Letter to Fred Jones from John Barclay

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Letter to Fred Jones from John Barclay

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Writes about some photographs and a pin he is sending and tells story behind them. Continues with catching up with acquaintance and reminiscing.

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1949-01-30

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Tow page handwritten letter and envelope

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EBarclayJAJonesFT490130

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88 2nd Ave.,
Ottawa,
June 30/49

Dear Fred;

As you no doubt have noted I've put in a set of the snaps for you. Also a pin, and one for Reg. too, as they are a bit hard to mail – I know that you'll see that he gets it – and I hope you'll have them in time to distinguish you amongst the [symbol] 7 Grp types – who and whatever they were. No, I dont know either unless that was the Command in Africa, Burma, or somewhere.

As I recall it, the story of the pins goes something like this – the blue [indecipherable word] – who'd guess it – the blue skies of England. On that is the white rose of York for you know where. The maple leaf, of course, is for Canada, which they've [indecipherable word] with the word. The rest is easy. They are a sort of unofficial but officially recognized pin which ex-members of the Group can buy and wear.

We have, of course, official discharge pins, and air force reserve ones. over

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2.

The army boys have something the same in the way of small enamel replicas of their divisional patches – you'll probably remember the reds, blues, greys, greens and maroons.

I was glad to know that my letters got you and Reg together again. It is very easy to lose track of people. Bud is nearest to me, but I haven't seen him since we landed back here. [indecipherable word] was in town the other day on business, and I was out with him for the evening. I took him up to the Signal Corps Sgts mess and he seemed to enjoy himself much. I'm fortunate enough to be an honorary member there, which provides company and entertainment two or three evenings a week. Manage to keep my hand in at darts. They have an occasional social evening as well. Next Wed. it is to [indecipherable word] a stag oyster supper, so I'll probably skin a few more knuckles opening them.

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J.A. Barclay,

88 2nd Ave,
OTTAWA. ONT.

[postage stamps and postmarks]

Mr. F.T. Jones,
99 College Place,
LONDON N.W.1,
ENGLAND

[underlined] SNAPSHOTS. [/underlined]

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J A Barclay, “Letter to Fred Jones from John Barclay,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 1, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/36468.

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