Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine



Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine


Sad that he will get no leave this week. Mentions bad fog and then describes daily activities. Catches up with family and baby news.



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Wednesday 19.11.41
My darling Johnnie,
Thanks for your letter with the sad news that there will probably be no leave at all this week, not even Sunday. What a shame it is, and how very unnecessary. I’m still hoping that perhaps they may see reason before its too late. It was such a good opportunity to go down to P.M. & I’m so afraid lest there may not be another before Christmas.
We’ve been having a real pea-soup fog today, the best I’ve seen out here
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for a very long time. The really black part didn’t last for more that an hour at lunch time, but you literally couldn’t see in the house without the lights on. It’s a bit clearer now, but if its anything like this where you are there certainly won’t be much flying.
Last evening Dorothy turned up and spent the evening with me, which was rather nice as Ba & Peter were out & Grace (the other WAAF) had a late pass & didn’t roll in till after midnight.
On Friday I am invited out to supper with Catherine Mair, the girl who was at school with me & now has a job at the
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Treasury. We have made various attempts to entertain each other, so I hope it really comes off this time. She’s an intellectual individual, and it will be nice to have a chat with her again.
Tomorrow is Barbara’s birthday & we have been wrapping up presents etc, trying to make them look as much as possible.
Frances only put on 3 oz last week, still I’m not going to start the 10 pm feed again. It’ll be quite enough if she keeps on putting on a little.
Did you know that
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she can now walk backwards? Not forwards, mark you, like ordinary babies, but three or four steps backwards supported, of course, but she walks nevertheless.
Your ration card still hasn’t arrived. I hope you’ll send it soon before all the marmalade gets sold out.
Hope the shirt arrives in wearable condition. I suppose you’ll need it to be able to send the other to the laundry on Friday.
With lots & lots of love – still hoping to see you soon again
Yours always



Ursula Valentine, “Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine ,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 30, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19677.

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