of Cairn terriers and Christmas parcels by quietpurplehaze

of Cairn terriers and Christmas parcels

I have no idea who took this shot of my dad, around 1985 but I have set it in a frame.

If you look carefully you can see, bottom left, a Cairn terrier just sitting in this country scene, not Jinks but Brinnie, my mother's dog, who came to live with us after her death. I have to say she was not such a spirited little dog as Jinks!

I found a snippet for this day January 5th in 1945 in my dad's diaries about the late arrival of the Christmas parcels for the PoWs in the workcamp in Cossebaude, Germany:

"On Fri 5-1-45 our Xmas parcels arrived, much to our relief. These were issued out immediately on arrival with 41 cigarettes each. Each parcel contained the following articles:

4ozs Chocolate
1lb. Roast Beef & Stuffing.
Large tin of Nestle’s Milk.
1lb. Stewed Steak.
3ozs Sugar.
8ozs Heinz Beans.
2ozs Tea.
1lb. Xmas Cake.
8ozs Butter.
1lb. Xmas :Pudding.
8ozs Syrup.
2 pkts. Custard Powder.
3½ozs Sardines.
1 pkt. Yorkshire Pudding Powder.
12ozs Chopped Ham.

Although a little late, the parcels were exceedingly welcome and gave a real Xmas fare, especially the pudding. We saved one of our cakes for my 26th birthday on the 12th January, (my third spent as P.O.W.) which made it a special day."

© 2017 The Second World War Experience Centre.
© 2017 IWM (5193) 1981.
Sam
Wonderful. Just wonderful. What a handsome man your father was.
January 5th, 2017  
This is just wonderful - the photo and the history behind it and your dad. And he was ahhandsome chap.
January 5th, 2017  
A wonderful portrait and I enjoyed the narrative very much - so glad you shared it!
January 5th, 2017  
Good to put a gentleman to all your stories Hazel. As everyone has commented - a handsome man and what memories he had. Have you ever thought what will become of his diaries in the future?
January 5th, 2017  
bep
Must have been very hard for your Dad as a PoW in a German work camp. Christmas far from home...
January 5th, 2017  
It's a lovely shot of your Dad, Hazel. Thanks for sharing this and his amazing diary entries :)
January 5th, 2017  
A lovely photo of your Dad to treasure and a great parcel of food to celebrate Christmas was it from the Red Cross.,?
January 5th, 2017  
A lovely portrait and great memories for you Hazel
January 5th, 2017  
Lovely Hazel.
January 5th, 2017  
Thank you, Hazel, for sharing. The line about celebrating his 26th birthday & it being his third spent as a POW really touched me.
January 5th, 2017  
@wendyfrost

I think they certainly were, although he does not mention Red Cross.
January 5th, 2017  
@Cherrill
Cherrill, the originals have been lodged with the Second World War Experience Centre in Leeds for a few years now. http://war-experience.org/ The director was over the moon when he received them. I have my word-processed version on the computer, from where I draw these little extracts.
January 5th, 2017  
Wonderful photo of your good looking father...thanks for sharing more of your father's diary which is very interesting
January 5th, 2017  
movie star!
January 5th, 2017  
A lovely portrait and narrative, it sounded a really welcome parcel!
January 5th, 2017  
Lovely candid shot
January 5th, 2017  
Your title would make an interesting book title as well! Your Dad was a very distinguished looking gentleman!
January 5th, 2017  
Thank you for your reply Hazel. I was interested as some of my father's belongings including some school books are with the Imperial War Museum in London, as part of an evacuees display. When you don't have children you have to think carefully about these treasured possessions.
January 5th, 2017  
@Cherrill

Oh yes, forgot to say that my dad's diaries are also on microfiche in IWM, plus he did an interview for them when he was 61 which is on tape. I have a copy and have made a transcript. (Children are not always interested! A question of age I think.) Do you have copies of your dad's books?
January 5th, 2017  
@cathieg

I think I know what you mean - kind of understated, no complaining.
January 5th, 2017  
Awesome portrait.
January 5th, 2017  
What a wonderful portrait, and such an interesting story.
January 5th, 2017  
Very stylish!
January 5th, 2017  
So nice to put a face to the war diaries Hazel its a lovely photograph your dad looks very dapper, it will bring back many happy memories for you I expect, thanks for the interesting diary extract)
January 5th, 2017  
Nice to see a pic. of the man I`ve read so much.
January 5th, 2017  
A wonderful portrait and commentary!
January 5th, 2017  
A lovely shot of your father Hazel. Thank you for sharing the narrative :)
January 5th, 2017  
What a good looking gentleman
January 5th, 2017  
What a handsome man! He must have been quite a chick magnet in his day! ;)
January 5th, 2017  
Nice portrait
January 5th, 2017  
a super photo of a handsome chap
January 5th, 2017  
What a great photo to have :)
January 5th, 2017  
How wonderful to have your Dad's diaries. Thanks for sharing!
January 5th, 2017  
Pam
Wonderful photo and narrative
January 6th, 2017  
Fabulous
January 6th, 2017  
I see a little of your father in you! He was a very handsome man and I love the terrier behind him- makes you really look at the picture! Great shot and the diary entries are always so powerful when you post them.
January 6th, 2017  
Oh Hazel what a fabulous photo of your Dad. He is a very distinguished looking gentleman.
January 6th, 2017  
Your dad was a very handsome chap, Hazel. Thanks for sharing.
January 6th, 2017  
A very distinguished looking gentleman. A lovely photo.
January 6th, 2017  
I love these stories from your dad, thank you for sharing these windows into his life. They are truly a gift.
January 6th, 2017  
A lovely, natural photo of your dad and such an interesting excerpt from his diary. Makes history come to life.
January 6th, 2017  
Great portrait to have and fascinating to read about the pow xmas hampers. 41 cigarettes .. that is an interesting number?
January 6th, 2017  
What a fantastic bit of history.. hard to comprehend what the pops would of gone through.. Lovely photo of your Dad..
January 6th, 2017  
@snaphappi

Yes, agree, hadn't thought of it - how many to a packet I wonder?!
January 6th, 2017  
So good to see this wonderful man who has given us so much info regarding the war years & how everyday life panned out in a prisoner if war camp. A good head of hair he has too! Interesting list of supplies & what a strange number of cigarettes! Your dads diary is a mine of wonderful historic information.
January 6th, 2017  
@happypat

Yes, he kept his hair - strange how some men do and others don't. Thanks for your comments,Pat.
January 6th, 2017  
Your stories of your father are so very moving! Reading about his longed-for Christmas parcel and its contents makes much else in life trivial in significance. What a handsome man he was, and how good of him to save his stories. He would have had no idea how far they'd have been read!
January 6th, 2017  
@Weezilou

Thank you! And yes, it's only me in the family now to know how many people have read & enjoyed extracts from his diaries.
January 6th, 2017  
Very moving and interesting. And also curious. I've heard of custard powder, but Yorkshire pudding powder?
January 7th, 2017  
@quietpurplehaze Have you considered writing a prolog to enclose with the diary about how you "shared it with the world of photographers" (and others) so it might continue down through time? I could easily see you leaving this to a museum someday if you are the last family member in your line...
January 7th, 2017  
@Weezilou

Thanks for your suggestions!
The originals have been lodged with the Second World War Experience Centre in Leeds for a few years now. http://war-experience.org/
The director was over the moon when he received them.

I have my word-processed version on the computer, from where I draw these little extracts. It has a prologue (but no mention of photographers yet!), a biography, illustrations in the text plus extra photos.

I've had it printed locally and a few folk have had copies to read.

My dad's diaries are also on microfiche in IWM, plus he did an interview for them when he was 61 which is on tape.

It would be great to see them as a 'proper' book but no luck so far.
January 7th, 2017  
@Weezilou

IWM = Imperial War Museum
January 7th, 2017  
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