October 7th, 1945

Hello Dear;

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,

Bill

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September 30th, 1945

Hi darling;

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,

Bill

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September 23rd, 1945

Hi Darling;

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,

Bill
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September 20th, 1945

Dearest Darling;

Well darling, here is that man in your life again. It is Thursday afternoon and I am sitting in the lounge at Milford it is a miserable afternoon and all the boys are just lounging around the hotel reading, playing cards and writing letters.
I am going to write my mother as soon as I finish yours. Well I am having a real good time here. Yesterday I had to work at meal times as it was out groups turn to work. We helped in the kitchen and I had to peel potatoes for the first time since I got into the service.
We went into a little town about 5 miles up the road last night. We were going to the show but we had all seen the picture, and now we have heard that they changed the show so we will be going there tonight. Last night one of the fellows was beaten up. 4 or 5 lads jumped on him so we went out in groups of 6 to find the guys but we did not have any luck but we are all going out again tonight to find those little rascals.
I played tennis all afternoon on Tuesday as it was a beautiful day and I had a real good time. We played at a lovely exclusive English Club out here. We can play golf too but it has not been nice enough to go out in the last couple of days but I hope to het a game in before I go back.
I received a letter from you yesterday and was glad to hear that Ted had arrived in Quebec and was more than a little bit jealous of him. But I hope it will not be very long before I am home darling.
So little cupcake is on the go all the time eh? Well you just look after her until Daddy gets home and then I will take her under my wing.
I went for a walk yesterday and saw the most loveliest place, it has a blue roof and was half brick and half wood and it had a red gravel path for cars in a big circle in front, exactly what I had in mind and I will be the happiest guy when I drive up in our car dear and we three walk into our own home and dear, God willing it will not be too far in the future.
Oh by the way I heard from Pop and he think he will be going home about anytime now, about time too.
Well darling I will end this here so again, all my love to you and our darling daughter.
All my love,

Bill

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September 17th, 1945

Hi Darling;

Well dear I am writing on a bed in my room at our rest camp at Milford-On-Sea which is about 20 miles from Bournemouth. It is really a wonderful place with tennis, boating, swimming, golf, etc. They are giving all the staff boys a weeks holiday here and I really think I am going to have a good time. It was a lovely day today and we played volleyball and baseball then I went for a walk along the beach.
Yesterday I went to the show and saw an old picture of Robert Young’s “HM Pullam Esq.”, I thought it was a good show. Saturday afternoon I went swimming and at night I saw “Roughly Speaking” with Rosalind Russell, it was also very good.
I guess you are thinking that I am one big holiday here, well darling I would give it all up this minute to be able to get home to you. I imagine Ted is on his way now if he is not already home. Is Jack Shearman stuck over here as a key person as well?
Well dear here I am again asking for some more stuff. I would like some more soap darling. I have 4 bars left and some more razors blades. I would like to give my Aunts and Uncles something for Christmas in appreciation of the way they treated me so would like to speak to my mom about it and sort of go in together. I will pay you when I come home so put it on my bill, lets just call it our “loving” bill and knock a dollar off every time I……you…..tisk tisk. Seriously though darling I love you an awful lot but now that the war is all over and I really can see getting home for good in the near future. I still get awfully fed up at times but I just have to see the next few months out and then it is home for good for me. I can’t imagine that it is over 6 months since I last saw you darling and I can remember you on that Sunday morning in the car with me so very well. Just think that when next I see you we will not have to say good-bye any more Sunday nights again. It was certainly tough at times wasn’t it?
I was just reading in the paper that last year there were 52,000 illegitimate Canadians born each year, and that certainly is a shame. I do not understand why people just don’t get married and have all the fun on the wedding night, but I guess each person has to make their own choices, and I am glad we did just that.
Well darling, I guess that just about winds it up again but I will write Wednesday.
All my love dearest,

Bill

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September 14th, 1945

Hi Toots:

Well dear here I am again, it is a really miserable day today but I am sitting in out club right now and am quite cozy. I received two letters from you on Wednesday and one from my Mom. I hope that you are feeling well darling because I would certainly worry about you if there was anything wrong with you dear because confidentially, I love you very much. Of course do not tell your mother or she might make us get married and then we would miss all the fun, oh but then it would be legal wouldn’t it?
Well things are just the same here, we are a little more quite here now, about 500 men left for home today. But the station is still pretty full. When I look around and see the conditions that some people live under here I realize just how lucky we are. They have gas lights in a lot of the homes here and outdoor plumbing and I have not seen a meal like our usual Sunday meals back home. They usually have bread and jam and some stewed fruit at 6 o’clock and then at 10:30 or so bread, potatoes and fish. No wonder most of the people look like they have been cragged through a barbed wire fence.
I imagine the was has caused most if it bit I do not think they will change very much even when conditions are better. I was very pleasantly surprised with my room and where I was staying, and I thought that they were really swell.
Well darling I am going to our recreation camp on Monday for a week, they exercise and play games etc. SO I am looking forward to a nice weeks vacation. I am applying for my leave for the first 12 days in October so I will definitely try and get to Aberdeen for a few days anyway.
Thank you dear for sending away for those books and plans and you can bet I will give you $4.50 worth of loving. I will give you so much that you will have to have a months holiday to rest up, boy that sounds wonderful doesn’t it? It is wonderful to know that I have such a swell wife and daughter waiting for me at home when this whole thing is over. But I want you to know that I would not do anything to spoil our love for each other. There are some of the lads over here who have found themselves in a particular situation of having a wife back home and a girlfriend over here, and in some cases a little one has surprisingly shown up…..almost like a miracle don’t you think dear? HA HA.
Well darling that is the works for now but I will write you on Sunday again and as always darling,
All my love,

Bill

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September 9th, 1945

Hello darling;

Well dear, here it is Saturday night and I am writing this from our Beach Hotel and that song “Saturday Night is the Loveliest Night of the Week” is certainly true. They are having a dance in the next room but I am just not interested in anything.
I have just got up from having a nice little nap. I had to work all day today and quite likely I will have to work all day tomorrow too but I really do not mind as it helps keep your mond off of getting home and that seems to be all everyone is talking about these days.
The station is a Repot station now and we are sending the boys directly on the boats from here. The station is full right up now and accordingly to our paper there is a big draft leaving in the middle of the month, so I imagine Ted will be going then if he is not home already.
Oh dear, while I remember you had better not send me any liquor, one of the boys wives was fined $15 for sending a bottle so I do not think it is worth taking the chance, but you can still send something to eat (haha).
Well Ross got out of his posting OK, and he has gone to Torguay to play ball this weekend so I am all alone in the room. I am going up to London for a couple of days on Monday so I will drop you a card from there.
Well how is my little cupcake? I hope that I am home for her 2nd birthday, gosh dear I certainly do a lot of day dreaming about us three and then perhaps us four or us five (ahem) that’s enough Lewis, I do not want to get too excited. How about taking some more pictures of you and Donna dear, I would rather have pictures of you and her than have you send the film over here but I could use a film or two dear if you can get any.
Well darling I hope your Dad had a nice holiday, he really does deserve it. I hope they are both well and Beverley is too. Gosh darling I love you. I just wish I were there to prove it so lets go government, send Lewis home so him and his wife can get cracking on some heavy loving and he can start being a father to that little daughter of his.
Well dear that is about all for now and so as always,
All my love,

Bill

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September 6th, 1945

Hi Darling;

Well here I am again darling with not very much news I am afraid. I received 3 of your letters this week darling and I was very glad as usual. I received a letter you mailed on the 25th, one from the 29thth and one from the 3rd so I got them fairly quickly isn’t it?
Well, Ross got his posting to Germany so is not very happy about it and I can’t blame him. He might get out of it though as there is a lad here who really wants to go in his place. I am so darn fed up at times. I should not be squawking all the time about getting home but when you see guys with half the service that I have going back home it does burn you up.
They say we are key personnel but any guy with half a brain could take over in 10 minutes. This is what they call sweating it out and boy that is what I am doing. But then I have only been over here for 6 months and even though I got home now we would have a place of our own. So dear I will just have to get along without you and Donna for a little while longer.
I am going up to London for a day so I will drop you a card from there. I had 2 free theatre tickets so last night I saw “Salome” and tonight I think I will see another western picture. They are both good shows, then I will go and spend the rest of the night at our Club.
I have been doing a lot of night work this week. I did not get to bed until 5AM on Tuesday morning. There were 5 of us so we went down in our mess for an early breakfast. The nights are quite chilly now but I am getting sheets now so I am quite cozy and comfortable in bed but not a comfortable if you were with me darling.
I am rather disappointed that my Mom has not sent me a parcel, particularly one that gurgles. I thought she would, oh well. Thank you dear for everything that you have sent over to me. I heard from my Mom, I finally got a letter from here and I do feel sorry for her as my Dad has been over here for 10 weeks and there is no news on when he will be getting back. I can only imagine how nervous she must be, but knowing Dad he is over here having the time of his life.
Well so long for now darling, I love you.

Bill

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September 2nd, 1945

Hi darling;

Well here I am again, Sunday afternoon and I am writing to you from the lounge at the Beach hotel overlooking Lake Ontario, pardon me, the Atlantic Ocean. It has been rather poor weather the last 3 days.
Well I have been a lot of night work the last week (now do not get the wrong idea!) I am working in the quartering section and we have been getting in a lot of men from the continent at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning and we have got to get them into the different hotels. I am actually the only NCC in the section and we have got about 20 hotels to look after so it is really a big job. I have to do a lot of ridging on a bike just to check up on them.
I see by our paper that half the Air Force is now gone home from here now and that leave about 32,000 left here. They are going to give all the staff here a weeks vacation at our summer hotel at Milford-on-Sea. They asked us when we wanted to go and I said next week so I imagine I will be there for a week. All they do is play games and take hikes.
Well let me see what I have been doing. Last night I saw “Mr. Sheffington” at the show, tonight I think I will spend a quiet evening here and play records. Friday night I went to the dance, we had it in an ice rink, it is quite nice, but I left because it was too crowded.
Well dear, how are you, well I hope. And our little daughter? I received your pictures Wednesday and was very pleased with them, you really look like a glamour gal don’t you. And Toots is certainly growing and she looks so cute sitting on that bench. Well, it is nice to think that I will be seeing you both in about 4 or 5 months and we will be together for a long time.
Well, I was pretty well tanned up a month ago but the tan has faded now due to the poor weather.
Say dear, how about sending another bottle over or how about 2 13oz ones. I could sell one for $10 and make enough to pay for the other one. I wish you would and you said that you would. I have not had a drink since the last bottle that you sent over. I really do not like the English beer.
The beach is pretty well deserted this morning except for all of our boys walking around. It just reminds me of Sunnyside.
Well darling that is the news for now, so looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Lots of love,

Bill

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August 24th, 1945

Hi dearest;

Well here we are on a very dreary long Friday afternoon. It is drizzling out and I have not had a letter from you since Monday of last week. I have just finished sealing an envelope with some pictures I took on my leave. I have also enclosed a slip which I would like you to send away for me dear. The address is on the the top and when you receive then just send me the official book and not the plan. I am certainly enthusiastic about it darling, and I just hope you are as well. I think it is a wonderful opportunity for us to have our own place and build something on our own land out in the country. They have raised the maximum price to $6000 so we should be able to get something really nice. When you get the plans I want you to look it over and let me know. Try and keep it under your hat dear, as people might try and discourage you but I have thought it all over and it is really what I want and as I have said before I hope you want it too darling.
Well let me see what I have been doing, Tuesday and Thursday evenings I stayed in our club all night. Wednesday night I went to a dance but did not have a particularly wonderful time. Tonight I think I will go to the show. The people on vacation this week have had an awful week, it has been miserable every day and quite cool at night. Harry, the fellow whose wife went home to Canada received a letter from her today and she is just thrilled with everything. She can’t get over, so much to buy and so many choices. I gather that growing up over here all this time you get used to having not many choices, but back home in Canada we are so lucky to have options. He was due to go home but he is frozen over here like the rest of us.
I received a letter from Dad yesterday and as of yet he has heard nothing about his return trip to Canada. He sent a registered letter yesterday to find out where he stands. I think she should get some sore of an answer soon.
Well how is out little darling, is she talking yet? I should have those pictures tomorrow and I cannot wait. Does she still like that top corner of her bed? I can just see her now sound asleep up there. I am just hoping dear that I will be home for her second birthday and everyone after that.
Well darling I will end it here but I will end this by saying how much I love you and our little daughter and looking forward to the day when I can wrap my arms around the both of you and hug you tight.
Your loving husband,

Bill

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