The following letters received by Wm. and Mrs. Alldrick from their son, Sergeant Robert Alldrick, R.C.A.F., a Prisoner of War in Germany, will prove of interest to his many local friends:
7 Dec. 1942. Dear Mom and Dad, Just been over to see our dentist, and had a couple of fillings put in. Be sure to include at least one tin of tooth powder in every parcel. It's a precious article here, and our teeth aren't in the best condition. Very pleased if you can do something for Jurek ("Dani") Danielewicz. (This is the young Polish flyer Mrs. Buddy Shafer adopted.) He has had no word from his family since he left. Knew no English when he arrived in England, but he would surprise you now. He is 21, and has a medal equivalent to V.C.!! His R.A.F. No. is 780670. P.O.W. No. is 51. Letters to him must be written in English. Three cheers for the Luey's. I had a feeling the Grimsby Boys were in that do. Okay about books, but I've already had technical books. There are fellows here taking exams in many subjects taught in Schools and University - Internal Combustion Engines, Diesel, Meteorology and Navigation, (I'm taking this subject), Accountancy, Advertising, bookkeeping and all languages! Eaton's have sent "Mag's" to boys here. Among others received were Modern Mechanics, Esquires, Downbeat, Saturday Evening Post, etc. And, by the way, I have received several sports clippings from Audrey Palmer. If you can get in touch with Doug. Lipsitt, please thank him for his interesting letters. Sorry I can't answer all. H-m-m-m. Sleeping bag arrived ok. I had two blankets, but don't need 'em, so let our "Combine" cut for 'em.
7 Jan 1943. Dear Mom and Dad, Our mail has fallen off to almost nothing. I have only heard from Switzerland lately. All Canucks here have decided to start things rolling for their return. We have a committee who are to contact certain organizations at home, such as the Canadian Legion, P.O.W. Relief Association, Education Committees, etc. We have two objects in view - to prepare ourselves here for our future occupations, and to have those jobs ready for us when we return. You will probably hear about it through P.O.W.R.A., Montreal. Both parcels of 1000 "cigs" for Danny and me arrived together two days before Christmas. Thanks a lot from both of us. We are struggling to make a rink, but facilities are poor, also skates; hardly worthwhile for two months. I'll need more underwear soon; I'm not much good at patching and darning, but I'm improving. We don't waste much here, as you can imagine. I've made a pair of slippers from odds and ends of leather from old clogs. The cloth around my last parcel was used as a tablecloth for Christmas, and now I've made two pillowcases from it. Some fellows have collected bits of wool from old socks and sweaters to knit blankets. I haven't had any colds as yet, but you can be sure I'm ready to take care of myself in case. Haven't heard from Wes McKnight yet. Well, so long for now. Give my best to Mrs. Moore, Buddy and Dick, Catton's and all who remember me.
7 Feb 1943. Dear Mom and Dad, Mail began to arrive this week. Received Christmas cards from Mrs. C. Moore, Hugh and Helen Thompson, Peg and you. Also your letter of Nov. 28 with list of Nov. parcel. I might say that there are a lot of lads receiving letters regarding these new parcels. Some say that, as well as the quarterly clothing parcel, they can also send an 8 lb. Food. Others, that it is a single combined parcel. All kinds of food have been sent already - peanut butter, coffee, sugar and saccharine, various meats. However, you can only try. Solid foods are perhaps more important than brews for us. If possible, bully beef, or tinned ham, etc. You'll know best. Recently, I've had two or three "cig." parcels (150) and three very good books from a Dudley Nesbitt, Esq., England. Maybe I'm "adopted". I will certainly appreciate slippers, thank you very much.
12 Feb. 1943. Dear Mom and Dad, Received Nov. clothing parcel o.k. Thanks a million for Food. Give Jean my sincere thanks for sox. Dani is very grateful to you for thinking of him. Suggest you plug up neck of tooth powder tin to prevent spilling. Shoes and slippers swell!! Keatings just in time. "Them Durn Varmints" make life miserable. No parcel from U.S. yet but many have arrived lately. Just been to see our production of "Night Must Fall". It was excellent. Work, keep yourselves fit, and don't work too hard. So long. Bob.