Oct 01 1945 pm




Mon. Oct.1.1945.

My Dear Belovéd,

Now I have a bit more time to write you a bit better letter, I managed to scribble you a few lines this morning, but my brain was dull, what with being overworked thinking about you dear, and not getting it's rest at the proper time.

I feel more rested tonight, but very much disappointed, the messing officer came in this morning and told us we are going to Lichfield this Thursday so that has put the “kybosh” on our plans hasn't it, still never mind darling we shan't always be pestered and messed around like this I'll see to that.

I'm fully determined as soon as ever I am out of this ----- army, we will get married at the earliest moment, and no more goodbyes, keep smilings, ects..

it hurts me worse than mere words can tell to say goodbye to you each time, my throat always seems so full I could almost choke. I'm fed up with it all, roll, roll on “Demob”.

I walked in a daze to catch that train last night, I don't think I really came round till I woke up after the short sleep, then it seemed like a nightmare I'd had.

Did you notice your mother was quite angry with us last night, she even scolded me, poor old mother I don't like to disappoint her, but it would not be fair if we did not see mother and dad for a few minutes would it.

I will clean and polish your machine for you when I have my leave, it won't be a hard job, I shall find great pleasure in doing it too, ---- it's for us!

Another thing too while I think about it, I don't want you to spend all the money I gave you on household utensils, I want you to use it also to buy yourself clothes, or whatever you need, such as frocks, coats, costumes or whatever you can get.

I would like to see you in a brown costume or coat, I have a brown suit, and a blue one, we should look quite glamorous dressed alike shouldn't we. Not only that darling, I don't really understand anything about a trousseau but you will need money for that I know, what it comprises of goodness knows, but you at least should know. Darling, don't say oh!, I can't take your money for these things, you can and must, I insist, it gives the only pleasure I have to be able to really be able to do these for you.

I won't ever be able to find enough words to tell you how much I really care for you, I can only shew my deep love for you by my actions, words fail me when I'm with you. Darling, as long as I know you are happy: I can be happy also, your happiness is my life creed, your love is my life blood, what you suffer I suffer also.

I will remind you too, you had better not write to this address after Tuesday evening, then the mail won't get lost or delayed, I will keep you informed of how, when, and the route we shall be taking.

There was a letter on my bed when I got there this morning, one that had arrived Saturday morning, so I had a happy few minutes reading what you had to say.

I shall write home, and to your mother tonight, telling them we arrived at our respective destinations quite safe and sound.

Well my dear, I don't think I have anything else to tell you tonight, give my best wishes to all I know, hope they are all merry and bright.

My own Darling, goodnight, and pleasant dreams, till we meet again and ever after, I'll love you.


Henry X X X X X X


Nurse L.M.Cooper,

City General Hospital,

Herries Road,

Sheffield, 5.


kibosh A checking or restraining element: to finish, to end. The Oxford English Dictionary says the origin is obscure and possibly Yiddish. Other sources, suggest that it may be from the Irish an chaip bháis meaning "the cap of death" (a reference to the "black cap" worn by a judge passing sentence of capital punishment.

Trousseau The outfit for a bride, including the wedding dress. trous·seau, n. [French, from Old French, diminutive of trousse, bundle. The possessions, such as clothing and linens, that a bride assembles for her marriage.

Throughout history, single young women all over the world have prepared for their change in marital status by accumulating a trousseau. A traditional trousseau -- stored in a hope chest -- included bridal accessories, jewelry, lingerie, toiletries and makeup, plus bed linens and bath towels for her new home.

From Victorian times till today, the trousseau also has consisted of brand-new outfits to see a woman through her wedding, honeymoon, and newlywed days.

Oftentimes the garments in a trousseau were hand-sewn by a a mother, aunt, grandmother, or the girl herself, if skilled with a needle. Wealthier families procured the skills of a professional seamstress to outfit the bride-to-be. Elaborate trousseaus were a sign of wealth and social standing during the Victorian era .

Lichfield. Situated 16 miles north of Birmingham. You would need to travel to Derby, then Nottingham to get back to East Stoke.

East Stoke: East Stoke is a small village in Nottinghamshire nestled between the A46 Fosse Way trunk road (which cuts through the middle of the village) and the River Trent. It lies about 6 miles southwest of Newark. It is thought to be the site of the Roman settlement called Ad Pontem, the 'place of the bridges,' but this is disputed.

In 1487 it was the scene of a very bloody Battle of Stoke Field between Yorkist rebels and the army of Henry VII. The Yorkists were arrayed on the brow of a hill to the south east of the village, with their right flank anchored on a high spot known as Burham Furlong. Routed by Henry VII's army the Yorkists fled towards the Trent down a ravine (known locally even today as the Bloody Gutter) in which many were cornered and killed. To signify his victory Henry raised his standard on Burham Furlong. The spot is marked by a stone memorial with the legend "Here stood the Burrand Bush planted on the spot where Henry VII placed his standard after the Battle of Stoke 16 June 1487"] It is thought that several thousand combatants lost their lives in less than three hours.

What remains clear is that "the Battle of Stke Field effectively brought an end to that period of civil war known as he Wars of the Roses that had ravaged England since the 1450’s. Source: Wikipedia