I did get your two airmails together but not until Friday night.
Fancy forgetting to post it and then you say that you think about
me. Well love, I will forgive you this time. I have been missing you more than ever over this weekend. I feel I should
have someone near just to lean on their shoulder and feel I had
a chance to relax. I shall have to go out and find myself a Yank.
( What do you say love, 'Keep off') This letter may look and sound
a bit jumbled but I'm trying to write it sitting on the settee
with Michael and Sheila one at each end. Sheila has been out in
her new coat today with Bernice as Bernice has a new rig out as
well and they went the usual route. Bill and Madge called
in before dinner. I saw your Mam as I went to communion this morning.
She wasn't going to Mabel's today as she hasn't felt too well
all week. I was thinking of you when I was in church this morning
and wondering if you were there too.
kiddies have now been and fetched Pat and are having rides on
his back. Keith is at Sunday school. He gave Michael a nasty bump
this morning. His bike tyre has begun to split all round so he
won't be able to ride it during the holiday.
love, it was hopeless to get on with this letter yesterday and
now it's Monday night. I've had my supper and am waiting for Ethel
to come home. She brought her boy friend for tea yesterday. He
doesn't seem a bad sort of chap, Irish. I have a cold and hope
it gets better for the weekend. There wasn't much to do today
and it's been rather dull so I washed and have ironed it. I cleaned
the kids off before they went to bed and cleaned their shoes for
morning. Mabel has been up this evening and we listened to 'Music
Hall'. Keith has got a nervous bout. The last two nights he has
cried and said he was afraid the house would catch fire. I thought
he had got over these imaginations and I hope he soon forgets
this one. He has been to the Tudor this afternoon to see 'The
thief of Bagdad' and he enjoyed it. Michael has had another bump.
Today he fell off the chair straight on to the top of his head
he looked so pale after and closed his eyes. I thought he was
passing out but he seemed alright before he went to bed.
was pleased to get your letter this morning. I see you were feeling
just the same as I am. It must be extra hard for us both at Holiday
times, that's why I haven't bothered to go out today. I see your
hopes are rising high love, but I shall feel better when they
announce it over the radio and even then we don't know how long
it will be before we see each other again. I asked Keith if he
expects you home as soon as peace is declared and he said 'of
course not' and I told Sheila it won't be long before it ends
and her mind ran on to what Daddy could bring home for her so
you will have to find some little thing just to make a good impression
else what's the good of me telling them what a fine daddy they
have. I took them to have a photo taken for you so you should
get it about Whit. I hope it turns out as well as the last one.
I went to the same place.
was playing with the dolls and Michael this afternoon and said
she had come to see me for a little while as she had to take her
baby to the doctors (Michael) and she was to put it on Ostermilk
as she had had it weighed at the welfare and she had lost two
pounds but it had got better from tonsillitis. Of course it wasn't
all as plain as I have written it as we still have to decipher
half of what she says.
I'll say goodnight now as it's bedtime once more. Now we have
altered the clocks it's going to be hard to get up in the mornings
for a little while. God bless and keep you safe.
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feel almost ashamed to send this letter after leaving you so
long without one but as you can see love I still haven't got an
airmail but Mabel said we could now send these airmail and here's
hoping. I have just come home from the pictures and I was the
only one dry eyed. Bernice went with me tonight so you can see
how hard I am getting. I think I am going over so you had better
hurry home. It was a good picture 'The Madonna of the Seven Moons'
and it was in Rome and Florence so I've been to Italy with you.
Last week we gave the pictures a miss as there wasn't anything
worth seeing and decided we would have a drink but finding half
of Leicester shut we had a glass of mild and went and had supper.
They dished up some meat and potatoes which made us heave and
then we looked for somewhere else and I managed a drop more and
felt somewhat muddled the next morning.
had a letter on Saturday and have received a box of lemons and
nuts and fruit. The almonds will come in nicely for a cake. The
raisins have gone and there were three lemons bad. We liked
the figs, they tasted better than the ones which Dick's wife had.
We had a lovely weekend with Edith and went to the Lickey hills
on Saturday afternoon but we needed a man with us as the children
are hard work to carry and amuse at the same time. Still we managed
it and took a few snaps. I bought a film home so sometime in the
near future I'll send you a bit of home to help you on your way.
The lean to fell down this afternoon. The only comfort from that
is that I get a bit of firewood. I was without coal for the biggest
part of last week and I now have two bags till he decides to call
again. Keith has had to have a new tyre and inner tube for his
bike so I'm absolutely broke this week. Talking of money
I had 10/- from the wardens for you. Just tell me what to do with
it next time you write.
just had V29 and see you feel the same way I do. The end seems
a long way away. I've just asked Sheila to wash up while I finish
this letter but she wouldn't so Michael got his chair up and said
'wash up mamma' You mentioned Ethel bringing her boy friends home
when the war is over. Don't get alarmed I've told her already
that there will be no room for her when you come home. I'm not
having our lives upset any more when we get over this lot.
has just come in and is alarmed that there is a spot of rain on
her bike and Michael is trying to pull me off the chair by my
legs and touching my arm. He wants something outside and is very
persistent. The garden is looking quite nice and it's had rain
the last four nights and bright warm sun in the daytime. The daffodils
are almost over and the tulips are beginning to change colour.
I picked a few violets and they look grand in an egg cup.
is home on leave. John is in bed with jaundice. He has been poorly
for a fortnight or more. Mam came up yesterday and I wanted to
get a snap of her but I hadn't the camera ready. Still I'll get
one next week. I'll send as much as I can of home and loved ones
so that you can feel nearer. Your loving wife and family.
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16th April 1945
I hope my other letter reached you or you will be thinking I have
deserted you. The
box of walnuts arrived on Friday all in good order. I should think
that they caught and
I see in the Leicester Mercury tonight that the Woodhouse Windmill
has been burned
down. That is a shame, isn't it. It's been a lovely day and now
it's eight o'clock in the evening and I'm sitting with no fire and
the window open.. So far we have had more sunshine than we had the
whole of last summer.
I can hear voices round about and it sounds as if someone is doing
some gardening.. I
have been doing some as well as I have now got two rows of peas,
onions, beans and
one row of lettuce, carrots, and radish. The early potatoes are
also in and I've tidied
the flower beds but the edge of the lawn wants trimming. I haven't
felt in the mood for
that as my back is aching a bit.
You know, love, you hurt my feelings about your winnings, you know
expect any of it (By the way how much AM I getting ?). You seem
to be in luck's way
at present. I wish you would get even luckier and get a pass home.
Keith has gone to the Sov tonight to see Abbot and Costello with
Bernice but they
haven't arrived home yet. I've given Sheila and Michael a bath.
They get so dirty they
could do with one every night as they play at the top of the garden
and tip soil all over
their clothes and it's all in their hair.. You should have seen
Michael in the bath. Sheila
got on her tummy for a 'swim' so he had to do the same and landed
face first in the
Keith seems better again and I think he has been trying to behave
a bit better. Tom
came to see me this morning. He goes back Wednesday. Les got a job
as postman at a
repatriation camp. I thought that he looked a bit tired of it all.
Harry Noon has had his operation some time this week. Your mother
still doesn't seem too well. I don't think she gets enough rest
being in the living room all day.
I had a form from the War Office wanting to know if I'm still alive
and if I have any
court orders made out to you for the children.. They want to know
a B...lot. They
must know I'm still alive and kicking as I already fill another
form in twice a year but
I've never had one of these forms before.
Have you had your booklet about release etc ? If so how do you stand.
If it is too far
away you had better put in for a spot of Home leave although I'm
not too sure that
would be a good idea as the kiddies think when you do come home
it will be for good
and it will upset them if you go away again..
The planes are still going over and I think I had better say goodnight,
love as it's ten
o'clock and I know it's hopeless when Ethel comes in trying to get
to bed. I don't feel
I can rejoice even when Germany has finished. The time to put the
flags out is when
we know you are on the train and on your way home to Leicester.
What a day that will
God bless you love
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first piece of news is that I had the photos this afternoon and
post one off straight away to you. I hope it comes by air and
then I shall soon hear what you think of it. I think it is very
nice. I have also had Faire Brother's magazine and they have a
good cartoon of you my sweet cricketer.
had a rather bad time with the kiddies as we had a thunderstorm
lasting two hours. The kiddies were late going to bed and they
were not asleep when it started. Sheila was terrified and Michael
was just quiet and but clung to me with all his might. Keith almost
cried but was very brave and said God wouldn't hurt them when
I explained That god sends the storms and of course you know I
was trembling at the knees really !. It made me thankful that
they had not experienced any bad bombing as it is a job to comfort
them on ones own.
also a bit of bad news love, as my leg has broken out again so
I went to see Dr. Mann on Monday and he said it had healed too
quickly and I had to get the top off which had formed and bathe
it in epsom salts and start all over again. It aches and pains
me and is swollen just like it was before. Still by the papers
there are plenty of people putting up with more than that so I
for something lighter. Keith has been going up the sandhills with
John Quinn and catching newts. He had one and then lost it and
then a lad at school gave him two and John bought them home in
his pocket so I got the old bath down and he is thrilled with
them. he says they are two females and he would have liked one
male and then he would have some eggs. He was rather afraid they
would get out after the rain last night but they were OK. John
came across and said his had escaped.
now Sunday afternoon and I'm trying to get Keith off to school.
He is upstairs at the moment and kicking up a dickens of a row.
He says he is changing but he is a dream. He was saying the other
day that the best in the house was Michael then Daddy, Keith,
Mammy and then Sheila. I said doesn't daddy come first and he
said ' I don't know about that, I'll see what he is like when
he comes home. It's your dad's birthday on the 26th and I'll get
some flowers for Sunday. Well that's Keith off. Don't think, love,
that it was the quantity I had the other week that made my head
thick it was because I am not used to it and can't stand more
than two glasses.
hope you will be able to get your leave just behave yourself with
the charming hostesses the army have to make you feel at home.
I see in the Faire's magazine that a girl named Dawson is at Naples
with the Army welfare services so you should be alright if you
land up there. Don't pay high prices for anything for me, love,
you can send the money home and I'll bank it for our future holiday.
Together we have £130 in the bank so we should be able to
have some fun later.
sorry Dick has moved. You'll miss him. I hope the other corporal
is alright. Harry Noon had an operation this week and I hope Winnie
will be up tonight to let me know.
I want to get a bath in this afternoon while the children are
playing. It's not too warm today but they are outside on their
bikes. Every time Sheila gets her's out, Michael bustles along
for his. He doesn't put his feet on the pedals but just walks
along but he is happy. They are at the top of the garden playing
with the trowel, tins and soil so I'll get that bath now.
God bless you. All our love to you.
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the matter with your mail this week. Have you forgotten to post
it again or have you gone on your vacation. I had your last V33
on Monday. We have had a mixed day today as we had snow in the
night and the wind is biting with snow again this afternoon but
the sun is quite warm. Those summer days of last week have gone
but still they were very welcome. Sheila has written a letter
to you and told you about Michael crayoning on it while she was
writing. There is also a drawing of a train and the one in the
centre all red is mammy at the seaside in a new dress. Michael
does seem to alter since he has been playing outside. I'm afraid
love, you have missed all his baby ways but still you may have
that chance again (There will be a row if you do) but honest love
I would hate to think I'd got to go through all that again.
haven't received the cash wholesaler's parcel yet but expect it
will turn up any day now. I am enclosing the snaps we had taken
at Dicks home and hope you like them. Mr. Quin has been across
and tidied the front lawn and hedge it looks quite nice now. Do
you remember that little bit of honeysuckle we brought from Switherland,
it never did much good and then after I had the fence creosoted
it seemed to vanish altogether but this year it has grown and
has a side shoot on too so next year maybe we shall have flowers
on it. The lilac looks nice this year and has fourteen blooms
on it. Keith has been busy drawing and colouring a flag each for
himself, Sheila and Michael. He didn't fancy doing it both sides
so he put a big V Day written at the bottom. He was talking about
V day and said something about you coming home. He said he knew
you wouldn't be home as he said you had to fight the Japs. I said
you might get home but not for good and he said he wouldn't mind
you going back if only you came home. He misses you, love, but
it can't be helped but all the lads he plays with have all got
their daddies at home.
do you get on with the new corporal. I bet you miss Dick after
all the time you spent together. Ethel's Danny is a policeman
at the German camp here but had to go to jail for hitting a prisoner.
(14 days at Manchester) I went to see your mother yesterday and
she seemed a little better. My Mam doesn't seem to get any better.
She feels her age a bit nowadays. I'm taking some flowers to your
dad's grave tomorrow. Well Ethel is home now and all talk so I'd
better close this and try to write during the week. All
our love. Your loving wife and family.
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love at last this war looks as if it is drawing to it's last breath.
I was delighted when I heard of the surrender in Italy. Do you
think it will make your leave home any nearer,love ? I am sitting
alone by the fire in the sitting room. It's cold and raining outside,
the kiddies have just gone to bed. They have had their hair cut
tonight so are a bit late and I've tideied their things a bit
and sorted out some clean clothes as they have been making mud
pie ice creams.
has gone to stay with mam for a few days as we have had to have
the doctor in to examine her for she is far from well and has
been losing blood. I think she was worried in case there was a
growth. We were all really quite relieved to know there isn't,
but the doctor says her kidneys are not working properly and needs
rest and warmth so ordered her to bed. He is calling again at
the weekend. Your mother doesn't seem too well again and as I
went to the Doctor on Tuesday I asked him for a bottle of medicine
for her. She is very wheezy all the time.
love I've been very lucky this week as I've had three letters
and a box of nuts plus two packets of figs and thank you very
much for them.I meant to crack a few nuts to take to the pictures
last night, we went to the Odeon and saw "Then comes Tomorrow".
It was a good picture.
page of letter missing)
seems to be altering to me love, getting grown up. He makes me
smile when I've said something to him and he comes out with
'You certainly have'. He has got a craze for lighting bonfires
so I can you two having some fun together. Well love I've got
to wash those grubby clothes your family made. I don't want any
washing about on VE day so I'll say goodnight once again on paper.
our love to you dear, your loving wife and family.
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am making this short but I want to thank you for the lovely gloves
and centre I received on Saturday. The gloves are a bit tight
across my hand but they are very soft and will give that much.
I would like to have the centre framed or put in a glass tray
as I could not use it for a table centre as it would get soiled
and I don't think that it would wash. I have Sheila poorly. She
has been very feverish and has got a sore mouth. I haven't had
much rest with her for the past three nights. She is in bed now
and I did think that I would have the doctor in but she seems
better again now so it looks like me staying in on VE night unless
she cools off a bit. Still love as long as nothing keeps me in
when you are due to arrive at the Midland station that's all that
will trouble me.
think last week was a record week as I had four letters a box
of nuts and fruit two registered envelopes. I forgot to mention
the photo in my last letter. I was glad you were pleased with
it but photos do lie sometimes and don't show all my lines and
spots. My mother thinks it flatters me but against that Mrs Quinn
says it wasn't too good of me so there you are.
it's eleven and I should like Oliver to post this for me so here's
to victory. I haven't a bottle of stout handy , still I only have
to nip round to Buckminster Road near the school for one. We tried
it for the first time on Saturday, it was opened at Easter.
my love to you dear , your loving wife and family.
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love at last I feel in the mood for writing to you. I hope you
enjoyed the victory.As expected I was confined to barracks.
has been very poorly and I had to have the doctor in on V.E. Day.
He moaned and said that I pick some good days. She is a lot better
this morning and has been able to eat a thin piece of bread. She
was in bed for three days and very feverish. It's a week today
since we went out but I'm hoping to get out next Wednesday as
Bernice is coming then we shall celebrate.
were fortunate this week and had four eggs each on the ration.
It came in handy, that's all Sheila has been able to get down
took Keith into town to see the flags and as usual has proved
herself a good pal to me and has been up every time she could
spare. I really don't know what I should have done without Mabel
all the time you have been away. I've been able to take all my
pleasures and troubles to her and have a good weep on her shoulders
when I couldn't keep it back any longer. I only hope I can repay
her some way one day.
has had a holiday with the bonfires but wasn't too keen when they
lit one on the corner here as he was afraid the flames might
blow this way and catch our house. It was 9.30 when he came home
last night and his clothes reeked of smoke. He had been on the
Green on Groby Road with some more kids lighting fires. He didn't
half get ready for bed in a hurry. He couldn't understand 'Victory'
and said it is not peace because we still have to use ration books
and the Japs have still got to be beaten.
Kiddies had their cards yesterday and Keith had to smile when
you said he could have an extra piece of chocolate as the sums
were easy for him. I told him he would have to let you know what
he was doing at school
for V 38 love, I had it yesterday as there wasn't any post for
two days. We don't take much notice of Roy as he always has a
growse about something and like you love I would love you to be
firmly settle on that old office stool again. Still it's a bit
nearer now but how much we don't know yet. I haven't heard any
more of that form but all the army wives had one. Do you think
there is any chance of that delayed leave of yours being home
leave now. Well love I must get some work done. My leg is still
very sore. I feel sick of it and by the look of things I will
still have it when you get home.
bless you love, all our love to you.
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the days fly, I didn't realise until yesterday that I hadn't written
to you for a week again but this week has been very busy. To begin
with, love, on Saturday night when Mabel came up she said 'let's
try the screws on the shelter' So off we went and found we could
move them and finished by outing it altogether ! You see, love,
what amazons we are. Mabel did the most work. On Sunday of course,
I had to get the room in shape. Bernice helped to get the carpet
on the line and Harry and I gave it a good beating. We turned
it round when we put it back and now, love, it's ready for you
and it does look more like home sweet home.
saw us doing the carpet and when she heard that me and Mabel had
managed it she said she would leave it for a week and then have
a go but about 10.30 on Monday morning she shouted had I a few
minutes to spare and Evelyn was called as well and by just after
11.30 her shelter was down the garden as well !. Frank has been
home for 36 hours and Evelyn has her shelter at the bottom of
the garden as well so we all feel love that that's a bit of Hitler
night my leg was hurting and it was two o'clock before I got to
sleep so of course I felt done in the next day. Ethel came up
at night and stayed till ten. I wanted to bathe Keith and it was
8.30 before he came in very dirty looking. He went up to put the
water on and was running the tap for ages it seemed so I went
up. I could have killed him, he does try my patience. The floor
was swimming. He was standing in it with new socks on and the
bath as full as we should want it and he was sailing his boats.
Of course there was a row and he had a good hiding. He is so dammed
stupid. On tuesday when he came in I told him to get washed as
I was having a rest on the settee after a heavy wash day and he
couldn't do that without wetting himself and the floor. I only
hope you will be able to do something with him as I give up. That
meant another night gone without writing.
went to the pictures with Evelyn as Ann couldn't get. Mabel and
Bernice came up yesterday. They had Culver road's victory party
at Epworth hall so I took the kiddies there after I had been to
the Royal and it was 10.15 when we landed up home. We did have
a time. It didn't look as if we were short of food by the tables.
Jellies, blancmange, raspberries, trifles, cakes, jam tarts, and
real cream. They had a Punch and Judy and a conjurer. You should
have heard Michael and Sheila laughing at Punch. Sheila walked
up to the conjurer when he was doing a trick and caused some amusement.
She thoroughly enjoyed the games and won a book for putting the
tail on the donkey near where it should be. They also gave her
a book and Michael a knife and fork and two younger babies a cup
and saucer for being the youngest there. Her face was a study
at times and as usual she had plenty of attention.
love, I've come all this way and not thanked you for the last
two letters I received. I see you celebrated quietly or did you
? You didn't say you liked the goodnight snap. I am pleased you
are getting your leave and hope this letter reaches you before
you catch the early train. Keith said he would love some pictures
of vesuvius. It has made me feel depressed love over all the releasing
of troops. You should be home about next summer. It's a pleasant
? thought and my neighbour is going on holiday this week as she
feels in need of a change and rest. Why the hell don't they call
up all those who managed to crawl out of the Army beats me, still
she says she was always unlucky !. There'll come a day though
so we mustn't grumble. Hope you keep well until we meet again.
All our love is yours.
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love, I've been trying to get the grass and weeds down a bit and
I've made an impression but only a small one and we do need a
man around here. I've seen the painter again about the outside
and he still hasn't been near. The shed door had broken again
but Mr.S has tied it up and at least it looks tidy.
still have the main crop of potatoes in a sack and I feel I don't
care a hang if they stay there.
I've asked Harry but I don't think he is interested and I don't
feel that I can manage them
kids have gone to bed. They have been helping me this evening
and I am going to take
them to the Fosse tomorrow night to see Roy Rogers. I hope Michael
behaves himself. There's a dance at 'Gussies'(St. Augustines)
tonight and all the Mason crowd are going except Grannie and Olive.
Clever Bill asked me if I was going and I said yes if you look
after my family. Of course that was out of the question. I don't
know but he always gets my back up.
am making Sheila a new dress out of that flowered material we
had from Faire Brothers. I see in tonight's Mercury that John
Mantle has died suddenly. I had Faire's mag last week and you
and Frank are featured in it. I expect you have had yours by now
I'm writing this with my knees as a table so I hope you can read
was please to receive you V42 yesterday. It took almost a week
but it had a censor's stamp on it. I haven't had the cash wholesaler's
parcel yet but each day I am hoping. Have you heard we are getting
a ration cut next week ? We shall get 1 oz of lard and 3 oz of
bacon a week, the soap ration is cut and 4 points each month on
off course meat is a bit tight. Still we have come through the
war and mustn't grumble but it's hard to realise it yet.
had a letter from Faire's asking for a few particulars about you
as they are going to try to get some of their men released but
I can't see it coming off with our luck, can you love ? There
have been letters in the Mercury this week about not calling up
men over thirty and it seems the same feeling is felt by a large
tummy has been a bit off this week. He didn't have any dinner
today and then this afternoon he had a cold coloured water drink
and I think it was one of those which started his tummy off in
the first place. It's made him look pale and he doesn't have much
energy. Sheila is her bright and happy self again. She is still
very pitiful when she is poorly. Michael is alright but
t he has gone right off eggs now we have started to get more.
hope this letter reaches you before you go away. I thought you
said last Monday, and I've been thinking of you basking in the
sunshine all week. I've tried to kid Mabel to go away with
us somewhere but she won't leave Harry. I almost forgot that this
was Whit week. Bernice and I took the kiddies over to Coalville
on Monday for the day and they were having a victory tea. It was
grand and they enjoyed the day out. We went there by bus so we
gave them a treat by coming home on the train and they thought
that was swell.
met Arthur Marrett Last Friday. He looked well and sends his best
wishes to you. He has altered, is taller and broader and has lost
his shyness. He said his girl has been here for part of his leave.
I asked him what it was like to be in England again and he said
that it felt strange especially the money which seemed like foreign
currency. But all the same he was pleased to be back.
don't know what is happening in Culver Road, there seems to be
a lot of babies on the way. They are all to people with one child
perhaps 8, 12 or 13 so don't come home while this is in the air
will you ? Well I'm going to have my supper now. God bless you
and keep you safe
is 8.30 and I've just finished putting the family to bed and tidied
their clothes. Michael and Sheila had a sleep this afternoon so
they weren't ready at the usual time (6.30) We had a smile with
Michael. He was going to sit on the jimmy and as he bent he fumped.
I said 'pardon me' and he bent and the same thing happened again
and we just howled at his face as he said in his way 'pardon me'
He says everything after us. The kiddies deserved a medal this
week as they have all eaten their dinners for the last three days.
Keith seems better again now and I think he is trying hard to
be good as well.
love I was pleased to get V43 and 44 one yesterday and one today..
I see you had your holiday last week after all. Looking at your
previous letter I see that I read it wrong and thought that you
were not going until this week. Still love, I'm glad you both
managed it together. You seem to be treating yourself like lords,
bottles of wine, eggs at 1/- a time. I told Evelyn what they cost
and she said tell him you will lay him a few. Your costume I sent
didn't arrive in time as I thought it might, still it hasn't stopped
you from having a swim. I wish I could get someone to go to Mablethorpe
with. Lilian said she would go but it would be a little bit too
much like hard work with five youngsters.
like the snaps. You look quite massive on the bathing beauties.
The camp looks nice and tidy on the service one. I wondered if
that was you second on the front row. I took the kiddies to the
Fosse on Friday. They behaved very well except once or twice Michael
tried to stand on my chair. Gladys came up on Sunday and Winnie
Noon. I met Percy in town on Saturday afternoon. Mama seems a
little better. Harry Noon isn't too well and Bob has been off
from work for a week. I saw Winnie S. I had told you she is expecting
a baby any time now and hopes it will be a girl. I bought Keith
some Flannel Knickers for school as he wasn't going to wear patched
ones. Mabel said she knew someone else who had said that. He had
a new shirt as well and Sheila some new shoes and mother some
new stockings.. I want some shoes but it's a job to get just what
you want these hard times. Mabel didn't have a Whit Holiday this
the rest camp near to BOD or did you have a proper change of scenery.
Will you be able to vote in this new election. I don't know what
they are going to do regarding overseas men. It's Bernice's birthday
tomorrow and I've bought he some lipstick today. Keith took
it down tonight. You will be surprised how she and Eric have grown
up and Kath as well. I often wonder if she and Jack will make
a match of it, she seems very fond of him. Well love my tummy
is calling so I'll say goodnight and write some more in the morning.
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love it's Sunday afternoon and Michael has gone to bed for an
hour and Sheila and Keith are writing to you in the writing room.
I thought I'd better stay here where it is quiet and get this
letter off to you.
went to see Deanna Durbin in Wednesday night at the Odeon after
first having the odd one. It was raining when we came out and
has done so on and off ever since.
had his letter and was pleased with his pictures of Vesuvius.
Italy looks a grand place I can't understand you not being happy
there. Even the army think of your pleasure by sending the A,T,S.
They will make a few more partners at your next dance but don't
fall for their flattery, it's not worth while as there are enough
homes broken up already.
went to see your mum yesterday, she has suddenly gone old and
feeble. I don't think she will pick up again. Winnie was going
to have my pram done up but the man at Robothams said the new
prams were improving and advised her to wait and get a new one,
so I had to walk home from mam's and I've still got the pram !.I
am cleaning out the little room for Sheila then I will let Michael
sleep with Keith. I should be able to get a utility bed and bedding
has been a lot of letters in the paper about not calling up over
thirties and the release of older men but it hasn't done any good.
Do you think they will need an army in Italy for another year?
Folk keep asking if you will be home soon. Stevens says in his
'Know all 'voice," Eric won't be so long now" and I ask him how
long 'so long' is! Stevens says "He'll be knocking you up any
night now" I'd like to knock his B- head off. If you see any combs
at a reasonable price you might send one or two as we never see
any in the shops nowadays.
better say goodnight love again. All our love. We will be patiently
waiting for that day of days.
Your loving wife.
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starting this backwards as I've wrote the address first and it's
rather wet. Well love at last I've found time to write. I've been
doing it since Thursday and each time either someone has come
in or else I've had to do an unforeseen job but what with the
weather has been enough to send anyone crackers and on top of
that Keith has had German measles. I think that's what it was
as by Saturday night he was covered with a rash but after Monday
apart from the rash he had been in high spirits, too high by far
for me.. I didn't have the doctor but am now waiting for the rash
to appear on Sheila and Michael. They have colds and I think that
is the first sign.
think if the army don't soon release you I shall just go off my
head. Grass is growing everywhere and by the time you get home
it will be a bit like a wilderness, the paint is getting worse
and worse and if I spend a bit of time on the garden, the mending,
washing and cleaning just seems to pile up that I wonder where
to start this week with Keith at home I've done nothing but clear
up after them. He's never happy unless he turns everything upside
down. What I would give for a peaceful army life.
now that's off my chest I'd better thank you for the parcels I
received this week. They were both OK. We have sampled one jelly.
There were nine. I sent Mam, Mabel and you Mam one and I let Anne
and Evelyn have one between them. Half the sweets have gone and
I let the kiddies busy themselves by putting the chocolate on
to biscuits. How much did it cost love, as the parcels were worth
one 5/8 plus 3/9 postage and the other was 5/9 plus 3/9 postage
and I have an idea you said it was £2. If it was love, I
wouldn't be robbed again although it's nice to receive them. We
had a pleasant sunrise from Roy on Monday. He sent Keith eighteen
toy soldiers and they were a lot better than I've seen for a few
years. He was thrilled with them. Roy also sent a note with them
saying that he didn't know what to send my daughters and enclose
72 coppers 1944-1945 for them. Of course Michael and Sheila have
carried them about all week. Michael even took his to bed last
night in one of Sheila's handbags.
is still at mams. I only had one letter last week V47 but hope
to have one tomorrow. I always look for letters from you but usually
only manage one each week myself. How's your shorthand going ?
Don't send any as I don't understand it. I was pleased your costume
arrived. I had put your name but Mrs Keely posted it for me and
had to put a label on and probably forgot to put your name. I
looked through it but didn't see any holes but hope you managed
to get them mended. The family have just come on home so it's
a job to concentrate. We had our first tomatoes and strawberries
yesterday, about a quarter each, still it was a taste and the
kiddies enjoyed the lettuce and tomato sandwiches I made for tea.
Mrs Keely's brother is putting me a coat of paint on the front
door next Friday so I'm going to clear the pantry door and I'm
going to try to teach the family to hang their own clothes up.
I haven't finished Sheila's room but hope to distemper it during
the week all being well.
know I sound a bit nattery but need you wonder at it. I expect
I shall see you before the next year is out but just try to hold
on and we will laugh again. All my love.
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love, I thought I'd make a start while the kiddies are still up
as it has turned a bit warmer and they might as well get the sunshine
while they can. It's now 6.15 and we have finished tea a little
late but I've been for treatment and also collected 18 new ration
books for various people from the Granby Halls. I was pleased
with the gifts you sent me. I received them the same time as the
letter telling me they were on the way. Unfortunately one bottle
of brilliantine was broken and you can guess the state the
other things were in but I've cleaned it all off except the box
is still stained on the lid and of course the smell is still there.
The bracelet I'm keeping for myself and I've told Sheila she can
have the box for her handkerchiefs when her room is finished.
won't look at the tie but likes the brilliantine in his hair.
Don't think I'm ungrateful, love, but it does seem a lot of money
for such things. I also had a surprise parcel of nuts and a packet
of figs. I remember you saying you had two boxes and I had one
and then you did not mention sending the other and I thought you
had maybe eaten it yourself. I did mean to mention it before,
anyway love it turned up this week and apparently it was damaged
and had to go to the GPO for reparcelling.
also had V49 this morning. I saw Les last night and he said he
had heard from you and pulled my leg a bit about what you really
thought of me, you had the right idea about what I meant concerning
S. I forgot to tell you, they don't need my lettuces now though,
love, as they have an allotment and some strawberry plants.
had a nice night out last night, love, but I think we have lost
our sex appeal. We had our usual tonic and then went to the Opera
House we had booked in the morning. Henry Hall and variety company
was on a we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I only wish you had
been waiting for me at home instead there was I, just alone again,
it kind of takes the shine off things.
has just been in . He is funny. I saw Jack, Nora and David on
Tuesday. David is taller than Michael but not so broad. Jack looks
well. I would think it would be better to take the chaps in rotation
now they are getting so many out of the leave scheme, it would
be something to look forward to. I bet Tom and Mac are getting
excited. Iris and Winnie came up on Sunday and Iris wanted to
know if there were any lonely soldiers over there that needed
a pen friend. I don't think she has anybody on at present.
took Sheila to school yesterday and had her put her name down.
Miss Bamford told me to have Michael's name put down as soon as
he had turned three so it looks as if I shall be going out to
work soon to pass the time unless we decided to have a family
(no) Everybody is taking holidays. I wish I could take the kiddies
to the sea. If you come home next March love, it will be too cold
to enjoy a seaside holiday so I think you had better wait until
the warmer weather I've just had to be on Sheila's heels as she
was pulling the raspberry canes and walking all over my potatoes.
the raspberries are just beginning to change colour. I'll bottle
some in case you come home this year, one never knows.
love, it's after seven time for the family to go to bed. I've
got my ironing to do when I've washed up so I had better love
and leave you. God bless you. There's lots of love waiting if
you'd only come and get it.
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was pleased to receive the snaps today, by the look of things
you had good weather recently. I believe that you look fatter
unless it's because I haven't seen your legs for so long a time.
for the comb. Sheila says that's not big enough for my mammy,
it's just my size. The
last two days we have had a taste of summer again and we had a
few potatoes out of the
garden yesterday. I shall be able to get some raspberries for
tomorrow's dinner. Ethel managed to get a basket of strawberries
and Mabel and I shared them, the kiddies especially enjoyed them
for tea. We were also able to get a few tomatoes so we are able
to keep struggling along although we haven't got any potatoes
for tomorrow, but why worry.
love today the first the first lot are being demobilised so that
brings our reunion a little bit
closer. I was getting to think a lot of tiresome thoughts till
I read your letter this morning, love.
It seems that most men are writing sweet things to their wives
and it set me wondering if they
all really mean them. Can you explain it, love,and are their many
of the married ones who are
not true to their wives ? There are so many wives that have proven
evidence of their
unfaithfulness yet it makes me wonder if the fault is altogether
theirs. as men get away with it
and they know they won't be found out. Still I suppose it is one
of the problems that war
brings with husbands and wives being parted.
love it is now Thursday morning, quite an interval since I started
this letter but Bernice
and Les came up on Monday nights and I had one or two jobs to
do after they left (after ten
o'clock) so hadn't time to finish it. I washed on Tuesday and
did part of the ironing at night
and wasn't in the mood to write and yesterday I was shopping in
the morning and Edith came
up in the afternoon and as it was my night out I didn't get it
and Evelyn had me on a piece of string last night alright. We
had mentioned that we
would like to go to the Opera House again but they said that they
hadn't had any luck getting a seat so we went into town and
I was puzzling where to go and I didn't get any
encouragement from them. They suggested having a drink at Whatts.
They were closed so we
went to the Globe and as we came down Silver Street they said
":A lot of the Opera House
tonight" and suggested trying for a seat. I thought it was pretty
hopeless but we went in. Instead of queuing for tickets they dragged
me up the stairs saying they would check if there were any spare
seats. I was concerned because you couldn't go up without tickets
but they said they had tickets and it was a surprise for me !
It was a pleasant surprise and we enjoyed ourselves.
expect Ethel will be home next week at least as Mam and Dad are
going to Yarmouth for a
week. I hope the journey doesn't upset mum as it's crowded whenever
you go on the train
nowadays. Harry L came up last night and took the grass off both
sides of the path for me. When we have decided how we want the
garden laid out we shall have to have some of it paved. The raspberries
are doing well. Michael doesn't like them and he and Sheila are
not very keen on the new potatoes so it's a problem knowing what
to get for dinner these days.
see you have been sight seeing. You had better make the most of
it this summer as I'm
hoping you won't get the chance next year. I've managed to put
Keith's birthday card out of
sight until Monday. He is quite excited at having his party on
Sunday and I'm taking him into
Town on Saturday to spend his two pounds on Saturday afternoon.
Mabel is having Sheila and Michael. I shall make his cake tonight.
Personally I shall be glad when it is over.
was very pleased to get your letter dated the 20th on Keith's
Birthday. He had his letter yesterday so it wasn't much out. I
gave Keith his party on Sunday. we had ten kiddies including our
own for tea and I think they all enjoyed themselves. I made a
cake with the raisins and sultanas from Durban. We had jelly,
blancmange, peaches, a trifle and tomato and lettuce sandwiches.
The cake was a great success. He had a lot of money and cards
but I suppose he will tell you how much, I don't really know,
he put it in his drawer. Ethel bought him a book 'Coral island'.
It's a bit old for him to read, but we are saving it so you can
read it to him. He had a book of map making and I took him into
town to spend the money which you sent. He had a mirrorscope,
a constructional toy, a book and he bought Michael and Sheila
a book each. We had tea in Lewis's and I'd had enough but he still
had 15/-. Out of it he got Ethel to bring him some fireworks
for a shilling and he was thrilled with them. (I'm not too keen)
He wanted her to have ten shillings this morning for more. By
the way I also bought him some paints.
went to school yesterday as it was parent's day. I saw Keith's
teacher and asked how he was getting along. She said he had brains
and was very original but was very careless about his writing
but as neither his mother or father are very good at that, the
lad hasn't much chance. She said his mind is faster than his hand
and he hurries too much. I saw his folder and there was a composition
about the British Army. He said his daddy was in the British Army
and he worked in an office but wasn't an officer. In another he
finishes with saying ' I love my Daddy'. There was one about me
going shopping at Lewis's and another about Saturday afternoons
we go to Aunt Mabels for tea and then she takes me to the City
cinema at night. I suppose the Sovereign wasn't posh enough for
his composition. Last week he only had five sums right so it looks
as if he usually does well with them.
is here this week as Mam is at Yarmouth. She is going away herself
next week and I don't know whether she is coming here after or
not. Mrs. S has gone off the deep end again. I put my foot in
it by telling her son off, she passed me in the classroom yesterday,
the miserable ...
mention keeping the cot love, but I don't think you realise how
we are pushed for room. if we need it ourselves, it will still
be in the family. I was pleased to hear they are giving a bit
more leave out your way and hope it won't be too long before we
see your sweet face again if only for ten days. We have got over
parting before and I guess we should have to look on the best
side of parting again knowing we had got a bit nearer your release. Michael
has just come in. They are playing on the front and he said 'no
shut door'. It's cold today and we haven't seen the sun for two
days and it's trying hard to rain. I have got to get cracking
with the dinner soon, corned beef and gooseberry and raspberry
and Sheila didn't like the new potatoes. He seems off his food
the last few days, I don't know if the party upset his tummy.
Evelyn has had Christine very poorly with gingivitis this week
so won't be able to go out this week but I hope to go to the Fosse
or Sov. Percy is ome on embarkation leave and expects to go to
Germany. I don't know why it is love but whenever I dream of you,
you are very indifferent to me and give me the cold shoulder.
Well we'll see soon when that day dawns. All my love to you.
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