Letter from David Boldy to his parents



Letter from David Boldy to his parents


Letter from David Boldy to his parents from school describing his diving lessons, how outgoing but not incoming letters are checked, a magic show and sports tournaments taking place. He also mentions weapon practice.




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Two page handwritten letter


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St. Josephs College.
Naini Tal.

My darling Mummy and Daddy. [deleted] Tha [/deleted]

Thanks for the nice long letters. I am glad to hear the dogs are getting on well. We went for a swim today and had a fine time. We tried swallow dives and what not. I tried the dead mans dive. that is headfirst with hands and I nearly turned a sumersalt [sic] in the water.
We leave our letter open on the desk and the class brother reads them and then closes them. Your letters to us are never opened or read by anyone.
The college supply [deleted] trews [/deleted] [inserted] vests [/inserted] to everyone every year. So you need not bother about them, (for club drilling I mean.) We dont [sic] know anything more about the Downes. I am glad to hear Nicholas [?] has got a job. Rs 75 a month is better than nothing. I am glad to hear Mrs. Ardall is much better.
The English is quite good. I will reply soon.
[deleted] An [/deleted] A European gave a conjuring show yesterday. It was very good. He rubbed out a line blind folded and stopped at letters written and called out what they were. Then boys wrote questions on a piece of paper and one

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of the boys read them to himself and he said (conjurer) what the questions were and gave answers. One question was Does my girl love me? He asked two boys to take a number from 1-15 and he said three. So the conjurer says two girls how can I tell you until I know which you mean. We all roared with laughter and then the show was stopped because it was getting late. There were two tricks left. One was to make milk float from a jug to a glass some distance away. He put some rise [?] in a [deleted] vase [/deleted] lota and then after a few minutes brought out water.

P.S.C are playing the band today. It is the finals of this tournament. I heard from Lall today. Havelock won the Cricket and football cup & Hockey has just begun. I fired 21 shots today with a 3.03. We are going to the Range on the 16th, 17th 18th We will fire 75 rounds every day. The rain is an awful nuisance here.

If we go to England will you make our home with Aunty Maisie? No more news, today.
With love David.



David Boldy, “Letter from David Boldy to his parents,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 5, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/827.

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