Alan’s letters 19

October 10, 2009

Alan’s letters 19

Transcript of above

20th March 1943

Dear Bill, I hope you are both well and in training for the summer golf and bowls. Now Betty is away as well we rely on you both to represent the family in the sports field. I have been lucky with parcels lately, having received both July and September clothing parcels and cigarettes from Leslie. I see I omitted to say in my last letter that the blanket you sent has also arrived. All these were very welcome indeed and the chocolate was a godsend, but that in the July parcel unfortunately was missing. Very many thanks for your trouble in getting these things together and sending them, I expect it was a problem deciding what to send, but you certainly did well. Letters are not coming through well now, but I understand the hold up is in the censoring at this end, no doubt they will catch up again in time. I shall be glad if you can include some boot brushes and a few tins of polish and some tooth brushes and polish in next parcel as these things are all short on the camp. Well, mind you win all the golf and bowls competitions this year! With 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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