Letter from David Boldy to his father



Letter from David Boldy to his father


Letter from David Boldy to his father about playing hockey for King’s and studying law. He got included in the filming of Good Bye Mr Chips with his brother Steve, as extras in the crowd scenes, filmed at Denham studios.




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Two page handwritten letter


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7, Wallace Court,
300, Marylebone Rd,
London N. W. 1.,
27th Nov: 1938.

My darling Dad,

Thanks very much for your letter and all your news. The two attractive girls didn’t turn up. Still since then I have been making headway in other directions.

In the first Round Cup match a week ago we beat Battersea Polytechnic 4-2. This Wednesday we meet Imperial College in the 2nd Round & if we beat them we go to the semi-final. Last Wednesday we played against Westminster College who have not been beaten this season. We were leading 2-0 when the game was [deleted] stop [/deleted] abandoned owing to bad weather. Yesterday in the morning I played [indecipherable word] hockey. King’s won 11-4. I was playing goal-keeper back & dribbled the whole field and scored a goal. In the afternoon we played the [indecipherable word] 1st match against Staines I who we beat 2-1. Since the Team has been reorganised and Prince & I (both from India) have played backs with the exception of the first game in which we played we have not lost a game.

After the hockey I came home, had dinner and

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went in to the informal dance at [indecipherable name] Square. I had a lovely time. Some other law students from King’s were there and also one of two girls doing law with us.

On Thursday I went for a fitting of my tails. The man remarked that it looked as if it was going to be a good fit. It certainly fitted well. I go for a second fitting on Wednesday.

We have had a stroke of luck. As students were wanted for the filming of “Good Bye Mr Chips” [sic] Steve got in with some Mary’s fellows and so did I. We went to Denham on Friday and tried on various clothes. It took us the whole day but was worth it as we received £1 10 each salary [deleted] as extras [/deleted] As we are extras i.e. take part in the crowd scenes etc. I don’t know when we go again. If it is this Monday or Wednesday, I shan’t go as it clashes with two hockey cup matches, otherwise I shall. We may probably make about £10 each out of this.

No more to-day. Love to Mrs Joseph. God bless & keep you & bring you back safely soon to us,

With lots of love & kisses

from your loving son

[underlined] David [/underlined]



David Boldy, “Letter from David Boldy to his father,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 9, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/486.

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