Well here it is Sunday morning and as things are very quite I thought I would write you and let you know why a few days have gone by and why you have not heard from me. It was a wild few days but they decided to close the station in Lachine and we were moved to Kingston. We only had a few hours to get all of our things together before they put us on a bus and moved us to our new station here in Kingston. So dear in the event that you have sent me any letters, I will not receive them and you will now need to forward letters to my new station. Once I get the proper address I hope that you will write as soon as possible.
Overall the place is not too bad, but it certainly does not hold a candle to our place back in Lachine or even Halifax. I think they still have some work to do o the place but I am not sure for how long we will all be here.
I went to the station show last night as I did not feel very ambitious to check out the town. I guess I will do the same thing tonight.
It certainly is nice to know that I will be coming home every 2 weeks. Just think in 10 days we will be together again. Being closer now will certainly make it a lot easier to get home. And don’t think it will be too long before we are together for good, so we will have to decide where we are going to live for the first couple of months after I am discharged. I was thinking if we could get an apartment for a month or two but I imagine that will be practically impossible but we can see what’s what as soon as I am out (and it wont be too soon to suit me).
Has your Pop made any inquiries about that machine? I really think that I could make a go of it even if it was in my spare time , so keep after him and see what you can do about getting him “cracking” on it. I wont mind paying $100 even for the outfit. I think that is he could get 100 bottles that would be sufficient to get started on. But I will leave everything to him but tell him I do not mind paying %150 to get the machine and the bottles.
Well darling I have just got back from dinner where I had 2 pineapples sundaes for dessert. I had a sleep for an hour and I think I have finally caught up on my sleep.
As Christmas is coming up, can you get my mother and father something dear? Do not spend too much on it, but I guess you could get a little silver bowl or something that you think that she would like. I will leave that all up to you dear.
Well dear that is about all for now but I will write you on Friday or Saturday again and hopefully I will have the address of where you can send all those letters I am expecting.
So with that, all my love, I remain your very loving husband,
Just a few lines to let you know that I arrived back OK dear and did not have too bad a trip. I slept on a long bench in the smoking section and had a pretty fair sleep.
Well things are about the same around here dear, but I guess no news is good news for us eh?
I really had a lovely time on my leave dear, thanks to you and Donna. She is getting cuter every day and more like her mother who I think is the cutest girl of all. We did have a lot of fun didn’t we dear? I bought a ticket from here to Toronto for $1.00 today and If I could only get the return for $1.00 I would have made quite the savings.
Gee we are having real swell weather the last couple of days, it is just like summer here today. By the way dear our new address is No 2. Release Centre, Lachine QUE so you can address my letters to that address moving forward.
We had quite a situation here dear last night. It seems that one of the service fellows was found hanging from the rafters in the mess hall. What we can gather is that he decided that going overseas was too much for him and he decided to take his own life. It really is a shame that he thought that this was the only way out, and now the office of the Sergeant is looking into the whole matter. No dear, I did not know the fellow but my heart really does go out to his family where ever they are.
Well I think if we get a place just outside Toronto it would be just wonderful, don’t you think dear? Do not forget to get that Magazine “Better Homes and Gardens” or ” Canadian Homes” and look them over dear and see if you like any thing in there and write it down.
Well dear I am going to cut it short now so I will be able to get it away and so darling I remain,
Your very loving husband,
Well dear I FINALLY received a letter from you. I was getting worried and if I hadn’t received one I would have had to phone you this evening to check in and make sure everything is OK. I know that you are busy but would it be too much to ask if I could get a line or two from you at least once a week!
I am glad to hear that everything is OK at home. I am fine dear and my cold is pretty well over. Things are just about the same down here. The weather is just fair but it really isn’t cold enough to wear the grey coat yet. I have got everything all set up for this weekend darling. I will be in Friday night and I will be going back Monday night so that will give us plenty of time to catch up on our loving and boy, I am really looking forward to it.
I got my uncle a miniature boat dear so I will being it home now anyway so let my mother know will you dear?
So our little girl is starting to sit up, well well. I guess she must be cuter and cuter each day, if that is even possible. I am certainly looking forward to seeing her, and you of course dear.
Well I have not been doing anything very exciting lately dear. Frank and I have been playing lots of Ping Pong at the club and as it is quite homey we have been going over there pretty well every night. Last night though we played bingo, but didn’t win anything.
I was thinking for a while there dear that you might be in family way again dear and frankly I would not have minded a bit, if we could have another one just as cute and sweet as Toots, We will have to take some pictures when we are together this weekend.
So Roy is going overseas, poor Jan. Well they better get at it really quick if he is going to be leaving, if she wants to start a family. Maybe I should give her a helping hand, what do you think about that. I would not charge very much HA HA.
I certainly love you and miss you very much but I will see you very soon, on Friday actually. So for now dear I will close by saying all my love and seeing you Friday night.
Your loving husband,
Well darling, here I am your busy little wife back in Toronto writing you a couple of lines to let you know how things are going and what I have been up to lately.
Bill dear, you know how much work it is to look after a baby, and to run around after a 2 year old, and to help manage the house, and to help poor Marg and to entertain a few visitors so if I am slow in getting a letter off to you please be patient with me and do not think the worst. It is simply the fact that there are not enough hours in the day to have a moment to myself and when I do, I try and make sure to catch up on some sleep so that I am ready to go again for the following day.
Rest assured that everyone is fine and OK and that I am looking after everything here and just waiting for this darn war to be over so that you can be back home with us where you belong.
I was thinking about your last letter and when you told me that the station might be closing and that you might be moving, and I was actually hoping that you would have considered a placement closer to Toronto or of we were lucky one in Toronto proper. The thought of you so far away from home does not make me very happy but we will just have to wait and see and as you say it will be what it will be.
Bill dear you should see our little Donna, she is getting so big. She is now sitting up by herself and I think that it will be very soon that she is running around after Beverley and playing dolls with her. Won’t that be so cute when that happens darling? And maybe if we are lucky, soon, we will have another to keep her company. What a full house that will be.
I heard from Jan this week, she gave me a ring on the telephone. She told me that Roy was shipping overseas and that they would only have another week together before he leaves. She sounded really blue but I tried to pick up her spirits by telling here about all the fun that they will have once he gets home for good. That is what keeps me going when I am down and blue dear, the thought of you back home in our own little place.
I have not seen Marg in a few days, but we talk on the phone when we can. We can’t talk too long or Mrs. Simpson makes Marg get off the phone, and she has even hung it up on me when Marg is speaking. The only relief is when I walk over to their place and Marg is allowed to go for a walk with me and the babies. I hope and pray that Ted comes home soon and that she is able to get out, that is if Ted agrees to find a place and not live with his parents, can you imagine dear if hat happens.
Well darling, I hope that is enough lines of information for you to tide you over to my next letter, so for now I will close by saying I love you very, very much,
Your loving wife,
Well here it is Friday afternoon dear and I would be just leaving the station to get my train, but seeing as I have not had a letter from you in a few days confirming whether or not I should come, I am still sitting here on my bunk. In fact I had my pass signed and ready to go but I will be home next week end I think, which should not be too bad.
I am glad to hear that both you and the baby are doing dine. I am rather glad that I will not be home in one way. I have got quite the cold and I would not want to get too close to Toots and give it to her. But I hope I will be better by next weekend.
Well I have not been doing anything really exciting. Frank and I went to the club Tuesday night and played about 10 games of Ping Pong. I finished up by owning him a dime. Wednesday I was on duty, and my fellow corporal and I slept all the time as there was nothing to do. Last night they had a staff party and it wasn’t to bad. Gee I wish you could have been there dear, they had the floor show from one of the night clubs in Montreal and I was thinking I would go tot he “Y” tomorrow for a swim.
I am sorry but I do not have any more news about the station moving, and as I said in other letter I think that it would be very exciting to see what Vancouver has to offer. I know we talked briefly about it and I know your feelings about having me so far away and so close to the Asian part of the war, but don’t you think it would be exciting none the less? And what a trip it would be for you to come out and see me. Time will tell.
It is really a lovely day today and I just wish that I would be coming home to you and the baby every night, but we will just have to be patient and make the best out of it.
I certainly do love you dear but I will prove it when I am home, I hope. It certainly is lonely being in bed without you dear. If we are here long enough I might even be home twice next month, so here is hoping.
Well dear I guess that is all for now darling, but I will write you Monday again and do not forget to write me soon as well as I wait for the mail call and see if I have got one of your swell letters.
So dear for now, all my love,
Well dear I received your very welcome letter yesterday and was very glad to hear that everything is OK. It is a miserable wet cold day here today and I guess that I will be wearing my grey coat before very long. Things are very quiet around here. I went to a show yesterday and spent most of the day just sleeping. I was in bed by 10 o’clock and I really feel good today.
Well dear I could have had a three day pass on the weekend but I thought I would take it next weekend if everything is under control by then if you know what I mean. So write back dear and let me know if you think I should come down this weekend or not.
Things are just about the same down here, still a lot of talk about moving but nothing definite as yet. They are setting up a discharge board here but for the time being it is just going to handle transfers tot he army.
I guess today is the day Donna get all her shots. Poor little thing, I feel sorry for her but it is better than getting the disease.
By the way dear I was talking to the rehabilitation officer and it seem that here will be land for us in Agincourt after the war. There is bus service and train service into Toronto every day and it is only 10 miles outside of Toronto. That sounds pretty good dear. I think I will go up that way when I a home on the weekend. I have been doing a lot of planning lately and if you are agreeable to that is just where I would like to lie. It seems the train would go through Leaside and you could catch the bus that takes you there. But I guess that will be a while yet darn it.
I just feel like a lot of loving this weekend dear so I hope you are ready for me to come home. Just let me know when you think the best time will be for me to come back down there as I know that you are busy and I want to make sure that we have time together.
Well dear that is all for now but if I am not coming home this weekend I will write you on Wednesday or Thursday and so dear, for now, All my love,
Well darling I hope you made it home OK and that you had a pleasant trip back down there. When you leave I certainly do get blue because I get used to you being home and I can pretend that we are in our own little house just the three of us. But enough about that, it will all work out soon enough.
The Christening was certainly very special for me as well dear. It was so nice that you were able to come down and be here for it. Having all of our family and friends there meant the world to me. Watching Beverley run up and down the aisles as so cute at first, but as you can imagine, Mother was not happy when we got home as Beverley was on her high horse for the rest of the evening.
It was nice to see Dot come and join us at the Christening. Did you get a chance to speak to her dear? I was only able to get a few words in, but I was a little concerned that she might have had a beverage or two before coming to the church. I hope all is OK with her.
It was nice t have Jessie there as well now that she is engaged to Percy. I wonder where he will end up and I hope you get a chance to see him when you get back.
Everything else is going fine dear, and I have been thinking about we will do when this war is over, specifically where we will live. I am hoping that we can find a nice place close to my parents or your parents so that we will not have to be far away when either of them need something.
Also darling, I need to take Donna to get her shots soon as she is the right age to get her first round of shots. I am not looking forward to it seeing as she loves to scream at the top of her lungs when she really wants something or is not happy.
I had a lovely if not quite birthday this year, and I cannot believe that I turned 23! Where has the time gone dear, and before you know it the both of us will have grey hair! I wonder what that will be like when it happens but that is something that I am not planning for right now.
Well darling that is about all and I will close this letter letting you know that I love you from the bottom of my heart and please let me know when you are panning your next visit.
With all my love,
XXXXXXXXXXXXX – from Donna
Well here it is Wednesday afternoon and so I thought I would drop you a line dear and let you know that everything is fine down here and I am raring to go on another 48 hour leave.
Well, Percy has gone. I arrived back to late to be able to see him, it is too bad but I guess that he maybe wanted to go.
I had a wonderful time when I was home dear, but as usual it went too quick. I am really glad that I was there for the Christening dear as it was quite a proud moment for me because I think out little darling is just about the cutest thing I have seen for a long time. She really is a dear (Just like her mother).
Well there is not very much that is new around here. The weather today is really grand, but I guess that I will get my old grey cost out for another winter. I am going to try and get a new one, and some of the lads are going downtown to do some shopping so I will see how I make out.
I’ve just finished eating a huge dish of ice cream that cost only 5 cents. How about you and I going up to Donlands Dairy this afternoon for one of those milk shakes, boy do I wish I could!
Out train was about 2 hours late getting in on Monday morning. There was a freight train that had jumped the rails, just the other side of Oshawa and it help us up so I did not get in until 8:30 but it was OK and they did not saying anything to us service boys.
Monday night I saw a good picture at the station show with Benny Goodman, it was really OK.
The rumor’s about moving the station are really flying around. Everywhere from Moncton to Vancouver have been suggested. I really think that something is in the air but just what I do not know. I would rather go to Vancouver of course but they wont ask me what I would prefer.
I hope you had a nice Birthday dear, how does it feel to be 23? Boy we are certainly getting up there aren’t we? The time really slips by, well darling I think I will close now but I will write you on Friday or Saturday and so dear as always,
I remain your loving husband,
Just a few lines yo let you know I arrived OK Sunday after a real nice trip. It was a very nice day and I just wished that you and the baby had been with me as I am sure that you would have enjoyed it.
There was only about 7 people in the coach until we got to Kingston and from there on it was pretty well filled up. But if you came down during the week I think that you would almost have the coach to yourself, that is you and the baby.
Well, things are pretty well the same. Please tell Percy to look me up because I might be able to do something for him.
Sunday night I arrived in about 5 o’clock. I worked until 10 o’clock and went right to bed. Last night I went to the Hospitality House and played records, they had just bought 20 new ones and they were really swell. I guess I will take in the show on the station tonight.
Well dear I really had a swell time on my leave (despite some things) but the baby is certainly lovely isn’t she? I really am proud to be her father and you really make a wonderful mother. Of and of course you have always made a wonderful wife, HA HA.
I am glad that we all could spend some time together and it was dandy that everyone came over for supper. It was just such a shame that Marg and the baby we too preoccupied at the Simpson house to come over. I know how you feel dear and you are worried that those people will not let Marg leave the house. I hope that you and her can find a way to get her out and go for a walk with the babies. I can only imagine what they have her doing and what they are saying to her. I am so glad darling that you have such a loving family that supports you.
The weather today was rather miserable this morning but now the sun is shining and I really feel like a million bucks!
Well dear I guess that is about all for now but I will drop you a few more lines around Thursday or Friday so hurry up and write those letters back to me.
So until then dear, I remain,
Your very loving husband,
Well here it is Friday afternoon and a very wet one too dear, so I thought I would write you and give you all the latest news.
I received your letter dear and was glad to hear that Jessie is going to get married. I think that Percy is a nice kid and I just hope that they get along and are as happy as we are darling.
Well dear I have had a rather quite week and It gave me time to just think about how much I really love you darling. I really do love you more than anybody or anything else in this world dear and I think our baby is really a darling thanks to having such a swell mother.
By the way dear, I think I will go out looking for a place for us dear down here. I could have had an apartment but it was $12 a week and that is rather expensive but I think we could get a place and as it is only a 6 hour trip for the baby I think that we could make it but I will talk it over with you when I come home next month, but in the meantime I will keep an eye open for a real nice place here because darling I am very lonesome for you and certainly do miss you an awful lot. I think it would be just grand if you could come down here and live. I know that this would be a big ask of you, seeing as you have so many responsibilities down there, but I think it might be time for us to start thinking about our futures, what do you say to that?
You certainly have had a real busy week haven’t you dear? Don’t overdo it now though because you are a very bust girl as it is.
I expect to do a little golfing on Sunday dear if the weather is OK. I wish I had gone last week as it was a grand day.
Well darling that is about all for now but loving you with all my heart.
your loving husband,