11 Oct 1945




My own darling Sweetheart,

It's been my ½ day today again so I've managed to buy myself some notepaper. I tried to get hold of some blue but they hadn't any in Woodhouse.

I came back straight after tea to go with Marjorie to the pictures to see “Henry V”. It's very nice too I quite enjoyed it. I only wish Henry the first had been sitting by my side.

I'm pleased to hear about you getting some leave but I do hope it won't affect your Xmas leave. I've set my heart on us being together at Christmas. I should hate to be disappointed. If things go as planned I'll be leaving here on Dec 4th. I must write about another job next week when the State exam is finally over. I shall look well if they don't need any Sisters or Staff Nurses at Newark shan't I?

Did I tell you we had a woman in the other morning with a most awful fractured skull? Her husband hit her on the back of the head with a pickaxe. I've heard since that she's now dead. Awful isn't it? But evidently she's been living with another man while her husband's been away. She wasn't a young giddy thing either --- she was about 40 years old.

There are some rotters about aren't there? Bit it's not only the women. There's a young woman on maternity who's glad that her baby died because her husband came back from abroad & infected her with either gonorrhea or syphilis --- I don't quite know which --- & never told her till it was too late to do anything to protect the baby. She's finished with him but I'm afraid there'll be hundreds of men in the same boat. People are always very eager to blame the woman but I'm sure it's a case of fifty-fifty.

I'm thinking of going home for my day off on Sunday. It'll be awful you not being there but I expect I shall get used to being a “grass widow” or should I say fiancée in time. I hope I never reach that stage because it's bound to take a long time & I can't bear to think I shan't be seeing you for weeks & weeks.

Mrs. Hardwick & everyone that knows you send their love. I'm a bit worried I haven't had a single line from mother this week. She should hve received a letter from me on Tues morning so she's had plenty of time to write back. I do hope there's nothing wrong at home, but I think if there was Eva would let me know. It isn't often that she writes to me --- in fact I don't think she's written at all since you came home. Perhaps Mother's just forgotten her eldest daughter, She's ever so hurt if I ask her that though.

Well, sweetheart I must close & go for a cup of tea.

Yours For Ever.


55786. Tpr. Hallam, J.H., R.A.C.,

H.Q.Company, (Sgts. Mess Cook),

G.S.C. Depôt,

Whittington Barracks,




Henry V Laurence Olivier's adaptation of Henry V is one of the finest Shakespeare films ever made, full of rousing action, beautiful colors, and passionate performances. Henry V is the story of the newly crowned king of England, who fights the French for possession of Normandy. Olivier's direction is inventive, beginning the film as if it were a performance at the Globe Theatre, and having it slowly expand so the final battle scenes take place in realistic settings. Released in 1944 during the height of World War II, Henry V didn't receive an American release until 1946, upon which Olivier won a special Academy Award for "his outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director in bringing Henry V to the screen." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Movie Guide


Laurence Olivier's Henry V confounded almost every assumption about bringing Shakespeare's work to the screen. In contrast to previous Shakespeare adaptations, it was fresh and lively -- even challenging and daring -- in its presentation and structure; it had fun with its subject, while other versions had been reverent and respectful; and it delighted audiences, scholars, and critics alike, becoming the first screen adaptation of a Shakespeare play to receive mostly enthusiastic reviews and turn a profit. Olivier made his movie in the middle of World War II, convincing the British government of the morale-boosting potential and propaganda uses of a good adaptation of the original play, about an English invasion of France in the 15th century; he then took off for the neutral wide-open spaces of Ireland with the best cast he could assemble from actors too old to be in uniform, a handful of actors borrowed from the armed services, highly sought-after Technicolor cameras, and a script that kept intact the core of Shakespeare's play. The movie earned him a special Academy Award. Equally important in broader historical terms, Henry V paved the way for all other Shakespeare films, from Olivier's versions of Hamlet, Richard III, and Othello through to Kenneth Branagh's more contemporary adaptations. ~ Bruce Eder, All Movie Guide Source : http://www.answers.com/topic/henry-v-1944-film

Gonorrhea & Syphilis : Gonorrhea (also gonorrhoea, sometimes referred to as 'the clap' is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae (also called Gonococcus, which is often abbreviated as "GC" by clinicians). In the US, its incidence is second only to chlamydia among bacterial STDs. In both men and women if gonorrhea is left untreated, it may spread throughout the body, affecting joints and even heart valves. Gonorrhea cannot be spread by sharing toilets and bathrooms

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the spirochetal bacterium Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum. The route of transmission of syphilis is almost always through sexual contact, although there are examples of congenital syphilis via transmission from mother to child in utero or at birth. The signs and symptoms of syphilis are numerous; before the advent of serological testing, precise diagnosis was very difficult. In fact, the disease was dubbed the "Great Imitator" because it was often confused with other diseases, particularly in its tertiary stage.Syphilis can generally be treated with antibiotics, including penicillin. If left untreated, syphilis can damage the heart, aorta, brain, eyes, and bones. In some cases these effects can be fatal. Source Wikipedia.