Letters between Malcolm William Keshan and Dorothy Williams, January-June 1944 - Part 12 of 14

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Reg. NO. XX11067. Rank SCr. Name of Dender MISS.J. WILLIANS Name KESHan. M.N. Address 37 Byrnes Heet Prison No 2768 (1747 pamp SrALAe 282 BEXIEI N.S.W Country of Invernment C.F.RMAOY AUSrRana AIk NAIL 14th May, 1944 Darlary of there is of Lauis Blus playing on the radis new Ad I need is to hear Stan Muss as I'm waiting to you and Ill be thenoughly blue. How are you daaling Amlucks with the maie stuation your way. It has been paetly slaw ever here, although this week two letters asswed frem you they were dated and Dec and send Feb Qunay they should asaue bn the Rane day almess. Dealing daaling wish you mouldnd many about me. Have it up fou me and when you caae rand. Listers has I quess Ill have to keep on telling you unil i sinks in ho matter who should came along, wueued make no difference whatseever. I am wal ing for yau return and thats that I make no bones about it to dayche and thats why I want to stop you from wgraying It Coulders be any differess even if we were engaged Chere ow will you believe me I lave you has so much sochew up mppieed well you. I was so interesting to read of your doing hae in a way (eassuning, toe Little pieces of nems like that makes a wase difference daseing. I was sunpresed to leaae that you had a theatre centainly of a kind. Ho you have real life phanes an manies Mac Lacks as if goull be teaching fine to play chers and bridge when you came hame, so get in heme good fas ise weed, for In likelord to head you adee Pleas hant. G
duese going to have some from mac aneod we. This will be an hed late I afraid bud yuany Happy Retuans for the 24th of June my dailiing We keep an paying a time, husat lesst is famues and faith in the bulie that we shall be togty befare way long. Imagine you being 25. Id seems only yesterday that you were telling me of your 2at huashday Remaber hav disappointed I was because you hadns tell me about i until afterwards? Mras whas do you thinks. There's a bay at work, strangely enough mneckadded Mac shoas for Mc Clentics who if given daaker haw and a pair of dank brow eyes, could h your denble He even has a soft uaice like yours But what gos is all that to me - he isnt you, and he only makes me feel lencher for you earl time he passed by This past week has been I meay give eoe - I went to a show i the Regens stavaig Alid Taye and pha Payne Friday night last and again to the local show last frigh with hum Icaught a whapper cold into the langaiy Sday being Sunday Isepsin until 1030 am washed my haw and had a buny day mending and clesning my clothes. founds like frand work I knew but yeally I enjoyed it how- your boather should be home in leave by this, & I ass give him a sing to mannow & say hells. I haven' seen if them in smonths ull danling, laaks as if this is the end to apather letter. Be sunc and take good care of yourself Mae s, and don't fanger tel beseeing you some day son, hum & Had said Hel say Hells for them & snce agaio here's All hs Lone Deaalery
PRLSONER OF WAR POST KRIEGSGEEANGE 815 1 1944 2 N 40 t A7t 605.779 15 Hak Wame A Lr ar APSTRALLAN PRISONER OF WAR NoS76SMA7 CP a e on e e n eg e en monene ne nene Country of Intemment a
From MISSD.HIALIONL 7 Byones Stees BEXLEL MSd. AUSTRANA
Reg. No. NXI10b7. Rant Sg.t. Name of Sender MISS R.AMinms. Name . HESHAM, ML L sdrece 27 Gra Dereet Prison No. 3768 (1747) Oamp L1A1AC 882 BFNET IAN Country of Inernment C.F.R. M.AM. S AUOrRAA A1R MAIE Qlat May, 1944 My Caucat hay, Hulls there dasling - haw goesit? live you will man Iwe had such a husy May to day especially fou Sunday. So much so, that I find it hand to keep my exesspen. However, I want to waite to you and so, open they ands nenain. But I was telling you shans to day. Ive been making a pain of dacke ande new theyse all finished & pressed beautifully and hanging away Asanaule, if you remember dear, I always wear chants but slacks are handy to clunh into these cold nights Your know, In aspaetly msy ghe there days. Apaat from wank, twhen I get hame there is paitting, reading, sening and such There yus aven enough hights in the week for me. Your givls from work, (including Myself had a might and last night. the wend to the Paincel Edward Sheatne to see Bob Hape in a great show- Lits Face It. I was really funay. Young unto tawn isn't so lead, but gueman, I do gos lanely . the homeward taip. Seeing eveay one else with semeche, makes ime ful utterly blue. Then I think "Uh well one day and lifes uss so had after all Always when I feel bad, the thought of yyou canes along to beighters up the woald Sometimes Iwonder where I would be withous you. And you neede's guin, dailing sune so veay near to ine that it lisn's as sidiculars as it may sound. I mander hawv Betty is enjoying her halidng- This staying
dewne in the Salley & although the weather has been pretty mesinable, Iie hes shis enjoying herself. Befere I fonged mac- heama and George asked me to send their kinden regards Upon when they tell me, I feel up your letter without think- lng & their have a quilly conscinte mosk is stell grand Mran - I do like is. That's impostand, don's you think! Im rather excited too, - because Im getting a naise in my salary fasur the 1st of next month. Im going to settle down + get some money in the bank fer, as you often tell your Another, there's ns telling when I mnight need us Danling il sounds as if I might he getting some sense. But tell and Mac, what have your hep daling with yourself? There have not heen any mage letters since I last Qaste you - Liauss them my sieet - I wish I could hear from your, will at heast suy day. Bay, could I take that say of treatmend Ohr, I wish Iesuld receive a telegiam say, to measou, saying Back Heme, coming our Maci. How I wish minactes tke that steel happened. Of exuase, one day is will of that I am centain. And until then, why The yus keep sight on louing you, a little more with each passing day Whats more All do everything my Mother tells ime Wll keep and of the sain, mind casiing the moad- in general, Ill take case of myself And Ill awex longed whose give I am So, once agains I have to leavebysh, all too soon I know hus Hle be back next weeks. Cheeais an daaling and semember to keep that cheor "way up. Yeu you- haves all my Love, Boasthy
PRISONER OF WAR KRIEGSGEFANGENE 25 1 1944 NSWI Bant & Name Lot KEsnAM, NIV (NX1O67) AUSTRALIAN PRISONER OF WAR No L76S17E7 F CSC pann Country of IntermentEf M
From LI1SS.D. WIMIANS 37 Byrnes Street BCXAE& of.S.ld. AUSTRARIA
Reg. No. AXMDlJ Rant Lgt Name of Sender M1S.S.D. HlhAr Name MALcaLn MILLAM KESHAN, Address 37 Bycoes Street Prison No 2768/(1747 Joamp S101AE 283 t t t a at ay Country of Internment CLRIRRL AUITRALIA AIR MAIL 2th May, 1944 My daaling Mac, I have a peece of paper here beside me with familiar waiting. Yep youne quessed it; its a letter from you, dated 5th OBaach. Thats the latess I have yet received Mac I was beginning to wonder what had happened to you, unsil Faiday daaught this letter Believume, I was happy to get it. Ser it was helpful to know that, when you wakte I, you were in the pirh again, after your hand of the flue Listen bany sinced, lean even while I five dynea mental kicks in the parts! which give were yeu talking ahand when your said maybe shes too Good, for me If ul the same giae In thinking abous, weel you should think not even such a bdiculars thing! Chidaaling; dans let this waiting get you down - you musterd. Thurk haw ineally becky we are, in companisis with so imany others. I know you lave me hrac and I lave you too. Keep on sanling hac; it won' be very much longer blaw, and then we can make up for all the good teaed we have missed Im so glad my letters are going thanng OK together with the photes waiting for letters wesh apter weeks seems teareble until one tuans up, and then all the waiting becames worth while just awhill back, I was standing and at the gate, lasking doen at the staces, as nothing in spanticular and Wallowing in a las of wishful thinking. It is such a peaceful, sunay Sunday afternoon and I was thinking
hew manderful it would he, to be waiting there at the gate for you to har the conner. may be yan'd be coming oned you the Vaptancan - an maybe you's he taking we on pomewdene. Often I think of things such as that; I suppose its because we missed all these little things heama should be arsund lve long - Sunday night all the family gathers together and listens to the Lus Shew Will you your in se day dase. Ih you should get a road of than andshine-its gleniou! why davd you ring Jany dacabell, nigh inaw? I wander who'd hug the lightes You do I. Deanaay deasest, I didn't mean to get into that wishful thinking business again. Its heeas a may uneentful such all teed Juit meak1 & Justuaes Monday nighs, & again last night. Ye Lalmass fanger to tell you. Yesterday, I noted for the flnss time. Actially it was may disappointing business nather typical of graving up in general Histance lends enghant ment pent of thing. That enly applies to same things though for there is no exchantment in the distance between us, is there Remembea cace you saw me going shating with my cousing, Besst She was up hee this meahing with her babe gial Lesay. Of cousse all weak simply stopped and for three selld honas Isas in the sun and inased the bal. Yes, some people do have a frand life, dan't they? Blaw it al theres the end again hee here I p on all the usual wainings, to take cane of yourself be good. And until that day when we can hugh at all this Shaep your chen way high. Remember I love you y, and amiss you teaailly Deais luchy has dead, and all my have Moasthy

Reg. NO. NX11067. Rank SGT                             Name of Sender MISS.D. WILLIAMS
Name KESHAM. M.W.                                          Address 37 Byrnes Street
Prison No 3768 (1747) Camp STALAG 383       BEXLEY N.S.W
Country of Internment GERMANY                    AUSTRALIA
                                             AIRMAIL                       14th May, 1944

Darling
There is "St Louis Blues" playing on the radio now. 

All I need is to hear "Star Dust" as I'm writing to you and 

I’ll be thoroughly blue. How are you darling? Any luck 

with the mail situation your way? It has been pretty

slow over here, although this week two letters arrived 

from you. They were dated 2nd Dec and 2nd Feb. Funny they 

should arrive on the same day almost. Darling, darling - I

 wish you wouldn’t worry about me. Save it up for me, 

and when you come home. Listen Mac, I guess I’ll have to 

keep on telling you until it sinks in - no matter who should 

come along, it would make no difference whatsoever. I am waiting 

for your return and that's that. I make no bones about it 

to anyone and that's why I want to stop you from worrying. 

It couldn’t be any different, even if we were engaged. There, now 

will you believe me? I love you Mac - so much. So cheer up 

my sweet - will you? It was so interesting to read of your doings 

Mac - in a way reassuring, too. Little pieces of news like that 

makes a vast difference darling. I was surprised to learn that 

you had a theatre - certainly "of a kind". Do you have real-life 

shows or movies, Mac? Looks as if you'll be teaching me to play 

chess and bridge when you came home, so get in some good practise sweet, for I'm bound to beat you once I learn how. Gee, 

 

we're going to have some fun Mac - aren't we? This will be a bit 

late, I'm afraid, but many Happy Returns for the 24th 

of June my darling. We keep on saying - "next time", - but at 

least it proves our faith in the belief that we shall be to-gether 

before very long. Imagine you being 25! It seems only yesterday 

that you were telling me of your 21st birthday. Remember how 

disappointed I was because you hadn't told me about it until 

afterwards? Mac - what do you think! There's a boy at work, 

strangely enough nicknamed Mac - short for McClintie, who, 

if given darker hair and a pair of dark brown eyes, could 

be your double. He even has a soft voice like yours. But 

what good is all that to me - he isn't you, and he only 

makes me feel lonelier for you each time he passes by. 

This past week has been a very quiet one - I went to a 

show at the Regent - starring Alice Faye and John Payne, Friday 

night last and again to the local show last night with Mum. 

(I caught a whopper cold into the bargain.) To-day being Sunday 

I slept in until 10:30am, washed my hair and had a busy day 

mending and cleaning my clothes. Sounds like hard work I 

know, but really I enjoyed it. Norm - your brother - 

should be home on leave by this, I must give him a ring 

to-morrow & say 'hello'. I haven't seen if him in months. 

Well darling, looks as if this is the end to another letter. Be 

sure and take good care of yourself Mac, xxxxx and don't 

forget I'll be seeing you some day soon. Mum and Dad said 

to say "Hello" for them and once again here's all my love, 

Dorothy. 
 

 

PRISONER OF WAR POST

KRIEGSGEFANGENENPOST

 

Rank & Name NX11067, Sgt. KESHAM, M.W.,

Australian Prisoner of War No. 3768 (1747)

Camp Stalag 383

Country of Internment Germany

[*14th May 44*]

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From MISS D. WILLIAMS

37 Byrnes Street, 

BEXLEY N.S.W.

AUSTRALIA

 

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Reg. No. NXI1067, Rank Sgt.                        Name of Sender Miss D. WILLIAMS,
Name . KESHAM, M. W.,                                Address  37 Byrnes Street,
Prison No. 3768 (1747) Camp STALAG 383,                 BEXLEY  N.S.W.,
Country of Internment GERMANY.                              AUSTRALIA
                                           AIR MAIL.                                21st May, 1944.
My Dearest Mac, 
Hullo there darling - how goes it? Are you well Mac? 

I've had such a busy day to-day - especially for Sunday. So 

much so, that I find it hard to keep my eyes open. However, 

I want to write to you and so, open they will remain. But I 

was telling you about to-day; I've been making a pair of slacks 

and now they're all finished, pressed beautifully and hanging away. 

As a rule, if you remember dear, I always wear shorts but slacks 
are handy to climb into these cold nights. You know, I’m a pretty 

busy gal these days. Apart from work, when I get home there 

is knitting, reading, sewing and such. There just aren’t enough 

nights in the week for me. Four girls from work, (including 

myself) had a night out last night.  We went to the Prince 

Edward Theatre to see Bob Hope in a great show - “Let’s Face 

It”. It was really funny. Going into town isn't so bad, but 

gee Mac, I do get lonely on the homeward trip. Seeing everyone 

else with someone, makes me feel utterly blue. Then I 

think "Oh well - one day -" and life’s not so bad after all. 

Always when I feel bad, the thought of you comes along to 

brighten up the world. Sometimes I wonder where I would 

be without you. And you needn’t grin, darling. You’re so very 

near to me that it isn’t as ridiculous as it may sound. 

I wonder how Betty is enjoying her holiday - she’s staying
 

 

down in the Valley & although the weather has been pretty
miserable, I'll bet she's enjoying herself. Before I forget Mac-
Norma and George asked me to send their kindest regards.
After when they tell me, I fill up your letter without thinking 

& then have a guilty conscience. Work is still grand
Mac- I do like it. That's important, don't you think?
I'm rather excited too, - because I'm getting a raise in my
salary from the 1st of next month. I'm going to settle down +
get some money in the bank for, as you often tell your
mother, there's no telling when I might need it. Darling,
it sounds as if I might be getting some sense. But tell me
Mac, what have you been doing with yourself? There have
not been any more letters since I last wrote you - I miss
them my sweet - I wish I could hear from you, well, at
least every day. Boy, could I take that sort of treatment!
Oh, I wish I could receive a telegram say, to-morrow, saying
"Back Home, coming out - Mac". How I wish miracles like
that still happened. Of course, one day it will - of that I am
certain. And until then, - why I'll just keep right on loving 
you, a little more with each passing day. What's more I'll
do everything my mother tells me - I'll keep out of the rain,
mind crossing the road - in general, I'll take care of myself.
And I'll never forget whose girl I am. So, once again, I 
have to leave you, all too soon I know - but I'll be back 

next week. Cheerio my darling and remember to keep that
chin way up. For you - here's all my love, - Dorothy. 
 

 

PRISONER OF WAR POST

KRIEGSGEFANGENENPOST

 

 

Rank & Name  Sgt. KESHAM, M.W. (NX11067)

Australian Prisoner of War No. 3768 (1747)

Camp Stalag 383

Country of Internment Germany

[*21st May '44*]

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From MISS D. WILLIAMS

37 Byrnes Street, 

BEXLEY N.S.W.

AUSTRALIA

 

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Reg. NO. NX11067. Rank Sgt                             Name of Sender MISS. D. WILLIAMS
Name MALCOLM WILLIAM KESHAM,            Address 37 Byrnes Street
Prison No 3768 (1747) Camp STALAG 383       BEXLEY N.S.W
Country of Internment GERMANY                    AUSTRALIA
                                             AIRMAIL                       28th May, 1944

My darling Mac,
I have a piece of paper here beside me - with familiar
writing. Yep - you've guessed it; its a letter from you, dated
5th March. That's the latest I have yet received Mac. I was
beginning to wonder what had happened to you, until Friday
brought this letter. Believe me, I was happy to get it. For it
was helpful to know that, when you wrote it, you were "in the
pink" again, after your bout of the flue. Listen my sweet, lean
over while I give you a mental kick in the pants! Which girl
were you talking about when your said "maybe she's too good for
me" If it's the same girl I'm thinking about, well you should
not even ^ think such a ridiculous thing! Oh darling; don't let this
waiting get you down - you mustn't! Think how really lucky
we are, in comparison with so many others. I know you love
me Mac- and I love you too. Keep on smiling Mac; it won't be
very much longer now, and then we can make up for all
the good times we have missed. I'm so glad my letters are going
through O.K, together with the photos. Waiting for letters week
after week seems terrible until one turns up, and then all
the waiting becomes worth - while. Just awhile back, I was
standing out at the gate, looking down at the street, at nothing in
particular and wallowing in a lot of wishful thinking. It is
such a peaceful, sunny, Sunday afternoon and I was thinking
 

 

how wonderful it would be, to be waiting there at the gate
for you to turn the corner. Maybe you'd be coming over for the
afternoon- or maybe you'd be taking me out somewhere. Often
I think of things such as that; I suppose its because we
missed all these little things. Norma should be around [[ere?]]
long - Sunday night all the family gathers to-gether and listens
to the Lux Show. Will you join in one day darl? Oh you
should get a load of than sunshine- its glorious! Why don't you
ring my doorbell, right now? I wonder who'd hug the tightest 
you or I? Sorry my dearest, I didn't mean to get onto that
wishful thinking business again. Its' been a very uneventful
week all told. Just work & pictures Monday night, & again last
night. Gee! I almost forgot to tell you. Yesterday, I voted for
the first time. Actually it was a very disappointing business
rather typical of growing up in general. Distance lends enchantment
sort of thing. That only applies to some things though;
for there is no enchantment in the distance between us, is there?
Remember once you saw me going skating with my cousin, Bess?
She was up here this morning with her baby girl [[Terry?]]. Of course
all work simply stopped and for three solid hours I sat in the
sun and nursed the baby. Yes, some people do have a hard
life, don't they? Blow it all there's the end again. Mac, here I
go on all the usual warnings, to take care of yourself and be
good. And until that day when we can laugh at all this
keep your chin way high. Remember I love you darling, and
I miss you terribly. Here's luck Mac dear, and all my love

Dorothy. 

 
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