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  • Twenty-ninth of January, 1945

  • My dearest one

  • I've just heard the news that all the army men

  • who were held POW are to return to their homes

  • Because of the shipping situation

  • we may not commence to go before the end of February

  • but can probably count on being in England sometime in March

  • It may be sooner

  • It has made me very warm inside

  • It is terrific

  • Wonderful

  • Shattering

  • I don't know what to say, and I cannot think

  • The delay is nothing

  • The decision is everything

  • I must spend the first days at home

  • I must consider giving a party somewhere

  • Above all, I must be with you

  • I must warm you, surround you, love you

  • and be kind to you

  • I would prefer not to get married

  • but want you to agree on the point

  • In battle, I was afraid

  • for you, for my mother, for myself

  • Wait we must

  • my lover, my darling

  • Let us meet

  • Let us be, let us know

  • but do not let us now make any mistakes

  • How good for us to see each other before I am completely bald

  • I've some fine little wisps of hair on the top of my head

  • It's not much good me trying to write about recent experiences

  • now that I know I should be able to tell you everything myself

  • within such a short time

  • What I have my eye on now

  • is the first letter from you saying that you know I am alright

  • and the next saying you know I am coming to you

  • Plan a week somewhere, not Boscombe or Bournemouth

  • and think of being together

  • The glory of you

  • I hoped that you will not start buying any clothes

  • if you have any coupons left

  • because you think you must look nice for me

  • Just carry on as near as possible to normal

  • I shall tell my family I hope to spend

  • a week away with you somewhere during my leave

  • My counsel to you is to tell as few people as possible

  • to avoid preening yourself, and saying much

  • That is my advice

  • not anything but that

  • I hope you understand

  • I do not ever want it to be anything but our affair

  • Do not permit any intrusion

  • I don't know how long leave I shall get

  • I could get as little as 14 days, and I may get as much as a month

  • I'm wondering how I shall tell you I'm in England

  • Probably it's still quicker to send a telegram than a letter

  • And I hope to send you one announcing that I am on the same island

  • I will send another one, I'm actually soon to get on the London-bound train

  • and you can ring Lee Green 0509 when you think I have arrived there

  • It's a strange thing, because I cannot seem to get going

  • and write very freely

  • All I am thinking about is "I am going home! I am going to see her!"

  • It's a fact, a real thing

  • an impending event like Shrove Tuesday, Christmas Day, or the Lord Mayor's Banquet

  • You have to be abroad, you have to be hermetically sealed off

  • from your intimates, from your home

  • to realize what a gift this going home is

  • The few letters of yours that I had on me

  • I burned, the day previous to our surrender

  • So no one but myself has read your words

  • It is a pity that the winter weather will not be kind to us out of doors

  • but it will be nice sitting next to you in the pictures

  • no matter what may be on the screen

  • It will be grand to know we have each other's support and sympathy

  • Won't it be wonderful to be together

  • really together, in the flesh

  • Not just to know that a letter is all we can send

  • I love you

  • - Chris

Twenty-ninth of January, 1945

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