Message sent from South Wales Borderer Jim Phillips, via the Red Cross, November 1943 Item Reference : cny01028
Message from James Phillips, to his parents in Abersychan. The message is sent via the Red Cross on their stationery and is limited to 25 words. Transcription "Dear Mam and Dad, - I am safe and well, - don't worry, I hope you are both well, will write when possible, - Love to all, xxxxxx 'Jim'" It was sent via Athens, dated November 1943. During the Second World War the Red Cross played a vital role in allowing soldiers to get messages to their loved ones at home. Jim Phillips joined the South Wales Borderers in 1939. After the majority of Jim's comrades were lost fighting in Iraq the remaining Borderers joined a section of the King's Own Regiment to take the small Greek Island of Leros. But their presence was discovered and the surviving solders were captured and transported to Germany as prisoners of war.
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