Letter to David Donaldson from his brother Norman



Letter to David Donaldson from his brother Norman


Offers some general banter about life and new baby. Goes on to describe aspect of his current life and activities while training in the Army.



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Two page handwritten letter


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Pte Donaldson,
63 Platoon, Y Coy,
5 P.T.C.,
Catterick Camp, Yorks.
Dear Willie,
Apologies for not writing before to thank you for the b.p. The chocolate was very welcome, & I spent a pleasant week-end eating it solidly; and I've grown quite attached to the Prune family. [deleted] Theye [/deleted] Their continued existence seems to me a complete proof of the efficient working of the process of Natural Selection.
I'm afraid I've lost your letter; but I hear that Frances is the biggest infant ever – you'd better send her photo to the Daily Express for “Believe it or Not”. Life is not all bad, especially since we've got rid of the objectionable Corporal in exchange for a very mild, elderly Green Howard. We even have a Domestic Servant – a Room
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Orderly, to be precise, though he hasn't done very much so far. We've just been vaccinated, though the effects have not yet come into action; they will doubtless do so at some particularly inconvenient stage of our training. It's getting pretty cold up here, but there's a silver lining, since they have to give us hot water to prevent the pipes freezing up; & we hope to get it some time this week. Also, of course, the late dawns mean late parades, as you have doubtless found yourself; or perhaps bigwigs like you [word deleted] appear when you please – certainly we see very few officers, even mere one-pips about [deleted] before [/deleted] during the early hours.
Love to Joyce & Frances, & I hope [deleted] are [/deleted] they are both getting on O.K.
[underlined Norman [/underlined]




Norman Donaldson, “Letter to David Donaldson from his brother Norman,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed February 29, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/14905.

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