To Jessie from Harry Redgrave



To Jessie from Harry Redgrave


A letter from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. Harry writes about arranging for her to move nearer to him, and life at RAF Upwood.




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Sgts Mess
R.A.F. Station
Sat 17.8.40

Dear Jessie,
I have just read your interesting letter and I am left wondering what to advise you about moving. Ramsey is out of question and I will try Peterboro’ tonight and if successful I will let you know later in this letter. Perhaps I shall be flying tonight but if that is the case I will try tomorrow. What a pity I had to disappoint you by not seeing you Tuesday but still you understand I’m sure. I am returning your case from Peterboro [sic] this evening as you may expect it about Wednesday.

If I could fix you up in Peterboro I should see you about twice a week as the petrol allowance would not permit of more frequent visits but I should be able to stop with you until next morning which would be just grand wouldn’t it.

Theres [sic] not much I can find to tell you today as I have not done much since I came back from Southend. I saw Shirley Temple in “Little Princess” at the Ramsey cinema last night but it was a silly picture and the cinema is not a bit like the [deleted] coron [/deleted] Astoria. Did you know the Astoria is now called the Odeon. Did you hear yesterday mornings [sic] news. 144 German planes down in one day and another 77 yesterday. Poor Tilbury had a nasty battering and I

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imagine Mum had the wind up. I wonder whether the south western suburbs of London meant round Kingston way.

Back again dear on the old letter writing and I am sorry to say I was unable to get out tonight as I was down for night flying which at the last minute was scrubbed out because the plane was U.S. I hope that doesnt [sic] mean I shall have to stay in again tomorrow as on Monday I am Duty Pilot for the day and shall be in the watch office for the twenty four hours.
If that is so I shall try for you on Tuesday.

Bills byke [sic] has arrived and he asked me to thank you for sending it on.

If you can remember the address you sent your marriage and birth certificates you had better write there for them if not tell me and I will try and get the address for you.
Well its [sic] bedtime for me dear and keap [sic] looking forward to when I cuddle up beside you again and hear Pamela say “Good night Daddy” to your

Loving husband
Harry xxxx
P.S. You had better see about transferring your billetting [sic] allowance


Harry Redgrave, “To Jessie from Harry Redgrave,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed January 24, 2022,

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