WITH HIS MAJESTY’S FORCES
PLEASE ADDRESS YOUR REPLY TO
No. 5731671 Rank Tpr Name Williams R
Address 1st Air Landing Squadron
Recce Corps HOME FORCES Date 17 – 5 - 42
My Darling Chotie,
Many thanks for letter - glad to see you're still alive and kicking.
I went over to Basingstoke yesterday to see Brinner - which took him rather by surprise in the midst of the delicate operation known as shaving. He's very fit and will be moving by the end of next week - he thinks.
There's no further news from this end. We're in the midst of specialised training which is pretty stiff and takes most of our spare time as well.
There's a lot of sport here - I play hockey most of the time! (Don't tell Diller for heaven's sake..)
I'm on the MT* again - for the time being anyhow - and drive a 15 cwt** truck. Not too bad as I manage to get out most of the time and see quite a bit of the local country. Unfortunately when you're on the MT, you have to do your ordinary training as well! - which is rather a blow.
I've heard from home that they have settled down once again, which is quite a relief. Brinner says it's not too bad, but the country is flat and very uninteresting. Chichester however is quite near and that is a beautiful town if ever there was one.
In any case, we shall see for ourselves, soon, I hope.
Well, Darling, as I said before, there's no news - is there ever? - and I must conclude here to get back to billets in time.
Bye, bye my Darling
all my love
P.S. Please give my best wishes to all and sundry, won't you?
PPS Still love you, Precious...
*MT = Motorised Transport
**cwt = hundredweight - 112 pounds in the British Imperial System (or 50.8 kg.)
© Chotie Darling
20th May 1942 – British forces retreating from Burma reach the Indian frontier.(See WW2-net Timelines)