Letter From Anthony Hughes (12-15-1939)
About The Letter -
In this letter, Anthony Hughes writes again to Valerie. Anthony reveals he's been hospitalized, staying for a few days.
A Little Bit About Anthony Hughes -
Anthony Hughes was a friend of Valerie’s. From what we know so far, it seems as if Anthony didn’t get to know Valerie until sometime late in 1939. Since Anthony was enlisted in the military around the same time he got to know Valerie, he was limited in what he could say to her. He couldn’t share opinions regarding the war or share personal life details due to heavy censorship. What we do know about him is that he seems to be well-educated and comes from a well-off background. He details having a butler and receiving a scholarship while attending the London School of Economics. Before the war, he lived in Clapham Park. During the war, he worked at night as a duty clerk. By 1940, despite the war keeping them apart, Anthony details that Valerie knows him well enough to send him a box of things he liked for Christmas.
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Anthony Hughes Letter 12-15-1939 - Transcript
CONTENTS INSIDE ENVELOPE:
Rfn. W.A. Hughes
No 3. Casual C.C.S.
Friday Night - 15/12
To wish you compliments of the season.
My GHQ Xmas cards are at the office - I’m 20 miles away in hospital. Some form of fever or other.
Whilst I’ve been feeling pretty low - I’m pretty up now + hope to be out in about a week. I’ve been here 4 / 5 days. The experiences I go through!
I cannot write too much Valerie: it tires me!
[something written in pencil, possibly VL]
OAS [Something written in pencil] 20.12.39
PASSED BY CENSOR
FIELD POST OFFICE
Miss Valerie Layton,
9, Burstock Rd.,
London SW 15
[Something written in pen]