Letter from David Boldy to his father



Letter from David Boldy to his father


Letter from David Boldy to his father about his daily activities after leaving Scotland for Hastings, and visiting his mother and Steve whilst passing through London. He comments the current military situation.




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Two page handwritten letter


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[inserted in different hand] Boldy.
59, Bathurst Mews,
Lancaster Gate,
London, W.2. [/ inserted in different hand]

R.A.F. [deleted] Hastings [/deleted]
17th June. 1940.

My darling Dad,

Thanks for your letter and all your news. Many happy returns [deleted] of [/deleted] for your birthday. God bless & keep you for us.

Mum Tells[sic] me that there will be no more Air Mails; it is a pity but under present circumstances there is no help for it.

We lest Scotland on Tuesday and arrived in Hastings next day. As we went via London & had a couple of hours spare I popped home for breakfast. Both Mum & Steve were very surprised. We are in Billets at the moment bang on the sea [deleted] front [/deleted] front. It is rather pleasant. We have a terrific amount of work to do. In the mornings instead of P.T. I go for an early morning dip, which is very enjoyable & certainly wakes me up. we then have breakfast. After this a couple of parades, P.T. and the lectures after which we are free.

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The days end at 5 or 6. We can then go out but must be by our beds by 10 and lights go out at 10.15

The other day there was a Maths grading list, - all people of the same standard to be put in groups so as to make Teaching[sic] easier. I got 100% as the paper was quite simple. We are also to study navigation in a short Time[sic] & the morse code to-day. It should be rather interesting.

I am off to lunch and will complete this letter after it.

Have done some Maths and the morse code. The latter requires quite a bit of concentration. I am now on orderly duty for 24 hrs. – duties to put lights out etc.

The military situation is Terrible[sic]. God help the French. I hope we fight on, whatever the odds are. If the other Democracies or what is left of them don’t come in they will deserve all they will get later – No more To-day. God bless you.

Love [underlined] Dave. [/underlined]



David Boldy, “Letter from David Boldy to his father,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 23, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/503.

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