Sigmn. Moore J.,
Main HQ W/Less Section,
12 Corps Signals,
21 Jan. ’45
Just a few more lines, mainly for the purpose of sending the enclosed negatives. As you can see, they are both a bit rough but I think Dad will be able to make something of them. There is one of just me – quite a good one I think, and the other one is of me and a Manchester boy. As you can see he’s very small (only about five feet tall!) so don’t think it’s me that’s grown about a foot!! Mind you print them the right way round otherwise our hats will be over the wrong side.
The other enclosure is an “odd ode” by Ron for Dad. This was written in about an hour just after the broadcast but I mislaid it and it’s only just turned up. I think you will agree that it’s pretty good, although he doesn’t claim to be a second Tennyson, or J.H. Wakefield!
By the way I believe Ron wrote to you a day or two ago. He said he was going to just after Xmas. I don’t know what he wrote but he’s such a lad that I wouldn’t advise you to take him too seriously. I had a nice letter from his mother last week.
We saw a very good Ensa show last night, the best small show I’ve seen since we’ve been out here. None of the artists were well-known but they were all extremely good.
The comedian was a scream and all his jokes were new to me – this is a change. One I can remember might tickle you:-
A chap came out of a pub drunk and saw a man standing on the pavement. The latter was selling tortoises. The drunk went up to him and said “How much are they.” The reply was “a shilling each.” The drunk said “I’ll take one.” A few minutes later he came back and said to the man “Give me another one of those pies will you, but I’d like one with a softer crust this time!”
Well, I thought it was funny anyway.
I promised to keep you up to date with the leave news but I’m afraid it isn’t any too good. When I told you I should be home sometime in March I was going by what they said about “everybody who was eligible would get it by the end of March”. This idea seems to have been dropped now, and our quota for February is 50% lower than that for this month. I definitely won’t get mine in March. That’s as much as I can say. However, when I do get it the weather should be really good and that’s something. We’ve got to look on the bright side in a case like this, so don’t worry. The longer I have to wait for it, the more I look forward to it, and the more I look forward to it the more I shall enjoy it when my turn does come.
Pleased to say I’m quite well. It’s a funny thing but so far this winter, I seem to have suffered far less from colds than usual. I’m sure it’s not the food which builds us up. We still get about 75% of our food out of tins. Tinned bacon, tinned potatoes, tinned peas, tinned sausage being just a few of the items forever on the menu! Still, as I say, something must be keeping colds away.
I’ve just been listening to the 9 o’clock news – I suppose you too were listening. The Russians only 215 miles from Berlin and advancing one mile an hour there doesn’t seem to be much hope for the Germans does there? It’s about the best news I’ve ever heard.
Thanks for Gwladys’s letter received on Friday night. I nearly forgot to mention it – so sorry!
Reference the query about the snap. The building in the background was a church of some kind, and also if you are interested, there were some German graves among those trees.
I’m glad you enjoyed “This Happy Breed”. This film, if you remember, was one which I saw a month or two ago, and I also thought it was very good indeed.
Sorry to hear that Mr. Spence was in hospital. It seems strange to be operating on last war wounds after all this time doesn’t it?
Well, it’s nearly 9.30 p.m. and I might be relieved any time now so I will pack up. It’s my turn for a fun night in bed tonight. I’m getting two nights of broken sleep and one full night nowadays but as I can make up a bit of lost sleep in the daytime I’m surviving. But what wouldn’t I give to be lying on the rug in front of the fire right now?!
Lots of love,