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  • Temporal Coverage starts with "1942-07"

Writes that he is well and mentions activities and future ambition to farm and asks for her views.

Lets her know he fit and he had received no further mail. Mail from England was regular with some taking as little as ten days. Says there is not much in his letters as not much to write about. Mentions concert and that famous fighter pilots Tuck and…

Reports arrival of latest letters and notes that via London they take four to five months. Mentions letters from others and catches up with news. Says do not worry about war and he is looking forward to seeing them again. Mentions playing cricket and…

Reports that he had now received most of her letters to 19 April as well as other mail which was taking between two to four and a half months to arrive. Writes about a recent variety show and a cricket match in which he played. Mentions also playing…

Terry Ford was disappointed that he did not get a chance to go solo as, due to bad weather, he made poor landings. He had 7 days leave approaching.

A letter from Terry Ford to his family where he writes about arriving at Desford and that he has been sent to the drome with 8 others. They are learning to fly Tiger Moths. John Fisher, Clem Fletcher and Alan Harris are at Desford with Terry.

Terry Ford thanked his parents for the cigarettes and letters. He was elated about flying an aircraft with his instructor in bad weather conditions.

Terry Ford writes about being posted to Desford near Leicester with 33 of his colleagues. He has recently seen Hamlet and is going to see Macbeth before he starts his packing and cleaning.

Terry Ford writes to his family about his pending time at flying school and that he had been recommended for a commission, although he couldn’t understand why.

An aerial view of Canadian countryside from a biplane. The wings can be seen on the right side of the image. On the reverse 'The Fleet takes me over Canada's vast countryside. Stanley EFTS July 42'.

First article: conduct of the war, censure motion to proceed, double debate. Covers parliamentary no confidence motion and prospective debate on loss of Libya and general conduct of the war. Some believe this is ill advised and offers account of…


Writes of her attempts to recover money that he left in his locker. Says no letter from him for three weeks. Hopes to get his prisoner of war number so she can send him books.

Writes of visits to cinema and of domestic activities. Continues with story of her sister's photographic efforts. Mentions letters she has dispatched with photographs. Writes of spending session in air raid shelter which daughter Frances took in good…

Writes of her daily activities with savings group, family/friends and their daughter. She asks about his mail allowance and continues with domestic news and mentions local Red Cross is organising meetings for next of kin of prisoners of war.…

Writes about sending postcard and parcel (with list of contents) and rules about contents. Continues with intricacies of sending parcels through Red Cross. Mentions her and their daughter's activities and visit of padre and trying to get addresses of…

Writes about first parcel she has sent and asks him to let her know what he needs. Mentions she has not gotten his personal kit back yet and that she will send books and smokes when she has his prisoner of war number.

Announces that she had received her first letter from him and that postcards seem to arrive more quickly. Mentions writing to padre and central depository to get personal kit released. Writes of contents and number of parcels allowed and letter from…

Describes of hectic social life and news of family, friends and daughter Frances. Mentions recent car journey and going swimming. Continues with more description of activities.

Writes catching up with news of family and friends and progress of daughter Frances. Mentions taking over Red Cross penny-a-week fund and other activities. Continues with more news of family and friends and that she is longing to receive her first…

Head and shoulders portrait of a young lady wearing dress with white collar and RAF wings broach. On the reverse 'No 65, To Sgt J R M Valentine, British Prisoner of War 450, Stalag Luft III, Germany, From Mrs J R M Valentine, Lido, Tenterden Grove,…

Head and shoulders portrait of a man wearing jacket and tie. On the reverse 'No 64, To Sergeant J R M Valentine, British Prisoner of War 450, Stalag Luft III, Germany, From Mrs Valentine, Lido, Tenterden Grove, Hendon N W 4'. Stamped “Geprüft…

Dave informs Betty that he wrote to her on the journey, both from the train and from the boat. He arrived in a thunderstorm and compares similarities between Canada and the towns near home.


Head and shoulders portrait of Ursula Valentine holding up a ball for baby Frances Valentine who is wearing a white dress. In the background a wooden fence, shrubs and part of a house. On the reverse 'No 5, To Sergeant J R M Valentine, British…

Half-length portrait of baby Frances Valentine smiling and wearing white dress. On the reverse 'No 1, To Sergeant J R M Valentine, Stalag Luft III, Germany, From Miss B Griffin, Lido, Tenterdon Grove, London NW4, England'. Stamped “Geprüft 32”.

Number 12. Notes her letters 1, 2, 3 and 5 arrived. Catches up with news of family/friends. Asks he to let him know if she has any problems getting his personal kit. Writes he will be playing soccer, feeling fit. Pleased Frances is making progress…
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