Do you know Tom?
PUBLISHED: 11:53 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:40 15 June 2010
ALLHALLOWS Museum has been set the challenge of re-uniting a picture postcard, sent during the Second World War, with the family it was posted to.
ALLHALLOWS Museum has been set the challenge of re-uniting a picture postcard, sent during the Second World War, with the family it was posted to.The picture postcard of Mr Tom Hixson, who was a prisoner of war in Stalag XVIIIA, was sent to a Mrs Eileen Hixson on October 19, 1941.There is no stamp on the card, but it is clearly from Rifleman T Hixson 2860, of D company, First Rangers.It was sent care of Middle East forces, to Mrs Hixson, of The Cottage c/o St Joseph's College, Honiton, Devon.The message simply reads: "Don't worry sweetheart, I will be home soon. Auf Wiedersien. Your Tom x."The picture shows Tom in his uniform and another message: "Yours always, Tom."Margaret Lewis, at Allhallows, said John Janes, who is not from the area, had found the card.He told her he had discovered it when he had gone through his father-in-law's possessions, who had also been a POW in the same camp.Mr Janes said he would like to trace any of Tom's descendants, so that he can pass the photo on to them.Margaret said: "I have not been able to find the name of Hixson in the local records but I have checked with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and they have no record either, so Tom must have come home after the war."We would like to hear from anyone who may know something about the family or about the address the card was sent to, because I have not found anything about that either."Anyone with any information is asked to call the museum on (01404) 44966 or email email@example.com.
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