Fragment of Letter from Arthur Powell

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 POW/2/1
  • Dates of Creation
      Folded undated notelet sheet; pages 3-5
  • Physical Description
      1 sheet

Scope and Content

This letter is a fragment and has become detached from its first pages. Arthur is describing the aerial dog fights between the British and German Airmen. Arthur proudly enthuses, 'our chaps are absolutely magnificent'. Arthur talks of America's involvement in the war and mentions a speech by Winston Churchill at the Aldwych Club. Arthur writes that he has enclosed a letter from 'Alf Boswell', it has come from Canada. An old chum, 'Len Mills' has been sent to Malta, Arthur believes he has been lucky to be stationed there, it is known to be the 'healthiest place there is nowadays'. Arthur mentions the increase of pay for the fighting 'Tommies', Arthur will benefit by an extra, 'twopence per day and threepence a day after the sixth of next month'. From the tone of the language used Arthur is disappointed in the small increase. He has waited two years for his wage rise while a conscript now receives the increase after his first six months. He regrets not making a saving allowance.

Dated at: unknown.