th June 1942

Dear Mum, your letter of 23rd April and 1st May received this week. January clothing parcel received and very welcome, the chocolate was a godsend, very many thanks. I have not seen John Pearce at all. I see from your letter that a number of P.O.W’s have passed exams in camp. This is a more remarkable thing than I expect is realised at home as, in addition to the difficulty of working at all under crowded conditions, the lack of any mental change in a prison is apt to produce bad results if a person tries to study much. Warned by cases of this, I do a steady two hours studying daily and enjoy the rest of the day I will write more about the results of my studying when the results are more apparent. Meanwhile, I have heard through the red x from the law society and hope to take at least a part of the exam this year and the rest next year if the war lasts long enough. Will write again soon, meanwhile, good golf, good bowls and good luck, 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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