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Date: November 12th 1942
Capt. J.M. Hockin

Letter Received By Parents From Lieut. H. W. Hockin

On August 24th, Lieut. H.W. Hockin, a prisoner of war in Germany, sent a letter to his brother, Capt. J.M. Hockin in England. This letter was sent on from England and was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Hockin, on Saturday. The letter, which was censored, is as follows.

France, 24 Aug. 42

Dear John: Today is the first chance we have had to write, I think it is phoney, but worth a try.

This is to let you know that I am a prisoner along with a number of my pals and many others, and not killed. However, you will probably have an official report before you get this, if you get it at all.

I won't tell you much about what has happened [Paragraph deleted by censor].

Please let dad and mother know and tell them I am O.K. and not wounded. Also look after my kit and uniform. Better store them in England, I think.

Hope to be able to give you the full story some day. Until then we are counting on you fellows. Good luck.

As ever, Bill