No parcels and no cigarettes.

May 12th, 2015

17th of September 1944

Received letters this week from yourself, Harvey and May (dates are June 22 to July 4) and I’m glad to know you are all okay. No cigarettes and no parcels but I do not expect any now. I hope Gilbert is okay in his new job and I look forward to seeing him in the not too distant future. Audrey hill and co-must be tickled to death. I look forward to being with you all again after so long.
much love Wilfred
[Wilfred must have heard that Gilbert was with the 7th Army travelling towards him –admin]

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One is very optimistic.

May 12th, 2015

10th of September 1944

At this date one is very optimistic and perhaps a little anxious to as it is more than two years since one was involved in the chaos of warfare. Nevertheless I look forward to that turkey and shall continue to hope that this year I shall eat it. No parcels of course at this stage of events, but that does not matter now. Hope you are all well and tickled to death.
Wilfred

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Much love and optimism.

May 12th, 2015

3rd September 1944

Five years ago today I was drinking sherry with Mrs ? at Lytham Saint Annes. Now the wheel has nearly turned full circle and I should be back with you before too long. One feels very cheerful these days. I have had no parcels recently, of course, but I received a letter from you. We have had Red Cross parcels in for a few weeks henceforward. And then it may not matter. With much love and much optimism.
Wilfred

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Disappointed with Blighty!

May 12th, 2015

27th of August 1944

My dear Hilda

There is at Saint Paul puts it, melody in my heart. This month has been entirely dry and very hot with a thunderstorm or two as in Trafford Park when I was on leave with you. I like the sun and it will be cold again soon enough. I suppose Audrey Hill will be starting her school again now, it was good to hear about Michael. I have had a letter or two from you and one from Emma and I am glad to know that all is well. I look forward to seeing you all again sometime not too far in the future. Today completed my fourth year in the army and my 27th month of captivity and it is quite enough! It is all done me good. If I have seemed unhappy at times I have realised to that happiness and unhappiness are twined together like a double-thread. Jennings actually wrote to me after a while that he was slightly disappointed with Blighty! I could bear with that disappointment very well I think but it is true that men expect so much of home after months and years of capture. Anyway we shall soon see. With Best wishes and love to everyone. See you to the ordering of that turkey. Wilfred

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27 months of captivity.

May 12th, 2015

27th of August 1944

Today completes my fourth year in the army and also 27 months of captivity. It is long enough and I’m hoping to be home soon. I have had a letter from you and one from Emma. I suppose Audrey will be at her school now. I was pleased to hear about Michael. It has been dry and very hot all this month but will be cold soon enough. Order that turkey for Christmas! much love Wilfred

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Spring in our hearts.

May 12th, 2015

20th of August 1944

We have not had a drop of rain this month but plenty before that. I rather enjoyed the blazing heat. It will be cold again very soon. There is a spring in our hearts however, and Mme. Hill must be delighted at present. I have had some letters from you recently and I’m very pleased, but no clothes or cigarettes of late. C’est la Guerre. I hope to be with you before so very long.
Much love from Wilfred.

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Picking and shovelling in a quarry.

May 12th, 2015

13th of August 1944
My dear Hilda

These are exciting times, much too exciting, indeed, and I have hopes of being home in time perhaps for a turkey. I had letters this week from Rhona and Emma. Last week I sent a postcard to Pat and one to Rhona.It’s the first two I have sent this year to anyone else but you. I thought of you all on bank holiday. I was picking and shovelling in a quarry in the sultry August heat, but it is a very nice quarry full of wildflowers. It has a countrified air about it and there is a large pool in which we swim at midday. And I prefer the heat of summer to the ghastly cold of winter which will come all too soon and last too long. I am still hoping for some winter clothes from you. My pyjamas in particular are all in rags! There is nothing much to say in this life that I can say. I have got about as much to tell you as I told Gilbert in Cairo. But everything has an end, even life and wars. If I get back safely I shall not only enjoy seeing you very much but I shall have plenty of good tales!
Much love from Wilfred
[towards the end of this letter Wilfred is referring to the censor I think. Rhona is his niece and Emma a family friend. – admin]

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Everything must come to an end.

May 12th, 2015

30th of July 1944

My dear Hilda,

I have had a long letter from Mrs Walker this week, also one from May, please thank them very much for writing. I am glad to know that they are all well especially old Mr Walker. The climate is not to my taste at all. It has been hot and sultry, hardly even fresh and also it is pretty rainy. However I prefer this to the bitter winter for all that. I have been much more cheerful recently and I expect that you have too. Everything must have an end. I wish I were reading the Guardian. I write these letters on Sundays, a welcome day of rest, and I send them only to you. During the whole of this year I have written only to you. I have had no cigarettes recently
[this letter is torn off at the bottom- admin]

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I wish I were reading the Guardian by your fire.

May 12th, 2015

30th of July 1944

The weather is very close, hot and sultry, but I prefer it to the bitter winter for all that. I am more cheerful recently and I expect you are. I wish I were reading the Guardian by your fire. The British Medical Officer here tells me that I am looking very well. I am certainly brown with working out of doors all day summer and winter. I am looking forward to seeing you all again and having a party! Much love.
Wilfred

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Being a prisoner is not, I suppose, without its value.

May 12th, 2015

23rd of July 1944

I have had two letters dated April from you recently, also mail from Pat, Harvey and May. No cigarettes latterly but I have had plenty and I expect another wave soon. This is a day of rest, and it is beautifully sunny and fresh after a thunderstorm. One feels cheerful. To be a prisoner of two years and more is a trying experience but not, I suppose, without it value and there is so much to look forward to. Love Wilfred.

[Pat is Wilfred’s fiance, Harvey his brother and May his sister. Admin]

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