61st Recce Regt
Saturday Nov 25th
I’m afraid this will be a short note as I’m up to my eyes in work, fixing up billets for the Squadron – civvy* billets.
I can’t tell you where I am, but hope to be able to give you more griff when next I write.
I’m afraid I won’t receive any of your letters for at least another week – I haven’t had any for about four days now.
Ronnie has found out I’m writing you and wants a polyfoto, please…..
Lovely weather and a very pleasant little town we’re in – so everyone’s happy. I’m not far from the place where Madeleine** lives so I’ll pop over and return the Mozart she lent me.
Must close here precious
All my love Darling
*civilian billets - lodgings with the local population.
**Madeleine Gervaert Madeleine Gervaert lived at Oudenaarde, the town south of Gent Dick had liberated with 61st Recce, so Dick was now in Belgium again, possibly at Izegem
© Chotie Darling
By 25th November
Chotie’s unit had moved to Barrow-on-Humber, Lincolnshire,
although she appears to have been at home in Dorset
until early December.
It seems probable that she was stationed at the Barrow Haven anti-aircraft battery Barrow Haven anti-aircraft battery designed to protect Hull.
Kingston-on-Hull, a major port, was the target of many Luftwaffe attacks, particularly in the early part of the war, with hundreds of people losing their lives. It appears V1s and V2s could reach Hull (see People's War website) and they may have been the focus of the Practice Camp at Bude that Chotie attended.