24 Oct 1945


Nurses' Home,

City General Hosp.,

Sheffield 5.


My dear Sweetheart,

I was happy to receive another letter from you today. Thankyou for letting me read Motheres letter. She's always telling me off for being unkind & cruel to you because I said a walk would do you good. Do you think I am? Anyway if she tells me off any more I shall tell her how frequently you smack my bottom & then she'll tell you off. I'm not going to get the blame for everything. So there!

Hasn't it been an awful day again today? You may be sure it'll rain cats & dogs again tomorrow because it's my half day & it always rains on my half day.

Please excuse this short note but it's already eleven o'clock & I have to have a bath yet. I've been busy embroidering my cushion covers & didn't realize how late it was getting.

Anyway you know that however little I write I love you just the same if not more each day.

All my Love for Ever.


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

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

G.S.C. Depot,

Whittington Barracks,




Cats & dogs When it is raining cats and dogs, it is raining very heavily.. Also, raining buckets. Rain very heavily, as in It was raining cats and dogs so I couldn't walk to the shops, or It's been raining buckets all day. The precise allusion in the first term, which dates from the mid-1600s, has been lost, but it probably refers to gutters overflowing with debris that included sewage, garbage, and dead animals. Richard Brome used a version of this idiom in his play The City Wit (c. 1652), where a character pretending a knowledge of Latin translates wholly by ear, “Regna bitque/and it shall rain, Dogmata Polla Sophon/dogs and polecats and so forth.” The variant presumably alludes to rain heavy enough to fill pails.