Alan’s letters 20

October 10, 2009

Alan’s letters 20

Transcript of above

8th April 1943

Dear Mum, since my last letter I have received your letters of the 17th and 29th Jan. and am glad to see you are still doing well. This week we moved to a new camp, the postal address being the same as before. I am now in a room of six, an Australian, South African, and four English so I am getting to know the Empire pretty well by degrees. I have just received Gibson and Weldon’s course for the inter exam. This is going to be very valuable. I cannot tell whether this is from home or from the red x society, but many thanks to those concerned. The only book not available here for the exam is Stephens Commentaries and I believe you have already despatched a copy of this. As regards studying, I must confess results were not very good at the last camp. If this surprises you just imagine one room used for sleeping, cooking and living for 8 R.A.F types including 4 embryonic musicians and you will realise the difficulties in studying. However, time passes very quickly this way. 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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