December 20th, 1945

Hello Darling;

“I’m in love honey, no one else will do Honey” they are just playing it on the A.F.N program and boy does it ever make me think of you. I have got your pictures in front of me and gosh, I think you are lovely and I love you an awful lot. I kind of sound as though I miss you and I certainly do dearest. But I might be seeing you sooner than I expected, but do not count on me being home before the end of February.
Well let me see what I have done this last week. Sunday night I went to the show, Monday I stayed in and played cards with the boys. Tuesday I went to the show, Wednesday I went out with the boys in the office tot he oldest pub in England and had a night of drinking. I only had 3 pints of beer and a couple of brandies I was not in very bad shape. I guess Pop Booth has got his stock in, lucky guy.
By the ay dear, a year ago tomorrow I came home for my 5 days leave. I arrived in at 7 AM in the morning but gosh, has the time gone by very quickly. This time next year we will all be together and being separated will all seem like a bad dream.
Well, by the time you receive this letter Dad will be back home I guess, and you will know all about his adventures over here. I hope Mom does not hold it against him for too long, even though he was away for so long.
Dear, I do not mean to be a pest but what have you been thinking about where we are going to live when I get back home? I know it is practically impossible to get a place but see if you can locate anything. Dorris’ Moore might be able to speak to her landlord. Darn it, I wish Mom had not sold her house on Browning Ave that would have been swell for us.
By the way what is Percy’s last name? I will try and locate him if he is still over here. I am not looking too forward to Christmas over here so if I could be with someone who I know a little it would make it a little more tolerable to be away from you and Donna this Christmas.
I am missing all the little things that Donna is doing but you keep telling me in your letters about the silly things that she does and what she is saying and how she is climbing all over the furniture with no cares in the world. It means everything to me.
So for now, all my love to a swell wife and mother,
Your loving husband,

Bill

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December 16th, 1945

Hi Darling;

Well here I am again, I am sorry I did not write you sooner, but I have been a little under the weather. I have had a touch of the “flu” for the last 3 days but I am feeling fine now. What I need is you to look after me and also to go to bed with you.
I have not heard from my Dad since last Saturday when he said if I did not hear from him within 2 or 3 days he would be on his way home. So I hope that he is on his way, if he is, he certainly is lucky with all those people ahead of him waiting to go. There are 30,000 brides alone but they have got 2 hospitals for them now and they say they will all be in Canada by the late summer.
Well dear, we will all be out of Bournemouth by the end of January, however that definitely does not mean we will all be going home. I think I will either got to Torguay or Topcliffe which is up near Birmingham. I am sorry that I can’t give you more optimistic news but it is no use to build up your hopes and then be disappointed darling. If you only knew how much I want to get home. I would do anything to get there.
I’ve got a new roommate now, his name is Armstrong, he lives on Carlaw Ave just opposite Withrow Park. He is pretty downhearted though, his wife has left him for some other guy and he cannot seem to get over it. I do not know how people can throw over their wives or husbands like that after being in love, but I do not think that they would love each other as deeply as you and I do, or they couldn’t.
Ross was down for the weekend and I had a little cat with him, nothing very much to report though, he does not like it where he is. I would hate to leave Bournemouth myself, it is a really beautiful place and when I walked down to the beach today, people were sitting on the deck chairs as it was so mild.
Well darling I guess this will be the last letter you have from me before Christmas. I have not sent you what I got for you and Donna yet, but I will be sending them after Christmas when the post is moving a little faster.
And so dearest all my love and a very Happy Christmas,
Your loving husband,

Bill

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December 11th, 1945

Hi Darling;

I am sorry that I am a day late in getting your letter away but U could not get any air mail forms yesterday at all.
Well I received a very nice letter from you yesterday darling and was glad to hear that everything is OK and well under control including our little daughter. So she is sitting at the piano now, gosh it makes me wish I was home so much when you describe her little ways and what she had been doing. So keep me informed dear.
Well the people over here day that it is cold, but I think the weather is just great. It is like October weather back home and for me that is just dandy!
I had a letter from Dad dated Friday saying he thought he would be getting on board a boat for home on Saturday. I did not want to say anything but he sounded so sure I thought I would tell you. But if he is not home by the time you receive this do not say anything to Mom about it.
Well I got my Christmas cards to Canada away last Friday. I sent one to pretty well everybody I could think of but you can send one to anybody you wish dear and say it is from you and Donna. I received Mom’s yesterday.
I am afraid that I have led a very quiet life since you last heard from me. I worked nights up to last Friday. Saturday night I saw “You came Along” and what a beautiful picture it was. I enjoyed it very much. Sunday I went to a U.S.O show and it was really swell. They had an all star band. All the guys used to play with name bands in the states and also some dancers and comedians.
I am outdoors all the time now riding my bike and I am on my own. I really enjoy it as well as possible under the circumstances. I mean by that being separated from you and Donna dear. Gosh how I am looking forward to that reunion and darling I love you more than ever. That is one thing that our separation has done for me, it has made each of us realize how much we need each other and darling I do need you so very much.
Well still no further news on Repats, but if I am not home by April or May I am going to have you and Mom start writing letters to the R.C.A.F and raise a beef.
Well, so long for now dear and as always,
All my love,

Bill

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December 5th, 1945

Hello my darling;

Well here is your very lonesome husband again dearest. It is Wednesday night and I am still on nights, the only thing that keeps me company is the radio and as usual, there is lots of music. It is 11:25 and I am not the least bit tired. I guess I am just getting to much rest at least I am in good shape (aren’t you afraid).
So you are reading some interesting books on sex. I am glad you are, but you know that we rally do not have to read now. We seemed to do pretty good didn’t we? At least I never complained and look what a beautiful little girl we got out of it! Seriously though dearest I certainly miss your loving an awful lot but I can at least look forward to it in the near future.
We have four boats taking the boys home now, the Duchess of Beaford, Monarch of Bermuda, Mauretania and the “Lizzie” so that should help out an awful lot.
I received a letter from Mom on Monday but I think I mentioned that in my typewritten masterpiece to you. Boy that took a long time to type and what a lot of words you can put on one of these airmail papers with a typewriter.
So Toots like to fight? Well I guess she gets that from the both is us because we both like a good fight don’t we and what a beating you are going to take in our next tussle, but you know I am just kidding around, or am I?
Well I got my Christmas Cards away dear, and a letter to the Caringorm, thanking them for their parcel. I am running short of razor blades dear so would you send about 6 or so packages. Send Minora if you can, they are only 10 cents a package and I like them best of all.
Well now let see what I have been sleeping every day to about 12 o’clock and then I usually just kick around one of our clubs here and play billiards. On Monday though I saw “Johnny Angel” and “Beside Manner” I am going to see “You came Along” on Saturday, they sat it is a good picture.
Well I have got a couple of pals here now to keep me company so it is not too bad with then and the radio.
Well dearest that is the “works” for now and so as always,
All my love,

Bill

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November 24th, 1945

Hi Darling;

Well dear, here I am again finally writing you another letter. I received your letter yesterday saying you had got my parcels away. I hope you did not forget my ask for another bottle of shaving lotion as the last one that you sent over was broken by the time it arrived over here.
So little Toots has a cold, well so has her Dad. I really have a dandy but it is getting a little bit better now. The weather is very mild but a little damp and you know how that weather is for a cold. I really can’t get over it. I have never seen weather like this before. So Toots is still afraid of the Doc. I can remember her screaming the time we took her to him before. She is just like her Mom a very cute little girl.
How are you keeping darling, well I hope and getting lots of sleep so you will be in good shape for our second honeymoon, and that is what it is going to be for me darling, a bigger and better honeymoon.
Well I am doing just about nothing now. I have been seeing another pictures every afternoon. The R.C.A.F puts on motion pictures very day for us and real new pictures too. I saw “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Keep your powder Dry” this week and it is free and kills the afternoon very nicely so I enjoy them.
I go on nights for a week this Friday. I really do not mind as I do not know what to do with them anyway.
I wrote my cousin yesterday and told him that you can’t get a Ronson right but that you would send one over as soon as you could.
You have not forgotten my books have you darling? It will give me something to read and study in my spare time and I have got lots of that!
So poor Ted has to go to Montreal, I certainly feel sorry for him, having to part from Marg and baby Judy so soon after being back. I would rather take a $10 week job then leave you two when I get back.
Gee, I an going to miss you a lot at Christmas darling. We had a lot of fun last one didn’t we? And I am very much thankful for having as much time with you as I did.
Well nothing from my Pop. I think I will be home before him, and that is too bad, but he only has himself to blame. He would not listen to us when we told him that coming over here at the end of the war would be disastrous for him.
Well so long for now dearest and as always from the bottom of my heart,
All my love,

Bill

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