Red Cross parcels arrive regularly.

May 12th, 2015

18th of June 1944

I am well enough and becoming quite fat. Our own Red Cross parcels arrive regularly and we have one a week. I am also receiving plenty of cigarettes, including some small parcels I don’t know from who. I look forward to the end of the war, to seeing you again and all that. I am tired of it all! Hope you are all okay. Keep on writing and sending parcels. No letter mail recently. Much love Wilfred

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Good weather is such a consolation in this bitter life

May 12th, 2015

11th of June 1944

My dear Hilda

If I repeat myself half a dozen times in these letters it is because one cannot be sure that any particular one will arrive. We have had one or two glorious days, but June has been disappointing, cold wet and depressing, and good weather is such a consolation in this bitter life. At this stage, of course, one has cause for hope and no doubt you are all following the news with great interest. I hope to be with you at Christmas, but one hopes this every year! I have written to no one but you all this year. Pleased to have many cigarettes arriving, very useful indeed. No clothes yet. Never mind about Gallimore.. I should like lots of winter clothes, terribly necessary here, boots, snow boots with cloth tops if these are still obtainable, wool and gaberdine mittens as for skiing, gloves, scarf, balaclava, socks. Thick khaki shorts, sweater, pyjamas, wool vest and pants, slippers, Red Cross blanket, scissors, nailbrush. I got the kitbag parcel from Italy, many thanks. I hope you are all okay well and enjoying yourselves. Everything has an end, or so they say! Give my love to everyone who asks after me. Much love. Wilfred

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Second anniversary as a captive.

May 12th, 2015

28th of May 1944

Please write to Captain Jennings 38 Gloucester Street Norwich and thank him very much for his two letters and his generous parcel of 500 cigarettes which arrived safely. Say I write to know one but you, not even to my fiancé or brothers. I have not the mail, the time, the energy or the spirit. Yesterday was my second anniversary as a captive. I am well enough and I’ve put on about two stones in the last three months and I’m more cheerful and hopeful
Much love. Wilfred

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I am more cheerful.

May 12th, 2015

21st of May 1944

Please note my new address and never mind about Gallimore any more. Now that it is summer I am more cheerful and I’m also quite fat again. Have received three Rothman’s parcels and they and very pleased to have them too. Keep it up add infinitum. Also send me plenty of winter clothing just in case! This week I shall have been a prisoner for two years and it is quite enough. I look forward to seeing you. Love. Wilfred

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In another camp nearby.

May 12th, 2015

14th of May 1944

My dear Hilda,

This month opened with rain and cold wins but now it is sunny every day and like Midsummer at home but we are getting brown as we are out for 10 or 12 hours a day. I have received two of your Rothmans parcels and I’m very pleased with them. I hope they continue to arrive regularly, they mean so much in several ways. I am now largely awaiting a clothing parcel. Please note my new address, I am at another working camp quite close to the old one and I’m doing odd jobs in a pleasant country village. Never mind Gallimore any more all that has been fixed satisfactorily. Please re-order me cigarettes if necessary 1000 a week and begin to send winter clothes. Woolen and gabardine mittens as for skiing, wool gloves, socks, handkerchief, sweater, wooden khaki shorts (in thetrunk in attic at Bell Abbey. Vest and pants,slippers, towel, Red Cross blanket and pillow, leather belt, razorblades, shaving brush and soap, toothbrushes and paste, mirror, comb,large stiff nailbrush, kitbag, darning wool and thread. Keep this list and when you are through it start again in the lighter weight things. One cannot have too much. One has had so little at times. Very much love Wilfred.

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Please re-order cigarettes.

May 4th, 2015

Pte Wilfred Tattersall
Stalag XI B
14th of May 1944

Please note my new address and send it to everyone never mind about Gallimore any more all that has been fixed. Please re-order me cigarettes from Rothman’s and send me plenty of clothes for winter. I am more cheerful now that summer has come, but usually tired and I write to know one but you. One has hopes. Have received no mail recently. Very pleased to have your first two Rothman,s parcels keep them up! Very much love Wilfred

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It does not matter about Gallimore anymore

May 4th, 2015

Seventh of May 1944

Please note my new address it does not matter now about Gallimore all that has been fixed please reorder me plenty of cigarettes regularly and send winter clothing also. I have sent a list of this and I shall For many weeks I have written to no one but you. I have not so many letters and the navy’s life does not encourage writing. One works, eats, sleeps and waits. Please explain this very much love and good wishes.

Wilfred

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Dog Tag.

Sep 24th, 2013

Here is Wilfred’s Dog Tag. I enquired once from the administrator of the facebook page for Stalag XIA[Fallingbostel Military Museum a group on facebook – admin] about the perforations and the gruesome reply was that if you were shot or found dead the tag could be split in half and one half put in your mouth or between your teeth at burial and the other half kept for a record with the camp.

Dog-Tag

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Letters from Wilfred in 1944 – note from admin.

Sep 24th, 2013

There are a lot of letters from Wilfred in 1944, and as is often the case with letters from POW’s, there is a lot of repetition – requests for cigarettes and clothing in particular. I have decided to edit the content of a lot of these letters so they are not quite so repetitive but still give a sense of the desperation which is always there. Square brackets like this[   ] will indicate ommissions – Admin

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Inside the Christmas Card

Sep 9th, 2013

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