Letters of July 1945


City General Hospital

Herries Road

Sheffield 5


My dear Sweetheart,

I received you letter which should have arrived yesterday by this mornings post, I'm sure every letter I get from you is better than the one before. I read each one as often as possible during the day & then to make sure I 've missed nothing I read it again just before I go to sleep. You've no idea of the pleasure they give me. I suppose they are the next best thing to you being with me in person but what a world of difference lies between.

I often wonder what it would be like if I lived at home & went to work everyday, like I used to do. I make myself sick when I think that instead of a day here & there I could be with you every evening & every Sat. half day & Sunday. Still it can't be helped & it's no use moaning -it could be very much worse. Its a good job for me I didn't realize to the full how dear you were to me while you were in Germany or I am afraid I should never have survived. Its pretty awful now, not knowing whether I shall see you again before you report to your unit, but the uncertainty of years & years in a prisoner of war camp would definitely have been too much for me.

Did you arrive home safe & sound, you 'puller of things'? I thought about you a long time after you'd gone & I wondered if you'd pull in your beauty sleep which you missed during the day. You're so much like your old self now that I 'm apt to forget how easily you may get tired. I do hope you don't think I 'm thoughtless.

Marjorie gave me her opinion of you. She said you're exactly like she thought you'd be. I shan't tell you what nice thing she said about you if you don't promise not to call her “Fatty” & such like names again. Even if you do promise that I 'd probly never tell you. By the way when are you going to send her that post card? She was asking me about it last night.

I've just come off duty. We've not been very busy today so Sister let me off at 5 instead of 6. I don't quite know what to do – how different it would be if you were nearer! It's such a lovely evening too. I think I 'd better go & see Mrs Hardwick. She's sure to ask about you so you'll know if your ears burn. I'm ever so anxious for you to meet my “second mother” & my “second father”. I should have done badly without them many a time.

I shall have to close as its nearly post time & I do want to catch it so

Goodnight My Love.


Yours ever



Tpr. Henry Hallam,

School Lane,

East Stoke,