Wednesday 25th April 1945 – “for the past few weeks it’s been hard for us to find time to write at all”

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

6 a.m.
Wednesday
25-4-45.

Dear All,

Don’t imagine that I’ve got up at this unearthly hour just to write a letter! I haven’t been putting the times on my letters lately but most of them are written during the night because night duties still come round only too often.

Thanks for Gwladys’s letter of the 19th which arrived on Monday. Lately I haven’t been getting nearly as much mail as I used to. The reason of course being that quite a lot of people don’t think of writing until they get a letter, and for the past few weeks it’s been hard for us to find time to write at all. Still I am gradually getting organised so perhaps there will soon be an increase in the mail again.

The weather is gradually improving again. It did stop raining eventually, in fact it was fine all day yesterday. I wonder if you are still enjoying a heatwave? I suppose the gardens need rain just now so perhaps you wouldn’t grumble if you had a couple of really wet days.

I shall be writing to Walton in a day or two. I think they must wonder what’s happened to me, but I suppose you keep them up to date with the news.

Cont’d 7 p.m.

As you can see I didn’t finish the letter this morning. I wondered if there would be a letter from one of you this afternoon but there wasn’t.

It’s been a glorious day and I did a spot of sunbathing this afternoon. Now I’m on duty again. It’s a pity to have to sit in a truck and work when it’s nice outside but there it is.

I now have more definite news about leave. I think I told you that at the end of this month there would be nine more to go before me. Well the May allocation came through today and it is nine exactly. This means that I shall be the very first in June, and that’s as definite as anything can be in the army. Probably in just under five weeks I shall be starting out on the journey, but of course it’s a bit early yet. Anyway it won’t seem so long now. It’s a pity we didn’t get a bigger allocation for the month but there are still quite a few chaps behind me so I can’t grumble and it’s nice to have a better idea when it will be. So roll on May and don’t last too long!

I think that’s all now, once more.

So I’ll say,

Cheerio and
Lots of love

John
xxxxxx

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Saturday 21st April 1945 – “I don’t think it will last many more weeks”

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

7.30 p.m.
Saturday
21-4-45.

Dear All,

I was very pleased to get Dad’s letter yesterday, and to know that things are about the same over there. That is, of course, with the exception of Mam’s foot. I hope this is better again by now.

Thanks also for sending that letter from Bray and Bray. I can’t send you an authority for them to pay the money into my Deposit Account because for the life of me I can’t remember what the Account number is! So perhaps you’ll let me know the number and I’ll see to it.

I wish this weather would settle down for good. As I have told you we have been having some very hot weather, but now it is just the opposite again. Yesterday it was rather dull and since yesterday evening it has been cold, wet and stormy. It was just my luck to be on guard last night, of course!

I didn’t know that chaps in the RAF ground staff and the Navy were being transferred to the Army, I bet it’s shaking them a bit.

Arthur B. doesn’t seem to improve by what you say but if Mam gives him the same rousing “send-off” every time I think he will soon learn! I think when I get my leave I shall be just the opposite. I shan’t feel so much like talking, not to anybody other than you anyway.

Yes the war is making good progress and I don’t think it will last many more weeks. What do you think of the idea of just announcing a date for V Day and celebrating whether the war was actually over or not? I hope they don’t do anything so silly as that.

By the way what sort of condition is my bike in? I imagine it will be pretty bad now but I thought Dad could look at it anytime he has time. But don’t bother about it if it’s too bad. I don’t think I shall do a lot of tearing about on leave anyway.

Well I think that’s about all for now. The wind’s still pretty stormy so I think the best place is bed.

Lots of love

John
xxxxxx

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Wednesday 18th April 1945 – “I’m lying in a field, flat on the ground”

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

Wednesday
18 April ’45.

Dear All,

Thanks  for Mam’s letter which I received several days ago. I didn’t write back straight away when I had the chance and then it got so there wasn’t time to write, hence the delay.

By the way, in case you are having difficulty reading this let me tell you my position. I’m lying in a field, flat on the ground and believe me it is not the ideal position for writing – go out on the lawn and try it!

It got so hot yesterday that there was a pretty bad thunderstorm in the evening. This cleared the air and it’s grand today. I suppose you are having much the same weather as we are.

I went to the pictures twice recently. The first time to see our old friends Abbott and Costello on “Lost in a Harem” and then Franchot Tone in “True to Life”. Both of these were very good and as it was the first entertainment we had had for ages it was even more enjoyable.

You ask what the food is like nowadays. Well we manage but that’s about all. Actually I suppose we get used to it and anything a bit better than usual is said to be a super meal!

I must close now but will write again in a day or two.

Lots of love

John
xxxxxx

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Saturday 14th April 1945 – “can you imagine it, lake, green fields, lots of woods and lovely weather?”

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

Saturday
14-4-45.

Dear All,

Thanks very much for Dad’s letter which arrived on Tuesday and for Gwladys’s which I got on Thursday evening. Pleased to hear that you are all well and still doing a bit in the garden etc.

The weather is grand now, for the last few days it has been really hot, especially towards tea-time.

The scenery round here is lovely, although, as I have said before, it’s not easy to appreciate beauty when you are under these conditions. This particular place is marvellous though – if only there wasn’t a war on! Apart from the fact that there are more and bigger woods round here, and hardly any hedges, the general countryside is very much like the old home district. There are some biggish farms round here (by farms I mean farmhouses and yards etc.) and nearly each one has a moat round it or else has a lake close by. Now can you imagine it, lake, green fields, lots of woods and lovely weather? Once more I’m missing my camera!

There aren’t so very many to go on leave before me now and when we know what our quota is for May I shall be able to form a rough idea of when my lucky date will be. Whether or not I shall get mine in May remains to be seen but anyway it won’t be so long now. Shan’t I have a long way to travel? I haven’t sent that parcel yet, and I thought I had told you that I was keeping it till I get my leave. The contents are being well looked after so there’s no need to worry.

Ron is still about the same. We were on guard together a few night’s ago and as we hadn’t had much of a chat for some time, it gave us a chance to catch up with all the gossip. He says his people have heard from you again by the way.

The Illustrated Chronicles are coming regularly and a re very welcome.

Well I think that will have to do for now. Remember me to all the usual,

Lots of love

John
xxxxxx

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Monday 9th April 1945 – “Birthdays don’t really mean much and I don’t suppose there will be any celebration”

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

Monday?
9-4-45

Dear Mam,

I have only time for a very few lines just now but I must get this letter posted by tomorrow morning or else it can’t possibly reach you for your birthday on the 13th. Birthdays don’t really mean much and I don’t suppose there will be any celebration but I shall be thinking about you, and send my greetings.

Thanks very much for your letter which I received two or three days ago. Pleased to hear letters to you are arriving so quickly. I wish I could write longer letters and more often but it’s no good moaning – I suppose the war effort comes first!

Sorry to hear Mrs. Lee is so poorly. It certainly would be a good thing if Frank could get home and I should think there is a good chance of it.

I haven’t heard from AB for a few weeks. By the way I think you know he is a Corporal now – seems quite proud of it too!

The weather has once more improved but I’m not sure that it will last. Still it’s nice to see a bit of sunshine.

Well Mam it’s a very short letter but it will have to do. That’s all except that Ron sends his kind regards as usual and also wishes you many happy returns.

Fondest love

John

xxxxxx

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Friday 6th April 1945 – “I can say now that we are well into the “Fatherland””

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

Friday 6 April ’45

Dear All,

Just another one of my short letters to let you know I’m OK. I’m on night duty just now, actually it’s 2 a.m. and things are pretty quiet so it’s a good chance of writing a few lines.

I was pleased to get Gwladys’s letter on Wednesday morning. Although of course the letter was very interesting there wasn’t much in it that I can reply to. I suppose you are getting fed up with asking me questions which I’m not allowed to answer?!

However I think I can say now that we are well into the “Fatherland”. (If I shouldn’t have said that the censor’s going to have a hectic time with this page!) The novelty and thrill of being in Germany soon wore off as far as I was concerned although, of course, it does give one a certain amount of satisfaction to know that this is the country which is responsible for everything and that at last the people here are paying for it. I don’t think the German people will want another war after this.

The weather isn’t being very kind to us these days. It managed to rain every day, sometimes all morning, occasionally all afternoon, but usually all day! I suppose it’s just about the same with you. It’s usually warm between the showers in April but here when it does stop raining it seems to get colder.

The only mail I’ve had since Wednesday was a News Letter from the Anstey War Service League. This is a very elaborate affair – printed of course by the Suburban Press. It gives local gossip, extracts from letters of HMF, records of promotions and awards (Pilot Officer Roy Wain is given about eight lines under that heading!), and the usual long-winded, long-worded ramblings of J. H. Wakefield Esq., the majority of which I haven’t deciphered yet! Anyway it’s not a bad thing at all and somebody must have spent quite a time putting all the information together. By the way this is referred to as the Spring Edition, the Summer effort to follow in June. It seems a bit late in the war to start a quarterly publication but they might get time to publish two or three!

I think that will have to suffice for this time. In half an hour I shall be crawling into bed and between now and then I want to scribble another letter.

So I’ll say
Cheerio and Lots of Love,

John
xxxxxx

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Tuesday 3rd April 1945 – “if the sun shines from now till December it won’t make up for the last two days!”

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

Tues. 3/4/45.

Dear All,

Well here I am again and what a day! It’s poured down with rain since last night, shows no sign of stopping, never again will I praise this climate because if the sun shines from now till December it won’t make up for the last two days! I’ll never forget Easter Monday 1945 for more reasons than just the weather. If it was like this in England some people would be disappointed.

As I said in my last letter I got Dad’s letter just before I posted mine. Please to hear the garden is taking shape – it’s a pity I’m not at home, it would have been dug long ago then (?).

I had a letter from Aunt Clara a day or two ago and I think they both enjoyed the weekend with you. It would be a nice change for them.

Sorry to hear Frankie Lee has been wounded but glad to hear it’s not serious. I wonder if you could get his address some time. I suppose it would take a long time for a letter from me to reach him but he would get it in due course.

The Birmingham papers recently made a big show about the “British Twelfth Corps commanded by Gen. Ritchie.” In some papers I believe it said where we were (the country I mean). Did you see any mention of it? The papers must be short of news these days!

Well once more I’ve exhausted my supply of gossip so I’ll sign off till next time.

Lots of Love as always,

John
xxxxxx

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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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