HQ Company, 70th Bn Dorsets
Fort Brockhurst, Gosport, Hants.
My Darling Chotie,
Many thanks for letter. I'm replying at my first opportunity, even though I'm afraid it's a little late.
Well, Sweetheart, there's some news at last. We're moving to the Branksome Chine* Area. Now don't get too excited - it won't be for long. HQ Company is moving but I may not stay in it, in which case I shall go elsewhere. I should see you in a few days time with luck.
If you manage to get a farm in Dorset, I should be able to see you fairly often as I may end up somewhere in our fair county.
It won't be any good to you to go to Pompey as we are moving this weekend, I'm afraid. Still, I'll be able to come and see you, instead.
I've been fearfully busy this morning, having hiked 15 miles or so. (It's now just after Dinner time). I haven't yet written home, since I've been back! Terrible isn't it?
Well, I must close here Precious, hoping to see you very soon.
all my love
* Branksome Chine is on the coast in the suburbs of Poole.
© Chotie Darling
Dick was stationed in Branksome, Poole, Dorset from September 1941, possibly until he joined 1st Air Landing.
Dick and Chotie were presumably able to meet up again easily so there are no letters until Chotie started work in the Land Army.
19th September 1941 – Germany captured Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine, then in Russia.
29th and 30th September 1941 – Massacre of Babi Yar. Nazi paramilitary death squads, the SS Einsatzgruppen, murdered 33,771 Jews at in a ravine near Kiev. This is considered the largest single mass killing of the Holocaust. In the following two years more than 100,000 Jews, Gypsies, Ukrainian nationalists and Soviet Prisoners of War were massacred at Babi Yar.