22 Oct 1945




My Darling Sweetheart,

I feel ever so happy tonight because I've had two letters from you today & also one from Mother this morning. She says I oought to be ashamed of myself telling you that a walk of five miles would do you good & you ought to punish me by sending me less letters. You wouldn't do that would you? I can't think of anything that could make me more miserable than missing two or three days without a letter from you.

Did I tell you your mother gave me a tweed coat of hers? She's hardly worn it & doesn't like it so I'm having it cleaned, it'll make me a good one for this winter. She's also trying to get me a new coat & anything else she thinks I'll need. I told her I objected to giving coupons for towels so she's hoping to pull a few strings for me --- on condition that she won't have to carry the things home from Newark. I'm ever so grateful. Don't you think everyone is being as helpful as they possibly can be?

Marjorie's got me some stuff for some cushion covers. I'd never have looked at it twice in peace time but it's quite serviceable & won't look too bad when it's finished.

By the way she says it's up to you to provide at least half a dozen eligible young men for the bridesmaids to pick from on the GREAT DAY. They must be eligible though. I told her we'd do our best to provide some male attractions. She's terribly disappointed that the best man's married.

Do you mind having two mothers-in-law? I never thought about it until tonight --- but I'm always known as Mr. & Mrs. Hardwicks' “other daughter” you know. Goodness knows what I should have done without my “second home” while I've been in Sheffield, but it does create rather a problem for you doesn't it?

I'm glad you've started on the Xmas present problem --- it's no use me saying anything about wasting money on me, I know so I won't. I've thought about it quite a lot but haven't done anything about it yet. I'll see what I can see tomorrow. Poor old Eva hasn't got her birthday present yet 'cos I couldn't think what to buy for her.

Everything in the garden's still lovely here. We look like being ever so busy tomorrow --- all day but we'll get over it. We do all the work in harmony that's one thing.

The M.O.'s down here think I'm completely mad. I tell them what I think of them & we all start & giggle like soft school kids. When I've had a letter from you I just go up in the air & nothing on earth can upset me. I don't know whether the feeling is infectious but we're all completely crazy.

Mrs. Hardwick gave me a lovely bunch of chrysanthemums tonight. They do look grand. I'm ever so glad you like flowers too because I'm passionately fond of them. Do you really want lilies in the garden? I can't imagine what on earth they were thinking about when I was christened Lily. I think Gertrude would have been much more suitable don't you?

Anyway, Sweetheart, I must close it's half past eleven.

All my Love for Ever & Ever,

Yours alone.

X X X X X X X X X X X May X X X X X X X X X X X


Do you know anything about leave for next Sun. yet? I'm definitely going home.

Loe May X X X

557876 Tpr. J.H.Hallam R.A.C.,

H.Q. Coy (Sgt's Mess Cook ),

G.S.C. Depot,

Whittington Barracks,




pull a few strings to secretly use the influence that you have over important people in order to get something or to help someone .. When someone asks you to pull a few strings for them or offers to pull a few strings for you it means that they either want you to talk to some of your friends in power or believe they could talk to some influential friends of theirs to get what either they or you want respectively.