The Prisoner of War No 14 Vol 2 June 1943

The Prisoner of War June ,1943 “Never leave a crumb 011 the table at home— that would be wrong. I don’ t think the total leavings of some 3,000 men here would fill a dish lid in a week." Their Patron Saint The Rector of St. Leonard’s Church, Wallingford, Berks (the Rev. R.H. S. Gobbitt) sends me apiece of informa­tion that I ought, perhaps, to have known -already. He says that St. Leonard is the patron saint of prisoners, including, of course, prisoners of war. He thinks, therefore, that his church, of which he was recently appointed rector, is a suitable place to abe centre of prayer for prisoners of war, and he is arranging for Holy Com­munion to bexelebrated twice each month with that inten­tion. The dates in -June fire: Tuesday, 8th (7.15 a.m .),Saturday, 26th (8.0 a.m .),and in July ,Friday, 9th (7.15 a.m .),and Thursday,” 29th (7.45 a.m .).The Rector says that he is willing to remember by name any whose names are sent to him. Flag Day Sellers, Please Allover the country, Red Cross St.and John Flag Days will start in a few days’ time. There" is hardly a district in which the organisers would not welcome volunteers as flag sellers. It is an oppor­tunity, to help the work of the Red Cross that thousands of our readers would, I know, like to embrace. Will they please get into touch with their local Red Cross St.and John ofiice and enrol their names ?Would those in the County of London please apply to 43, Belgrave Square,S .W .i (Tel. No. Sloane 9151)? A Special Request I understand that inquiries are being received from next of kin of prisoners of war originally reported in Italian Transit Camps in North Africa, who have not heard from the prisoners since capture (or receipt of the first capture card), or have not had their permanent camp ad­dress. in Italy reported by the appro­priate Record Office. Will next of kin of such prisoners be 'son is in Stalag Luft 3, says:" I I o w greatly we out here appreciate the wonderful work that the Red Cross is- doing for our boys." Five postal orders for a guinea each from Mr. J .B. Protheroe, of Tonga, South Pacific, father of a sergeant in theN .Z .R.A .F .,paying a kind tribute to our "wonderful little magazine." Grateful thanks from Mrs. Pearl Young, in Jamaica, whose son and two other boys from the same district (it reads like L igu a n ea) are in' the same Italian camp. “All I Want is —”"Another week nearer our reunion," writes Lance-Bombardier M. J . Sadler, a South African .lad'•” from an Italian camp, d"an it has been a most 'happy week. We received Red ACross SERVICE FOR •PRISONERS OF! WAR-at St. Paul’s j A SERVICE |ix of Inter-|cession for j Prisoners of War j Will beheld in!St. Paul's Cathe- j dral on Sunday, |July 4th, 1943, at I 6.30 p.m. !The Sermon will !he preached by the j Very Rev. the j Dean of St. Paul's. Next of kin who wish’ to be !present should apply as early as j possible to:—r Red Cross St.and John Service, |43, Belgrave Square, London, S.IVA. \Applications will be dealt with!in the order in which they are re- j ceived and TWO tickets will be sent j to each applicant until the reserved |seating accommodation is exhausted.\ ood enough to report the fact to the ------------------------------------------------------1 Under-Secretary of State for War (Cas. P.W .), Curzon Street Street, London, W .r. House, Curzon Thank You Very Much I have to acknowledge gratefully very many kind letters, including: One from Mrs. Catherine Barber, wish­ing us "man }-happy returns." Another from Cape Province, South Africa, in which Mrs. Cassie, whose parcels, which -went along way towards making things homely. ...1 have such a fight to keep cheerful arid not become embittered. To-day I read min y little Testament: *Let us uplift our hearts with our hands unto God in the Heavens. Some chaps talk of the luxu­ries they will enjoy when we return, but all I want is home arid love and whole­some tilings and security, a chance to work and something to work for." His Mate’s Ticket "The Prisoner of War has been a godsend, relieving us of many an anxious thought," writes Mrs. Cox, of Ingate- stone, Essex. Her son, who was an A.B .on S.S. ‘ N atia,’ lost at sea in Novem­ber, 1940, is now studying for his mate’s ticket in a German camp. He writes home very cheerfully, and says he will never get down-hearted, however long he is a P.O.W .Mentally Free"Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage,” wrote a 17th- century poet. The sou of Mrs. Newman, of Worcester, has reached the same con­clusion in a Stalag. He tells his mother that "mentally I am never inside barbed wire." 'He attends educational classes regularly and passes considerable time in the camp's excellent reference library. •From an Italian Camp The following description of Campo P.G .52 comes from a prisoner with a love for beauty. "Sp ring is really here. All the hills are covered with peach and 'apple trees in full bloom. The camp Ties in a deep valley surrounded by high hills terraced for agriculture. Perched 011 top of the hills on either side are two very quaint churches." This P.O.W .adds that the Red Cross parcels are "ro llin gin "and that everybody feels the better for the extra food. Exhibits Wanted A Prisoners of War Exhibition is being organised in a provincial city ’during the latter part of July .As the show of work by prisoners of war proved so in­teresting and popular at the exhibition held last winter at Selfridge’s, we are anxious to borrow again the same ex­hibits for -the forthcoming exhibition. Would anyone who has drawings, sketches, or any other work suitable for exhibition purposes which has come from the prison camps and which they would be willing to lend kindly address them t o :—The Director of Exhibitions, 24, Carl­ton House Terrace, London, S .W We.i. should be very grateful if all ex­hibits could reach this ofiice by the end of June, when they will be immediately acknowledged and the very greatest care taken of them until they are returned at the close of the exhibition. Please Write Clearly I wonder if some of m y readers realise how much valuable time is wasted in trying to read their names and addresses and those of their prisoners. Many people appear to think that because their names and their streets and villages are familiar to them there is 110 need to write them clearly. It would make life much easier for me and m y helpers if my corre­spondents made a point of writing all names in block letters. The Editor.
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