Sunday, 8:35 p.m.
Here I am on my way to B'Ham. Betty & Olive Davis and I have been together rushing through my various duties getting things in order before I could make a visit to B'Ham.
We cabled you just as soon as word arrived of my appointment. Betty got away on the 7:10 for Ipswich and my train leaves at 12:10 midnight. Have wired the Banisters.
My uniform will be ready for me Thursday at Richmond--was measured yesterday. I shall stay at King's Norton until Wed. night--take the train to London to pick up uniform, say goodbye to Olive Davis and Misses Sendamore, Day, etc. take train for Chippenham, remain there until Sunday night, then report at Torquay.
Address until you hear from me, 54 Group, R.A.F., Alta Vista, Higher Warberry, Torquay, Devon.
Heaps of love. They are closing the tea room by turning out the lights.
Big hug & kiss.
I only wish you could be here Honey, we would have a rare old time in the Old Town tonight. Gee am I glad! Your prayers have all been answered and I owe it all to you. Whatever lies ahead, this much by way of accomplishment goes down to your credit. Keep up your prayers and perhaps some day I shall be seated in control of a great big Spitfire helping to give Jerry his dues. Please don't fail me now Dearie. No half-hearted prayers or opening one ye. That won't do. So far and for some time my duties will be to carry on as a beginner. I take the usual elementary training then am kept on administration and special duty work. I must not be left in a rut. I want to fly and fight.
You had better continue to use Birmingham."
Jones is enlisted as a Lieutenant, a status he achieved in WWI.
Note: the cancellation stamp on the envelope says "Grow More, Dig For Victory." This was to encourage the British people to grow gardens to supplement their table.
So, now what . . .
222 Northfield Rd.,
King's Norton, Birmingham
Mon. Feb. 17th/41
Well, I'm here at last. I arrived at Snow Hill Stn., B'ham at 4:45 a.m. and got the first train to Cotteraje at 5 a.m. then a 1d ride on the bus to 222 Northfield Rd. I waked everybody up about 6 a.m. They were all excited and glad to see me. Dulcie, Clarice & Mrs. Banister look very much the same. The girls are much better looking than they used to be--especially Dulcie. Mrs. B has aged a bit but I have no trouble in recognizing her. It is good to be here among such old friends. And how I wish you were here too. We had breakfast and chatted as long as we dared as Dulcie & Clarice had to go to work--Dulcie in a downtown office and Clarice in an insurance office also quite well down town. I helped Mrs. B. with the dishes, got cleaned up and am now seated in the living room before a most hospitable grate fire have a chat with the best girl in the world.
I suppose you are all excited today. And mighty happy I'll bet. It is somewhat all a dream yet. Things have happened so suddenly during the past forty-eight hours it is hard to believe they are true. It was a coincidence that Betty happened to come to London last Friday. Olive Davis and I had planned to meet her at Liverpool stn. as we had telephoned her on Thursday. When the O.H.M.S. [On His Majesty's Service] letter greeted me after work on Friday it just capped the whole evening's fun. There was no holding me. I met the two girls at Lyon's Strand Corner House and told them the news. We had a cup of tea and then in pitch blackness sought the cable office and got a message off to you. We then tried telephoning Chippenham but a raid was now on overhead and we could not get through. We went to the Paramount dance hall, which was very crowded and had a dance or two. It closed at eleven o'clock. We then went to the Corner House on Leicester Square and sat over a plain supper listening to the orchestra and amusing ourselves witching the usual cosmopolitan crowd. It is most interesting to sit & study the different characters to be seen at such a place. All nationalities are represented. We left when the doors closed at ....?... o'clock and set out for Blackheath. The ....?.... service was a late train which only carried us about two thirds the way. We walked the rest of the way. Then I had to walk back to Bonamy. I got in at 3:15 a.m. Happy in the thought that things seemed to be breaking for us. The following morning, Saturday, I went to Blackheath, got Betty and off we went to Richmond to order uniform and equipment which the tailor will have ready Tuesday afternoon. After we completed the purchases we dropped into a picture "Freedom Station" then took a bus to Peckham and caught a train to Blackheath. Olive was in bed asleep but woke up as we entered. I got away to Bonamy. The following morning, Sunday, I packed my belongings in two valises, bade goodbye to the people next door, the A.R.P. warden post, Mrs. Barham who cooked my dinners and Rev. Moore and set out for Blackheath. Betty and I took a train to Dartford hospital to say goodbye to Mrs. Doran who was very glad to see us and most . .....?....... It cheered her up greatly. By the way Dearie, if you have a snap to spare of the both of us will you please write Mrs. J Doran, 9 Bonamy St., London, S.E.1 and enclose it. She wants one. Also write her a cheerie letter as she is mighty fine.
Heaps of love now Sweetheart. Here is Mrs. Banister with a cup of tea. Hugs and kisses and may those dreams and prayers come true.
Please notify family of our good luck."