27 Oct 1945




My own dear Sweetheart,

I really do believe you're even more sentimental than I am & I'm sur that's unnnecessary. I hope you found the letter anyway & are now more like your true self. You frighten me when you talk about getting into nasty tempers. I can see I shall have to keep on the right side of you or else I look like getting into trouble. I'm willing to risk it anyway.

I had a letter from the Public Assistance Officer this morning confirming the fact that I can be appointed as Night Sister at Newark Institution. I'm not looking forward to night duty. I hate it as a matter of fact, but I'm hoping it won't be for long.

It'll be a bit different though afterwards won't it? When you pack me off to bed at 8 o'clock every night. Shall I be allowed to stay up later once in a while just for a treat? I shall always do as I am told of course ---- except when I don't want to. Will you be ever so cruel to me if I don't behave myself? I shall have to try it out sometimes & see what happens. Tell me what you'd do to me so that I can see if it would be worth it.

Cooper is determined that we ( you & I ) are going to her wedding. I keep trying to put her off but I can't think of any reasonable excuse. I'd like to go in a way but I'd much rather the boot was on the other foot & I was inviting her to our wedding.

The time doesn't seem to go fast enough does it? It seems years & years since I saw you & the Spring still seems a long way off.

I intended writing you a long letter tonight but as usual, I can't think of anything to tell you. I'm hoping that, by some miracle, you'll be at home when I get there tomorrow. I'm not building on it but I'm hoping.

Till tomorrow then, Sweetheart, I'll leave you. Isn't it awful when your heart & soul's in one place & your body in another? Mine are so used to be apart it'll be funny when they're together again.

All my Love. Always.

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

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

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

G.S.C. Depot,

Whittington Barracks,




Boot on the other foot. When the boot's on the other foot, a person who was in a position of weakness is now in a position of strength.