Letter to David Donaldson from his wife



Letter to David Donaldson from his wife


Pleased and proud that he has been awarded Distinguished Service Order. Hopes she will see him soon and writes of possible travel arrangements. Catches up with other family news. Writes news of daughter. Note from daughter Frances on back page.




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Four page handwritten letter


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16th May
Dear David,
I am so pleased and proud that you have won the D.S.O. and I am sure Frances is too though she doesn't understand now she will in years to come. You have no idea how happy you have made us all, there is great rejoicing here.
I used to say medals were not much [inserted] use [/inserted] as there were so many brave deeds that go unrewarded, but now while recognising that I understand that they are very greatly to be prized as they cost a lot to get and it is quite right that everyone and especially ones nearest and dearest should rejoice over an award.
I am longing to see you and I do so hope
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it will not be long now. I wanted to rush up to Huntingdon at once. I have made arrangements to go home on Tuesday next 18th May so that I could come up [inserted] on [/inserted] next [deleted] on [/deleted] Wednesday or any time afterwards.
Of course I quite understand I may have to wait a week or even two if it is not convenient for you but I feel I must go home so that I can come when you want me.
I wish we could be wafted back here for your next leave as it is so much more peaceful out here than at Oxshott.
My mother rang up yesterday just as you had rung off in the morning as William Bishop saw the notice in the paper at 8 a.m & rang up to ask if it was [deleted character] really you & if so to offer his congratulations so Mother rang me up as soon as she knew.
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Norman was faintly annoyed that Frances could not walk yet but now he has got over that he shouts Goo Goo at her; this frightened her at first but now she has got used to it she has accepted him & merely gazes in wonder that anyone can make so much noise.
Her two teeth both show quite white now & are very becoming she is also getting an [sic] adept at managing to put rusks etc in her mouth first go off.
With all my love & congratulations to you.
Francie sends a kiss. P.T.O
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Dear Daddy
Love from



J Donaldson, “Letter to David Donaldson from his wife,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 17, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/14945.

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