Letter numbered 27
This will only be a short note as there is not much news. I have not received any mail since I last wrote so there is nothing to answer.
We had an armistice day service today and it was conducted by the much publicised Stuart Watts but apart from that there is not much doing. I haven't even got a bet on the cup though there are plenty of sweeps and a few bookies are calling the odds.
I have met a couple of chaps who knew Clifford in the west and according to them he is B class and trying for a job in records office.
The food has been very good just lately but I am afraid it is too good to last. The canteen also has a good stock of chocolates, canned fruit and above all things, Sao Biscuits but what I would like most at the moment is a few bottles of iced beer. This room is like a sweat box and there is plenty of noise and cigarette smoke about.
That is about all for now, I shall write again in a few days when I expect to have some mail.
All the best
Letter numbered 28
I hope this arrives before the 19th but in any case I wish you all the best for your birthday.
Your letters Nos 36, 37, 38, 39, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, have arrived and in addition there was one from Ted and John Brown.
I can't hope to answer all yours tonight as the light is bad and I am very tired.
I don't know whether you have received my letters of the 7th and 11th but if you have I guess you are smiling to yourself, wouldn't it!
You are well off the mark in your No 45 and I am surprised that you misread the second or third paragraph of my 25 to Gordon.
" I went for a swim a few days ago and quite enjoyed it despite the fact that it was a five mile march there and back."
As yet there is no sign of the watch or any parcels and papers but I expect they will arrive in due course. Don't send any food stuff until I let you know how the cakes arrive, however some tea would be appreciated if you could spare 1/2lb. I still have the box of loaf sugar intact.
Tonight we got two botles of Fosters and I have had one and will keep the other until tomorrow.
I have not heard any news for days and all your remarks about the war are meaning less however I expect I shall find out all about it when I see a paper.
Thanks for Alan's new address, I wont be able to write to him for a few days and I am wondering if he will have moved by then.
Most of the chaps are just returning from the pictures so I think I'll close and get out of the way.
Tomorrow I shall go throught your letters and answer them fully. And now to bed.
All the best,
Letter numbered 29
Now I shall endeavour to answer your letters in more detail. I am glad to hear that Roy is back and from your remarks I gather that conditions are much the same in New Zealand as over here.
Too bad about Katanga only coming fourth however I think I'll give the horses away as I don't get much information about them.
No doubt you have heard from Les by now so you can pass on any more information about his trip.
You haven't mentioned Mrs D. lately and I am wondering what has happened to the little lady. Perhaps she is busy studying more dope.
It is a pity there has been no news of Malcolm but they should hear shortly if he is a P.O.W. I don't suppose they have heard any more of Ken P.
Thanks very much for sending a couple of parcels up but I doubt if they will arrive for my birthday however as long as they turn up I shall be satisfied.
You seem to be doing a lot of work in the garden lately and I am only sorry I am not there to help you out.
Wally and I are very amused at Kel's new job and can well imagine how disgusted he is. I don't grasp all your remarks about Argus so perhaps you can tell me a little more.
Good news about McN. And I hope you get the same for the other 200. What does My S think B.W.s will bring, I expect it will be worth waiting for a while.
I suppose you hve noticed he slight alteration in the address but all the old mail should reach me alright.
Ted is with an Australian bomber squadron in Lincolnshire and has just finished a week's leave in the Lakes District and another week in London.
I think John Brown is at Balcolme just outside Melbourne and his crowd is being broken up and he expects to become a teleprinter operator.
The watch has just come to hand but it won't work. I don't know whether it was knocked around in transit or not but I can't get a tick out of it. Was it working after you got it back?
I must close now as I want to see a picture show near here. Will write again tomorrow.
All the best