Alfred Meyer – born in Gemünd Eifel, Germany, 17th February 1923
Occupation in country of origin: schoolboy
Arrived in Britain as a refugee from Germany, 8th February 1939
Letter 7 May 1939: English translation follows
I have been in England some months so I should let you have news of me. Perhaps you thought I had forgotten you but you know how hard I find writing and I had little time to write. How are you? I hope you are well. I am very well and enjoying England. I have been here since 7th February and have moved twice. You can imagine my joy when I learnt I was coming to England. I first came to Dovercourt. This was a Holiday Camp. We were about 500 boys. I had a good time there but had nothing to do all day.
On March 5th, I, together with 70 other boys arrived at Richborough Camp. This is an old English military camp which is being modified to take men who have been in concentration camps. They expect about 5000.
I worked here all day and it was also very nice. On the 20th March I together with 5 other boys came to Braunton. I have been here six weeks and like it a lot. I am employed in a large market garden and live with a family. I enjoy working in the garden along with 180 English people. I live with a lady who has a small house along with three other boys . The food and other things are great. Each week we receive 3 shillings pocket money and the lady gets our wages. I don’t know how much she gets.
I have already picked up much English and can communicate with the lady. On Sunday we go for an hour long walk. We are by the sea and it is very nice. Tomorrow my sister Ruth will also come to England. She has a domestic position with a family near York. Hopefully my parents as well as yours will get out of “Rischesland”.
What news of you Erick and your parents. Write to me and let me know how you are doing and where you are. I hear good things about my parents and hope they are fit and well. There is still much to write but I must end and send you greetings from your cousin Alfred.
My address is:
Mr Alfred Meyer
C/ Mrs Beckham
Di-Na Barton Lane
PS I am sending you a stamp so that you wont need to spend any money.