In January 1940 Fred Ellison joined the RAF and was sent to serve in the Far East on 1st June 1941. On 8th March 1942 Fred was captured as a Prisoner of War and was released on 15th September 1945. During this time family members wrote weekly despite not knowing whether Fred was alive from March 1942 until 30 December 1943 when his wife Alice received a postcard notifying her that he was a POW. The letters transcribed are the surviving letters that Fred did not tell anyone about until he showed one to his niece Irene in the 1980s. This is a book that Fred wished to have made for future generations to gain an insight into what the family went through during this time.I cana#39;t say it was any surprise darling, as I have been enquiring all the time for mail, but when I did get your letter I was that happy I ... The airmail postcard system took 2 months to reach one chap and cost 3d so that is reasonable. I dona#39;t know how much ordinary air-mail letters cost in England but they cost us about 7d.
|Author||:||Irene Chisnall, Caroline Maddocks, Chris Maddocks|
|Publisher||:||Lulu.com - 2014-06-06|