It would appear that since Jones has just heard from the RAF that he needs to get his teeth fixed before he can enlist, that they are prepared to take him on. It's progress, but how much longer will he have to wait? In the meantime Christmas is approaching and we'll see how the British still managed to celebrate despite being in the middle of war.
Sitting alone before the wee stove. A clear moonlight night--a few guns pounding away and the reports of bursting shells in the air just audible. Mrs. Doran has just retired.
I went over to Richmond yesterday. No mail has come in since last week. Miss Sendamore was in her dugout and Betty Still in the house. She was getting her belongings together as she is planning to go home Monday. She finishes at her school in Richmond Friday, tomorrow. I helped her pack her dishes etc, which will go to Chippenham by truck.
Miss Sendamor has invited me over for the weekend. I believe Doug and Olive will go over on Sunday for lunch or supper and I shall return with them in their car.
The bombing last Sunday night deprived Doug and Olive of all their window glass. They have not been able to keep very comfortable since. I am going over tomorrow evening, the first time this week, to see how they are getting along. It is very difficult to obtain any material to cover windows with--glass is not obtainable, wood is slow coming along and rubberoid is very hard to get. In the meantime, people must put up with it. Fortunately the weather is not so very cold--although today was cold enough to make one conscious of it.
Well Sweetheart, what sort of Xmas did you have? [He's assuming she won't get this letter until after Christmas.] I shall imagine you gnawing away at a hearty limb of an erstwhile turkey. I wish I could share it with you or even to see you so happily engaged would please me immensely. Poor bird, what a 'ripping' time it will have.
An Xmas box has come to me from Birmingham. It bears English postage stamps and seems to have originated there. I do hope the Banisters have not sent me any presents. I shall not open it until Xmas day. My great fear is that people send me gifts. I have little possibility of sending any gifts this Xmas. Certainly I am not going to do so as long as I am unable to send you money, which you need so badly. I am hoping that I shall be able to work right through Xmas week. I would much rather do so under the circumstances than to have to fill in time doing nothing or trying to be sociable when you are so far away.
I have saved many papers for you. These I shall make up into several parcels and mail them under separate cover.
I am glad and interested to hear that you visited Miss Glan. Also to hear of Paterson. I have not taken time out as yet to write anyone except you and other members of the family. The evening goes so quickly. Please give all my love and kindest regards. I wish I could write to all of my friends, but that is simply impossible.
Have you learned yet what Doug is doing? I shall be most interested to learn. I don't know what rank he holds or where he is stationed.
By the way, I don't believe I numbered my last letter to you Dearie. It was number 23. I must not let any pass unnumbered else I shall get far behind you.
Just in the event of my former letters going astray, I shall repeat. I mailed a letter several weeks ago. It was number 13. I enclosed a 1 pound note and I am interested to know if you received it safely. Please let me know if you did. In future I think I shall send any money I can through the bank. A branch of the Royal Bank of Canada is in London. I must enquire as to cost and rate of exchange. I did so much try to send you 5 pounds for Xmas, but I don't see yet how I can manage it. It will be a week or two late, I fear.
Well, Sweetheart, my heart full of love and my you keep bright and hopeful. I long for you day and night and I pray for your safekeeping and happiness.
Happy dreams and kisses and hugs to comfort you.
Oh let's do another one . . .
"9 Bonamy St.
What a girl you are! Seven most welcome letters from you yesterday. Even Miss Sendamore and Miss Day are envious of me. They said the postman comes two and three times a day and no mail for anyone but 'Mr. Jones'.
I don't care how envious they become just keep it up Sweetheart. The letters I received yesterday are: Nos. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 33, 34. The only letters missing now are Nos. 12, 13, 14, 15 & 25. It's wonderful, I think, that I should receive such a high percentage. I only hope that you are receiving as good a percentage of my letters. Sometimes you mention that there are long gaps between my letters. I write quite regularly, three or four letters a week.
Om case , my last two or three letters fail to reach you, I must repeat the good news. My application to the Air Force is evidently favorably considered as I have received notice to have a plate fitted to my lower jaw to make up the missing teeth. Just think, keeping me waiting over two months before they tell me of this. However, I have already attended to the matter, and by Monday next, my denture will be in place. I have to forward a certificate signed by my dentist, as soon as the work is completed, and then to stand by for further instructions. You can imagine how pleased I am that the matter has not gone completely dead. While there is life there's hope. I know you will share my joy as you have prayed just as hard as I have and your self-denial has been wonderful. Just don't mention it to anyone though. I won't believe it until I'm in uniform and sailing over Germany. I am greatly bucked up though as you can imagine.
I am disappointed in one thing though. I asked Betty to arrange through Lloyd's Bank to remit you 3 pounds. She tried to do it but the bank manager said it is not possible to send money to Canada. Betty explained the matter but he said he couldn't help, refusing the money as the government has restricted all money leaving this country. I am very disappointed Sweetheart as I did so much want you to have it for Xmas or soon after. As soon as I get a day off work I shall make further inquiries and see if there is not some way to send you the money.
It is costing 4 guineas to have my teeth attended to. I paid three tonight and will pay the balance on Monday.
I got word from the High Commissioner's office yesterday requesting that I should report every two months in order to prevent any delay in payment of my pension to you. I do hope you have not been without it to date Dearie. I shall send him word of my being alive and once I'm in the Air Force, I shall let him know about it.
It looks now as if Bill and I shall go over to Blackheath Tuesday (Xmas Eve) and early Wednesday morning Doug, Olive, Betty, Bill and I shall motor to Chippenham to spend Xmas with Mr. & Mrs. Gliddon. Betty will remain home and the rest of us will return Wed. evening as Doug has to go on duty the following morning.
I did enjoy your letters so much last night. Every move and thing you do makes me feel that I'm not far away after all. I am very glad indeed that Agnes is so near. You do enjoy her company. It is mighty good of Margaret, Frankie, Howard, Marjorie and all the others (not mentioning Flafferty) to call on you now and again. Please give them all my love and tell them I appreciate their thoughtfulness.
I haven't seen or hear anything of Ron and Shaw. No doubt I shall one of these fine days.
Saturday I must try and contact Bill. He has been to Brighton for two weeks. Betty is bringing my mail over to Olive's, also my laundry which is at Richmond, and we are then going to Sutton to see Bill. I have to get a few small things for Xmas. Such, for instance, as something for Miss Sendamore, Mr. & Mrs. Gliddon, Doug & Olive, Bill & Betty and the Banisters & Mrs. Doran. I have only a few shillings to spend on all. They all understand and have warned me not to get anything. They have all been so wonderful kind to me I can't just let Xmas go by without some sort of remembrance.
Two parcels have arrived from Canada. One from Bear River [Bear River, Nova Scotia is where Bill grew up and his parents were still there.] and one from United States. Mrs. Banister has tied them together and readdressed them. I shan't open them until Xmas. Will you ever forget the fun we had opening our parcels and cards at Xmas time? I shall live those experiences all over again Wednesday morning Sweetheart. What wouldn't I give if we could have that fun together this Xmas. I know we are going to have similar joy in the not-to-distant future. This much I am most hopeful in.
Sweetheart, you are a real pal and a mighty brave girl to support me as you have right from the start. My success is your reward and believe me I'm not going to let you down. Keep up your faith and soon the dark clouds will disappear. Heaps of love, and kisses and now let me tuck you in for a good night's sleep.