Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Letters Read after 60 Years

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Letters Read after 60 Years

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Poignant letters sent from the front by a Whitby officer during World War Two have been read for the first time in 60 years by his sister.

Jean Radcliffe, who is now in her late 80s, visited The Green Howards Regimental Museum at Richmond to see an exhibition.

The rare treasure trove includes papers, camp diaries and photographs from Green Howards held in POW camps in Italy and Germany from 1943 to 1945.

The special prisoners of war exhibition at the museum, titled Behind Barbed Wire, features her brother Captain John Oldfield from Sandsend near Whitby, who was captured at the Battle of Gazala in the North African desert in 1942 by Rommel's Afrika Korps.

The curator of the museum, Major Roger Chapman, remembered that some years ago The Green Howards was given a collection of letters from John Oldfield by his daughter.

After the war he had collected them from the recipients.

Maj Chapman showed Mrs Radcliffe the letters, which included many sent to her by her brother. …

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