Kriegsgefangenenpost 19440206

 

Kriegsgefangenepost.

 

February 6th 1944. My Dearest May. Many thanks for your letter of Jan 1 I am pleased to know you are getting on so well, mother told me about you passing your exam for nursing, may, I'm proud of your success. I think too that if you are thinking are thinking of proposing to anyone this Leap Year, propose my dear girl; never wait four years it may be too late. I am sending you a photo of myself with this letter, I'm really not so old as I look on it my dear, I hope you will like it, and reciprocate by sending me one of yourself, I have asked you before dear, so please send me one. I had two letters from your mother last week, she tells me all Stoke news, I keep a little corner of my heart for your dear mother, have done ever since she chased me with a sweeping brush. Well my dear I'm looking forward to seeing you all again very much, I hope you will be waiting to greet me when I step off the train or bus, I think you will if you know in time don't you? I am in the best of health my dear, I hope you are enjoying perfect health, give my love to your mother, and Eva, Ivy and all at home, to you I send my special love, and best wishes till we meet again, love, Henry.

 

 

Note:

Leap Year Proposals:

February 29 is a date that usually occurs every four years, and is called leap day. This day is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure, because the earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days.

 In the English speaking world, it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only on leap years. While it has been claimed that the tradition was initiated by Saint Patrick or Brigid of Kildare in 5th century Ireland, this is dubious, as the tradition has not been attested before the 19th century. Supposedly, a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation ranged from a kiss to £1 to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow. Because men felt that put them at too great a risk, the tradition was in some places tightened to restricting female proposals to the modern leap day, February 29, or to the medieval (bissextile) leap day, February 24.

Source: Wikipedia.

 

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