Letter from Donald Baker to his mother



Letter from Donald Baker to his mother


Glad they are well and tobacco prices holding up. Discusses the bad overseas situation concerning Britain, Germany, French capitulation. mentions called for part time training and wishes the air force would call him up. Mentions friend visiting who was having a great time in the air force. Writes he is busy in the office and discusses possibilities of call up for acquaintances. Concludes mentioning a girl he used to write to who visited on passing through on her way to the falls.




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Three page handwritten letter and envelope


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[underlined] RHODESIA RAILWAYS LIMITED. [/underlined]
[postage stamp] [postmark]
Mrs. C,. Baker,
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Rhodesia Railways. Ltd.
Chief Accountant’s Office,
P.O. BOX 603.
My Dearest Mother,
Thank you very much for your letter. I am sorry I caused you to worry. As you will see by the letter you last received I wrote it but forget to post the darned thing.
Glad to hear that you are all keeping well also that the tobacco is still fetching good prices.
Yes things definitely seem to have taken a bad turn for us overseas. However I reckon it will serve to make the British nation wake up as we seem to have felt before that we couldn’t help winning just because we are in the right. However I guess the Germans will have to put all theyve [sic] got & a bit more if they reckon on conquering Britain in a month or two. Fancy France capitulating under the terms imposed by Hitler. However I suppose they would only have been wiped out completely.
[inserted] I don’t know if I will get home for Rhodes & Founders as what with this new training scheme they seem to be using public holidays as well. However I hope sincerely they’ll let us off. [/inserted]
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I have been caught for part-time training. I only wish they would call me for the air force as [deleted] one [/deleted] I cant imagine that I am helping by paying the occasional pensioner. A woman could do the job [underlined] nearly [/underlined] as well.
Douglas Leggo was down on leave from Salisbury (Air Force). He says he’s having the time of his life there. Starts to fly next month. We went to a bit of a dance on Saturday evening quite a good show. Saw Joan (his sister) in the afternoon. The kid is just starting to walk. Not a bad baby but can see a mile off that there is quite a spot of “Arab” in him.
We are pretty busy in the office these days. If anything the war has increased the amount of work so far and there is always someone being called up.
[inserted] Am going up to see Major Riley about Air Force today See if I cant get in soon. [/inserted]
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I shouldn’t imagine that Windy will be called up for a while as they are leaving the farmers to the last arent [sic] they. Guess Harry will have to wait quite a while as yet.
Don’t know if you remember I used to write to a lass in Nyasaland Well I had a letter from her saying she was passing through on her way to the falls with her parents. Well they came last Thursday and stayed at the Grand. Apparently the girl became “society” after she left Umtasi. She is only 17 but anyone would think she was 27. What with earrings lipstick & rouge. The “old man”, a hang of a pompous guy of course had to have some [deleted] dring [/deleted] drinks. In my best tone I said a shandy but you can imagine my surprise when this kid says [deleted] Gin & mixal [/deleted] Gin & mixed. I just polevaulted [sic] out of the door and was sick the next day. I was just out of my element.
Well dear mother I must close now,
Much love to all at home
Your loving son


D A Baker, “Letter from Donald Baker to his mother,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 4, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/25521.

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