The Prisoner of War No 15 Vol 2 July 1943

THE¦¦ RED OFFICIAL JOURNAL CROSS ST.AND JOHN OF THE PRISONERS OF WAR WAR ORGANISATION. ST. JAMES'S DEPARTMENT OF PALACE, LONDON. THE S.W.l Free to Next of Kin July ,1943 EcLitPo will prob ably abe big surprise for all o f us in the changes .”Unimagined Blessings WHEN our prisoners o f war get home again they will be eager for information about things which have happened during their absence. Except for scraps of information re­ceived in letters, they will have had little news of events in the outside world. I have often wondered whether any steps could betaken now to help to fill this g a pin their lives when they return .And now comes an excellent suggestion from Mrs. V . M .Jones, ofT ru ro ,the wife o f a prisoner and the mother o f two babies. Her News Scrapbook She says that every evening she col­lects all the local papers she can find and cuts out the pictures o f the every ­day news o f the war “sot h a ton m y h u sb ’sand return he can look through these and see how i tall wen t.” She adds th a tit helps her when she is missing him most, which I can well believe. Twice a week she writes to him and every day she adds to her scrapbook. I feel sure that her idea will strongly N appeal to many wives and mothers o f prisoners-of-w ar, but I would suggest that any body starting such a scrapbook should not confine her collection to photographs or to news about -the fighting fronts. They will be especially interested in what is happening a t home. Has England Changed? I have been reading som every interesting letters from a prisoner o f war Stain lag 1I ID ,Work sCamp 520, for whom parcels are being sent b y a lady w h olives inC o v entry .It turned out th a the belonged to th eCo v entry squadron of his Yeo­manry Regiment and knows C o v entry very well. ‘‘Poor .brave C o v entry ,”he writes, “how gla dI’d be to be there again .It seems a lifetime since I left three years ago, b u tat the same time a bare five minutes'. Did you hear Paul Robeson when he sang a t the Hippodrome one Sun day nigh t?” And again :“Receiving ismail the chief excitement o f this life. ...Do not feel too sorry for us. W doe not ado tall badly .It takes quite a lotto bother us, provided w e know that a ll’s well a t home. ...How much has England changed since ’39, I won d er? I t is so easy to imagine things just as they were, that there Air Force prisoners— an -informal group at Stalag Luft 3. Corporal W .E.Sp rake has sp o n ­tan e o u sly addressed a n eloquent st­op card to the British Red Cross Society to express “something of the appreciation which w e G efan -gen ers really feel about the truly won­derful work your Society is doing and has done .for us a n dour people at» home .”He talks o f their existence being converted into “even a p leasu abler­ life ,”thank snot only to the food supplies but to the many other articles g e nero u sly supplied .“Little did we think ,”h e-con c lu d s,“ine our early day sat Corinth that such blessings was e now have could e verb e .”“I’ll Never Pass a Box By” A similar tribute comes to han dina letter to Mrs. Katherine Flack o f A ber- dare, from her h u sb an din an tho erSt a lag :“They are grand p eop le, these Red Cross, and I'll never pass a box b y when I g e tho m e—-no, sir, God know show w e would h a v ego ton without them.”. Such letters as these, and we get many ,are highly prized b ally o f us in Red Cross St.and John who are taking part in the work for prisoners-of- war. I quote from one or two of them occasion ally ,more especially to show those who make our work p ossib le,the public who supply the funds, how .greatly their generosity is app re cia ted .Easter Day in Stalag 383 From a letter o f a sergean tin Sta lag 3S3 (formerly O flag 1IIC )to his wife a Stat lb ridge (Do rset), I g e tan account of
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