Saturday 31st March 1945 – ” I often think of the old Catterick days when we used to get roast pork for dinner nearly every Sunday”

14400541,
Sigmn. Moore J.,
Main HQ W/Less Section,
2 Company,
12 Corps Signals,
B.L.A.

Saturday
31st March 1945.

Dear All,

I haven’t heard from any of you since I last wrote but I thought I would grab the chance of writing you a few lines.

The mail is very slow arriving these days. Since I received the parcel etc. I have only had a letter from Florrie and last week’s Illustrated Chronicle. Consequently there’s hardly anything to write about.

The weather (as usual) is the main item of news and even that hasn’t changed. It’s still a bit unsettle and we’ve had quite a bit of rain in the last two or three days.

Florrie said she hadn’t had any news of me for some time so I suppose that means she hasn’t heard from you. She seems about that same and says that holiday enquiries for the summer are pouring into the district. I suppose people are hoping to enjoy a peace time holiday this year.

Well if my calculations and Belgian diary (printed in French!) are correct, tomorrow is Easter Sunday. I don’t know how much difference this festival will make to you but it certainly won’t affect us. I often think of the old Catterick days when we used to get roast pork for dinner nearly every Sunday. Talk about the good old days – we’d got nothing to moan about in England.

I think that’s all I’ve got to say this time. Hope you are all well, and hope to hear from you very soon.

Lots of Love,

John
xxxxxx

P.S. Have just received Dad’s letter posted 26 March. Will answer next time.

J.

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Wednesday 28th March 1945 – “what a lot there’ll be to talk about some day”

14400541,
Sigmn. Moore J.,
Main HQ W/Less Section,
2 Company,
12 Corps Signals,
B.L.A.

Wednesday
28-3-45.

Dear All,

Well at last I can settle down (I hope) and write you a letter. I think this is only the second letter I’ve written in the last ten days or so. It’s rather strange that, in the last few days while I haven’t had much of a chance to write, there has hardly been any mail coming in for me. I got a couple of letters last Wednesday and that was the last mail for me until yesterday.

Still yesterday I got the parcel, Mam’s letter (posted22nd. March) and the Illustrated Chronicle. Thanks very much for all these – especially, of course, the parcel.

Well it’s hardly possible to say anything in letters nowadays but what a lot there’ll be to talk about some day.

I think the last time I wrote I told you about the grand weather we were having. Well it lasted for a few days but it’s not quite so good now. We haven’t had so much rain but it’s not so warm as it was.

I haven’t heard from Dorrell for about a month so your news of the arrival of the baby was the first I had heard. Pleased to hear mother and baby are going on nicely. I suppose Dorrell will have a few criticisms etc.

Well do you like the war news these days? It won’t be long now will it?

I think I will close now but I will repeat a warning I have made before. If you sometimes don’t hear from me for several days don’t get worried. You know how things are and you can rely on me to write as often as possible.

For now I’ll say

Cheerio &

Lots of Love,

John
xxxxxx

P.S. Thanks for arranging the Chronicle to be sent regularly. I always like to have them and I shall be on the lookout for them

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Saturday 24th March 1945 – “windmills, clogs, dykes etc.”

14400541,
Sigmn. Moore J.,
Main HQ W/Less Section,
2 Company,
12 Corps Signals,
B.L.A.

Saturday
24 March 1945.

Dear All,

I was going to write last night but I didn’t have time, so I’m making an effort to write some sort of letter now. As usual there is hardly anything I can say.

The weather is still the main item of news. It’s really grand, and very hot during the day. I’ve been outside most of the time and I’m getting quite brown.

I got Gwladys’s letter on Thursday morning and was pleased to get all the latest news. You seem to be getting rid of your clothing coupons in a hurry. You’d better save a few in case I want a new tie or something for my leave! I suppose Dad is wearing all my ties now?

I was rather amused to hear that you thought the tulips on the market might be coming from Holland. I doubt it very much because all the time we were there I never saw as much as a tulip bulb. Everything else was just as it’s laid down in Guide Books – windmills, clogs, dykes etc.

Pleased to hear that you had a letter from Ron’s Ma. He says it seems ages since he was home, in fact he hardly realises he has had leave at all.

Well it’s almost tea-time so I must pack up.

I’ll write again as soon as possible.

Lots of Love,

John
xxxxxx

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Tuesday 20th March 1945 – ” it looks as though it will be a race to see if I can get home before Jerry packs in”

14400541,
Sigmn. Moore J.,
Main HQ W/Less Section,
2 Company,
12 Corps Signals,
B.L.A.

Tuesday
20 March ’45.

Dear All,

Sorry I haven’t been able to write for a few days but it couldn’t be helped. I’m afraid this letter will only be a short one because there’s hardly anything I can say just now.

Thanks for Dad’s letter which I received on Sunday afternoon. Pleased to hear you are all well and enjoying nice weather. It is quite warm here again but the last day or two of last week were very cold. Perhaps the warm weather will hold now – I sincerely hope so anyway.

I don’t know any more about my leave yet, all I can do is guess, which is as you know, a foolish thing to do in the army. I hardly think I shall be in the lot for April but the first week or so in May should see me away. Now remember – that’s just my own calculation, I shan’t know definite for some time yet. Anyway it’s getting nearer and it looks as though it will be a race to see if I can get home before Jerry packs in. I wouldn’t mind being on leave when the Armistice was signed. Probably they wouldn’t want me back if that happened!? You know “Dear Mr Moore, we regret that owing to the fact that we can no longer make use of you”…!!

I had another letter from Jim this morning. He has moved since he last wrote and is quite happy just now. I think I know where he is and if my guess is correct he’s having a pretty good time but it might not last long.

Well that’s all for now. I’ll write again soon. Ron sends his kind regards as always.

Lots of Love,

John

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Friday 16th March 1945 – “I heard that Music Hall you mentioned”

14400541,
Sigmn. Moore J.,
Main HQ W/Less Section,
2 Company,
12 Corps Signals,
B.L.A.

Friday
16 March ’45.

Dear All,

Thanks very much for Mam’s letter which I got on Wednesday. Pleased to hear that you are all well and that the weather is good.

It hasn’t been so nice here today but on Wednesday and yesterday it was really hot. Another couple of days like those and we should have been getting sunburnt. I thought it was too good to last and today it has been getting colder, with rain this afternoon.

There should have been a football match this afternoon but it was cancelled at the last minute because we couldn’t get any kit. Anyway we managed to borrow a football and had quite a bit of fun kicking it around, but the rain came on pretty heavy about four o’clock so we packed up.

You seem to hear from Charlie Sutherington quite often. Remember me to him when you write next, won’t you? What is he in by the way? I suppose the twins are growing fast now.

I heard that Music Hall you mentioned, or rather I heard the end of it, and that but included Will Hay. I think he was better than I’ve ever heard him before. Do you listen to the AEF programmes at all? That’s the most popular one amongst the boys here, in fact any other programme is usually carefully avoided.

Well at the moment there doesn’t seem to be anything else to write about so I’ll sign off (having made a nice blot on the page).

Lots of Love,

John
xxxxxx

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Monday 12th March 1945 – “Tonight we have been to the flics again. This time to see Rita Hayworth in “Cover Girl””

14400541,
Sigmn. Moore J.,
Main HQ W/Less Section,
2 Company,
12 Corps Signals,
B.L.A.

4 p.m.
Monday
12 March/45.

Dear All,

I’m just writing a few lines now and if there is a letter from you at tea-time I shall finish this off later int the evening. I’m going to an Ensa show tonight with Ron.

As usual there isn’t much news. The weather is not bad at all these days, at least it is warmer and it hasn’t rained much for a day or two.

I’ve been playing darts and table-tennis a lot just lately and (though I say it myself!) I’m not so bad. So get a bit of practice in at the double top Dad, you’ll need to be good! I was playing Curly yesterday when two of our cooks came up with a lot of grinning and winking. They challenged us and we played them 301 up. We won the first two or three games easily, but then they started. In one game they wanted 114 to finish and one of them did it in three darts – six nineteens! Still it’s just as well to let them win occasionally – you’ve got to be friendly with cooks!

Tues. 8p.m.

Well as you can see I didn’t finish this last night. The Ensa show was cancelled at the last minute but we went to the pictures instead. The film was an old one – “Dawn Patrol” and it was very good indeed. One thing rather spoilt it though. About two thirds of the way through the speech suddenly changed from English to French and a few minutes later it changed back again.

Tonight we have been to the flics again. This time to see Rita Hayworth in “Cover Girl”. This was in technicolour. and was also very good.

I got Gwladys’s letter of the 7th March last night and was glad to hear everything was OK.

Fancy the sergeants at the camp working. I wish I’d been there to see it – I’ve never yet seen a sight like that, but I might do one of these days!

I hope Aunt Clara’s treatment is showing signs of success. I want to write to her so perhaps you’ll let me know where to write to.

Well I think that’s about it for now.

So cheerio and
Lots of Love,

John
xxxxxx

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Thursday 8th March 1945 – “It looks as if this lot will be over by summer. I wonder how long the Japs will last after that”

14400541,
Sigmn. Moore J.,
Main HQ W/Less Section,
2 Company,
12 Corps Signals,
B.L.A.

Thursday
March 8 45.

Dear All,

I was pleased to get Dad’s letter yesterday. I haven’t been getting so much mail just lately but I suppose it will come through better in a few days.

Ron got back yesterday and of course there has been plenty to talk about. He naturally enjoyed his leave, and he’s not very pleased to be back. It only rained one day while he was home so he was lucky in that respect. It poured with rain yesterday and it’s rained again today so he’s getting climatized again!

There’s no news from here, everything is still just the same – mud, work and everything.

I was sorry to hear that Bob Black had died but the news wasn’t really surprising after your previous news.

I can just imagine the work with all those chicks. There’s one thing though, it should be better if there’s an improvement in the quality of foodstuff.

The news is very good these days isn’t it? It looks as if this lot will be over by summer. I wonder how long the Japs will last after that.

Well I’m afraid this is only a short letter but it will have to do for now. I’ll write again in a day or two.

Lots of Love,

John
xxxxxx

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Monday 5th March 1945 – “The film was Laurel and Hardy in “A Chump at Oxford” and it was quite funny”

14400541,
Sigmn. Moore J.,
Main HQ W/Less Section,
2 Company,
12 Corps Signals,
B.L.A.

Monday
5-3-45.

Dear All,

Thanks for Mam’s letter and also for the letter from Alf Clothier which you forwarded on, both of which arrived yesterday. My mail was quite interesting yesterday because I got a letter from Jim as well.

This will only be a short letter because I want to get to bed early tonight. I was on guard last night and today, so I’m feeling a bit weary.

Glad to hear you are getting my letters more regularly again. I’ve been writing a bit more often lately; I know how much you look forward to the letters.

According to my calculation Ron would be starting back today. The last week seems to have flown by to me so I don’t suppose it seemed long to him. I suppose the’ll be lots to talk about when he comes back.

We had a Church Parade on Sunday, and I don’t think I’ve ever been to a worse service. It may have been the fact that there was so much fuss made over the actual parade that spoiled the service but apart from that there was something wrong. I hate having to march to Church and having to be dressed like a tailor’s dummy for the occasion. Still, it’s just tradition I suppose and nobody (except the powers-that-be) enjoys that sort of thing.

I went to the pictures on Saturday night. I quite enjoyed it although the programme was ancient. First there was the news showing the great fight between Joe Louis and Primo Carnera. That fight took place at least eight years ago – hot news! The film was Laurel and Hardy in “A Chump at Oxford” and it was quite funny.

Well it’s after nine o’clock so I think I will close. By the way Jim wished to be remembered to you all. He hasn’t been drawn for leave yet. I know whereabouts he is and there isn’t much chance of meeting him but it will be nice to keep in touch with each other.

Lots of Love,

John
xxxxxx

P.S. Excuse scribble
J

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Friday 2nd March 1945 – “I don’t suppose the people here have even seen oranges for four or five years”

14400541,
Sigmn. Moore J.,
Main HQ W/Less Section,
2 Company,
12 Corps Signals,
B.L.A.

Friday
2 March/45.

Dear All,

It’s now half past eight and I thought I would write you a few lines before I prepare for bed.

Thanks for Gwladys’s letter which arrived yesterday. By the way there’s one thing which I’m sure I forgot in my last letter. That is that I hope Mam’s foot is OK again. I suppose it would be painful for a day or two and I think it was wise to have the doctor.

The weather has changed again and it has been very cold today. All day there has been a keen wind blowing and it hailed several times. There was a football match this afternoon which I went to watch and it was cold standing still. I certainly hope we don’t get any more snow.

I haven’t been to the pictures since my Brussels leave (nearly a fortnight ago). If the films aren’t much good I don’t feel like going out, because we are quite comfortable in the billet. I am right up to date with my washing and mending (except for minor repairs to socks!) so I think I’ve done a good job. I don’t mind sewing flashes etc. on, but I absolutely hate mending socks. Roll on the day when I don’t have to worry about such things!

Have they got any lambs on the Farm yet? Yesterday I saw one solitary lamb in a field here, but it didn’t look very lively. Still it’s a sign of Spring – I hope.

I envy you with your grapefruit for breakfast. Any day now I expect you to write and say that bananas are quite plentiful on the market at a bob a dozen! Do you know, I can’t even remember if we used to buy ‘em at so much a dozen, bunch, pound or what! I don’t suppose the people here have even seen oranges for four or five years. Their diet must be a bit monotonous. I heard the other day of a kid who’d been chewing the same bit of gum for six weeks but I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the claim!

Well I don’t think there’s much more to write about now so once more I’ll say “cheerio”.

Lots of Love,

John
xxxxxx

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Tuesday 27th February 1945 – “At the moment we are able to buy eggs – as many as we want”

14400541,
Sigmn. Moore J.,
Main HQ W/Less Section,
2 Company,
12 Corps Signals,
B.L.A.

Tuesday
27-2-1945

Dear All,

Thanks very much for the letter and the enlargements of the snaps which I received at tea-time today. It’s a pity the light got in so much but they make quite nice pictures in spite of that. I often wish I had my camera here with me, but I really think it’s too risky. I’d hate to have it smashed or lost because after the war I’ve got an idea it will be used quite a lot.

I played football this afternoon and although it wasn’t a very fast game I feel a bit stiff. I suppose it’s because we don’t normally get much exercise. The game was really just a kick-about, both teams being from this section. I was on the losing side, by the way.

The weather is still quite good, rather dull at times but it is keeping fine and the ground is drying quite well.

At the moment we are able to buy eggs – as many as we want. An old chap comes round with a basket full nearly every day and he always does a good trade. He charges seven and a half francs (approx. 11d) for one egg. That’s pretty dear of course, but they are good eggs and anyway there’s nothing else much we can spend money on. We boil ours in the billet for supper and in the last four days we’ve had nine each – not bad is it? By the way “we” is Stan and myself, we share a room. I haven’t mentioned Stan for some time but he has been with us all the time and I still have quite a lot to do with him.

Ron should have settled down again quite well by now, but I bet the time is flying by for him. Anyway I hope he’s enjoying his leave.

Well I think I’ll get to bed now. I haven’t sent that parcel yet by the way because I’ve got to go on the scrounge for brown paper.

Lots of Love,

John
xxxxxx

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