Letter from David Boldy to his mother



Letter from David Boldy to his mother


Letter from David Boldy to his mother. He writes about his finances, the lack of hot water and that he is hoping for leave. He comments on the French surrendering.




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Four page handwritten letter

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[inserted] 923995 A.C.2. BOLDY.D.A
[underlined] D Flight etc [/underlined] [/inserted]
28th June 1940.

Mum darling,

Just a line before I go out for the evening. I didn't post the other letters yesterday as I was flat broke & the others were so broke I could not even raise 2 1/2d.

To-day I have £1. We got 26/- pay. I bought some Players and had a much needed haircut & a shampoo. There was no mail for me to-day, so I shall probably get your last letter tomorrow.

Fire picket duty yesterday was quite amusing. We had a meal across the road on Tick in a sort of boarding house. Jolly decent of the old girl who gave it to us. I had only 2 1/2 hrs sleep last night & after parade & P.T. was dead beat. I have some what recovered. After a short rest & a shave Ajan and I are going out.

It has been a piping hot day

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This afternoon we had a gas lecture out in the garden. It was lovely out there. We were supposed to go in for morse code but the C.O. let us stay out as he said we were always been [sic] marched here & there. He is a damn decent chap. I think he was in the Army before he joined the R.A.F.

None of us has had a bath for ages & there is no hot water [deleted] her [/deleted] in the hot Taps at the moment so I don't know what we are going to do. I suppose the water will become hot in due course.

No more to-day.

God bless you both

[underlined] Love Dave. [/underlined]

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[inserted] [underlined] 3. [/underlined] [/inserted]

[underlined] A Longish Post Script [/underlined]

I am sorry I only put on 2d worth of stamps on my letter yesterday but that is all I had at hand. At the moment I am in the guard room. D Flight is duty Flight this week. I am on fire picket. We have three hour patrols. Ajan & I are on from 3 - 6 a.m. Pretty awful, but little things like that don't worry us these days. Two of us brought some food for those on duty. We shall have it shortly.

I have just seen the Italian terms for the first Time. What a Terrible state of affairs. I can't understand the French government giving in like that. They might at least have handed over their Navy & Air force to us. Also all the soldiers they could evacuate to this country. What amuses me is the way some of these political writers yap about how

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we can still win, instead of getting down to the job & doing something for a change.

I read in D.R.O. (Daily Routine Orders) to-day that week-end leave or rather 24 hr. leave was being renewed. That is from 6 p.m. on Saturday Till midnight Sunday. Only 25% of the Squadron are allowed out at a Time. It wouldn't leave me much Time at home, but I will see what happens.

No more now.

[underlined] Love Dave. [/underlined]



David Boldy, “Letter from David Boldy to his mother,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed November 30, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/680.

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