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j War prisoners write home
MERCHANT NAVY PRISONERS in a German prison second officer of a merchant vessel which was sunk by a
his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
camp. Colin Evans (second from right in centre row), German raider in the Pacific, sent the photograph to C. Evans, in Brisbane.
This week's Letters from Our Boys come from prisoners of war in Germany and Italy.
Sgt. John MacGregor Foote, of
the British Army, in Stalag XXB to Mrs. A. Pennie, Novaba Cres., Como, N.S.W.:
"VyE'VE had pullovers and under-
wear from Australia in our Red Cross parcels.
"They were made by the children of Willaura, Victoria. The boys here are grateful, and wish to thank the movement through you."
Pte. R. W. McLeod in Stalag
XVI I IA to his mother, Mrs. E. McLeod, 2 David St., Franks- ton, Vic:
"CUMMER is here in all its glory,
and sport is in full swing in the
"We have two quite good tennis courts and a dozen racquets, and we have ten teams forming a tennis league.
"There is also a Soccer league, in which i play, and also a contract bridge league, so we have plenty to occupy our minds. Being back in camp at noon every day, we have plenty of time.
"I received two clothing parcels this week, dated November."
Cpl. T. C. Godwin, Stalag Vi IIB,
Germany, to his mother, Mrs. E. M. Godwin, 63 William St., Roseville, N.S.W.:
"ANOTHER Easter is here. Easter
A Sunday to-day, and a day off. Rare things, day's off, but it makes a man appreciate them all the more.
"Plenty of sport to-day, and at the moment the band ls playing, so we are not doing too badly.
"Wonderful crowd of chaps here, mostly Scots. They are the cream of the earth, and have been life- savers to me.
"Bags of mail from all lately, 50 letters in the last three weeks, also my fourth next-of-kin parcel, com- plete with sheepskin vest. It is beautiful.
"Do not worry about my working in a mine. Mines are nice, dry, warm spots, and perfectly safe. Moreover, the work is good, hours short, and the time goes quickly."
AUSTRALIAN RUGBY TEAM in Stalag 8B, Germany. Pte. Clarrie Follett (second from left) sent the picture to his mother, in Oakleigh. Vic.
Cpl. Paddy King, Sulmona Camp,
Italy, to his mother, Mrs. M. Dix, 54 Wilson St., Redfern.
saved up for nearly three months for my twenty-third birthday dinner. We had scrambled eggs, bacon, onions, and fried bread, with apple pudding, gooseberries in syrup, and chocolate custard topped off with biscuits, cheese, and coffee.
"It is not often we have a blow-out like that, and it ls due to the Red Cross, as it all came out of our food parcels."
Sig. C. O'Mearo, Stalag XVIIIB, to
Mrs. M. Adams, Servante St., Sunshine, Vic:
"T SHALL never forget those first
months as a prisoner, when this world of ours seemed upside down.
"Can I ever forget the day when the first mail from home arrived in
"We have a lot to be thankful for to the different authorities and organisations who have worked in harmony, making it possible for us to receive letters of love, hope, and encouragement from our folks at
Pre. Henry Nicholas, in Germany,
to his sister in Guildford, N.S.W.:
"T HAVE just finished a very
strenuous game of soccer-Aus- sies versus Kiwis, and, by gee, it was a good, hard game.
"Needless to say. we won, 6-4, and I don't think there was a man on either side who didn't have square inches of skin missing.
"I'd like to send you the notice they put on the notice board to ad- vertise the game. By gee, some wit flies round this camp, and there are more comedians here than have ever appeared on the stage.
"I'm sure having a great experi- ence if nothing else.
"I've done quite a bit of barber- ing since I've been a P.O.W. When I was at a working camp I used to cut all the boys' hair and a few of the civvies', and now I'm in Stalag I cut about a hundred blokes' hair a week."
Pte. Jack Burke in Germany to
a friend in Geelong, Vic:
" \ PEW of us are hard at work
preparing an Easter concert, which, we hope, will temporarily en- able us to forget our surroundings.
"I'm quite well, thanks to the Red Cross, which has just enabled us to indulge in a sumptuous repast of fried potatoes, eggs, tomatoes, and bacon, washed down by a goodly brew of oatmeal.
"With the aid of gramophone, trumpet, accordions, and ukulele, we run occasional dances, and as we also take part in games of Soccer against other camps, you will see that the lighter side of our life is being well catered for."