Letter from Chotie written Monday 26th March 1945
W/242328 Pte. Williams B.E.
‘B’ Troop. O.F.C. A.T.S.,
462 Hy. (M). A.A. Bty. R.A.,
c/o G.P.O. Easington,
Nr. Hull, Yorks.
26th March 45.
My darling Dicker,
For one evening, at last, I am not on duty, so have been writing letters.
What do you think? – today I received a letter from Brinner. Amazing isn’t it? He says he will write as often as possible too. Seems to be fairing pretty well as regards food. Trust Brinner. It’s marvellous that you are so near to each other. I hope you manage to meet.
I can imagine, darling, that you have been pretty busy of late - the news is still good.
Today, we had another present, darling, from Marion, the person I stopped with when I went to Glasgow for the weekend. She sent us a Scotch £1 – wasn’t it kind of her? I am enclosing her letter for you to read.
Yesterday afternoon we had a film on in the Naafi. Rosalind Russell in ‘The Beautiful Cheat’. I had seen it before but it was awfully good.
I am in the Y.M.C.A.* writing this – it’s quite a good canteen on site. Had some Horlicks tonight – to make me a bonny, baby. As if I need it.
Just think, darling, tomorrow we have been married 3 weeks. Must hie myself to the Naafi if possible. If Nan is ‘off duty’ I will haul her down to The Bluebell**.
Not really very much to tell you, dearest. I spend quite a lot of my time just dreaming of things to come. Have built us a home and furnished it (all in my imagination) most marvellously. I think I had better see what I can do with a Missen, probably have to.
Take care, you are very, very precious to me darling.
All my love,
*Young Men’s Christian Association
**The café at the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre at Spurn Point http://www.ywt.org.uk/reserves/spurn-nature-reserve is still called The Bluebell.
© Chotie Darling
By 27th March the bridgehead across the Rhine was 35 miles wide and 20 miles deep.