March 3rd, 1945

Hello Darling

Well here I am again dear and I thought I would drop you a few lines. Well the old air force let me down again. I told you about being all ready to go on my leave to Scotland on my 9 days, well they cut my leave to 4 days commencing on Saturday so I figured that it would not be worth it to go to Aberdeen for just 2 days as it is a 17hr trip each way. I do not know exactly why they did cut my leave in half but I am hoping for the best.
Well anyway I had my train ticket and everything and was debating whether to go or not. They said that I would not be paid until I came back on Wednesday and since I only had $5 left, well that cinched it. I grabbed the train for Birmingham and was here in 3 hours so I am with my Aunt until Tuesday. So dear I hope you understand the situation.
It is very cold here, the last day or so and I have been staying close to the fire lately. My Aunt and I have just come in from the show, last night she took me to a church social. They had a dance but it was really grim, so I am going to spend a very quiet three days.
Well darling by the time you receive this, I might be stationed somewhere finally so please told tight until I let you know where I land. Once I get myself settled I will make sure to write you and let you know everything is fine and where you can send your letters to me.
Gee dear you have certainly got me proud of you and our little girl and definitely anxious to the day that I will see both of you again. I am just thinking that I will be missing our little girls first birthday and that makes me very sad. To think that this damn war is making us miss so many of the firsts, it could just break my heart. And then I think about all those fellows who did not even get a chance to start their lives and who have lost everything and then I think to myself just how lucky we are to have all this happiness in our lives.
It has been lovely to spend some time with my Aunt and she has been a lovely host, but I am looking forward to getting back to London to see more of the sights and to take in some of the local culture. How is everyone fairing back home? Are they getting used to the fact that I am no longer 2 hours away, but in fact overseas? I sure do miss everyone, but you especially.
Well so long darling, look after yourself and as always,
With all my love,

Bill

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March 2, 1945 – London England

Hello Darling;

Well here it is Easter Sunday dear and it really is a lovely day here. We are just having a big holiday waiting to be posted. I am at a Serviceman Center which was a hotel before the war. I have just finished having my afternoon cup of tea, it is getting to be quite habit.
Darling, the trip over was fine and I was thinking about you the entire time. I was not nervous and tried to sleep but only got a few winks here and there. I am fine dear and there is no need to worry, I will be fine.
Well dear I certainly miss you already and our darling daughter. I can remember this time last year I was certainly a nervous father to be. I just wish I was home to celebrate with you and her, but we will have to put up with this parting for a while yet.
I wrote my Mom and Aunt. I hope everybody is well, and that includes your mother and father and Beverley. I have had one half pint of this English Beer and that is all I want. Everybody is very nice to us here, there is all sorts of servicemen walking around London.
I went to a show last night and after went to a dance, they play all slow ones all night but the girls are not very hot dancers, but I imagine the Scotch girls might be a little better.
Oh by the way dear will you try and get me some proper razor blades? I find the Canadian ones better than the ones over here. If you could send about 10 packages over when I get an address for that would be swell.
I guess Ted is going on leave pretty soon. I hope he has a good time. I am really looking forward to mine and going to Aberdeen, all the boys say that is the place to have a good time.
I have not received any instructions on where I am going to be posted or what I am going to be doing but I am assuming that I will be working in the administration offices again in some capacity.
I have almost been hit a couple of times by cars. I can’t get used to them travelling on the opposite side to us but I think I now the score now.
Well I see that I am getting near the end of the page and so take good care of yourself dear and look after “toots” for the both of us and dear I love you very much, but we will just have to carry on and so for now,
All my love,

Bill

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March 1945

Dear Readers

I am writing to let you know that Bill and Doreen’s worst fears came true and he was not discharged as they planned.
After Bill’s weekend leave he was informed that he was to be sent overseas, to London first and await his posting details. Bill received his embarkation leave for 2 weeks and then he left for London.

The letters pick up in March of 1945 where all of Bills’ airmail (which was written on blue tissue paper) are sent back to Doreen as she is still in Toronto.

There are very few letters from Doreen as she did not have a proper address to send Bill letters overseas, but once he finally is stationed at his posting there are a few letters and pictures from Doreen.

We will pick up the story there, and once again thank you for reading and supporting this incredible love story.

Regards,

The Grandson.