Letter from Mervyn Adder to his brother Alex



Letter from Mervyn Adder to his brother Alex


Letter and explanatory note. Reports that he has recovered from illness and spending time at home. Describes his activities getting ready to go home and his journey. Goes on to describe activities at home and plans. Reports arrival of parcel and letters and comments on contents.




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Three page handwritten letter and printed explanatory note


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‘Home, Sweet. Home’


Dear Alex,

I am pleased to be able to tell you that I am now better and to make sure of the cure [inserted] am [/inserted] spending ten days at home, having to go back a week today.

I left hospital on Friday morning arriving back in Camp just before dinner, after which I looked up the boys to get the latest ‘gen’ and spent the rest of the day sorting everything out, there was all my kit to collect from the store and that took a lot of sorting out. It took me all Saturday morning to chase up leave passes etc and found that I wouldn’t be able to get away until 4.45 on account of the poor train service, anyhow I spent a couple of hours in Millam to pass away the time. It was a hell of a journey, I had to change at Carnforth, Skipton, Leeds and it took me from 10.30 to 1.30 am to do the journey between Leeds and Hull, I fell asleep in an empty compartment so couldn’t say where we were held up.

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I shook everybody with my moustache, however since I have cut it down and am now told it suits me by countless people, therefore I am not destroying it as I had intended. I am now waiting to hear what Mary thinks to it.

I didn’t get up early on Sunday morning naturally, but had a lush breakfast in bed – bacon and eggs, and just before dinner I dragged myself out of bed and changed ready to go for a walk in the afternoon as it was such a grand day. Mother and I walked into Anlaby, on the way we met Cousin Tom, wife and baby and just after leaving them met Mrs Brown (Bert’s mother) so that we had quite a do of it, anyhow we enjoyed the walk and were both tired afterwards, so much so that I didn’t go out again after tea. I called in to see Ken & Wriggy before tea.

I didn’t do very much yesterday, except in the afternoon I rang Mary, called to see Peggy and went to the Tower by myself at night. I felt a bit browned off at night.

I am going to Marys on Wednesday to stay until

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Sunday so that we shall have a few days together and although I don’t think we shall get engaged this time Mother is not averse to our engagement.

We received your parcel of clothes today, I unpacked it, and was very amused at your letter, and can imagine the episode with the old gatekeeper quite well – it seems as though you are having quite a lot of fun there. Mother will be sending your parcel on Thursday.

I dont [sic] think there is anything else to tell you at the moment so here’s wishing you a jolly good time when you come home on leave next week.



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23 March 1943

Mervyn is obviously enjoying the leave he has been granted on his discharge from hospital. He still has his moustache and is quite proud of it.

Grandma was spoiling her baby with breakfast in bed! I am really annoyed that as a so-called family historian I have no idea about the cousin Tom, whom they met on their afternoon walk to Anlaby. It may have been a second cousin on the Bottrill side. There appears to be no Tom in any first cousins’ families. He also must have told Grandma about his forthcoming engagement and sounds relieved at her response. The Peggy he refers to would be Peggy Empleman, Edith’s lifelong friend.



M Adder, “Letter from Mervyn Adder to his brother Alex,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 19, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/33187.

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