9 Bonamy St.
What a treat I got Saturday. One letter from you and a letter from Mother waiting here for me when I returned home from work. And when I went over to Richmond there were two letters from you there for me. I was mighty glad to get them, Sweetheart. It seemed ages since I had heard from you. I am all at ease now until about Wed. or Friday. In our letter you enclosed Rooseveldt's speech, and in the letters received at Richmond, Nos. 47, 50 & 51 (in all), you described the New Year's party. My how I did enjoy hearing that you really had a good time. It was a grand party. How I wish I could have been with you.
Life goes on about the same here. More and more activity in preparation for the ordeal of invasion is in evidence. Yesterday, Sunday, I attended A.R.P. lectures and by the time they ended (six straight hours) I felt as if I needed someone to untangle the mass of details that I had been listening to. I got my warden's badge yesterday and tonight I reported to the man in charge of our post for duty. I am to go on tomorrow night. We take turn about: alternate nights and when anything very exciting takes place we all turn out. Our work is chiefly attending to the need of others, putting out fires, detecting gas, bombs, etc. etc. More or less just be men who see that others are doing the right thing when trouble comes. I wish we were given the chance of fighting but that may come later on.
I received a very nice letter from sister Helen and also one from Murray Paterson. It was good of Murray to write. He gave me the recent real estate news and I found it very interesting. He is finding it rather hard these days to get a deal over. I wish him luck.
Mother & Helen seemed to be very bright and I'm very glad to learn that mother's rheumatism is somewhat better.
Thanks Dearie for the information that you gave me re financial matters--you are certainly having a tight squeeze. I certainly hope you received my letters Nos. 34 & 38 with the 1 pound notes in. (one in each letter). I have about 7 pounds saved up and wish I could send it on to you but I fear the job at which I'm working will not last much longer and until I feel a bit more secure I had better hold it. I should hear this week as to whether you received Nos. 34 & 38. Also, if you received my cable on your birthday.
Mrs. Doran is steadily improving and is able to sit up awhile each day. It will be quite some time before she is home again. Her daughter returned to Wales this morning.
The weather is surprisingly mild again. One could go about today quite comfortably without a top coat.
It is almost 12 p.m. now Dearie. Come and sit on my knee. I'll not read the paper or anything until I have tease you so you would be glad to get away from me.
Heaps and heaps of love, a big hug & kiss now turn over and go to sleep. Happy dreams.
Poor Helen is having a tough time financially. She will eventually, as so many women did at the time, go out a find a job in what would be considered a man's world--a munitions factory.
9 Bonamy St.
Gee what a break I had today. Three letters from you and one yesterday. Nos. 49, 52, 54 & 55. One contained a note from Larry. Another contained a letter from Betty Hunter and still another one from Auntie Em. I found them all interesting but above all yours are more than anything else to me.
I was delighted to hear that you received the cablegram on the day of your birthday. I was a bit afraid it would be a day late. It came in just good time for your party. Don't I wish I could have surprised you with my sudden appearance. What is this you say Sweetheart, nobody is to come over from Canada not even my Sweetheart. By gum I won't have it. There'll be some way to get you over here or my name isn't Bill. However I must get things well established first and then you can come over with fear of being left stranded.
Poor old Peter! Never was a cat so prominent in dispatches before. I enjoy hearing of Peter and Marjorie. They are your bosom companions at present and I love them. But how I wish you were here Dearie! We would have so much to tell each other. I'm sure we would be very poor company for other folk for a few weeks.
I spent four hours at the A.R.P. (Air Raid Precautions) headquarters of this section last evening. I have volunteered to spend two or three evenings per week relieving others. There is nothing to do except to be there and be on hand in the event of a raid or invasion. I felt that I should do a bit more than I have been doing in the way of war activity. I wish I could be doing ever so much more.
I have received two letters from sister Helen. I am very glad that she has decided to write once in a while. In fact, she declares that she is going to write once a week. I must hold my end up and not fail her. The only difficulty is I have so many to write as it is that I just don't see when I shall manage to squeeze in any more. I have tried, and with a degree of success, to write you four times a week.
It looks as if Larry is on the staff of G.N.B. Do you think he is President?
I received a letter from Betty today. She thinks she will have to visit London on school business soon. She is to have a long weekend about the end of the month and is planning to go to Chippenham. They want me to go down for a day or two, but my A.R.P. duties will hinder me from doing so I'm afraid. I am taking lectures Saturday afternoons and Sundays. I don't see just how I can manage it--then there is always the expense and I don't now how much longer this job is going to last. By the way don't worry ever about my not having a job. I can get quite a few at any time, there is so much work going. It is just a matter of taking a day out to report at the Labour Exchange and they put you onto a job immediately. I have been careful not to take work that will interfere or upset any organization in case I have to leave suddenly. I suppose if I wanted a permanent job I might find one quite easily--but you know that is not our plan yet.
Auntie Em's & Betty Hunter's letters were very interesting indeed. I also received one from Mother besides the one that you enclosed.
Heaps of love Dearie and tuck me in and hold me tight. A big hug & Kiss and take good care of yourself for my sake.
Wait a minute. Don't go yet. Somewhere between February 12th and February 15th, Bill Jones received his letter from the RAF stating that he has been called up. FINALLY! The long wait is over! He sends Helen a telegram. We don't know what it said because she didn't save it, or it's been lost in time, but Bill is officially enlisted. Now we just have to wait and see what happens next.