Sigmn. Moore J.,
1st (Brit) Airborne Corps Sigs.,
Old Club House
13 Aug. ’45.
Well off we go again. I’m writing just the same as I did a fortnight ago and I shall have to use the post box here in the camp so you might not get it till about Thursday.
The train was a bit late getting into Leicester but surprisingly enough there wasn’t a very big crowd waiting on the station. It was pretty full though and I travelled as far as Wellingborough in a luggage van. There were quite a few chaps in there and we all managed to get seated on cases and boxes. When we got to Wellingborough though, all our “seats” were unloaded by some foreigners who were changing there and who owned all the luggage! I couldn’t see Ron but I got out of the train and walked along the platform until I found a seat. From then on it was quite a comfortable journey and hardly anybody else got on the train.
We got to St. Pancras just after 11.30 and I waited at the barrier for Ron. He was there and he had been quite lucky in getting a seat.
The tubes had stopped running so we walked all the way to Waterloo. We didn’t rush and we’d got five hours to spare and it was half past twelve when we crossed the Thames near Big Ben. Of course we had plenty to talk about and it was quite a pleasant walk; there were crowds of people about even at that unearthly hour.
We went into a canteen and then went onto the platform where the train was already in. We stretched ourselves out on a couple of seats (that was 2 o’clock) and the next thing we knew was when the train pulled out at 5.27. We hadn’t bothered to enquire whether we were on the right train but luckily for us we were!
We were back here in plenty of time and I haven’t felt so tired this time. Of course we haven’t worked particularly hard!
There’s no need for me to tell you how much I enjoyed myself at home, and I hope that if we do have to go away I’ll be home again before we go. There’s a lot of speculation as to whether we will go or not but of course nobody knows. The general opinion is that we will go eventually but that it won’t be for very long and of course it won’t be nearly so bad now. Anyway we’ll soon know something I suppose.
We had a short letter from Curly today. He didn’t say much really except that up to the time of writing it hadn’t been nearly so hot as he’d expected. He says there’s plenty of everything to be bought but that the prices are pretty high. He was wondering what was going to happen to us now.
We are moving to Weybridge next Saturday. The choice of the day has caused quite a lot of “comment” because it will stop all passes for next week-end. Still that’s the way the army works.
Well that’s all for now. Hope to hear from you very soon.
Cheerio and Lots of Love,