Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula



Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula


Letter number 2. Writes he is now in camp where he will remain. List items he is short of and would like her to try and send. Mentions he has been installed as leader of hut containing 164 men. Discusses money and ask if she has enough. Mentions meeting relative in camp as asks if she can get padre to help get his kit from his home RAF station to her.



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Two sided handwritten letter


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No 2 10/6/42
Dearest Ursula, I have now been moved to the camp at which I am likely to remain for the duration. I am badly in need of clothing and would greatly appreciate the following: Pyjamas, socks, underclothes, hankies, shorts, scarf, sweater, bathing pants, slippers and sports shoes. I know you won’t be able to manage all in one parcel but those underlined I need most . Chocolate (not anyone’s ration) would be most acceptable and my pipe, pouch, tobacco and cigarettes. I left quite a store of these at camp. I have been installed Leader of a hut holding 164 men and have a lot of work to do so that the time will pass quickly. I left £5.10/- in my locker and hope it reached you or got back to my RAF credit. Please tell me if you have enough money because if not I can increase my allottments. I met Olga’s brother in law here (Frank Pepper) (Vera’s husband). Ask Freeman the name of his relative who might be here also. I am longing for news of you and anxious to know how long you were in suspense about me. See if you can get all my personal kit from camp (via the Padre) If so you may keep my tennis racquet as a gift!! I’m sorry that my letters must be irregular and uninformative. Keep well and cheerful and look after Frances. Love to Barbara.
Yours for ever, John

PS Please send tooth brush & paste, boot polish.



John Ross Mckenzie Valentine, “Letter from John Valentine to his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 23, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19205.

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