Letter from Wally Layne to his wife



Letter from Wally Layne to his wife


Writes he is fit and well and had a good Christmas including special Red Cross food parcel. Still waiting for weather to be cold enough to be able to ice skate. Had just had a little snow so far. Asks if she has decided a name for the baby and suggests some names. This was his twentieth letter to her but he had not received any yet. Asks her to send plenty of cigarettes.




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My darling Joan, I hope you are keeping well (Jan 29) I am very fit, and have nothing much to complain of, trust you are the same. We had quite a good Christmas, better than I expected to have as a prisoner of war, we had a special parcel Red Cross parcel for Christmas instead of the ordinary one, it contained a cake, pudding, chocolate biscuits and other delicacies. We are still waiting patiently for some skating, the rinks are all ready for flooding but up to now the weather has been very mild, I always imagined this part of the world was terribly cold but up to now it is very much like an English winter, we have had a bit of snow but it clears up almost as soon as it falls which is a pity as we have lots of fun snowballing. Have you decided on a name for the baby, if it is a girl I think Ruth would be a good idea, if a boy anything will do but Walter. This is about my twentieth letter or card to you, trust you are getting them all right, I haven’t had any yet. Send plenty of cigarettes, the fellows tell me that only a very small proportion of them get through. Hope to hear from you soon. All my love [underlined] Walter [/underlined]



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