Letter from David Boldy to his mother and brother



Letter from David Boldy to his mother and brother


Letter from David Boldy to his mother and brother. Exclaims the benefit French reinforcements after a peace treaty; discusses his financial affairs and mentions his daily routine and chores; he describes the taking of his ‘ghastly’ official photograph and the noticeable physical benefit of the training.




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Three page handwritten letter

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[inserted] from
59, Bathurst Mews,
Lancaster Gate.
London. W.2. [/inserted]

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18th June, 1940.

My darling Mum & Steve,

Thanks for your letter and all your news.

The news is certainly bad. Still we will give them a run for this money allright [sic]: I hope to heaven if the French do make peace. Their fleet and Air Force came over her. If not we will be in a terrible position.
I am glad to hear Joyce enjoyed her visit. Bravo to the pair of them going to the semi-finals. It was nice of Pete to come over. A pity [deleted] a [/deleted] I couldn’t make it. Anyway as soon as the R.A.F. leave is resumed I should be able to come home for a couple of days.
We have had a very hard day to-day. A swim in the morning, parades, maths, Morse Code, Anti gas [sic] etc. We were

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we went into tea. There [censored words] Till 5.30.. Ajan & I [censored words] couple of hours after we finish our letters.

I am conserving my finances fairly well this Time. Of course we got paid 30/- on Friday; I think I can hold out till pay day & that will last me at least another week so I shant [sic] be draining the family purse for a [deleted] bit [/deleted] while.

We had a group Taken of the eleven of us. – No 3 Squadron from Drem, I shall send it to you. I have not come out well. Very few of us have, as we were Tired and I shiny and I don’t think this photographer was very good. The photo is official incidentally. The photo: on my identity card is ghastly, I look almost debauched despite my recent strict living. They ought at least allow us to have a

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wash and brush up.

I have finished my induly [sic] duty thank heavens. It is a damn nuissance [sic]. Anyway I saw everyone was in last night and got them up this morning allright [sic].

We had to march and climb obstacles in our respirators to-day. It was a picnic. I am really getting tough. My muscles are getting hard. I think it is the early rising, early swim and parades etc. Have had better be careful When I get home. To-day we had to clean up the barracks. It’s a damn nuisance having to do Char’s work. [deleted] I [/deleted] None of us mind parades etc. I shall let you know when I move. There are indications that we are going to.
No more to-day. God bless you both.
Love Dave.



David Boldy, “Letter from David Boldy to his mother and brother,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 21, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/675.

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