17 Oct 1945




My own darling Sweetheart,

Thankyou for your letter & that sweet little card you sent this morning. Can you imagine me creating a stir in a similar manner. I might manage to show a suspender or two but as for making anything eatable -----. Soon, I hope, you'll be able to judge for yourself. Have you heard that Rick's haven't yet given in their notice. I'm just hoping & praying at the moment that they will be doing very shortly. I'd more or less furnished that house in my own mind. Still, if we can't get it, we can't & there's nothing we can do about it.

I'm not surprised to hear about your leave --- mind you, I want to see you as soon as possible but I think it'll be far better to wait until Xmas. Of course, we could have had some fun on Bonfire Night --- I bet folks'll just go mad this year after so many years of no fireworks. Weren't you one of the naughty boys who put fireworks in peoples keyholes & then ran off? I've an idea you were.

I've started embroidering a tablecloth today. It should look quite nice when it's done, but there's a lot of work in it. By the way, what about that rug you started when you were on leave. Am I to try & finish it when I get home? I never have made one before so it would be a change.

My ears burn like fury tonight, I wonder if you are thinking of me. I hope so, but I do wish you didn't have to think about me. I'd much, much rather you were with me. I feel as if it's years & years since I last saw you. I'm just longing for the day to come when we need never be parted any more. It still seems an awful long way off though. I suppose the day will dawn sometime.

Do you play cards for halfpennies? We do at Mrs. Hardwicks' --- but you must never tell Mother ----she'd be ever so hurt. I usually lose but I tell myself that saying “Lucky at cards ---- unlucky in love” & realise that the opposite must apply to me.

I put that little card on my dressing table & found that other one to go with it. I don't know whether you'll remember sending me the one called “I've got my eye on you”. They do look sweet but they want to make me cry. They remind me how grand you are & I want to snuggle into your arms again. I was doing in my sleep last night. I remember it ever so plainly. I can't remember where we were exactly but we'd gone for one of our walks & although dozens of folk including our Eva & Annie were ever so nosey & insisted on looking at us we completely ignored them & continued in our own sweet way. I hope I dream the same tonight --- my dreams are so real I really think you are with me.

I haven't bought anything for our home this week yet. I may do so on Friday ---- but it's the transport that's the problem. I've all my clothes & personnal belongings to cart from here during the next six weeks & I can only afford to go home once a fortnight at the most. Anyway if I see anything I know I shan't be able to get at Newark , I'm buying it.

A Red X man has been telling me what a lovely complexion I've got, tonight. I don't know whether he wanted to borrow anything & I thought to myself ---- even if he's right there's no point in it being lovely if you're not there to see it. He's a nice chap but I shall have to remind him he's a married man & I'm a nearly married woman & he must keep such personnal remarks to himself.

I must close, I shall be weeping in a moment because I want you so. I'll get undresses & into bed like a good little girl --- it's too cold to sit in a dressing gown these nights.

All my love for Ever,

Your loving sweetheart


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

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

G.S.C. Depôt,

Whittington Barracks,




Bonfire Night Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night (or, more casually in recent times as Fireworks Night), is an annual celebration held on the evening of 5 November to mark the failure of the Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605, in which a number of Catholic conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, attempted to destroy the Houses of Parliament in London. The occasion is primarily celebrated in Great Britain where, by an Act of Parliament called The Thanksgiving Act, it was compulsory until 1859, to celebrate the deliverance of the King of England, Scotland, and IrelandIn the United Kingdom, celebrations take place in towns and villages across the country in the form of both private and civic events. The festivities involve fireworks displays and the building of bonfires on which "guys" are traditionally burnt. The "guys" are traditionally effigies of Guy Fawkes, the most famous of the Gunpowder Plot conspirators, although may also be effigies of local or national hate figures. Although the night is celebrated in York (Fawkes' hometown) some there do not burn his effigy, most notably those from his old school. In the weeks before bonfire night, children traditionally displayed the "guy" and requested a "penny for the guy" in order to raise funds with which to buy fireworks. However, this practice has diminished greatly, perhaps because it has been seen as begging, and also because children are not allowed to buy fireworks. In addition there are concerns that children might misuse the money. Wikipedia