Well here I am again dear it is Sunday afternoon and I am going to eat as soon as I finish this and then go to a show with George Kick. You remember him, he lived on Fielding Ave I think, he married a Scotch girl, she is in Toronto now, he expects to be going home the end of this month (lucky him!). He has been away for 2 years though.
Well dear not very much new to tell you except I love you and miss you more than ever. I cannot wait until I am with you again dearest, boy it will be nice to see a nice clean Canadian girl who cleans her fingers nails once in a while and I mean clean in more ways than one!
You should read the papers here, every day some husband is shooting his wife for sleeping around and vice versa. You cannot beat the Canadian girls and you in particular Toots, being away from you like this dear has really been good for us both, we realize just how much we love each other and mean so much to one another and I am very glad to be your husband darling and when I get home we are going to have a wonderful time planning our future together.
I think that will be in about 4 months, Do not tell anyone but I am building a barrel to go home in. I am setting out in February, so you could be waiting in Halifax when I wash up on shore.
Well darling I sold my windbreaker for $8 so I am in good standing for dough now. I will put your $25 in the bank as soon as I get it. My war bond is paid for now and so I will be getting more pay, but it does not cost me much here, mostly for shows, that’s all.
Well dear have you had any luck about socks yet, and I need some razors blades and I think that is about all for now. So Ted is not getting very far in trying to get a job. HE should have stayed in the R.C.A.F for a couple of months. I thought to myself that it would be hard to get a job back home for a few months. But you know Ted, you can’t tell him anything.
I still have not decided what I want to do either. I would like to go into business with my Pop but I cannot do anything until he gets back home. But we are not hard up financially dear so we will not have to worry will we?
How is your job going Toots, so you still like it? Oh yes, please do not forget to send me some pictures of my best gal, and Donna too of course. Mom says she looks really lovely, just like her mother does to me. The boys cannot figure out how I got you, I tell them that you married me for my money. HAHA.
So long for now dearest,
Well here it is Thursday afternoon and what a beautiful day it is here, you would think that it was the middle of September. I am off today as I worked last night and I do not know what to do with myself. I think I will go to a show tonight and see “Conflict”.
I received a letter from you and Mom the day before yesterday and was glad to hear that everything was OK. By the way I saw Gordon Peters yesterday, gosh he has certainly changed, he looks at least 35! He is going home next week or so.
Well I have done very little since I last wrote you on Saturday. I went to the show Sunday, did not do anything and worked on Monday night. I went to a show on Tuesday and last night I worked so you can see I lead a very uneventful life. I am not going to say anything about how much I want to go home as you know how much I do anyways. Every day is just dragging by and I do not know what to do with myself.
I am glad to hear that Toots is well and darling I am glad that you are happy with our baby. Love is wonderful isn’t it and I just hope that we will have 3 or 4 more once I get home. Gosh, but they have some lovely music on the radio from the service station here. From 11 o’clock until 1 they play solid recording and it is just great.
So jobs are scarce back home, well that is what I expected for a while until they get organized back home. I would give anything to be home and in Teds shoes. Job or no job, I think I could live on love for at least a month or two, it would be a beautiful way to live. Don’t think too much about it Willie.
Gosh dear but it would be lovely just to see you again with my own eyes and not have to look at the snaps that you sent me. I do not know anything more to when I will be getting home, and I am sure that you are tired of me writing about it in every letter. It seems a long time away but darling that day will be here before you know it.
God willing, and we will certainly make up for lost time. So you better be in good shape dearest when I finally arrive home….I think I will leave it to your imagination about what I am referring to.
All my love,
Well here I am again dear, it is Sunday afternoon and what an awful day it is. A gale is blowing and the ocean is really rough.
Well as usual I have been leading a very quite life. Thursday night I went to the show and saw “The Very Thought of You” and enjoyed it very much. Friday night I went to our dance and last night I went to the show again. Tonight is my night to work and I really enjoy it as I get tomorrow off.
I think about you and Donna all the time dear, and can hardly wait until I get home. I keep telling myself to keep patient but it is pretty hard isn’t it and then when I hear about all the boys going home and getting their discharge it makes it all the harder to be positive.
Well dear I am glad that you are feeling well and putting on weight. Boy you would look lovely to me anyway though darling. I must love you and I do, very much. I am feeling great myself. So “Toots” is taking your hand now, she is really growing up fast isn’t she and as for being smart, look at who her mother and father are…HAHA.
It does not seem that long ago since Donna was christened does it? I know how Ted must have felt, not being there for when Judy was christened. Once I get started on something like that I try not to think about all the things that I have missed and all the firsts that you are experiencing without me and that is when I get down on myself.
Has Ted decided what he wants to do yet? I certainly wish I was home and only had that to worry about. Oh well the months will go slow but they will eventually pass and we will be together again.
Ross has certainly got his hands full, he has 2 girlfriends over here. He is not serious with either of them as far as he is concerned. They are just good for passing the time and doing certain things to make a man happy, do you know what they are dear? They are both trying to trap him but he is being VERY careful.
The girls over here really want to get to Canada and they are not shy about telling you. But dearest I have not seen one who is nearly as lovely, sweet and dare I say gorgeous as you are, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Of course I have to carry a club to beat them away over here
I have just been reading the weekly digest over here and it says that husbands are starting to come back and finding their wives with one, two and even three children that they cannot possibly be the father of, as they have bene over here for 2 years. Here is hoping that I come home to only one mouth to feed darling.
Well enough about that, but I have to close now and so all my love darling,
Well here I am again dear, it is the last day of my leave and I am back in Bournemouth and what a day. The waves are coming over the road on the beach, it is quite a gale. One minute the sun is shining and the next it is pouring rain. I had two nice letters from you and one from my mother waiting for me when I came back.
It was nice to get leaves now and again but it does not compare to the leaves I had with you but they are just pleasant memories now. But do I ever miss those wonderful times we had together, but as I have said before darling we will just have to put up with being apart just a while longer. By the way darling you have never said if Jack Sherman has made it back yet. I am inclined to think he is in the same spot as I am. He has been over here for a long time though but the government do not take personal feelings into consideration.
Well they are having another Victory Loan Campaign. I see I was thinking dear we should sink all our available money into it. I will be getting about $700 when I get my discharge and that will carry us through until I get started working. My Dad and I were talking and we thought we might go into business together in the jewelry business. He would manufacture it and I would handle the business and do not tell my Mom anything about it though. I would like to speak to you first though darling and get your opinion on our future together.
You never say very much about getting a place in the country for us. I would not think about it if I thought you would not like to live there. So think it all over and let me know. By the way have you received my book from the states yet. You keep the plans there if they are too big to send over to me.
I am very comfortable here now. I get new sheets every week and I am by myself so it is the best under the circumstances. So Ted thinks baby Judy is spoiled, and he does not want any more children. I do not think along those lines at all dear and I certainly hope you do not either. Having Donna has made me very happy and proud and next to you dear I love her more than anything or anybody.
Well darling, I will end it on that note so telling you and Toots that I love you both very much.
All my love,
XXXXXX – for Toots
Well it is 10 o’clock Saturday morning dear and I am sitting on the loving room of my Aunts home in Birmingham and looking out the windows at a very beautiful piece of country.
I left Wales Tuesday morning after a very nice three days there. I think I mentioned in my last letter about the tour through the castle etc. On Wednesday I went to a little Welsh village called Betws-y-Coed, see if you can pronounce that and it was just like a fairyland, it was really beautiful, it is quite a popular spot for honeymooners and it brought back a lot of lovely memories to me darling. I hope we will never forget the good times we had together dearest even though it was so short and we are going to have a lot, lot more this summer I hope and we will have Toots along to make it even more fun.
I hope you are both fine dear. I have Donna’s picture with me and Dad is always making a fuss over it. I just wish you both were here and if I am here for another year or so I will seriously think about bringing you over. Every one of my Aunts have given us an invitation to stay with them and they all have lovely and comfortable homes. But I really think I will be home next spring darling.
Well my father is fine, but worrying a lot about getting home. I was inquiring about him flying home yesterday and I have to go back next week again. I feel very sorry for both my Mother and father and I really do not know what to sat but I am going to remain neutral as much as possible.
Well has Ted decided what we wants to do yet? He is certainly lucky to be home again. But then he was over here for a year and a half so I cannot complain can I? Has he been out getting some new clothes yet? That is what I am looking forward to taking that 100$ clothing allowance and spending 75 cents on a new pair of socks.
Oh I almost forgot my cousin Harry would give anything for a Ronson lighter and a pound or so of Edgeworth tobacco so will you send some over with your next parcel will you dear?
Well I guess that is all for now, but will write to you on Monday with all the news,
All my love,
Well I am writing from the living room of the aunts home in Llandudno Wales. We have just had our supper. I have been here since last night and I have seen a lot of the country today. I went through Conway Castle the oldest one in England. I also went through the smallest house in Britain, you could barely turn around in it. And I also went through a real old house, about 300 years old. I went in a room which was haunted and saw a picture of the ghost.
My Aunt has given me a real good welcome and I am going to get lots of sleep. The country around here is very lovely and I just wish you were here darling. I would be the happiest guy in the world. I guess I must love you, but don’t guess it, I know it darling. I brought Donna’s picture with me and they have all fallen in love with her. What they don’t know is that she pulls out her grannies pots and pans of the pantry and plays on them all the time.
How is out little darling doing dear? I am about the proudest guy in the world when I think of you two. I have just finished writing my Mom and I have been trying to cheer her up. She seems rather downhearted about Dad not coming home. I really feel sorry for her as I really do not think he will be home for 6 months yet. So darling anything you could do to help would be much appreciated.
Gee dear am I ever glad that I married you when I see the “Characters” over here, that is what we call these English girls, “Characters”. I would like to throw them in a real hot bath and give then a good cleaning up. Oh well, why worry.
I received your letter of the 9th on the 12th so that is pretty good. I do not know whether I mentioned it in my last letter darling but we have the Queen Elisabeth to take our boys home so it might hurry things along. Just think that this time next year I will be all settled at home with a respectable wife and loving daughter in our own home. And I think of all the loving we have to catch up one, it makes me a little crazy.
I love you darling from the bottom of my heart and if I do not tell you enough, well I am telling you now that there is no one in the entire world that I love more that you darling. I just finished showing all the pictures of Donna to everybody here and they all say that she takes after me, so how lucky am I?
So darling I will end it here, so all my love to you and Toots.
Well here i am dear Wednesday night and I am working tonight so I thought I would drop you a lone and let you know that your husband is on top of the world. I received my wind breakers, shoes etc. in you order today and many thanks dear.
I think I told you that I am working Wednesday and Sunday nights now. I really do not mind as I get the next day off and there is not very much to but just stick around. I was just reading a Toronto Star dated 30th August and enjoying it very much but making myself very homesick.
Oh by the way darling my wind breaker is too small for me so I had a chance to sell it for $15 so what do you think, do you want the money for yourself? Let me know dear.
Well I have not been doing anything very exciting lately. The weather is still wonderful and people are still crowding the beach and sitting on deck chairs, in fact there were quite a few hardy souls in swimming today.
I went to the dance on Monday and just wished you were there all night. Tuesday night I went to the show and saw “Farewell My Lovely” and I guess I will take in a show tomorrow and see something steamy.
Gosh dearest I am just living for the day when we are together again and I am still not very optimistic about it being soon so just keep the old chin up and I will try not to get impatient though it is pretty hard.
Bob Hobbs is still here and he expects to be posted somewhere in England. Gee our boys are getting married right and left over here and I am afraid that lots of them are going to be awfully sorry. The women feel that it is their last chance to marry a Canadian and they are doing EVERYTHING to get one. One of the boys in our room has only known their girl for one month and they are getting married. It is a darn shame as the girls only want to het out of this country. There are 30,000 Canadians married to English girls and about 55,000 Americans. I have not seen one girl that has even come near looking as lovely to me as you do darling.
Well darling I best get back to doing not much and reading some more important documents and recording all the goings and comings of our outfit. Well, so long for now dearest,
All my love,
I received 2 letters from you yesterday and 2 from my mother so I imagine that I am caught up now. It is Sunday morning, it is quite cool and I am writing from my old hang out again, the Beach Hotel. There are a few people sitting on the beach and a couple of girls in bathing suits but I do not think it is going to be a nice day. I am working tonight so I really do not mind.
Well I had a letter from my aunt saying that here is about 12000 people ahead of Pop to go home, he is pretty fed up but is it entirely his own fault Doreen and he will just have to make the best of it. Personally I would not be surprised if I was home before him!
Things are just the same dear. I am living just from one day to another and we are all just waiting to go home. I will just have to be patient even though this waiting and separation is the hardest thing I have ever had to put up with in my entire life.
I think it would be a good idea to sell our car and while the prices are good and then buy a new one when they are on the market again. I think I would suggest that in my next letter to my mother. Thanks for getting my soap and hair tonic away. Did you ever get a couple of combs away for me? Those small tooth combs I mean dear. I think I mentioned in my last letter that I received your last parcel and if I forgot to mention the combs could you get on it dear?
By the way have you received my books from that place in the states yet I have got a long cold winter ahead of me and I and I will need something to read and dear I want you to save up all your ideas on furnishing and decorating our future home. We should start to build in the spring of 1947 and in the meantime if we can’t get a place to stay will just have to stay with our folks I guess.
Say how about some more pictures of you and Cookie? I am glad to hear that you are putting weight on again dear. You had better be on good shape when I get back because we have a lot of loving to “practice” but I do not imagine we will need much practicing, do you honey?
Well I guess that I will end it here and I will leave you with the comment that I wrote above, just so you can think about what we will get up to when I get home.
With all my love,
Well here I am again dear. I have had a very uneventful week. I went to a couple of shows and saw “The Enchanted Cottage” and “Weekend at the Waldorf” and both were very good.
It has been just lovely weather this last three days, in fact nicer than most days in July and August, but it has been a pretty good summer as far as I can see.
I am writing from the beach café this morning and as I look out the window the ocean is really beautiful and the kids are wading around and people are sitting in the deck chairs. You would think it was a day in July it is so warm.
Well, in our paper yesterday that said all the RCAF would be home by March so I just hope they are right because every time I think of Ted home for good it really makes me feel very homesick and darling every minute I am away from you make me feel like it is wasted. The only thing that is keeping me happy this morning is playing records and by what a collection they have. All the latest and I bet they have played Vaughn Monroe’s, “There I said it Again” twenty times already, it really is super isn’t it?
By the way dear, I am a little short on dough. I did not tell you but I bought a $50 War Bond out of my pay and I thought I would be able to get by on it but I broke my glasses and had to pay about $5 to have then repaired so that sort of knocked a hole in my account so could you send about 5 pounds that is about $22. I have to buy some presents for my Aunts for Christmas so can you send it soon.
We had the RCAF Streamliners at our dance on Friday ad what a band they are. They are better than Niosi but not quite as good as Glen Miller.
Well Ross thinks he will be staying here in the army of occupation, his Repost number is 116, but then none of us over here know definitely where we stand and I might have to stay over here for a couple of years but I doubt that is a reality darling.
We have a paper over here that is called the Maple Leaf and they were writing all about the good and the bad about immigrating to Canada, so I will try and dig up a copy for you so you can have a good laugh. One of the bad things is the cold, but let me tell you the damp wet cold weather here is certainly much worse than any winter we have ever had to endure, but that is just my opinion.
Well darling I guess that is about all for now, but dearest, I think about you all the time and I love you so very much so lets pray to God that I will be home soon.
All my love,
Well dear here I am again. I received your last letter yesterday dear and read that you were working again. Well darling it is entirely up to you if you want to work it is entirely OK with me but you know we’ll have enough money to get along with.
Well I am back from the Camp and lazing around today, just taking it easy. Gosh, now that Ted is home I want to get home more than ever but I will just have to be patient for a while linger but it is really pretty hard as I look at your pictures and Donna every day and you both look awfully nice.
Well dear I ran into Bud Hunt, Laurie’s Hunts brother and he was telling me both Laurie and John Richardson are both married. Laurie for over a year and John for about 3 years. Laurie’s’ wife is expecting a baby. We seem to grow up so fast don’t we?
My Dad is in London trying to find out where he stands on going back. I think he has learnt his lesson now, about doing rash things. We could have bought a new car with all the money he has spent on this trip!
I am glad that Mom sent a parcel to my Aunt and I hope she sends one to Aunt Nance too as it is at her place that Dad is spending his time. They are certainly going to have a tough winter over here with the shortage if food and coal. I am glad I have got enough warm clothes for the winter and wot my windbreakers and sweater I will be well away.
I think I mentioned dear in a letter before that you had better not send me any more bottles as one of the boys wives was caught and had to pay a $15 fine so I can get along without it but you had just better have one when I get off that train when I come home.
I think dear that will be the happiest day of my life. In fact I will feel more confident then when I was married as I have so much more to look forward to. I mean that I will be with you for good. In a way dear this was has brought us closer together. It has certainly made me realize just how much I have come to depend on you. Because it would certainly be awful not having you and Donna to come home to.
Well darling I guess that us about all for now and so for now dearest as always,
All my love,