I picked up this leter as part of a larger collection of papers relating to soldiers killed in action or taken prisoner.

The text, as far as I can make out, reads:

Oct 25th 1940

Mj A I Cowie (?)

Dear Sir

Many Thanks for your letter giving me information on my son L/Bdr Victor kenneth Clayton (1508796) Prisoner of War no 13360. It is a great comfort to know Victor is alive and well. I do sincereley hope the war will soon end and all our loved ones safe home again.
Thanking you for all you are doing for our loved ones.
May God bless you all and keep you safe from harm.

Yours Gratefully

Mrs Gillian Sarah Clayton

Letter from the mother of a POW

Does anyone know what became of Victor? I must confess it quite blew me away when I found this letter amongst the rest of the papers and read it for the first time. The feeling of relief from a mother about her son still comes across 74 years on and its one of the most personal items I have ever picked up. It is always good as a collector to be reminded that behind the uniforms, webbing and weapons we collect there are millions of personal stories.