Letter to prisoner of war John Valentine from his wife Ursula

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Title

Letter to prisoner of war John Valentine from his wife Ursula

Description

Writes of her parents buying a house and preparation for moving. Mentions plan to see his parents before moving. Mentions meeting a friend and their plans for the future.

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1943-07-25

Contributor

Tricia Marshall

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Format

Two sided handwritten letter card

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Identifier

EValentineUMValentineJRM430725

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Transcription

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DATE July 25th 1943
470
My darling Johnnie,
Things are now under way in the matter of buying “High House”, Broomfield. I told Grandpa I had decided it would be wise to buy it if the surveyor’s report were O.K. & he sent me a cheque for £200, being his loan towards the deposit, as well as an introduction to his lawyer, F. Burgis, of Walter Burgis & Co, Northgate House Moorgate. I made an appointment on Friday & went to see him, he was exceedingly kind & friendly; I discussed it all with him & he seemed to think that if the surveyor’s report is OK the house would be quite a bargain for £1300. He seems to be an old friend of your fathers & in consideration of your present state also he said he would like to handle this purchase for me free of charge, which I think very decent of him indeed. It makes me feel much safer. So I paid a deposit of £130 on the house through him, & we now await the Abbey Road’s surveyor’s report. My people have fixed Aug 10th for our zero hour here, & so I have to get on with our packing & get our stuff away first. It’s pretty ghastly. I loathe packing. I’m hoping to work in a visit to Prior Marston between leaving here & taking up residence at High House, if there’s room down there. On Thursday I had lunch out with Heath who is still full of beans & has only 5 to go.
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He introduced me to his latest girlfriend, a Waaf officer, quite nice tho’ maybe a bit hard. Heath has great ideas for our joint future with him, we’re to build & run a smashing holiday hotel in some mountain in Canada, equipped with everything for winter sports & summer joys. Heath’s to do the entertainment side, you’re to look after the business angle & I’m to do the furnishing. He says you’re the only man he’d have in with them & guarantees we’ll be rich in no time! Think it over!!
All my love dearest, Ursula.
[postmark]
[stamp GEPRUFT 32]
[postage stamp]
RANK & NAME: Sgt J.R.M. VALENTINE
[stamp PASSED P.W. 5018]
PRISONER OF WAR No:- 450
CAMP NAME & No: STALAG LUFT III
COUNTRY: Germany
FROM Mrs JRM Valentine
Lido, Tenterden
Grove, Hendon
NW4

Collection

Citation

Ursula Valentine, “Letter to prisoner of war John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed January 19, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20050.

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