To Jessie from Harry Redgrave



To Jessie from Harry Redgrave


Two-page (undated) handwritten letter from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. Harry has had his leave cancelled due to missing church parade, but should still be able to meet Jessie when she comes by train.




Two handwritten sheets


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[RAF Crest]
Room 124
No 4 ITW
Bexhill on Sea [sic]

Dear Jessie,

Will you meet Mrs Vale at the barrier to catch the 7.48 AM Thursday Morning and follow instructions of my letter of Saturday. I still do not know for certain whether I am going but cannot get home in any case as I have had week end [sic] leave stopped till [sic] further notice because I was absent for Church Parade. There were about 50 missing and although its [sic] the first Ive [sic] missed I got tumbled and have had late night passes and week end [sic] leave stopped and my posting to Prestwick postponed. This postponement seems doubtful to me so I want you to come along in case. The reason I was absent for Parade was that I had had a bad night and was coughing a lot with a rotten cold. I’ve had this day or two [sic] and as I knew others dodged other Sundays I thought it would do me more good to stop in.

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Unfortunately only 24 turned out for Parade out of about 80 so they took the names of those present and some of the absentees got it in the neck including yours truly. Just my luck.

Well darling you [inserted] are [/ inserted] writing some very lovely letters lately in fact the one I had today seem [sic] to bring you right up right up before my eyes just as if you were telling me yourself.

When you go back Saturday [sic] you must take Pams [sic] birthday present with you as it will save me the postage and will send her a card from here. I hope you all manage all right on your rations and don’t [sic] get to [sic] slim. Is Mum keeping well Ask her to forgive my not writing and tell her I will at the first chance. All my love darling.

Until Thursday
Your far away

P.S. I shall not send you a wire now


Harry Redgrave, “To Jessie from Harry Redgrave,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 24, 2023,

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