To Jessie from Harry Redgrave



To Jessie from Harry Redgrave


A letter from Harry to his wife Jessie. He writes about sending her more money and about turbulence on training flights over hilly country.




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Tues 20-2-40

Dear Jessie,
Excuse these few lines dashed off in pencil but I am in the throes of some photography calculations and thought I would write this while my brain cooled off. Thank you for your long letter today and please thank Mum for hers. Tell her that after this exam I will write to her. Would you ask her to ask Joyce if they got my letter that I wrote to them a few weeks ago.

I am sorry to hear you are finding things a bit hard but I am

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sure that the authorities would do nothing about it as the case you sent up on that slip of paper is for a soldier not in receipt of Family Allowance and having a mother he was supporting in civil life and gets nothing for now. As soldiers and serving men go we are well off and if you must have some more brass I must send it to you out of money I was trying to save for coming home. I could manage you 5/- a week dear so let me know if you must have it. Dont [sic] on any account go short as I can get a Railway Free Warrant for Easter or next leave.

You know the laundry lost

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a collar for me at Bexhill well at long last I have been able to get two new ones and so I shall be able to have two clean ones a week now.

Mondays [sic] flying was pretty awful and several were sick although I was OK myself. In the hills between Prestwick and Stranraer it was terribly bumpy and [inserted] the plane [/inserted] kept dropping down in big holes that made you feel as if your stomach was falling out of your bottom. At one time we could see the tops of hills on each side [underlined] above [/underlined] us and with the low cloud [deleted] out [/deleted] about it was quite alarming and for mile after mile nothing but bleak snow

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covered hills without a [deleted] trea [/deleted] tree [corrected] or [/corrected] a house or any living thing. Eventualy [sic] we had to turn back and do some reco over Mauchline. In all I did four hours and a half and was tired out by the end of the day. Enclosed are some of the pictures we took the other Sunday. Not bad are they How do you like my portrait? Looks as if [deleted] are [deleted] I am enjoying myself doesnt [sic] it

Time I got on with my work dear so goodnight my love

Lots of love

Harry xxxxx


Harry Redgrave, “To Jessie from Harry Redgrave,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed August 11, 2022,

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