The story continues . . . .
"#87 I think this is right. My other pad is at the house"
Sun, May 11th/41
It was good to receive your letters Friday. You were very bright and they (the letters) made me quite cheery. I was so busy that I had to read them at lunch hour. I became so interested in them that I forgot the presence of my dinner on the table, (also the new young lady guest at the house), she has taken the seat at my table. Before I realized it, it was parade time and I had to rush away without eating half my dinner and not taking even time to be polite to my 'table friend'. At any rate I enjoyed your letters and that was better than a dozen dinners.
Life continues to be most hectic. Phillps who left for his new post tonight, has handed me the sports of the Squadron to look after. This with the Hygiene lectures which I have to give to the incoming officers, plus this welfare and instruction of my own Flight, plus my own studying, makes my life one mad rush from morn till night. So busy am I that I haven't written anyone but you for a week or ten days. My friends will think that I'm a queer sort.
I received a very nice letter from Fred Milbury last week. He obtained my address from you. He should receive a letter from me very soon now as I wrote him fully three weeks ago. I also got a letter from Gen. Turner who was stopping at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, at the time of writing. He congratulated me and was very glad to learn that I finally got in the Air Force. He said that he will tell all my old friends, former 13th men.
Dearie, you should have received my D.C.M. gratuity on the last of April or the first or second of May. I do hope they won't hold you up too long for it. I wish you were here and then I could look after you. You seem to be so worried all the time over the furnace, plumbing, pension or something or other. Gee, I wish I could lift you out of it all and drop you here where there are no worries and life is a mere song. This morning I wondered how heavenly it would be if you were here. The glassy water of the English Channel beckoning; boats of every description, laying at anchor at the beach, like the array one sees at the Toronto Yacht Club about July each year. We would have hired a boat and enjoyed a beautiful sunny day on the water. Instead, since you were not there, I went to service at 9 a.m., after that took about twenty-five of the boys to the spa baths for swimming and polo. There was a mixed crowd there before we had been swimming very long. We got home about 11 o'clock. I had two hours real good rest this afternoon and here I am now on duty until tomorrow morning. I shall be able to sleep after twelve p.m.
I was glad top hear of Frank, Elspeth and Peg. You will enjoy having the girls in Toronto, though, of curse, they will be busy most of the time.
I received a letter from mother. She seems to be feeling a bit better than she had felt formerly, though she claimed still to feel the rheumatism. I was glad to hear that Doug was going to send you a cheque of $250.00 as a loan to me. I shall bank that amount here or invest it in War Savings Certificates until after the war. I do hope that you will be able to manage until regular allowances come through to you.
Betty said that you wished to have the negatives of the snaps she sent you. Gosh, Dearie, I thought they were so terribly bad that I destroyed the negatives. You know how I dislike my photograph and those snaps haunted me so, I just couldn't stomach them. I''m very sorry that Betty sent them on to you and still more sorry now that I'm not able to produce the negatives when you want them so much.
The sirens are kicking up an awful din at the moment. Jerry must be on his way over England. It is a very beautiful moonlit night. He, no doubt, will try to do all the mischief he can during the next month or so.
I have completed six of my exams: armaments, gas, signals, mathematics, hygiene, law. I have aircraft recognition and navigation still to write. These will come about the end of this month unless I succeed in getting them off earlier.
Take good care of yourself Dearie. I'm looking for the announcement any day now of the arrival of an ambulance unit driven by a young Canadian lady who has volunteered herself and the ambulance for overseas service. Keep up hope Dearie you will get here soon I'm sure. Heaps of love and heaps of kisses and hugs and happy dreams.
P.S. I acknowledged the arrival of the gloves long ago, Dearie, perhaps Jerry has claimed the letter. The gloves are wonderful. I have them packed away with the red ones. Bill"
Always the money problem. See what happens next.
"Envelope opened by Examiner 3557
I simply must write you a note this a.m. I have an examination in math in about 15 min. This makes my fifth exam so far and leaves me with three still.
I signed the prescribed form for allotting 1/7 of my salary to you. To this is added something like 4 pounds per month by the government. I think it will bring your total allowance from this side to almost 10 pounds per month. For some reason or other the government has seen fit not to pay full allowance (separation) to people living outside of the gold area. It means that they, under the present arrangement, contribute only 1 pound per week to one's dependents. In other words, instead of the 6 s. per day, which a man's wife, living within the gold standard area, received in normal course. You are receiving only about 30% of that amount.
An amusing thing happened the other day over my Hygiene exam. Lord Rattendan, who examined the paper erred in adding up his own marks, which were set out in the margin of the paper. An additional 10 points brought my mark up to 86% which relieved me somewhat. Even Lords can err in adding.
Here goes to math. Heaps of love and a big kiss and hug.
"Opened by Examiner 5313
Wed. May 7th/41
The close of another busy day. I say the close. I'm on duty tonight and, in all probability, I shall be up until long after midnight. I don't mind as I shall have my nose buried deeply in one of the few law books we are to cover in this course. I have to write a law exam at 9 a.m. tomorrow. I'm not really prepared as I have had so many other duties to attend to on the side. But still I suppose I'm as ready to take it now as I shall be later on. I wrote the math paper this morning. If the examiner is very generous I shall make the grade. I know I made several silly errors in my work--though the principle I sued in every case is correct. Not having had math for so long, I felt a bit clumsy working out ratios, simple equations, graphs, vulgar fractions etc. though really it is all very easy. I did want to make a good showing in math as so much depends on it. I am quite certain of getting through but that is not good enough. As soon as law is completed tomorrow I shall have only two other exams. Recognition of aircraft and navigation. I am giving myself but two weeks to master them before I sit for the exam. If I'm lucky I shall get through. I seem to be the only officer here who is getting the exams off and I don't understand why most of the others are just content to stick here training the others. But then that is their business, not mine.
Phillips has just been promoted to adjutant and is moving away from here the first of next week. A chap by the name of de Lorn is taking his place. He is a very decent chap and has lived a few years in Toronto. He was with the Toronto Scottish under Dr. McLaren for over two years. He will be a real asset here. Like myself he couldn't get into the Canadian Force. But that is easily understood as he was in London, Eng. when he enlisted.
I think old Mrs. Downing (at the Belmont Hotel where I'm staying) has finally got a full house. Several people have come in recently. I see two R.A.F. airmen, and two or three tradesmen. Tonight a secretary to Mrs. Downing's agent arrived. She has close cropped hair--not very attractive, and not likely to stay at 66 Belgrave Rd. I'm afraid the place is not pretentious enough for her.
By the way Sweetheart, the young officer W.A.A.F. who I stopped the other day, has taken definite interest in you and has written to London office to see what chance there is of getting you posted. She received a reply to her letter but so far has not succeeded in getting anywhere. London office says you would be more valuable in the Medical field than in the W.A.A.F The only post in the W.A.A.F that calls for one with medical knowledge is that of nurse in the dental clinic, which we both thought would not be good for you. Assistant Section Officer Waterman, my young lady officer friend, seems to think there should be a place in the F.A.N.Y.S. for you. The 'Fannies' as they are popularly known as. Miss Waterman seems to think that they are the cream of the women's organization and that you would fit in there well. It seems that the 'Fannies' do anything from dispatch riding to chauffeuring, clerical and supervisory work of almost all kinds. I shall make more inquiries about them.
I do hope that by the time you receive this letter that you are in receipt of the first installment of allowances. I'm sick to heart to feel that you are so in need when there is really no excuse for it now, except the barrier of restrictions. However it won't be very long now before you are in regular receipt of allowances.
I have become quite attached to my Flight [The group of 50 men he is in charge of training] They are an excellent lot of fellows and are working like Trojans. I'm surprised that so many young chaps can refrain from the indulgences of wine, women and song that are forever tempting them in a place like this, and stick close to work. They are so keen to become pilots and observers nothing else seems to interest them. It speaks well indeed for the high standard of morals among them, though i find the young people of this country to be quite moral indeed. And certainly things are wide open. One can get whatever one wants at any time.
Well Sweetheart, I must get busy and plug away at law.
Heaps of love and kisses and happy dreams and don't wake me in the morning--we'll sleep in
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