To Jessie from Harry Redgrave



To Jessie from Harry Redgrave


A letter and envelope from Harry to his wife Jessie. He writes about training and reminds her of bringing back kippers from Blackpool on their honeymoon.




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Four handwritten sheets and an envelope


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Mrs H. C. Redgrave
Oaken Grange Dr.

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Dear Jessie,
Although I shall not post this until Thursday evening I am writing it tonight (Wednesday) so that I can go to the Post Office after pay parade tomorrow and send it off with your P.O.

You remember the boy at my billet who had gone to hospital with German measles well he came back today discharged from hospital and has got a fortnights [sic] sick leave and has left to night [sic] for Bristol his home. I told him I would have swapped with him if I had known he would have fourteen days [sic] leave. I think you have to have something infectious

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before you are sent home. So perhaps its [sic] not worth it.

Dont [sic] you think my letter last night was quite long I shall [deleted] mange [/deleted] [inserted] not [/inserted] manage so much this time as I must get to bed earlier tonight. For the last week I have not been to bed before midnight and I'm getting rather tired and as I am flying all day tomorrow I must be a bit fresher. Flying is very tiring and you have to have all your wits about you as you can well imagine.

Today has been a wonderful spring like day and the sun has been quite warm and we were able to leave our greatcoats off during the dinner hour. We have had WT, Reco, D.R.,

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and Maps and Charts. In W.T. we were lectured on the Bellini Tosi system of direction finding and I found it very interesting. When we have time to talk together you must get me going on some of these things they are most interesting and put simply quite understandable.

I am afraid you will think this epistle failing in length and style but I feel absolutely barren of ideas and I think that if I was home I should just sit around the fire with you and relax. You know, and have experienced those times when we have just sat quiet and been quite happy knowing we were together, and not expecting either to entertain.

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Some of the Bexhill boys have gone to Blackpool could you let me know if Dick and Alf went? They seem very comfortable there and are twenty minutes [sic] train ride from the town so I expect they are out towards Fleetwood. Remember the kippers we brought home from our honeymoon. What times we have had together and shall still have if alls [sic] well. We've another honeymoon due very shortly dear so keep smiling and until then lots of love from your distant husband.

Harry xxxxx


Harry Redgrave, “To Jessie from Harry Redgrave,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed February 21, 2024,

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