9 Bonamy Street
Tues. Dec. 24th/40
Just returned from work. We only worked until 12:30 today. I suppose it's to give the men a chance to get home and to do a bit of shopping before closing time. I have had lunch and have just finished pressing my suit. (An old fashioned iron heated on a small coal stove.)
Last evening I went again to Sutton, hoping to see Bill. He was out somewhere. I left a message for him to telephone Olive or to come over to Blackheath sometime today before 10 p.m. I expect to have a word from him when I reach Olive's. I shall go over there just as soon as I am through with this letter.
Last evening we had our first snow for this year. It didn't snow enough to make the ground white as it melted as soon as it fell. At present it is very dark overhead and raining a bit. I hope it brightens up a bit before tomorrow.
It is our plan to leave for Chippenham at 3 a.m. tomorrow. We shall motor, and should arrive about 7 or 8 a.m. As Douglas has to be back for duty Thursday morning at 8 o'clock we shall leave Chippenham about midnight.
My Sweetheart, how I wish you were here. My heart is terribly heavy and lonesome for you. I don't see how I shall manage to keep very bright tomorrow. My thoughts are ever with you and I'm sure I shall not be very congenial company for the others tomorrow. There is to be no extra preparation as everybody here is spending a very quiet day and spirits are too heavy to give way to very much levity.
Betty and I went to Sutton Saturday, but failed to see Bill. We left a message for him but apparently he didn't receive it as we haven't heard a word from him. That is why I made another trip to Sutton last night.
The two parcels, one from Bear River, the other from Louise, which I have so far received will be opened at Olive's as soon as I get there. Betty went over to Richmond last night and may have more mail for me.
Jerry was about last night and did some damage between here and Olive's. As I came home from Sutton I saw the firemen and first aid squads at work.
Well I have eight new teeth, Dearie. Doing well hey what? I didn't cry when they came through either. Good child I hear you say. Four molars on each side of my lower jaw. They feel like mountains. When I eat I don't know what I'm chewing. I suppose I shall soon become used to them. But what a mouthful. The dentist filled my front tooth so that as far as teeth are concerned, I am well equipped. One advantage of a plate is that one is free to lend them to others. So far I haven't had any requests come in. The total cost was 4 guineas. It nearly broke my heart. However the dentist is paid and I am almost in the R.A.F.
Mrs. Doran just came in and she said she went out to purchase two eggs for a cake or something but when the shopkeeper asked her 6d. each for stale duck's eggs, she decided to do without them. Just thing of it Honey! Almost 12 cents each. She has just gone out again to see if she can get a couple of lemons for her cold. They (lemons) are scarce also.
Churchill made a very remarkable speech last night. I failed to be near enough to a radio to listen in. I must try and obtain a verbatim report of it. From street comment I gather it was most favorably received.
Well Sweetheart, wouldn't I love to be coming home now laiden with things for you. To open the door and to hear you answer from upstairs would be the greatest joy I could hope for. You don't know how much you really mean to me and how much I miss you. Our prayers seem to be answered somewhat. I am making progress as far as the R.A.F. is concerned. Perhaps it won't be long before we can be together.
Keep up your faith and courage my Sweetheart and continue your prayers.
May God bless you wonderfully this Xmas and keep you safe and well.
Heaps of love to you and kisses and hugs to comfort you. Goodnight and may Santa be right good to you.
Note: The speech Jones refers to was Churchill's speech of Dec. 23, 1940. It was broadcast on shortwave radio directed to the Italian people speaking reasonably to the issues between Italy and Great Britain and to appropriately and compassionately single out Mussolini as the sole cause of the State of War between them.
76 Marchmount Rd.
(Xmas) Dec. 25, 9:30 p.m.
We arrived here this morning at 8 o'clock. Douglas, Olive, Betty & I (Bill didn't turn up) got away in Douglas's car at 3:15 a.m. in the pitch blackness (as no lights are to be seen and nothing showing on our car but two tiny headlights reduced to the size of a 50 cent piece. It's remarkable how one keeps the road in such blackness. We came right through from Blackheath without mishap of any kind.
All were in bed when we arrived here. However it was not long before Mim was up and breakfast was ready in short time. After breakfast we chatted at the bedside of Mrs. Glidden (who is confined to her bed because of weak heart). We all went to church with Rev. Glidden and returned in time for Xmas dinner. No turkey this year. However the roast of beef was excellent. We had two kinds of potatoes (baked and roasted in gravy), mashed turnip and Yorkshire pudding. This followed by fruit pudding with custard sauce. All plain, in accord with common practice throughout England this day. Later in the afternoon Arnold and I went for a walk for half an hour or so. Oh yes, I forget to say that Mim and Mrs. Glidden received letters from mother and Dr. Borden.
Before leaving Blackheath last night I opened three parcels. One from Jane, socks and short bread, Century United Church one parcel containing shaving cream, toothpaste, sweets, socks, tea, cake; and the other from Mother and Helen, containing socks, cake, cheese, sweets, shaving cream and toothpaste. I received word from Mrs. Banister that a big parcel has arrived from you and she is sending it on to me at 9 Bonamy. All in all Sweetheart, I feel so selfish and mean to receive so much, when I have been unable to even send a card, it makes me somewhat sorrowful.
The whole family of Gliddons have been wonderful today. They have done everything in their power to make me happy. But gee, I have missed you and longed for you Sweetheart. I would just love to look in on you all at this moment and to run away somewhere with you. I am glad in the thoughts that you will be with your parents and so will not be altogether alone.
Doug and Olive went on to Bristol this morning. Doug's home. They returned to Chippenham about 5:30, in time for tea. It seems to have been a day for eating. To end up with we played a kind of game of pool and had headcheese, tea, Jane's shortbread and tea, sang "Auld Lang Syne" and since then all have retired. I am to sleep on a cot in the library, where I am at present alone with you. Doug & Olive are bunked down in the living room floor, all the others are upstairs.
Please write Mrs. Gliddon & Betty, who will remain home now, until she gets another school, and thank them for their extreme kindness to me. They will be mighty glad to hear from you and wish to be remembered to you with love.
We are to get up at 6 a.m. and be back to Blackheath by 11 a.m. Then I shall go to London, R.A.F. headquarters and submit my dentist's certificate, as I don't have to go back to work until Friday morning. It should not be very long now before I am definitely in the Air Force.
Heaps of love my Sweetheart. Kisses and hugs and an extra big one to put you to sleep.