Letter to David Donaldson from Norman

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Letter to David Donaldson from Norman


Written from school; wishes David happy birthday and congratulations on expecting a baby. Offers some banter about prospective child. Commiserates over David's health and writes about what Norman's plans and ambitions for service in the air force. Mentions current training in home guard. Additional information about this item was kindly provided by the donor.



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Two page handwritten letter


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Dear William,
Many happy returns of the day. I wish you had a wedding every year, instead of only once. It made a very pleasant interlude. Also I've only congratulated you on your prospective parentage (or is it - hood?) rather hastily on the telephone, so please take this as a confirmatory copy. It really is a very fine show. Are you going to have it christened in a Wellington or anything comic? It should please its grand-parents immensly [sic]. I hope its an ugly infant, then it should grow up handsome. I believe we were all cherubic babies. I hope Joyce is O.K.
How are you these days? I hear from Ian that your boils have returned which is hard luck. I suppose you will be off on Ops. again soon. I've been trying
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to get into Air Crews myself, but they say that I am definitely ineligible; if I have a fair chance of a Commission, I shall go for the Royal Corps of Sigs, but I don't want to spend the war as an operator or an instrument mechanic – I'd rather foot-slog I think. Or possibly gunners. Everyone except me seems to have very definite ideas on what I'm going to do, but they don't all agree, & its rather confusing. I shall probably end up in the Sikh Pioneer Corps or something funny like that. We're being pushed through Battle Drill now, by a Coy. of the Royal Sussex who have come down to train the H.G. And very well they are doing it too. It takes up all our weekend, so we have less spare time than ever now, but it's great fun.
Love to Joyce.
Uncle(-elect) Norman



Norman Donaldson, “Letter to David Donaldson from Norman,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 8, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/14903.

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