Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Heartbreak of War Revealed in Long-Lost Letters ; Collector Unearths Correspondence from Wife to Soldier Who Died While Working on Burma Railway.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Heartbreak of War Revealed in Long-Lost Letters ; Collector Unearths Correspondence from Wife to Soldier Who Died While Working on Burma Railway.

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aCOLLECTOR of Second World War letters has unearthed a heartbreaking correspondence between a Mancunian wife and her husband who was captured in Singapore and died in slave labour.

David Hudson, 60, a retired GP from Rochdale, discovered around 300 letters when he bought a bundle of collector's items from a friend.

They reveal the harshness of separation that tore thousands of Manchester families apart, as husbands, fathers and sons volunteered to fight for King and country.

Lance Corporal Clifford Warhurst married his wife Vera in 1940 in Moston but was sent to fight the Japanese Empire. In 1942 he was captured in Singapore and sent to a camp in Thailand to work as a slave labourer on the Burma railway. He died in August 1943 of malnutrition.

In one heartwrenching letter Vera wrote: "Well my dearest darling, with 'tomorrow' came the news that you were in Singapore. Or at least that the 18th Division was, which presumably amounts to the same thing.

"I can't tell you how I have felt since then, Cliffy. My heart has been like a cold heavy stone ever since, and every few minutes something happens like a great bird flapping about inside me until it almost chokes me. …

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