Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine



Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine


Writes describing at length taking daughter to welfare clinic including story of children bitten by a dog. Tells of selling flags for Red Cross. Concludes with news of damage by Mrs Stenzel.



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At the P.O.
Tues 16.12.41
Johnny dearest,
Frances & I are completely exhausted, having just fought our way through the Infants Welfare Clinic. Frances, lucky thing, is outside asleep in her pram, while I write to you. First of all we queued up to be entered on the register & get a weight card, & then we went into an inner room where I undressed Frances & she was weighed in the nude (20lb 1½oz). then we went into a further anteroom to queue up for the doctor, & when at last we were admitted to the inner sanctum, who should be the doctor
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be but Dr Leitch, Felicity’s mother! She was great fun, I heard all the news & have got Felicity’s address in America & intend to write to her. Dr Leitch says that Frances is too fat anyway & it won’t hurt if she doesn’t gain [deleted] anyw [/deleted] for a bit, not [underlined] much [/underlined] too fat, but just on the plump side. Otherwise she’s in good condition, so I’m to proceed with weaning as arranged. So that’s nice to know. It’s was rather jolly at the Clinic babies of all imaginable sizes & shapes all around. At the end a little drama
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was introduced because 2 little girls got bitten by a dog who was waiting in a pram outside & there was a terrific uproar. Afterwards I spoke to one mother who own [sic] the timid old spaniel bitch alleged to have committed the crimes, & of course she said the children must have gone up & touched her pram, the dog had had never done such a thing before etc etc.
This morning I sold flags for the Red Cross Russian Fund at the corner of Ashley Lane. I got rid of most of them to soldiers & airmen from Hendon
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Hall Hotel & as you can imagine, I quite enjoyed myself. It was jolly cold, so I [underlined] had [/underlined] to wear my boots, & they were a great comfort.
Mrs Stenzel has put her foot in it – literally. Apparently she was washing her feet in the bowl in the bathroom last night & knocked a hole clean through it. A new one costs £5.10, so we are going to try & mend the old one, with Durofix & adhesive tape.
Lots of love to you dearest.
[underlined] P.S. [/underlined] I’m going to send the small J.R.M. suitcase to the Vicarage in advance as soon as it’s all fixed up, with your suit & a few other things in it. So let me know soon.




Ursula Valentine, “Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine ,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 9, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19707.

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