Letter from David Boldy to his father



Letter from David Boldy to his father


Letter from Leading Aircraftsman David Boldy to his father, written whilst on the East London to Cape Town train. David provide details about leaving and being posted home.


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Two page handwritten letter


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923995 LAC BOLDY. D.A.

My darling Dad,

Just a line to let you know what is happening. Excuse the writing but the train brakes quite a bit.

Now for the news. We have been posted home. I expect we shall have a short refresher course before we have a crack at them. At the moment I am bound for Cape Town. So in future you can address letters straight to Bathurst Mews. So don’t worry if you don’t hear from me. I shall cable you just before I leave. Our stay in S. Africa has been grand & we have had a really square deal. I made some really good friends at East London was very sorry to leave [deleted] them [/deleted] them. My girlfriend & I are very upset. In fact dad I think I am in love with the girl. But knowing I was going away soon put everything in a different light. Anyway we had a lovely friendship. Besides there is a job to be done & we intend do it thoroughly. I shall write a long letter on the boat telling you all about my friends. I shall write from Cape Town if we stay there a couple of days. In case we don’t I am writing now.

Everybody was sorry to see us go. The S. African officers said it was a pleasure having us with

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Them. The finest compliment they could have paid to us. Everybody was grand & we got on [indecipherable word] excellently with them. (Sorry about this writing).

It will be grand seeing Mum there [deleted] again. I shall take leave home some tea, sugar @ silk stockings.

The six of us had a terrific binge when we got in the train to drown our sorrows. It helped immensely.

I enjoyed the flying in this country & we have lots to look back in both as against work & pleasure. I shall return to S. Africa after the war.

Will write again as soon as possible Dad. Look after yourself. God bless you.

Lots of love

From your

everloving son

[underlined] Dave. [/underlined]



David Boldy, “Letter from David Boldy to his father,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 19, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/417.

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