Letter from David Boldy to his father



Letter from David Boldy to his father


Letter from David Boldy to his father about being in the Royal Air Force, with details of training at Uxbridge and at RAF Bridgnorth. He bought a silver cigarette case with Royal Air Force wings.




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Two page handwritten letter


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[RAF Logo]
[inserted in different hand] Re my correction on this page, it puts me in mind of a story of a navigator in training over England. When asked to work out his position he handed the result to his superior officer who burst out Good God son by your reckoning we are in the middle of the Sahara! I thought of Dave then! [indecipherable]
I am sending you all Dave’s letters but should be glad to have the ones to me back again.
from BOLDY.
59, Bathurst Mews,
Lancaster Gate,
London, W.2.[/ inserted in different hand]

22nd May 1940.

My darling Dad,

Many thanks for your letter. I am glad to hear you are getting on well. Just as well you didn’t play in the tournament as it would probably have been a sham.

I am getting on very well in the R.A.F. My set of friends is very nice & we have a good time though at this moment we are doing a lot of preliminary training. I was at Uxbridge for about 16 days. We got our uniforms etc. there. From Uxbridge we came here to [deleted] bri [/deleted] Bridgenorth (it is up north) [inserted in different hand] Nonsense! It is on the border of Wales! West [/inserted in different hand]
We are having marching drilling it’s [indecipherable] of which I have done before. I’ve also had Physical training every day so

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I should be quite tough at the end of it. We should only be at this place a week. I don’t know yet where we go on to from here.

I had a letter from Peter the other day. He is training for the Navy at one of the training Centres.

Mum Olive and I bought the cigarette case (a silver one with R.A.F. wings) a present from you and Mum, thank you as it is very nice. Everyone likes it. It is pure silver & has inscribed in it [deleted] from Mu [/deleted] “Dave from Mum & Dad 1940”.
I had my photo Taken. It is not a very good one but it is better than nothing. Mum will send it on.
No more to-day. God bless & keep you for us. Love [underlined] Dave. [/underlined]



David Boldy, “Letter from David Boldy to his father,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 17, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/500.

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