Letters between Malcolm William Kesham and Dorothy Williams, July-December 1944 - Part 9 of 14

Conflict:
Second World War, 1939–45
Subject:
  • Love Letters
Status:
Finalised
Accession number:
AWM2019.22.19
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HSSD. MMIIINS, WSMMr 37 Byrnes Street, ERISONRR OF NAR PI BEXLEY. N.S.W., AUSTRALLA. AIR MALL NXI1067, Sst. Walcolm Willian KESHAN rn Fisom of i vr St 21st October, 1944 STALAG 383, CTIATL hy Deanss Mar on. Early again; this weeks with your letter dailing. I am waiting this ar weak, where I have eveaything up to-date: Do I haver's a gultly consuence. How are you throe? If you'd like you can have a her face, in exchange for a coal sae, of cousse. Late my lunch in the park this nssn and the sun was glosious But I hated to have to cene back and work on such a Saturday afterncen. Betty asked me to a dance at the J.M.C.A. to-nifht, so if Iean manage to get to goher enaugh evergy Ill be there. You shaved have been with us last night swetheant - Bett. I had our fatures told. My geah. Fiost of all, I haae the addres and had to ring May I get here to till us just where we were, and where we should be. Reventually, ahand sue hour late me assived anyhow, and it was woath it we knew wid he so exerited wid fanget half of what we were told, so Betty teak along paper and pencil and task it all down. She fuon came when we sead it, going have in the train, fer we waste such abboiiated sentences and I sounda do sumbed together. Bu.t. she sickend (the featune- teller) that yenle be have eiher by Chaistoras on easly in the hew
Year. Perhaps she knows, perhaps she doeco'd, he she is paethy pase in predicting hhat anyhew Just to check on her, Bitty I have the dates which are supposed to be lucky for us. OR. laugh if you wish - saranty! - if you do tean up at Chaistmas Ill say told you so. Well ableast, we had an evenings fuom out of it sit cheesed us up a let. This week Iwe needed cheening because there haven't heer any more letters from Yeu, and I kinda expected a couple at least. One might he mading fea me at home though - heae's heping. New about that pusisess of being here as Chaistinas time hrac? He you secken you might he abler to manage it? Of cauase, its nading tearibly uagent. after Ihan wated frum yesss and at he, I suppose an itia hi ment he too much to hear; bus if you cauld hasten, thenrgs a little, then do. Saling- its not and to call your gil - fouend coasy I beaides, peaple Ihave to smile when they insue ae. hras. there is sue thing between you and I, that never fails to annoy we. Toe is the end to there letters - it cames all too sear. As persen can'’ get into their staide. Ho hum - the troubles we do have Denansly though hraw dear Iwigh somehing coned be dane alos the leng distance between us; there are so smany things I have to lath to you about and its useless taying to put it into wonds I mean to per them down on paper. Blow this letter waiting. Iwant to tatk to you- Iwars you have darling the Im had getting down in the dumpoily sweet - its yass that Iwise You. She what lave does? From me to you Allany Loves Boasthy
ENENPO KRIEGSG) ME O SVOHEY 18210r 8 1944 NSWAU. NnI1067, SGT. MALCOLM WILLLAM KESHAM, 4 AUSTRALLAN ERISONER CF WAR 3768 (1747). STALAG 383, 5 CERNANY. 2
FROMS Miss D. Williams, 37 Byrnes Street, BEXLEY., N.S.W., AUSTRALLA. 60
Mas DHna. HIIEOSOLSAWSETEHPOSI 37 Byrnes Street, PRISONER OF WAR POSI BELLEY. N.S.H. HIR MAIL NX11067. AUSTRRLIR. ST. Malcolm H. KESHAM. Hostratian Prisoner of Mar 3768 (1747) 29th Octcber, 1944. STALAE 383. CERNANY. My Deasest Mac, I Can I came and have a talk with you fer just awhile? Hese Ine heer all, afterncon, wraking a uniferm for aur physical cultune Competition Monday week - and tixed of wasting away a Sunday afternson in such a fashion. So, instead, Im going to let it go hang and write to you. Hew are you daaling? Thee a long times no see. Ande I stil wand to see yeu - an awful lat tac. Wander whats been happening to your letters. Peahaps you haven't been able to waite any of late? Oe, I enly wish ever a caupee would tran up - it seems years since I had heves of you. Aid I tell you I was ging aney camping for the wech and wich Betty & Yos. Twes guing, but Ireskan I miss he a regular yonal! Od Tunsday, all day at wonk I had a fensible Readashe + feer absolutely exhrusted One of the doctors task any tempeaature, found it to be higp + hundled me off home to bed - whent I spend all of the following day. Censequently I didn's go away, for it would have been fablish the catch another chill + shayhe have to stay in bed a weeks or mone. Pust the same, Im paetty chanky at having missed a gou wek and. You know hree. Ine theen thinking lately have
daan right you were - alssur mest things in general, but especially when you shid what a waste of time this war was. By gelly, here I am almest 22 and ast everr masned has even engaged! haw just you six there a minute - that latter pass, I know is my owr fault, hus being engaged is almost as peamanent as being mandied to me anyhew, so don's frown, daaling. But say mae for pites sake, hundy have will you, snce youre on the go that is. Tat give who is waiting for you daes got leselye how + again Tenely and then seme. And I think mayhe Iwe hhad enough of this single life. Wssk's good - when there is waiting to he done bnd when sthe waitings suer, you wsuldn's make me wask would you? An would you? Mayle young got a plan all sex to sit bask and let your tife tiig in the Spennies. Alright I wen's say narty tthings about you. If even I do - you know Iee only be johing, cause juss between you and I- I am in lave wish pen. You know doa't you hac. Then iemegber it will you. Lifes going In much the hame daaling - do wish I caued get some letters from you to tell ne what peuse up to. And mon than anything else. I wish I could ofer the doan ane evening and find you there on my dosr, slep. Would you do that feu me setg day. canting? And when you do- will you stand there for a little while and jest let me last & last + believe that its not a docade. Before I finish this letter will you do me a favour? - cess your fingers & hape that I get some mail; from you daaling. And - please hep on laving she. All my grase Dincethear Deasthy

KRIEGSGEFANGENEN POST  
PRISONER OF WAR POST
  
SYDNEY 
3 -pm 
16 Oct  
1944
N.S.W AUST. 
  
AIR MAIL 
  
Stalag 383 
21 
Gepruft 
  
NX11067,
Sgt. Malcolm W. Kesham,
Australian Prisoner of War 3768 (1747),
Stalag 383.
Germany.  
  
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From: 
Miss D. Williams 
37 Byrnes St.,
BEXLEY. N.S.W.
AUSTRALIA 
  
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17th Oct 44. 
  
Hullo Dot;  
Another two letters arrived last week 30th July x 13 Aug, you know darling I  
think your letters improve every letter or maybe its because I love a bit more with  
each letter. What’s this I hear about you worrying again, because I seemed down in  
the dumps. I know it's all my fault Dot, so I can't very well go crook, but once again  
darling don't worry about me. I'm ok, a bit stupid at times, but even if I am, you know  
how I feel Dot; I miss you a lot and get to much time to think about it darling so in  
future just ignore those pieces in my letters Dot. Another thing young lady whats  
this I hear about you arranging a Welcome home for me. I thought we had  
all that fixed, just our Welcome for each other remember? We cant have anything  
interfearing with that Dot, nothing. I've been looking forward to that for a long long 
time sweet, and besides its very important to us and anything that even looks like  
interfearing will have to be dropped. Just in case you did not get my last letter  
ok give my best wishes to everyone for Xmas and the New Year, where ever  
I may be darling I'll be thinking of you, and wishing I were with you  
still darling next one, what a present that would be Dot, our reunion, you  
couldn't get better, still darling that's wishful thinking however one thing  
  
you always have darling is all my love, if thats any help dont forget to  
enjoy yourself will you. There is no news about this place, same old place  
same old faces everything is the same day after day, however I'm A1 as far as  
health goes. So your cousin has finally settled down and got engaged lucky  
people maybe if I had joined the Air Force my luck would have been better  
do you reckon, congratulate them for me not that it will do any good they will  
probably say, and who is he. Cheerio once more All my love Mac.

 

Kriegsgefangenenpost
Luftpost 
par avion 
  
19.12.44 -11 
  
An Miss D Williams  
37 Byrnes Street 
Empfangsort: Bexley 
Strasse: Sydney 
Kreis: N.S.W. 
Land: AUSTRALIA 
Landesteil (Provinz usw.) 
  
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Vor- und Zuname: Malcolm William Kesham 
Gefangenennummer: 3768 (1747) 
Lager-Bezeichnung: 
Deutschland (Allemagne) 

 

KRIEGSGEFANGENENPOST. 
PRISONER OF WAR POST. 
NX11067, 
Sgt. Malcolm William KESHAM, 
AUSTRALIAN PRISONER OF WAR 3768 (1747), 
STALAG 383, 
GERMANY.  
AIR MAIL. 
  
MISS D WILLIAMS, 
37 Byrnes Street, 
BEXLEY. N.S.W., 
AUSTRALIA. 
    
21st October, 1944 
  
Stalag 383 
21 
Gepruft 
  
My Dearest Mac - 
Early again this week with your letter darling. I am  
writing this at work, where I have everything up-to-date: so  
I haven't a guilty conscience. How are you Mac? If you'd like 
you can have a hot face, in exchange for a cool one, of course.  
I ate my lunch in the park this noon and the sun was glorious.  
But I hated to have to come back and "work" on such a Saturday  
afternoon. Betty asked me to a dance at the Y.M.C.A. to-night, so if  
I can manage to get to-gether enough energy, I'll be there. You should  
have been with us last night sweetheart - Bett & I had our fortunes  
told. My gosh! First of all, I lost the address and had to ring  
May & get her to tell us just where we were, and where we should  
be. Eventually, about one hour late we arrived anyhow - and it  
was worth it. We knew we'd be so excited we'd forget half of  
what we were told, so Betty took along paper and pencil and  
took it all down. The fun came when we read it, going home   
in the train, for we wrote such abbreviated sentences and it sounded  
so jumbled to-gether. B-u-t she reckons (the fortune-teller)  
that you'll be home either by Christmas or early in the New

 

Year. Perhaps she knows, perhaps she doesn't, but she is pretty  
safe in predicting that anyhow. Just to check on her, Betty  
& I have the dates which are supposed to be lucky for us -  
O.K, laugh if you wish - smarty! - if you do turn up at  
Christmas I'll say "told you so"! Well at least, we had an  
evening's fun out of it & it cheered us up a lot. This week I've  
needed cheering because there haven't been any more letters from  
you, and I kinda expected a couple at least. One might be  
waiting for me at home though - here's hoping. How about that  
business of being home at Christmas time Mac? Do you reckon you  
might be able to manage it? Of course, it's nothing terribly urgent  
after I have waited four years and a bit, I suppose an extra bit  
won't be too much to bear; but if you could hasten thing a  
little, then do. Darling - its not nice to call your girl-friend "crazy"  
& besides, people have to smile when they insult me! Mac, there  
is one thing between you and I, that never fails to annoy me!  
That is the end to these letters - it comes all too soon. A person  
can't get "into their stride". Ho hum - the troubles we do have.  
Seriously though Mac dear - I wish something could be done about  
the long distance between us; there are so many things I have  
to talk to you about and its useless trying to put it into words 
- I mean to put them down on paper. Blow this letter-writing!  
I want to talk to you - I want you home darling. No, I'm  
not getting down in the dumps my sweet - it's just that I miss  
you. See what love does? From me to you - All my love  
Dorothy.

 

KRIEGSGEFANGENENPOST 
PRISONER OF WAR POST 
  
SYDNEY  
6 -PM 
21 OCT 
1944 
N.S.W AUST 
  
AIR MAIL 
  
NX11067 
SGT. MALCOLM WILLIAM KESHAM, 
AUSTRALIAN PRISONER OF WAR 3768 (1747), 
STALAG 383,  
GERMANY 
  
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FROM: 
Miss D. Williams, 
37 Byrnes Street, 
BEXLEY., N.S.W.,  
AUSTRALIA. 
  
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KRIEGSGEFANGENENPOST. 
PRISONER OF WAR POST 
  
NX 11067, 
SGT. Malcolm W. KESHAM, 
AUSTRALIAN PRISONER OF WAR 3768 (1747) 
STALAG 383. 
GERMANY 
  
AIR MAIL. 
  
Miss D WILLIAMS, 
37 Byrnes Street, 
BEXLEY. N.S.W. 
AUSTRALIA. 
  
29th October, 1944 
  
My Dearest Mac,  
Can I come and have a talk with you for just awhile? Here  
I've been all afternoon, making a uniform for our physical culture  
competition Monday week - and tired of wasting away a Sunday  
afternoon in such a fashion. So, instead, I'm going to let it go hang  
and write to you. How are you darling? Still a long time  
no see. And I still want to see you - an awful lot Mac. Wonder  
what's been happening to your letters. Perhaps you haven't been able  
to write any of late? Gee, I only wish even a couple would turn  
up - it seems years since I had news of you. Did I tell you I  
was going away camping for the week-end with Betty? Yes, I was  
going, but I reckon I must be a regular jonah! On Thursday, all  
day at work I had a terrible headache & felt absolutely exhausted.  
One of the doctors took my temperature, found it to be high &  
bundled me off home to bed - when I spent all of the following  
day. Consequently I didn't go away, for it would have been foolish  
to catch another chill and maybe have to stay in bed a week  
or more. Just the same, I'm pretty cranky at having missed a  
good week-end. You know Mac, I've been thinking lately how

 

darn right you were - about most things in general, but especially  
when you said what a waste of time this war was. By golly,  
here I am almost 22 and not even married - not even engaged!  
Now just you sit there a minute - that latter part, I know is my  
own fault, but being engaged is almost as permanent as being  
married, to me anyhow so don't frown, darling. But say Mac -  
for pete's sake, hurry home will you, once you're on the go that  
is. That girl who is waiting for you does get lonely now & again.  
Lonely and then some. And I think maybe I've had enough of  
this single life. Work's good - when there is waiting to be done  
but when the waiting's over, you wouldn't make me work would 
you? Or would you? Maybe you've got a plan all set to sit back  
and let your wife bring in the pennies. Alright I won't say  
nasty things about you. If ever I do - you know I'll only be  
joking, 'cause just between you and I - I am in love with you.  
You know don't you Mac? Then remember it will you? Life's going  
on much the same darling - do wish I could get some letters from  
you to tell me what you're up to. And more than anything else,  
I wish I could open the door one evening and find you there  
on my door step.  Would you do that for me some day,  
darling? And when you do - will you stand there for a  
little while and just let me look & look & believe that  
it's not a dream. Before I finish this letter will you do me  
a favour? - cross your fingers and hope that I get some mail from  
you darling. And - please keep on loving me. All my love sweetheart.  
Dorothy 

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