Oct 14 1945


55786. Tpr. Hallam, J.H., R.A.C.,

H.Q.Company, (Sgts. Mess Cook),

G.S.C. Depôt,

Whittington Barracks,



Sun. Oct. 14. 1945

My Darling,

Weekends must be the postmans holiday around here, the last two weeks I have had no mail Sat or Sun, last week I did not get any on Monday.

I am on duty as I write this, I am sitting on one of the tables in the kitchen, near the fire too, it is more like a farm house kitchen than an army cookhouse.

It has been a lovely day here outside at least, I have been out the kitchen door about twice I think, what sort of day have you had.

Have you heard anything about your exam yet, you will have had your practical by now won't you.

How is the shopping going, have you got a list of what you want, or how do you get on, it is hard to remember everything isn't it.

I shall send you another registered letter tomorrow, it should have gone on Saturday really, but I had to go to Tamworth to buy one.

I shall be seeing the Staff Sgt. tomorrow about my leave, he has been away himself this weekend, so I have not had a chance to see him.

I will let you know as soon as ever I am sure I am coming home, darling I'm simply dying of loneliness here, for heavens sake roll on March.

How is Marj getting on these days, have you forgiven her for forgetting your writing paper, you are a one you know, will you be angry with me if I forget to bring you something.

Look here, I'm not going to sleep in the same bed as you if you are going to wear red flannel night dresses, I'll feel I have made some mistake and got in the same bed as my great grandmother, if you want to wear something warm, you will have to wear my short wooly undervests,quite warm and neat they are too.

And no putting your cold feet in my back in the winter months, that is my favourite remedy, it will be funny, I can see myself now, my feet are all cold, I have a peep to see if you have gone to sleep, then gently and very carefully I put my feet right where they will get warm.

Bedsocks are “verboten” in bed, they keep me awake.

Well darling, I think I have ragged you enough, I'm naturally full of mischeif you know, so watch out when I get married.

I have told mother to see about that house you know, I stand a better chance than anybody of getting it you know, being an ex-service man as well.

I am going to write to the old Boss too, his word goes a very long way in rural matters, he might have a better plan than I have, or I shall be paying him a business visit when I come on leave.

Someone has to see the parson don't they and put the bans in, I must get some inside information on the matter. There are quite a few things to be arranged aren't there, taxis, caterers, and the most important fellow, the photographer. That will be the one and only thing I shall treasure most, our own “Wedding Group”, what a souvenir, a real live photo to show our children and grandchildren, a representation of the most happiest day of our lives.

I have been a guest at two weddings, the third I shall be the happy bridegroom, one was an Easter wedding too, the one I thought was the most beautiful, “Easter time and Lily time”.

It has always been my wish to be married at Easter, I think it is such a happy time, the youth of every year.

Do you think we can fix the day, will it be the Saturday before Easter, or the Monday after, I am awaiting your reply.

People at Stoke will think I have come home to get married again when they see me home on leave, don't they get disappointed the poor dears.

Well my darling, I don't feel quite so browned off tonight, I was fed up with everthing last night, and I had a job to pen you a few lines of love.

Give my best wishes to all I know, all my real wishes for your good health and happiness, darling mine although we're miles apart I can always feel your presence by my side.

Keep smiling my dear, I will be seeing you again soon, “Coming home, my Darling to You”, everybody is singing that song these days.

All my love darling for now and Ever.

Henry X X X


Nurse L.M.Cooper,

Nurses Home,

City General Hospital,

Sheffield, 5.


banns Banns of Marriage:

The banns of marriage, commonly known simply as "the banns" (from an Old English word meaning "to summon"), are the public announcement in a Christian parish church that a marriage is going to take place between two specified persons. It is commonly associated with the Church of England and with other denominations whose traditions are similar; the Roman Catholic Church abolished the requirement in 1983.

The purpose of banns is to enable anyone to raise any canonical or civil legal impediment to the marriage, so as to prevent marriages that are invalid. Impediments vary between legal jurisdictions, but would normally include a pre-existing marriage that has been neither dissolved nor annulled, a vow of celibacy, lack of consent, or the couple's being related within the prohibited degrees of kinship.

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browned off fed up, displeased, exasperate, angry – This expression originated as Royal Air Force slang for "disgusted" and "depressed" in the late 1930s and alludes to the brass buttons on a uniform turning brown from a lack of polishing.