Sigmn. Moore J.,
Main HQ W/Less Section,
12 Corps Signals,
20th May 1945.
Thought I would start writing to you tonight while I’m on duty and there’s nothing much doing. I shall finish this tomorrow after I’ve seen if tomorrow’s mail contains a letter from you. I’ll post it tomorrow night so you won’t receive it till towards the end of the week, and I shan’t write again if my leave works out according to plan.
It’s been a grand day today, very hot sun with a nice breeze to keep the heat down a bit.
There was a Church Parade this morning but I wasn’t on it as I was on duty all night last night.
This afternoon I had a very nice and memorable experience. You see there are lots of motor launches on the river here and a few days ago the Unit took steps to obtain a couple, one small one for the officers and a larger one for the men. The latter goes out nearly every evening on trips up the river and a limited number of men are allowed to go on each trip. Ron and I put our names in for this afternoon and as it happened we were the only two who turned up except for an officer (there has to be an officer on board for every trip) and we set off, the three of us in a 40 foot long launch. I won’t tell you what we saw, that will save till I get home, but it was well worth going. The sea was just right (as I’ve told you before we are just near the mouth of the river). We took turns at steering it, so I’ll always be able to talk about “when I piloted a boat on the Elbe!” And Mam, it’s as safe as walking down the garden!
There’s not much more to write about now. I’ve made all the preliminary preparations for leave but I suppose I shall still have a last minute rush. Well I’ll knock off now for the day and finish off tomorrow.
Monday (Whit Monday?) 21st
Well there wasn’t any mail at all for me tonight so I haven’t got much more to write about.
The weather has been a bit rough today although it managed to keep fine till after tea. Now though, it is pouring with rain and looks like being a wet night.
Tomorrow I’m working in the cookhouse all day and that should be my last duty before leave. I’ve finished Wireless Duty for a bit anyway.
I know that you understand that I can’t give you any definite idea when to expect me. Sunday is the most likely day but as I’ve said before it might be Saturday or even after Sunday. The next thing you can expect from me is a telegram but if you don’t get one you’ll have to expect me when you see me.
But don’t start sitting up at mights waiting. To save you doing that you can leave the back door key out from Saturday night onwards.
I don’t think there’s anything else I want to say, except have some decent weather waiting for me! Oh and I nearly forgot – I hope Dad has got, or can get, a couple of films for my camera.
Cheerio for now, it won’t be long now.
Lots of love,