I have just finished my supper, a few potatoes left
over from dinner, fried up and a cup of cocoa made with milk although
it's 10.15, I thought I had better make a start.
I have cut and rolled the lawn since tea, that makes
it three times I have rolled it this week. I thought I might level
it a bit while it's wet. I had a go at the front but found it
hard work so decided to get the kiddies off to bed instead. Michael
was trotting around after me while Keith and Sheila were out with
the lads. Sheila was on the bike although the saddle is about
off, still that doesn't worry her as she doesn't sit down. I hope
to get it done around Easter.
Wonder of wonders yesterday I had a box of figs
and today I had the parcel containing the bracelet for Sheila,
a book for Keith, beads for mammy and nine oranges all in good
condition, they were wrapped in paper as the box was split, the
fig box was tied with string, so I think I am very lucky to get
them. I bet they could tell a tale if only they could speak.
Keith thought the book and the oranges were very
good and Sheila was delighted, but the beads love, were never
mean't to be worn in England. I let Sheila wear them a little
while along with the pretty little bracelet, she looked so cute.
The kids liked the figs so I don't think any will get cooked.
I have been to the Royal infirmary today and my
arm seems to show signs of improvement. My mother says she thinks
it has looked better since I started treatment. I think I have
more energy. I need it.
The coalman came this morning before I was up so
I told Keith to tell him I wouldn't be long. Miss Sheila goes
to the window and begins shouting 'Mammy won't be long. She's
just got up and is dressing herself and lots more in the same
way. The coalman said afterwards that she mean't him to know that
you were not up.
Mrs Quinn gave me ten shillings for you from the
post, what do you want me to do with it ? Don't forget your mother's
birthday on May 12th. Well love I'm off to bed now, sweet dreams.
Well love, it's now Saturday night and Bernice and
Mabel have gone and I'm waiting for the milk to boil. The weather
has been sunny today but it's still a bit cold. I Have been working
hard this week so I had to go out this morning as I didn't want
anything to do today.
Keith looked very nice in his new suit and moaned
because he had to put his overcoat on. We went for a walk round
the fair but as it was a shilling on most things today we didn't
bother, we shall probably go down on Monday.
We went to Nora's as usual yesterday and your mother
looked much better. She has got her old age pension through and
draws her first 10/- on her birthday.
I met the new vicar last week, he seems a nice fellow,
your Mam seems to like him more than Mr.Whipp.
I had a letter from Percy and Tom this week. They
are both in restricted areas and Percy's letter was censored.
Mama has not heard from Bob for a month but it may be due to airmail
service being stopped from Gibraltar.
Well love your family seems pretty well although
I thought Keith looked a bit off colour today. I might take him
along to the doctor during next week as he still yells at the
least thing. I'm afraid I lose my patience with him at times and
don't suppose that helps. I wonder love, whether he worries about
you as he asks all sorts of questions about the Germans in Italy
and whether you have met any and do you have to fight and lot's
more in the same strain. I answer them as best I can to put his
mind at ease. Perhaps if you wrote to him and told him now you
were alright it would help. Don't worry about him love as he is
alright otherwise but you know what an imagination your
Well love I hope you are well and comfortable. I
don't suppose you can tell me just where you are but it seems
so vague, just 'Italy'. If I could bring it down to an area I
would feel closer and now they are talking about the war going
on to next year it seems so endless and our life going on
apart. Still mustn't grumble I suppose there's plenty worse off.
Goodnight love. All of us at home miss you so much
EASTER CARD FROM
Well love after eight days I get three airmails
in one day from you and beat your record as I have a reply in
15 days. Pretty good I call that . Your letters were dated 29/3,2/4,
and 6/4. Easter is over and it hasn't mean't much to me. I told
you Keith seemed a bit off colour, well love it turned out to
be chickenpox, the spots were out on Saturday night but only seemed
like heat spots but by the Sunday night they were filling up.
I had Dr.Mann on Monday just to make sure. He said I need not
send for him if the other two have it unless they have a temperature.
John has got it as well but has had to stay in bed as he was poorly
with it. Keith has been outside today and seems a lot brighter.
. They think John might have developed mumps as there seems to
be a lot of mumps and chickenpox at the school.
Bernice and I went to the Odeon last night and saw
James Cagney in 'Johnny Vagabond'. Not bad. I see you keep seeing
a few films even if it is the same over again. You say in your
letter that you had a good view of Vesuvius when you went by.
Does that mean that you are still nearer the fighting. I wish
there was a way of knowing where you were hidden. Tom had a narrow
escape from drowning. They were on exercises and the boat capsized
luckily with no loss of life. He had a lucky escape the first
night he joined the Army as a Spitfire crashed on the next hut
to him. It was a stores hut and no-one was in it. I expect I shall
have all your experiences all my life when you come home love.
Oh that day should be the happiest day of our lives. I bet though
I shall have a headache as I can't stand too much excitement
It was funny you should mention 'Take me back to
dear old Blighty' as I have been singing it to Sheila and she
often sings bits of it. They have been helping me with the garden
after tea tonight, Michael as well. I have cleared the biggest
part of the side front and it looks good. I have also done a bit
of setting carrots, beet, onion and lettuce, and hope to get some
peas in tomorrow. I'm doing fairly well and the shallots are doing
fine. Keith was pulling some of the grass out and breaking dead
stalks off and Sheila was putting them in the barrow she had for
Christmas and putting them in the bonfire. Michael was helping
by taking them out of the barrow almost as fast as Sheila was
putting them in so you can see we are all working. It only wanted
I'm getting tired love, it's almost eleven o'clock
so I'll say goodnight love and sweet dreams. Talking of dreams
Keith was crying the other night and when I asked him what was
wrong he said that he had been dreaming that his daddy had sent
him a parcel and when he looked inside there were only three buttons
and he was upset about it
THURS. I haven't gone to the Infirmary today
because Mrs Quinn wasn't sure about John's mumps so I thought
I would finish the garden but it is raining now. I put the peas
in this morning. Keith is threading some of Sheila's beads. Sheila
has gone to the pictures with Bernice as her spots haven't come
out yet, she has two faint ones on her face This is the first
time she has been to the pictures so I expect we shall hear all
about it for weeks.
I think I might be able to get a bike for Keith.
I have first choice if they decide to sell for three pounds will
that be alright love. I think he would like one for his Birthday.
Well love there isn't much more to tell you. I'll see if I can
get a photo of the kiddies but I'm not bothered about one of me
as I want you to come home and a photograph might put you off
altogether. Let's hope love that bright day is not too far off.
All my love to you
I've just been having a chat with Mr.S. He's
been digging his garden tonight. He has had the Army after him
again but it seems they can't do without him at work so I think
they will still be lucky. Well love how are you, still safe and
well I hope. I expect we shall have a bit of a delay in our letters
nowadays due to the second front as it is where you are but as
you say I'd sooner it be later and a real job made of it than
an early flop.
I'm pleased to say Keith is more himself,
but still spotty, no doubt that is what is upsetting his nerves.I
keep looking for spots on Sheila and Michael. I think Sheila has
a few but you cannot tell at first. The Baker gave me three free
tickets for the children to have a free ride at Butlins so if
Sheila hasn't got any spots by Saturday I shall take them as Keith
will be alright by then.
We went for a walk through the park yesterday
with your Mam, Mabel and Bernice. We took Michael in the
pushchair as I'm having a new tyre put on the pram. Keith pushed
him all the way and thought it was very grand. He took Michael
round to see the peacock and it had got it's tail spread. Keith
had a good view of it but we didn't as we didn't go round the
same way. I have got to get the wheel of the pushchair mended
now as another spoke broke yesterday making three. I seem a bit
unlucky with wheels lately so now I'm stuck until Thursday.
Michael has learned how to climb on the easy
chair in the kitchen but hasn't learned how to get off it properly
yet as he landed straight on his nose, poor love. He did cry but
he was alright after I cuddled him for a bit. He still likes to
get into bed with me but not quite as often as he did. Altogether
he's a sweet bundle of love and never gets tired of me fussing
him. Sheila gets a real tough mamma at times when she lands Keith
one. She tries to copy Keith and even Michael will stick out a
piece of wood and say 'bang'. They keep me busy and pass the time
I had to smile when you asked me if I had
any patience left. Sometimes I have a lot and other times, well
love you know how I go up in the air. That's increased a hundred
times with a few swear words thrown in ! I cleaned Keith's bike
up and Bernice painted it with your black enamel on Saturday night,
it's a good bike again and Mr.S made the other ;little one go
again for Sheila. Keith's saddle is all broken but I tied it up
and shall make him a cover for it. I have been washing today so
I couldn't get to the Infirmary. I feel tired as usual so I'll
say goodnight love sweet dreams.
Well love here I am again. I've just got the
kiddies of to bed and I feel like a wet rag. I ache all over and
feel tired out with not a spot of energy left. I'm not so well
but it's never made me feel so useless for years. I worked hard
Last week in the garden and in the home and I guess I've
spent all my reserve energy. I shall feel better after I've been
to bed, don't worry.
Sheila and Michael are showing signs of chickenpox
so I guess they have got it alright. They have been playing out
in the sunshine this afternoon. Michael loves playing with them
and he likes the football. We saw a lot of bombers going over
this morning but they were going over towards ßelgrave Rd.
It's the first time I've seen them heading that way. Well love,
I can't seem to concentrate on this letter so I'll say Goodnight.
God bless you dear and send you home to us very soon. All my love
to you, your loving wife and family
Thanks for cameo's there grand.
Here I am curled up on the settee sucking a buttered
mint, Bernice has just come up to see how Sheila is, after being
to the pictures and Michael keeps giving a pitiful cry in the
hope that I will bring him down but he's on a rocker, he's been
down for the last two nights, I expect it's with him not being
very well and he'll be alright in a day or so.
Sheila seems a bit better today, poor kid she's
had spots all over in her mouth,ears and even on her botty as
she calls it. I haven't had much sleep the last two nights with
her so I hope she is better tonight. Michael hasn't many spots
and I don't think he'll have many more as they have filled up.
I hope he doesn't as they are irritating. Keith is looking better.
It was funny love, I took them on Easter Saturday to get a photo
done for you, I think it will be alright too, but will take another
month before it is ready. I just got it done in time so if
Keith looks a bit seedy on it you'll know why as his spots came
out that night.
By the way love your pictures are not as old as
"My Favorite Wife" is on at the Odeon this week.
Bob hasn't come home yet and I couldn't understand
you when you said you had a letter just before he left Gib. Did
he tell you that , his last letter home said they wasn't to write
until they heard from him again. Tom has now got a SPO number
so he's for the second front alright, I bet Glady's is worried
to death, I should be. Percy is that way too, but I told you that
You didn't tell me love that you had caught up with
you but I read your mums letter, the news was a bit stale wasn't
Well love Michael is still withering and Sheila
has just woke up and wants her spots dabbing so I'd better say
goodnight (what a B. life )
Well love it's now Wednesday night and once more
life is bright again. The kiddies I'm glad to say are a lot better
and I've caught up with my sleep so will be starting my treatment
again tomorrow after a break of three weeks. I also had
your airmail today to make things better and a double ration of
eggs and the weather has been grand today.
I think some of my letters must have gone astray
love as I sent word that I had your shaving kit etc. just three
weeks after you sent it. I also mentioned that I had the fences
Keith gets quite lovable these days, you should
see me in bed with them all in the mornings. Sheila wants to have
some fuss and Michael elbows her out of the way and then Keith
pushes her off and she usually ends up on my knees. Michael is
not particular as he sometimes sits on my face, he loves to be
outside with Keith and Sheila, he trotted about today until he
could hardly wobble.
When I took Sheila's socks off tonight she
said pointing to her little toe " the boys hurt me there". I have
to laugh at her but cheeky isn't the word for her, you'll have
something to put up with love when you get back to us. Keith
says he doesn't like football but I hope he alters his tone when
you get home to teach him the pleasures of playing football.
regret to say that I still do not like football !
Mam has been up today and they are all keeping well
at home, she hasn't heard from Bob again. I don't think the lads
need worry a lot about the girls and yanks here. There are some
being married but the majority of the girls they pick up, our
lads wouldn't look twice at. The best was a married yank whose
girlfriend in England had quinns. I think most of the yanks will
be out of England after this week by the looks of things. I know
it will mean a lot of heartaches but the sooner the second front
starts the sooner it will all be over.
The bluebells are out in the garden and the tulips
are out in bud. The shallots look well and I have peas, onions
and beet through. I've still to set the spuds. My mother said
today I was getting fat as the skirt I bought last year takes
a bit of buttoning up. I said it's a good job my husbands not
home as you might think things.
I feel now love that things are getting easier as
Michael hasn't wet the bed for over a week, remember last year
when I said nappies for two more years and you said at least,
don't forget no more so be prepared.
The first time I went to the fair they played 'Night
and Day' and today I was thinking of you love as a girl sang it
on workers playtime.
Well love I am sorry you have had to wait a week
for this but you know how it is. God bless you and bring you safely
home to us. Sheila gave me a real spotty kiss for you tonight.
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I was pleased to get an air mail from you dated
20th April today and it certainly changed my mood a little as
I had been properly down in the dumps these last few days. I think
it must be the fact of so much wanting doing at one time, there's
the garden, Michael wants some pyjamas making, Sheila's dress
to finish and endless jobs to do. I feel I should like to go away
from it all for a fortnight, it will be two years when you receive
this letter that our home has been broken and it looks like two
more before we can sit back and say thank god that's all over.
Its very depressing at times, I know its bad for you too love,
but when your jobs done it's finished, my job is never finished.
Tonight I've put paid to two jobs, I've set two
stones of earlies (potatoes) and cut Michael's pyjamas out, Mabel
is going to overlock them for me. Mr. S has cut the front lawn,
I was thinking of letting it out for courting couples, he suggested
the borders need turning over to make a decent job of them. I
think it would be best as I could never get all the grass out
with a hand fork.
I found a white hair in my head need you wonder.
I look about sixty well at least feel like it.
Keith started to school today and Sheila and Michael
seemed more settled, you wouldn't have recognized Sheila last
week with her spots and her face seemed little and thin and her
dark eyes dreamy.
Well love its now Wednesday and mam has just gone
home and I'll be fetching Keith in shortly. Sheila and Michael
are asleep. I had to see Dr. Airey today he says there's a slight
improvement and that with constant attention we shall be able
to cure it.
Mam heard from Bob and he's disappointed he won't
be coming home after all, but is likely to be running into you,
poor Bob I bet he could have wept, shall you write to him love
his present address is 40 BSD R.A.S.C. Foun Range South Gibralter.
Our mail only goes by sea to Gibralter now. Our Harold's lads
photo was in the Mercury last night, he had been fighting the
Jerries, well his ship had, The Black prince.
I bought a new costume this afternoon, a blue one,
with the money you sent at Christmas.
I took Keith and John to the Tudor last night to
see ' My Friend Flicka' in technicolour, not a bad film all about
Michael begins to chatter quite a bit now, he lets
me know when its chocolate or biscuits he wants. When I bring
him down in the morning I always put him in the chair while I
pull the blackout open and he chatters and points up to the cupboard
for a biscuit, there's the dickens to play if they have all gone.
I finish it by giving him a bit of cheese. He's really a little
love and gets very saucy. I hope the photo of them turns out OK.
I was playing 'Inky Pinky' with Sheila so
she says no it's not that it's 'Micky Mouse bought ee house how
much ud ee cost'. She gets everything that Keith plays at, she
sings one piece that Bernice plays so we shall be able to perform
when you come home.
Keith is now in bed after having a story from out
of 'Panda at the Fair' I shall be glad when you can take charge
of the bedtime stories love. You should see Keith's boots, they
are taring and gravelling the road so you can imagine what they
By the way in case you haven't heard I received
the parcel with the beads, bracelet and oranges in, all in good
condition. Sheila has got the bracelet on in the photo. You say
in your letter that all you will be able to do is sit back and
admire us all, but don't kid yourself love, you won't get a chance
to sit back.
Fancy hearing from Elsie Burnham, is she alright
and any family yet. I was pleased to hear Bill Parker's news I'll
let you know if I hear anything.
We certainly get some planes over these days but
the gliders are the ones I like the best, there were nearly forty
skimming the housetops on Monday, a grand sight.
Mam and Mabel have had an airgraph from you this
week. I want to write to Bob tonight. It has been very cold today.
Keith seemed pleased tonight he said his own teacher had come
back and she's the best in the school, she had been away for several
weeks. His nerves seem a lot better it must have been with him
being run down.
Well love another letter almost finished I shall
be glad when we don't have to write our thoughts anymore, but
can just sit by the fire and talk (or read) after our family are
safely tucked in bed, still as you say love that day will dawn.
Goodnight love, keep smiling, all my love is yours.
By the way we thought C & E meant Connie and
I was pleased to get your airmail today dated 30/4
and your airgraph arrived on Friday, that means I had a reply
in fourteen days. I don't think we shall do better than that do
It was funny you should ask me to get something
for your mother out of the 10/- from the wardens post as I bought
a badge like mine for her this afternoon (7/6d) so I shall give
it to her from you instead and give her some money from me. Peggy
didn't have anything to pay. I have almost finished Sheila's dress,
a pretty blue taffeta with three frills for the skirt and two
little pink bows at the waist and buttons at the back and I shall
put two pink bows in her hair, out of an old dress it's not too
bad. I am going to try and make her one out of my wedding dress
and myself a blouse to go with my new costume.
Keith thanks you for his airgraph and says he will
write to you soon. Sheila says the next one is hers. Sheila and
Keith seem to have colds, the weather is so changeable, I have
given them some linctus and hope they are bit better tomorrow.
Mr. S has just been tidying the flower beds on the
front and dug them over for me, they look much better. I have
washed quite a lot today and been to the Infirmary but apart from
looking after my chicks that's all I have done.
I seem a bit unlucky with my tulips this year Keith
knocked four off with the football, I knocked one off whilst weeding
this morning. Michael was admiring the garden and took the head
off one, I must say though he did his best to put it on again.
You've gone a bit highbrow haven't you with going
to the opera, did you put your evening dress on, you'll be able
to spin some yarns when you come home.
I have sent a few Mercury's this weekend and a Wyggeston
magazine. There has been a terrible tragedy in Leicester this
week as two boys aged six were missing a week yesterday
and shelters, static water tanks, train wagons and anything likely
to hide them was searched. They found them this morning quite
by accident in a box seat of a railway van at Campbell Street.
It was only 22 inches high by 13 wide and 29 long and fastened
with a staple lock. Apparently they were playing at some game
and the lid fell and got fastened, isn't it terrible love.
I told Keith you had seen Sandy Powell and he said
really, he couldn't believe it. I haven't had the kiddies photo
yet I expect they will be two or three weeks yet, but will send
them straight off to you when they do arrive. I don't remember
whether that Bernice and we bought Peggy a table lamp for a present.
I'll say goodnight love and try to finish this off
Well here I am love after a very mixed night, Michael
was tossing about all night long as he has some rather large heat
spots and they were irritating the poor lad and the planes were
going over rather low and in such quantities that I got out once
or twice to see them. I saw some with lights on about 12.30am.
I feel in need of a sleep today and I'm glad now I did the washing
Sheila is busy washing the breakfast pots for me
and Michael is chasing around amusing himself with anything he
can find. Sheila went to Butlins with Mrs. Keeling and saw the
lion they have now. I've promised Keith I'll meet him out of school
today and take him to see it. Michael keeps bringing me a paper
and saying such a string of mixed words with it, we've got a couple
of Horaces now and they take a bit of understanding.
I had an airgraph today from Jack Turvey dated 27/4
he said he had heard from you. I'll just leave off to dry the
Well love that's the pots and Michael is now yelling
for chocolate, having been satisfied he's doing a little dance
with Sheila. Your mother said on Friday that Michael was getting
your share of love from me, as he kicks up if anyone else fusses
me or if I leave him, but he soon gets over it.
Well the time is getting on and I should like this
letter to go this morning hen Oliver calls, so I'll say Goodnight
love all my love is for you and when that day dawns we'll smile
together, God bless you dear and keep you safe for us.
Well love its 9.30pm and I'm sitting writing this
letter with the window wide open, the weather has been glorious
the last two days, but I hardly dare say so. I've put Sheila a
summer dress on for the first time today and she said "ah! Eila
looks like old moffer riley". It's your mothers birthday today
and I took her the broach this afternoon, she was very pleased
with it and said she always wanted one. She was in bed today as
she has slight lumbago but seems very well apart from that.
Gladys is coming for the day tomorrow, Tom came
to see me yesterday as he had 24 hours leave. I felt very sorry
for him as he almost broke down, he said it's the waiting that
makes the fellows jittery. I'm thankful love that so far you haven't
had to face that, of course we don't know what's before us, we
must just hope that we will see each other again within 12 months
at any rate. You know love that Tom is front-line so just give
him a thought when the time comes. I don't know how I would be
love if I was in Gladys place.
Last night planes were going over for hours it seemed
and I spent quite a while leaning on my elbows at the open bedroom
window in the middle of the night watching them go out. Each morning
I expect to hear they have started. By the way love did you know
they had started an offensive in Italy, I thought I'd better mention
it in case.
Wal Yates is now in Libya so you may come across
him yet. This week is salute the soldier week and there's a big
parade in town tomorrow and the soldiers are doing their stuff
on Abbey Park on Sunday. Remember the last time we saw the soldiers
there, was it ten years ago or twenty or merely just nine months
ago. I do miss you love, we never realized how well off we were
in peace time, when we could go to bed with a peaceful mind and
sleep, no blackouts ,no fear that planes were going over to have
an accident just above you. That was my thought last night as
quite a few do crash on houses.
Well love so far my letter is not too cheerful,
I think I'd better leave it and see how I wake up tomorrow. Goodnight
It's now Sunday 2.30pm and I've just finished your
cake. Keith has gone to play with Johns meccano and Michael and
Sheila are playing in the sitting room. It is too cold for them
to play outside today. Gladys came for the day yesterday she looks
better than she has done for some time, she is very worried though
over Tom. Mr. And Mrs. S. were going to take the lads to Bradgate
Park yesterday but they couldn't get on a bus so finished having
their tea on Abbey Park. Its as well they did for it rained quite
hard after tea.
Sheila has got Mrs. Mofips of Tommy Handley's show
off, with her T.T.F.N. she does look saucy and Michael has started
dancing when there's any music on the wireless. Did you
hear them mention Leicester's parade on the 9 o'clock news last
Michael measures 30 ½'' and Sheila's 38"
but I haven't been able to have them weighed for some time now.
I haven't had there photos yet but Bernice has had hers so they
won't be long. Peggy and Bernice are getting excited over the
wedding as Bernice is having her hair permed and there was her
dress fitting last week. Have they given you an account of what
everyone is wearing. Percy has been home this weekend on 24 hours.
Sheila and Michael have come in now and are larking about with
some balls that aunt Mabel gave them. Michael loves a ball or
a brush, they are both getting brown but Michael will never be
as brown as Sheila. They have taken my mind off this letter love
so I think I had better say goodnight love as they are fighting
now over something. I have just asked Michael to let me have a
look at his teeth and the little monkey was too pleased at a chance
God bless you love and see you safely home so you
can sit and admire your work of national importance
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I was pleased to get your airmail dated 2nd this
afternoon it made me smile when you said you had met a Leicester
fellow and then found out he knew me, do you remember on our honeymoon
how we met one then and you said " I can't even bring you on our
honeymoon without meeting some chap you know". I remember him
but it was H Ilsley who lived next door to him. Just remember
me to him , it's a small world isn't it love, but I hope you don't
muck out too much of my dark past during your travels and want
a divorce when you arrive home.
I don't' know if it was wrong about the Yanks babies
but I know there was four, is that quads or quins?
I did get the scent OK love and I am saving the
last few spots for the wedding and then I suppose Keith, Sheila
and Michael will want some. It is very dull tonight love and cold
too, we had the siren last night, just a short one , Keith woke
but fell sleep again before the all clear. I thought perhaps the
second front had happened. We went to the park yesterday afternoon
but Keith stayed and played with John. I'm glad he did love as
there were three planes stunting and one crashed, it was terrible
to see love and looked for all the world where we were it was
going on the opposite crowd. The park soon cleared and everyone
looked sad with the thoughts of the poor chap in it. It fell on
the railway embankment at the side of Blackbird Post Office.
No one else was injured but the poor fellow was killed.
I have bathed the kiddies tonight and they all looked
sweet. Michael with his new pyjamas that Auntie Mabel made. Since
we have been home this afternoon Michael keeps diving for our
legs, I'm sure he will make a footballer what with bumping his
head at us and now low tackles, he loves to tickle us especially
if we have no stockings on.
Keith has lost his two front teeth they came out
when he was having his tea in the park on Saturday. I told Sheila
you had thanked her for her spotty kisses and she said " eila
hasn't anymore now" so you've had it. This lousy pen makes it
hard work to write. Percy was home on 24hrs on Saturday.
I think I'll get my supper love, I wish you were
with me love to share it with me, cheese and a little bit of Sundays
joint and a cup of cocoa made with milk, still you will be one
of these bright days eh love. Goodnight love.
Well here I am again it's a showery day today although
I did a bit of washing this morning its still wet but the sun
has come out now and its warmer, I hope the rain keeps off. I'm
just going to have a cup of tea and then fetch my money. A card
has just arrived from you for Sheila and she was pleased with
it, Michael wanted it and the photos also arrived. I think it's
a grand photo and will be sending one off to you tonight. I'm
glad I wasn't on it or it would have been spoiled. I shall call
I shall call in Mabels tonight if I do manage to
get out. By the way the lilac has ten blooms on it, we should
have a nice tree one day. When I went down Barton Road the old
lady who lives opposite Mrs Quinn asked me how we were and said
the children grow, I said they do and she said "that's credit
due to you" so I walked the rest of the way with my head up and
shoulders straight. I also met Mrs Taylor and she thought
that bloke Clarke was a pall of her brothers but she would find
out and thanked me for mentioning it.
Mabel had two seamail letters from you today and
I forgot to mention I had another airmail this morning dated 7th.
You've got a bit mixed as usual. Its Keith that your mother is
holding not Sheila, I bet the photos are getting a bit worn love
and I bet this new one will soon be as well. I've posted it tonight
so if you keep this letter you'll see how long it takes.
Keith has lost another tooth and I've told him he'll
have to wear your old set. I'm pleased to hear you are looking
after yourself , is Cpl Dickinson still with you. Your last letters
have been censored by the same man so I bet he looks forward to
the rest of the serial.
I have asked Peggy to do as you required, the Sunday
you wrote that letter it was nice and we had the deckchair out
and Bernice was sitting in it while I did the hedging. Big Ben
is just striking 9pm.
Well love its no good I shall just have to get a
different pen as this ones a pig. Did you know we were having
a pay rise from May 1st , each child 12/- and 35/- for a wife
with family. I don't know how much I shall get as the hardship
is being raised to 22/- a unit, still I should know next week.
All my love to you dear, sweet dreams and God bless
I was pleased to get another airmail yesterday dated
13th May, making three last week. We are not going out today as
it's dull and very cold. I hope it clears up for next Saturday
or we shall all be shivering. Mabel, Bernice and my family went
with me yesterday to buy a hat and shoes to go with my new costume.
I had a quite perky hat that doesn't fit my head, just lodges
on my forehead and holds on with a band at the back, a blue one,
more of a dark royal and my shoes are about the same shade. I
have made a blouse out of my wedding dress and I shall only need
some gloves now.
Peggy fetched their dresses yesterday. They are
lovely, Bernice and Les's cousin in dusky pink and Kath in blue,
she looks grand in it. It's a pity her mothers not here she would
have been proud of her. Harry bought a new suit yesterday and
Les got his from the tailors, they should have had it a month
ago and began to wonder if they would get it in time for the wedding.
Mabel has a navy dress and hat and your mother has a wine coloured
one so that's the masons' all ready.
Everyone who has seen the photo says how good it
is and it beats even those you already have. I think it's worth
an enlargement. How long do you think it will take to reach you?
I'm longing to hear what you think of it.
I have had my increase from the army, up to now
I am getting 16/9d but I expect a decrease in the hardship allowance,
we don't get any extra now for years of service and we lose the
3/6d you got for passing the clerks test. Its all reckoned in
and every wife with a family gets 35/- a week whether the husbands
been away one week or four years. So when they finish I shall
be lucky if I get the extra for the children.
Michael has just been in to tell me that he put
something he shouldn't in his mouth. You have to laugh because
he comes out with such a string of words and then I ask him where
it is and he opens his hand and give me whatever he's been sucking.
Mabel was in stitches at him yesterday as he was chattering away
all the time and when we were in Woolworths she asked him what
he had said and it sounded like 'buga, buga, buga. I said
I must have done a lot of expressing my thoughts inwardly while
I was carrying him.
I was saying at dinnertime that Sheila was always
the one to get into mischief and Keith said 'yes and I'm always
the one to be awkward.' Bernice has just blown in with the wind.
She expects to have her tea and get out of going to church by
doing so. She's a proper schemer, by the way she has sent you
a photo along with mine also we will try to get a Chronicle if
there is a picture of Peggy's wedding in to send you.
I have just bathed the family once more and left
Sheila to brush her hair while I dried Keith and Bernice brought
her a cup of cocoa up she said " isn't me beautiful" she'll
I'm trying to write this on my knee but it is not
very successful, I'll try now on the arm of the big chair, Bernice
is looking around for something to read. Winnie and Iris haven't
come up tonight, but Iris's young man is expected home on leave,
she has made it up with her Sgt air gunner. She thinks a lot of
him and I hope he's worth it.
Harry L set the potatoes for me this morning so
that's a bit more towards the summer produce, the peas don't look
to healthy but Mrs. S's cat is always on them it's a nuisance,
the bluebells and tulips have looked a picture this year. Harry
put me four astors in.
Your mam is a lot better this weekend, her back
was bad last Saturday, I just hope it doesn't stop her seeing
Peggy getting married next Saturday. I hope you will soon get
a photo to send to me, I might get one of myself when I'm in town
I'm glad you have written to Bob, I've sent a letter
but it had to go by surface mail as we can't send airmails to
Gib. Now. We seem to be doing well in Italy, who knows this war
may end this year after all. There's one thing love the children
will be old enough to take out after tea when you come home and
we should be able to give them some fun. I think Keith misses
you now love as after tea I have Sheila and Michael to look after
and then it's almost time for Keith to get ready for bed himself,
where he could have a bit of fun if you were home, he notices
with John and his daddy. It can't be helped love though.
All my love to you dear .
May 28th 1944
Well love I'm sorry I've been so long in writing.
But as you know this week has been a very busy one trying to get
ready in time for the wedding yesterday and then I also did a
bit of baking for Mabel.
Everything went off well at Peggy's wedding and
the church was fuller than for a normal service, I wish you'd
been there with us, Michael was a little tartar at teatime but
got thoroughly spoilt afterward and you should have Miss Sheila,
oh I forgot it wasn't exactly our show. Peggy looked lovely and
the bridesmaid too. Harry and Les looked smart in their navy suits
and Mabel looked nice in navy. There was plenty to eat and drink
and brother Bill was doing his stuff in entertaining. Peggy and
Les have gone to Buxton for the week and it looks as if they will
have a nice week.
It's very hot today so we have decided to have a
lazy afternoon and stay in. Michael and Sheila aren't very sweet
today as they were late going to bed last night. Keith seems alright
but as usual haven't seen much of him he's too busy playing with
I was pleased to receive your airmail dated 18th
on Friday and to see you celebrated your second anniversary so
pleasantly starting with your egg and bacon and then having to
walk so far to get it down. I was sorry to hear you lost my pencil
but I would have been sorrier to hear you had lost the pen I sent.
Do things just vanish or is it your good memory.
I had a very nice letter from Mrs. Dickinson this
week, she has been having some trouble with the kiddies what with
the baby teething and the boy needing his tonsils attending to.
So you see love we are all in the same boat, so hurry this war
up a bit. Its teatime now and as I want the kiddies off to be
earlier I better get tea ready.
Well love its Monday and very hot again, I didn't
have a chance to finish this after tea as Michael didn't give
me much peace until I went to bed and then I had to smack him
to make him lay down. I guess it was too hot for him and he's
cutting his teeth. Winnie and Iris said they were coming for the
day and so far haven't turned up (2pm). I shall get the
kiddies ready when Michael wakes and go out, it will serve them
right. Bill, Madge and Janet called in this morning, they have
to go back tonight as Madge goes to work in the morning. Bernice
is going with them until Sunday so Mabel will feel lost without
her family. Ernie is getting on fine and is expecting to go back
to Northampton during this week. I don't know if Cath will be
able to get there as well as they have married quarters there.
Well love this letter is very patchy I went down
to Mabel's this afternoon and we went to see if Peggy's photos
were ready but the shop was shut. Your mam and Nora had been
up home and called in Mabels', Bill and Madge came in for Bernice,
then after tea Mabel went with us to the fair and gave the kiddies
a couple of rides. We tried our luck at the darts but didn't
win anything. We took Michael on the dodgems, he liked it and
it's the first time he has been on anything. The kiddies have
gone to bed and Mabel is now laid out on one of the shelter beds.
I told her she looked if she was laid out, but she said she was
just recuperating after her strenuous week.
Sheila has had a boil on her bottom but it broke
today, she wanted a ride in the pushchair tonight so we put her
and Michael in it together. Michaels hair seems fairer and quite
curly since he has been able to go without a hat. There doesn't
seem a lot to say love or my brain has got a lazy spell. Bill
wanted to know how many service stripes you had as he thought
you would get some for civil defence service.
I'll have to finish this letter love as I want it
to go tonight and the news has just come on and Mabel will soon
be going. It sounds a bit thundery on the wireless tonight, we
saw a parachute over Anstey way and heard that two planes had
collided sure seem to be having some shocks lately. Spurways has
had a big fire again and they have only just gone back to work
Goodnight love I'll try to do better next time,
god bless you and keep safe for me.
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I'll just start this letter while the dinner is
cooking, greens, new potatoes, pork and apple sauce. and I guess
I will have to eat most of it myself apart from Michael's share.
The kids are having a noisy time. There's John and Brian besides
our own three. It's a good job my temper is a bit sweet this morning.
I don't seem to be getting much time for writing
these days . It's after eight when Keith gets to bed and then
I clear up and do odd jobs that need attention and I then feel
ready for bed. I have felt very tired the last few nights.
Harry had Michael and Sheila for me last night while
I went to the pictures with Mabel and keith. Bernice is still
in Birmingham. It was quite a change but it wasn't that which
tired me. I was ironing until nearly ten and the kiddies missed
Sheila went to the pictures with Auntie Nora and
she was thrilled because she had seen Italy where her daddy is
and told everyone about it. It was the first thing she asked me
when she got home if I had ever seen Italy.
We have quite a few roses on the bushes this year.
There are ten out on the Daily Mail one and over ten on the other
one. There are a lot of buds still to come out. We have five yellow
ones and four blue ones. The beetroot and onions are not too good
but there will be enough as I am the only one who eats them. The
raspberry canes are loaded with blossom and I look like having
plenty of those.
Well, love, that's another Sunday dinner over and
now Michael is in bed and Keith and Sheila are outside building
things with some old mineral cases and bits of wood. I don't think
we shall go out this afternoon. I might take them out after tea
for a stroll if the rain keeps off. It's very blustery.
I though I would ask your mother up for a week.
It might be a bit quieter for her as she does not seem to have
picked up much sine her last bout of lumbago.
I expect by the time you get this you will have
received the photos and I want to know your feelings when you
get them as your mam and Mabel said you would feel like weeping
when you get them. I hope you have been able to get yours done
but what a price. I am sending a few copies of the Leicester Mercury
and the Chronicle with Peggy's picture in it and also a copy of
Faires magazine which they sent me.
Harry Quinn sends his best to you. I had to ask
him to fit my towel rail back up and he also mended Sheila's barrow.
There's one thing about him, he never minds doing little jobs
for me and he does it well too. he was pulling my leg when I was
weeding the onions and carrots but I think they look better for
I have not seen Lilian yet but hope to get up there
sometime. Mrs. Woodcock is still going strong. You should see
me with my hair curled around my head. I'll perhaps get a photo
done, still you wouldn't even notice if you were at home.
I don't know if I told you in the last letter but
I got a 16/9 increase in my pay from the Army. So far, I haven't
heard of nay decrease in the hardship but I should not be suprised.
You know what the army is like.
Peggy and Les enjoyed their honeymoon and both looked
as if the change did them good. I forgot to tell you that Peggy
wore the stockings you sent and Les his tie. It looked very nice
and not a bit showy as you thought it might.
It is janet's birthday today and John's was on Thursday
and Bernice's last Tuesday. She starts work in August. She looks
lovely on Peggy's photo. They turned out very well. If Peggy can
keep the proofs she will send one but they only do big prints
and if she sent one to you you wouldn't know where to put it.
I managed to get a quarter pound of Strawberries
last week. keith and Sheila were thrilled by them but Michael
was not too sure.
I've just had to fetch them in as they are fighting.
It's always the same when I am trying to get something done. Well
they have put me off writing now so I'll say goodnight and keep
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7th June 1944
Well love at long last the day of invasion has dawned
and I was never so thankful that you were away from England it
has meant ten months of speculation for some but I wouldn't have
wanted you to face what those lads must be facing now.
I had a letter this afternoon from Gladys and she
says she feels better now it has started and will be glad when
she hears Tom has made a safe landing she must be very worried
and I feel grieved for her. Our Winnies husband should have rung
her up on Sunday night but failed to do so, so it makes you wonder
if he went as well. I don't know how Percy stands but will pass
any news on to you.
We had some good news this week Bob arrived home
yesterday or should I say expected to. Mam hasn't seen him yet
but Elsie came to see her when she had the telegram yesterday
morning. They are all excited as you could expect them to be.
We won't bother to get excited when you send your telegram, not
half we won't !
I received airmail dated 27th on Monday and thought
the photo was grand I've about took the print off with looking
at it and when I showed it to Sheila and asked who it was she
said "my daddy" and began kissing it for all she was worth. Keith
didn't say a lot just that he wished it was you really and we
soon got Michael on saying daddy.
Keith received his birthday cards complete with
the photos with the postmark 30th May he laughed when I said you
sent them expecting them to take a long time by sea and then they
sent them quickly by air. The little bit of dirt gives you the
Ronald Coleman touch love but for all that I shouldn't like to
kiss you with that on. I am keeping the head and shoulders one
although I said to Mabel tonight I could see more of you on the
other one, I think I said all of you and she smiled and said not
quite. I said it was perhaps as well I was taking them up to your
mam on Friday. I shall give your mam, Nora, Mabel, Oliver and
my mother one. Bill will have to have one another time.
Have you got our childrens photo yet?
I have been to see Dr Airey today about my arm,
he was very pleased with it, he painted a bit again with some
acid stuff as he was very satisfied with the result last time.
It's nice to know it's responding to the treatment. I wish it
could be better for when you come home, but I don't mean for the
war to last long but my arm to get well quickly.
Keith hasn't had his other card yet and by the way
love do you remember you have written it in double and Keith can
only read printing. I think I'll go to bed now, goodnight love.
I have just made the beds lit the fire and Sheila
has washed up for me, I have also put Sheila a clean dress and
knickers and hair ribbons on so she is little girl blue now. I
have combed Michaels hair after a struggle, he's like Keith and
doesn't like being made clean.
It looks as though the weather is going to pick
up again, I hope so as it's so cold, there seem a stillness about
since the second front started, I suppose it's the planes we miss.
There has been a few go over just above the housetops not
long ago and yesterday about 20 went over with white markings
on the body, they are the troop carriers and they were heading
When Sheila saw the full length photo she said "ain't
um funny" her latest song is "Maresitotes" but I bet it hasn't
come your way yet, it's a silly little song in childish talk but
Well love I still have work to do, I feel a bit
tired today and might give the infirmary a miss today with going
yesterday. Michael is busy trying to see how the centre draw in
the machine works.
I had better say "goodnight" love once more, look
after yourself love. Your ever loving wife and family.
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I had your letter today dated 4th June and pleased
to know you are OK though a little overworked but as long as its
all to get this war over with quicker I know you won't grumble.
Keith is getting ready for bed and he asked me to
tell you he had weeded his garden tonight. I also moved a few
weeds, you'll have to work hard to keep up the standard when you
come home as the garden looks quite tidy.
The kiddies are keeping well although I think we
all need a lot more sunshine as I have felt off colour this week
and everything seems like hard work. Now the sun has come out
so perhaps tomorrow it might turn warm once more, it's been as
cold as winter for nearly a fortnight.
I didn't go to the infirmary on Thursday but have
been today. I haven't seen Bob yet, I hope he comes to see me,
if his wife lets him. Gladys hasn't heard from Tom yet and she
hasn't had his belongings back so we don't know if he has gone
or not. We are having a happy event in the family from Cath and
Ernie that's all I know yet.
A glider has just gone over and two planes with
the white invasion marks on. I saw a few fly over this afternoon,
we seem to be doing well all round. They have brought a lot of
the wounded to Leicester, I've heard quite a few comments on them,
Mabel and Bernice have just come up so I'll leave
this a bit.
Well love I have just had my supper and just heard
the troops are doing well and now after the war report has finished
Tommy Handley is on, are you listening?
I noticed on Saturday that they had put a peacetime
light at the corner of Barton Road so at least someone is expecting
things to happen. By the way love Kath took the snap to work and
your dear Agnes thought you looked older and very worried and
she didn't like the bit of dirt, so we now both look older love.
We'll show them when we get back to normal.
Mabel has sent Peggy's photo, they have put the
wrong name for Les, but it's still him, she cut it out of the
Chronicle as someone else has it each week. They had St. Augustine's
room for the reception.
Winnie and Iris came up last night, Winnie's husband
is helping with the wounded but Iris's young man was taking a
glider over, she heard from him after he came back, but those
lads will be out quite a lot I expect. This invasion has worried
me a lot, I can't help but think of all the poor lads making the
landings and having to fight even before their feet were on firm
ground. It takes a war to make us realize how well off we were
I didn't tell you about the night Michael was playing
with my halibut oil capsules in a screw top bottle. He took them
upstairs, something made me forget to take them off him, but later
I heard the bottle fall on the floor and he soon started crying.
When I went up the top was off the bottle and I was ten to fifteen
capsules short. Michael fairly reeked of oil, luckily they did
no harm to him, he's a rascal for eating something he sees lying
around and often goes out and eats what I've left for the birds.
He's always amongst the coal but he's a clean lad in his habits.
He was making Winnie and Iris laugh last night as he was sitting
on Sheila's dolls cot in his pyjamas and was putting the cover
under his chin. Then his toes would stick out so he tried to cover
them but then the cover would come from under his chin, he tried
for quite a while first one way and then the other. I should have
loved you to have seen him, he's so sweet, still I suppose you
can see that from the photo.
Sheila is getting very brown so if we get any sun
this summer she will be about black again, she made me smile today
as one day Mrs. Keeling gave me a cup of tea so today she said
to Mrs. Keeling " have you plenty of tea today" and when she nodded,
Sheila turned to me and said "come in mummy she's plenty of tea".
So I had a cup of tea today as well.
Well love it's bedtime again and I am glad I have
finished this in one night as it seems so long getting finished
if I leave it. God bless you dear and keep you safe for us all.
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I had your letter today dated 8th June I see you
are still enjoying sunshine I wish we could have a bit here its
like an October day today again.
You mention that to ease the monotony you went to
a dance and hope you haven't broken a promise to me. Well in the
first place there was no such promise just an understanding between
us that I have kept, you may say I haven't had a chance but you
are wrong. The other week I told Mabel I'd love to go to a dance
and she offered to have the children while I went one Saturday
afternoon with Bernice, but your dear wife thought her husband
wouldn't like it so she refused but I'm the least to say disappointed
that you couldn't resist the same.
Your excuse I note for going was all the chaps in
the tent went, I hope you don't just have to do what everyone
else does or are you still as old, your wife comes last or should
I say her wishes, or is it when chaps get together they play follow
the leader. You will no doubt say I am being awkward but will
not stop to think that my life here gets very monotonous besides
worrying at times.
I have just had to clear sick up after Sheila and
yesterday I had all the bedclothes to wash as Keith had been sick
all over the place apart from the fact that for almost a fortnight
I haven't been feeling well myself but have to just carry on in
the same day to day existence. I know I have all the things you
miss but if you had had them for two years without anyone's help
you would find the shine goes off, just the same as anything else.
I don't think for a moment that you do wrong I trust
you but all the same I don't think you would like it if the positions
were changed, you will perhaps still go to dances and decide not
to say anything about it but I'd sooner know as that would only
lead to trouble between us.
Sheila has just been sick again, I don't know whats
wrong with us all it must be a lack of sunshine.
Bob came to see me this afternoon but I was out,
just my luck. We have something else to put up with from
Hitler lets hope its not too long before we can put a finish to
the devil as everyone is heartily sick of war.
Gladys hasn't heard from Tom yet so she doesn't
know where he is what a worry it must be for her.
Well Eric as its after eleven I better close I don't
feel in the mood for writing any pleasant things that may have
cropped up since my last letter so I'll say goodnight. God bless
you and keep you safe for us. With love and kisses from your loving
wife and family.
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Mrs. Woodcock has had a boy, Peter
I received your airmail dated the 13th yesterday,
you seem to be doing well lately in meeting folks from Leicester,
it might break the monotony a bit for you, my pen nib has just
broken, curse it.
Well love the weather doesn't get any better, each
night after tea it gets a little warmer and the next morning is
as cold as ever.
Keith had his card yesterday from you and thought
it was very nice and Miss Sheila was as thrilled as usual and
suddenly stood up in the fireside chair, I wondered what was up
until I saw that the girl on the card was doing the same you see
how quick she is. Talking of her quickness when she throws a ball
she is like lightning she will make a fast bowler.
Keith is all excited about his birthday party, there
will be John and David, Nora's three, Glady's two, Bernice and
our own three and Winnie and Iris will be up about 6pm. I will
make a cake for him so I expect you will be thinking of us then.
Keith called me a few minutes ago and said he didn't feel very
well but he's off to sleep again now.
Michael has been whittery the last two days I don't
know what's the matter with him I hardly think it's his teeth
as he's cut them all at least for the time being.
Sheila was poorly all day Sunday she was asleep
on the settee most of the day and I had to nurse her a bit but
I think it must have be some sort of cold going around as Mabel
was up with Bernice on Sunday night, she was very sick. We shall
be alright one of these days I hope. Bernice has got a job this
week at Adderleys in the work room and she is quite thrilled about
Mrs. Woodcock has gone to the home today but up
to now I haven't heard anything yet if I do before I send this
letter I'll put what she has.
I haven't asked you mam up yet as I haven't felt
like troubling to put the bed down and she hasn't decided about
going to Veras.
I had a letter from Gladys and she said she had
a letter from Tom, he didn't say he was in Normandy but said he
had only had one letter from her and his letter was marked by
the field post office on active service, so she guessed he was
there, still she was pleased to know he had made the landing OK.
Sheila has been busy washing her doll and she washed
the letter for dinner, she washes the pots every morning and does
the job thoroughly.
Keith has made me a calender with a match box and
matchsticks and a little book calender, he made it at home and
thought it out himself. I think he will be an inventor when he
I have been cleaning the coalhouse out tonight.
There were three kiddies besides our own helping me so you
can imagine the time I had. I then took Sheila and Michael round
to Mr. Saunders to have their hair cut, it's the first time
for Michael, he does look a proper boy now without his curls.
Have you got the photo yet I sent word to Faire's
that you had met Frank Hall.
Your 3d a day increase love goes with my 16/9d increase.
A woman was telling me in the post office that she had a 7/6d
increase and next week her grant goes down 8/-. There's
one thing they can only take 13/- off me and then I've finished.
Saunders cat has put paid to the peas but I have
another couple of rows coming through and the kidney beans are
showing but everything needs a good soaking. This wind dries every
bit of moisture out of the ground.
My arm is still open where the doctor painted it
a fortnight ago and is very sore, but I feel a bit better myself.
It must be the late nights I have had lately, I rarely get off
to bed before eleven it's almost that now again so I'll say goodnight
Bob came to see me on Monday morning he say's that
Gib has put years on him and hopes he is not going back there
although he looks well but a little tired which is expected after
two and a half years.
God bless you love and lots of kisses from
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25th June 1944
Well love another birthday has passed, that makes
three he has had without you. Let's hope his next one will be
made happier with you at home. He's had a good time and a nice
party today. I made a real birthday cake, two blancmanges, a jelly,
and Bernice and I made about thirty cakes and the same number
of jam tarts and we gave them lettuce (homegrown) and tomato sandwiches
so I think they did well for war time. Keith said to tell you
that we had the last of your jelly.
He was very excited yesterday and waiting for the
postman on the doorstep and then when he came he hadn't anything
for him, poor kid he was so disappointed but there is one thing
about Keith he stands a disappointment fine. I told him that he
may have one in the afternoon so we had to hang on for the postman.
Luckily he had two for him. Mine was too late for the post so
I put it against the door and granny bought hers up while he was
at the pictures so hers went with mine and he was delighted when
he saw them.
He had 7/- and a book from John and 4/6 in savings
stamps. I was hoping to get his bike for him but I feel that Mrs.
Quinn has let me down. You see in the first place John was lent
a bike by a friend of theirs and Mrs Quinn happened to mention
that they wanted to sell it so of course I said I would have it
for Keith. They next day she said I could have it and Harry could
clean it up for Keith's birthday. I asked her again about it on
Thursday and then she said they had paid for the bike and as they
couldn't get one yet for John they wanted to keep it until they
could although it was too small for John. She calmly said they
could no doubt sell it if I didn't want it. It's very unlike them,
I thought, and it made me a bit disappointed in her. Now I wonder
if they will knock anything off for John's wear.
Sheila took Colin down the garden path after the
party and I asked her if he was her young man and she said 'No,
my daddy is' She made me laugh yesterday. Bernice was holding
the door so she couldn't get in. She was mad when she did get
in and said to Bernice 'Now you go out and see how you likes it'
When I went up to see how they were one night she was asleep but
as I tucked the clothes around her, she just lifted her hand up
and in a very sleepy voice said T.T.F.N. (Ta Ta for now).
I haven't heard how Mrs. Woodcock is getting on yet apart from
her son having arrived alright. I see Sid Banyards brother Harold
has been wounded (In France I think).
Michael is more like you than ever now he has his
hair cut short. He seems a bit off colour. He hasn't had any dinner
today and that's unusual. The rest of us are alright but
we are still waiting for summer weather. I have been waiting to
get your letter to see if you had the photo yet but it didn't
arrive until today, Wednesday and I see you haven't had them yet.
Well love a third of your letter was the same as
the last one as you had told me about Frank and Arthur then. Are
you still pally with Cpl. Dickens ? It will be nice to have someone
from home with you. I had a letter from Gladys yesterday. I am
sorry to say Tom has been wounded and is now in England. He has
been wounded in the right groin just over a week ago but Gladys
doesn't know yet where he is or if his wounds are bad or not as
she has not had an official notice but a letter from Tom.
She says he sounds cheerful so we will have to hope
it is not too bad for the lad. I went to see her yesterday but
she was out. I bet she hardly knew what she was doing. I'll let
you know how she is in the next letter. Winnie and her sister
Dolly came to see me after school yesterday. The kiddies had a
good time together and we had a good old chin wag. I haven't seen
Bernice since Sunday. It's been very cold again this morning and
we have had quite a lot of rain that was badly needed. The lawn
at the back had almost gone..
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