The Prisoner of War No 10 Vol 1 February 1943

fVTCp . f W P f i son c f o f m f THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE PRISONERS OF WAR DEPARTMENT OF THE RED CROSS ST.AND JOHN WAR ORGANISATION. ST. JAMES'S PALACE, LONDON. S.W.I • V o l.iNo .10 Free to Next-of-Kin February, 19431 WISH I had room -to print the letters that have been sent to the Prisoners of War Department by men who were released from captivity in French North Africa when our troops landed there.“ 1 want you to know that 1 can never, never thank you enough for what you did form y mother and me,” writes Able Seaman Paton. “My thoughts in that internment camp were with m y mother, wondering if anything was being done to case her restless state of mind, but I knew your wonderful organisation would come to the rescue sooner or later.” “Thank you for Everything ”We have you alone to thank for the fact that we are still alive and wish to thank you now for every thin g,” is Gunner Park’s tribute, and many others write in a similar strain.“ I should like to tell you how much all the internees appreciated your really wonderful food parcels which made all the indifference the world to our well-being.. But for them we should often have gone hun gry.” This, from one of the sur­vivors of H.M .S:H avock, who like many others sends a contribution to the Fund. It means everything to our prisoners, wherever they are, that the people of Britain do not forget them. A Birthday Card Some charming Christmas and birthday cards painted by prisoners of war hav'e been shown tome. U n ­fortunately it is impossible to repro­duce them in our columns, which I should much like to do, as they indi­cate very clearly one way in which the men over there keep their minds in touch with home. W cane be sure that they gave as much pleasure to the senders and their pals as to the recipients. I particularly liked Sgt. Seaward’s 21st birthday card to his sister Joyce. It was a gay and per­haps wistful painting of a country cottage surrounded by flowers and contained the message:“ I wantonly to send you this, The best of luck and a great big kiss.” “Our Best Christmas” If anyone has a lingering doubt about whether prisoners' had a cheery Christ­mas, here is a first-hand account posted v from Oflag* IX A Z on Boxing Day.“ W e really had a good time, the best so far, I think. On Christmas Eve we held a whist drive. 1 was min y usual form and got the booby prize. W e also had a draw ,and 1 won half an American food parcel. Christmas Day :porridge and sausages for breakfast steak and onions, Christmas pudding and custard for dinner sandwiches for tea. So again w ^must thank the Red Cross, and, talk­ing about Red Cross, you might save those ‘P.O.W .’Magazines, as I should very much like to see them .”They Love Their Gardens Every Briton is a t heart a gardener, and gardening is one of the most popular hobbies in the prison camps, thanks to BRIDGE FOUR at Stalag X X ID .II. the scheme for sending out seeds', which was started in 1941 b they Royal H orti­ cultural Society with the help of the leading seedsmen. 1 hear that 456 parcels of vegetable seeds and 19G of flower seeds have been sent out by the Red Cross to the leaders of G7 camps. The vegetables include lettuce, radishes, onions, cabbages, peas, beans, and pumpkins—the last for the benefit of the South Africans. The Intercession Service I suppose that most of the readers of this journal listened to the beautiful Service of Intercession for Prisoners of War broadcast from St. M argaret’s, W estm inster, 011 January 17th. Tome the most moving parts of the Service were the prayers spoken b y Canon Don, the Rector the lovely hymn, “God be with you till we meet again ”the in­spiring address b they Bishop of South­ amp ton and not least the chiming of Big Ben, B rita in’s most famous invoice, tlie background, as though to remind us that Britain was thereto carryout the work of rescue in God’s good time. Dean of York’s Prayer A number of readers have sent me letters of thanks for the Dean of York ’s beautiful prayer specially com­posed for them th a twas printed in last month’s issue and used a t the Intercession Service. One reader liv­ing a t W roughton, near Swindon, says that she was so thrilled with it that she had it printed and put it by her husband’s photograph. From the G.C. Island M y mailbag included a letter lrom Malta, expressing gratitude for ”your wonderful journal, sent to us herein ?this .CG .Island b y m y father.” The writer tells of the great pleasure it gave his family and neighbours, and of his search through a magnifying glass for his brother, .who ‘‘was sup­posed to be in picture No. 7 of ‘Groups from the Camps,’ as his camp isM arlag und M ilag N ord.” Another letter comes from New Zealand from the father of a prisoner in Stalag L u ft 3, who says that the members of the Galverson P.O.W.
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