To Jessie from Harry Redgrave



To Jessie from Harry Redgrave


A letter and envelope from Harry Redgrave to Jessie. Harry writes about life in the RAF in Dumfries, thanks her for her parcel and warns her that they are about to be posted elsewhere imminently.




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[postage stamp]

Mrs H.C. Redgrave
c/o Mrs Styles
Alice Road

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Hut 28/1
R.A.F. Station
Mon 22 July

Dear Jessie
After days of disappointment I got your parcel this morning. Thank you darling for the food and dainties and for your long letter. This morning the mail came along and no letter and I began to worry and wonder if all was well but by dinner time your parcel arrived and all my troubles seemed to clear. Do you know dear [deleted] we [/deleted] I have never been so long without hearing from you and it was terrible. Still darling I know it was no fault of yours but it did seem miserable. Thank Ethel for what she has sent and tell her she was very naughty to send things that are rationed to her, still its [sic] nice to know you have something nice under your bed when you feel hungry. Thanks for mending up my pyjamas I bet you had a job “Ace” Morgan sends his thanks for his vest.

You will see we [inserted] are [/inserted] now in camp at the aerodrome and training started again on Saturday morning and we have to cram in sufficient to take our exams on Wednesday and Thursday and are being posted to our new station on Saturday. No one knows where yet but I will let you know at very [sic] first chance. Dont [sic] be alarmed if it is abroad will you dear. If it is I shall see you for twenty four hours at least before I go. The camp is a great improvement on the mill but is still in its early unfinished stages and is nothing to be compared with Warmwell

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Its [sic] a marvellous place though, everything is brick built and concrete roads are being laid down all over the camp and by this time next year should be the finest aerodrome in the county.

You remember that rash I had when I was down there well it cleared by the time I was at Dumfries but has now returned in a most virulent form and the M.O. gave me some ointment to put on this morning and it has been most painful all day. It started about an hour after he had put the ointment on and I have hardly been able to walk. I am hoping it will be easier tomorrow.

Very sorry to hear about Vera I should have thought she had more sense or at least waited until the chap had got his divorce and could marry her. Does she know that the fact that she is living with him may prejudice his getting a divorce.

Lucky Len and Gladys one of these days I shall get some leave and then Oh me oh my wont [sic] we have fun. Dont [sic] be too surprised if I get home Saturday night for the night will you as we may be going through London and not have to report until Sunday.

You will have to hang on to Bills byke [sic] for a while yet until we know where we are going. When I shift this week end you can write as usual because letters are sent on and chaps were getting letters quicker through Warmwell than those who sent an address from Scotland.

I must do some swatting now so give my love to Ethel & Horace and the children from

Your loving husband
Harry xxxxx


Harry Redgrave, “To Jessie from Harry Redgrave,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 20, 2024,

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