Denis Crooks—Official Notifications

This notice sent to Denis Crook’s parents from the Army Signal Corps records office in Reeding—dated April 30, 1941—announced that Denis had been missing in action since April 8.

A second notice from Reeding—dated July 16—informed Denis’ parents that he is now a prisoner of war, “present address not yet known.”

The above preprinted postcard, signed by Denis and sent to his mother and dad, provides the following information:

“I am alright (I have not been wounded). I am a prisoner of the Italians and I am being treated well. Shortly I shall be transferred to a prisoner’s camp and I will let you have my new address. Only then I will be able to receive letters from you and to reply.”

A note penciled on the front of the card indicates the card was received on July 16, 1941—the same day the second notice was issued from Reeding.