Mrs. Wm. M. Jones
45 Lakeshore Dr.
New Toronto, Ont. Canada
[This address no longer exists, but the Jones's owned a piece of lakefront property, that is now covered by high rises or hotels.]
No. 5 Initial Training Wing
Hotel Metropole, Torquay
How is my girl tonight? We have had a very busy week and tonight I am Duties Officer which means I shall have to sit here at least until midnight unless Jerry decides to come over and disturb us--a thing he very seldom if ever does. Our duties are very similar to those of other branches of the service. In our spare time we study and work along at subjects which are necessary to know before we are ready to fly. It will take quite a while yet before we have completed the entire field of training and when through, it is hard to say if we'll get a chance at flying. One can only work hard and trust for the best. I have made it definitely clear that I want to fly and perhaps some day I shall be lucky or privileged to do so.
I went swimming as usual Wed. evening for a couple of hours. Tomorrow evening the annual wing dance takes place. I don't think I shall go as I am short of funds and won't get any for another week or so. It takes so long for accounts to go through. So far I haven't drawn a cent from the army and have practically my entire it. I'm letting my board bill (35 shillings per week) run on until my allowances come along. These with my pay will come along in another two or three weeks. I have not received a statement yet so I don't know just what my pay will be. In a general way it will be about 1 pound per day including all allowances (separation and everything). I shall have to make an arrangement with my bankers Lloyds', Pall Mall, London, to pay over to the Royal Bank of Canada, Mill Bank, London, whatever I can send you. I do hope there will be no restrictions to prevent me from doing so. I don't think there are any restrictions in respect to remitting money to the wives and dependents of members of the services. I shall soon know all there is to know about it. One thing is certain, Dearie, if I can't send you money you must come over here as soon as you possibly can manage to do so. I don't see how they could prevent you from coming over here. I am not a Canadian in a sense now. Surely they wouldn't prevent a British soldier serving in England from bringing his wife and family over here from Canada if they had been living there.
Another 'Commonwealth' arrived today. I enjoy them very much and it keeps me posted in political matters in Canada. I'm just reading a remarkable pamphlet written by Sir Robert Vansittart, called "Black Record" (Germans Past and Present) [A high ranking British diplomat during WWII.] It is a remarkable statement of fact concerning the record of the German race since 1740. If you can get a copy I would recommend that you read it. It has already reached its fourth reprint since last month. It costs 6d. (12 cents) here. I don't know just how much it will cost there.
The weather here has not been very bright for the past two or three days. Much wet and today we had a flurry of snow.
I heard from Betty and Olive (Mrs. Graves (sp?) this week. Betty is down with the flu and is not at all well. Olive is expecting Douglas home soon on leave. She is still at home (Chippenham).
Dulcie Bannister sent me a very nice pair of socks which she knitted for me. She is now knitting a pair of black socks (the official and regulation color for the air force). I am waiting to see what my sweater looks like. I have not purchased on as I am hoping this one you've knitted will be suitable. We are permitted to wear one under our tunics. Most of the officers have a pullover, low necked, jersey, air force blue in color so it will not be seen when worn under the tunic. I shall cherish the one you send Honey even it it's green. I'll wear it after hours. In fact I never wear anything under my tunic.
I wish I could tell you all about our work here but of course that is out of the question. We must be careful. It is intensely interesting and each day is full of activity. No doubt it will be ever so much more interesting when and if we are permitted to fly.
Heaps of love Sweetheart. Take good care of yourself and be ready to pick up and come over on short notice. I do need you and want you right here. Goodnight and happy dreams.
Oops, he forgot to number this one.
'(my digs) Belmont House
66 Belgrave St.,
I have just reported at Squadron Headquarters to take the No. 2 Squadron to Church, when this orderly hailed me with news that there was mail in the staff room for me. Lo and behold! There were six letters from you. What a sweetheart you are. The valentine was just a real gem. I shall always carry my rabbit's foot. In your other letters you gave me an excellent account of affairs at home for which I am truly grateful. I'm mighty sorry to hear that you had an attack of flu! I worry about you being there alone, Dearie, and long and pray for the day when you can be here with me. I enjoyed reading Mother's and Mrs. Stanham's letters--also to hear news of the Adamsons, Sullivans, Grants, Margaret and all the others. You are a real gem to keep me fortified and spirited as you do. When I look back over the past several months and recall the anxious experience I had, I'm double certain I could never have done it without your loyal and loving assistance and encouragement. While this experience is past now, the memory will ever linger with me and you will have something by way of a reputation which you will never be able to live down. I only hope that I shall be able to do for you what I long to do and that you will be spared this worry and hardship that you have so nobly and uncomplainingly endured.
Your letter covering your philosophical dissertation on the world in general, Sweetheart, is a real treat. It is just you and I agree with all you say. It will take some adjusting and a strong will to execute before the much needed reform is embodied in our social order. However, as do you, so do I believe in humanity to the extent that reform is possible and that life will become an ever high order as the years pass. In such perplexing days as the present it is very difficult to keep direction and to see the why and the wherefore. Faith in the higher and nobler aspects of life alone will bring us through and we can but patiently abide.
I didn't go to the Wing dance last night. I remained home and read instead. In the afternoon I had to go out to the rifle range to inspect a job the contractors had done during the week. I could have obtained a car from headquarters but, it being a fine afternoon, I decided to walk. When I got back home it was almost supper time and I decided not to take the dance in. This morning there was a get together of the officers and their wives at the officers' mess. I was detailed yesterday to take church parade at 9 o'clock today, so I decided not to go to the mess gathering. I have very little interest in such things anyway. If you were here it would be different.
Today I have planned to write several letters. Larry, Gen. Turner etc. will all come in for a letter of thanks.
The sky is somewhat gray today and it is almost cold enough to snow.
By the way Sweetheart, just as soon as my money comes through I shall send you 10 pounds. I want you to build up a bank account as soon as possible in case you need it to come over here with. Also I want to pay Doug back the 10 pounds which I borrowed from him last fall. I shall pay him direct from here.
Heaps of love and keep yourself as fit as possible. By the time you receive this letter you will have received money from me, I hope. On Tuesday night I am to take a group of the cadets aircraftmen on a day's outing on one of our naval ships. I hope I meet Shaw but no such luck.
Heaps of love.