Letters of Ronald Henry Etherton, March-May 1944 - Part 3 of 8

Conflict:
Second World War, 1939–45
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  • Love Letters
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Letter 104 Aberdern Thunday 23sd Mar Dear Jean, (has! The last faw days have been a rush. Ar long last were the with OF.U and Waitleys I don care if I never see another. I hate packing my gunt to leave a station at any line but to have to do it is a harry dowes me nearly cragy. To make it worse all I wanted to do was sleep. Eveyrually they realised that it was line we guit the place, so, for the last portnight it s been briefing night p briefing day sip occasionall sitting around all night waiting for he weather to eakweeaa one or two breaks but expect for then I just haven & been able to concentrate long enough to write. We have a good long leave - until 10sh April and I'll write as many letters as I can between now and ken. Im afraid you wond receive them for some lige because we cant seyd wait overseas except from our own sations. I'll have to save them until our leave is finished and post them they. I will have the last letter I wrote you in camp. I guess I'll have to keep it 100 This leave we intend to stay here in Averdien for a few days. then go is Lordon, Cardiff, then maybe hives pool. The skipper is to get a commssion and, of course has to run all round the country interviewing people - in his leave. He is off unel Sunday and came down here with Bill, Cam and Eddie and Tred wer on straight to their hones. Saw and I are staying at the same
place as last tuye, Skipper and Bill couldn't get in but will be up tomorow. I's very nice really a prioate houe mas Savidon whose fore it is is very friendly. We just have breakfast here - usually about 10 AY There's always a fot water bottle in our beds. So you see we just come here to be spoilt I wish I could spend this leave, or any leave, with you you & have to put up with me for keeps then because Id never come back here. I loved you last time I left you but I didI know it then, Thats the difference for am AIR LETTER 3 oron Mrs Jear Agre 13007- 122 S Canerton Albea Canaaa
Letter 105 Sat 25 March Dear Gean Bill and I went shaling this evening For a Canadian Hill is nt much of a skater of course he had a pair of borrowed boots and its ages sice he last stated. Though Ive never leen ic shating with you and year ever seen you on the see its pretsy easy to inagine how much foom it would be. Maybe you wouldn'& like it if you knew I wased you o fall not just for the sake of seeng you fall but just s's you d have so let we pick you up - just so I could ford my aons aroud you. would you fall so I could ? & nightnt lee you go again. would you mind? Iro not rearly as much fur statug on th vuit here though thero Id rather be there a anwere else s rathe warm outside lonight and it made the ile yelt quite a bit Just as well I didnt fall else I might have arowned. Don's ask me what we do every morning while were on leave. If wese planning to do anything 2o one ever auggests the yooring aos we know day well Ifeet well ever wake it. by the line we get ap it's too late to get cleared up before having breakfast. They we set in from of the fire for a while and one by one clear up. By this tie it's afternoon, anyhow. Waste of a morning maybe, but I hereo not such s todo so what does it matter? I'd be different if I could come out to calder Jur like the rain Tomrrow afternoon were going to Shipper's friends place Bill a S. Shipper has to go back to camp
in the morning and sam I guess will be out will his gol friend, come to shiit of it, we never do much at any line or our leave. Friday aftenoon we orly wadered round Ihe shope the thingo we got we could have bought is about ben stes. This aperson we had a game of billiands poot I shinl they call it in Carada. Ot and last night we went to a show Hassiga & Hidh and Henry Haunto a House. Fraid I dozs get much of a hick ou of Anything nowedaye all I cay get exised about is the day for XXX hunson C AIR LETTER man FnOnc r Miss Jean Ayse 13007 122 S Edmenton Mleuta Carsaa
Letre 106 Morday 22 March Dear Sean I wish I could poor there lee written you and not wai until our leave is up. If and when get as far as London In going to fie over the taces about the way 14e 3 handles wail Our headquarters love to get Aa I officers who have an im they ease back. I shil I know on they can do by the sine our leave finishes you'll, be in for over a fortnight without lersess, I wish I could do somthing about it because I know how Id feet if I go the care deal. I'd be biting my finger nails to the quick worrying what Led happened. Just a couple of hous before I left comp I received a very oddy ape parcel I conlan even guiss what you'd sent as I unwrapped is sheet after sheet, I only becase nose and more paggled. And as it got saller and matter without taking any shape, I started to think that may be "it was a joke and shere wasn& anytking at all in it. But no, it was the pennant- a beauty 100. Tunny, but we were just going to take down I hose we had on the walls. Well put Iben all up again soon as we settle down- with the calena Ir arrived the day before. yes she's a gorgious creature. Every time If see a beautiful givl I find myself dreaning harder than ever about you. maybe I shant if I wer see a give more beautiful than you But there ared any giols even as bautiful as you and if there were they wouldd be as will so I guiss I'll yever fall for ayore else Who'd was to anyLow. Gee, I wiite double Buch soneties know Im cragy. You re to blane before I met you I used to write hefeetly ellige letters. But I like being cregy about you. I never wand to be any other way- ever to
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Letter 107 Tusday 28 March Dearest Jean I forgot to tell you last night that when Shippes got back to camp he readessed one of your letters here. Fn bcky I get your litters ever when F on leave, I dont often actually answer your litters but I shall this oge I shint you should get all the beauty sleep you can wohile I away. You always havend, Laven you. I thit that o why you ae gown so beautiful and why you re a lways so alive and fresh. I'll get as much as I can I know I won'd be able to to you sneak off to bed 200 early but sayle you'd better send ye off when you think I should you always did. I didn't want to leave you but you made me go. In a way Sm glad you did. Do just a little thing that gade he love you more. I will want you to have a good line whill away ut not too good a tie! Else you was'I was me back. Pd like so lock you up so other fellows could see you but not seat you. I know they'd to yee, Im gealous and selfish. hope you dos't and In one of your letters some tine ago you seened to be thiken that you might have to leave baton'o I hope you don't. I want to yeet you at the saye spot again sone tie. I you do have to leave dost get a jot where you have to work hard. I dont to thirk of you naking your beauiful Land hard or sore or having to cut your gails short. I love, your smooth soft hands just as I do every sick of you from the rips of you woes to the lop of your head- to your beautiful on00th hai. I always shall for &x
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Letrer 108 London Friday 31st March Dear Jear This is the big sroke and I dont like it we travelled down from Abedeen last night- all night I have rrain togen we got in early this morning I beft as fett as Hough Id been dragged the a coal wie we only intend to stay here intil we hear from the Shippe so we'll know that he's home and they well go of down to Cardiff This afperson we went out to where Freddy lives He's gone to cardiff with his wife to see their people. We were in the Coomeang Club. Is the Aus. services club and, of course, rearly all the fellows are A.T. There were dogens there but not a sout I knew sunge weve walked gound town a sot ioday and I feel all in I going to bed now. Goodnight. Sweet docams for Sunday 22d April Dear Jear wive had a religan from Col (skippes) but we will dont know whether he was to us to go or down to ladiff ays brother is coning to Lordon tonorow so I guess well wait with sam so he can see him and leave cononow night or Tusday norning. I wish I had stayed in averdeen. There wasns such a lor to do. We only went shating, to a few showe and had a good boas generally we could do all that here but these are lines for this and lines for that The place is overcrowded. There are 100 many anks and like all big cities people are in 100 mack of a husry to be friendly. They all tell you what great fellowng cust are but they wouldn & Gnow I have beg cities Foe been in the Coonerang Cl guitea orad have wet
a lor of fellows I know, someI hadn & seen for a couple of years I was out to your consino place yesterday aftennoon, but they were out we didn have much trouble finding the place but its a long way. way go out again ionow his aperioon we wa dered around yde part lisening to the speakers eye a dippy lot as cilly as Ihe bunch who speak in the Dongin in Rydney. We had dea supper in the oonerang Clul and sam and I hang around hulding to fellows we hew About hal past eight a 3ad for sone fellows to go to a whor party was broadeass. Say and I went We had a good tine. Ifere were some caradian weors there nore from Cam Well! you should see ie by so donce. gust as well the soon was so cowded that 20ore could sace go goore fourd ou I was guo bluffing. You a better wear your Pop's boots whey you by to Feach me Ror mann AIR LETTER J R Miss Jean Ayse 13007 122 & Eanonton saves lon

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Letter 104

Aberdeen

Thursday 23rd Mar.                                                                                     

                    

                                                              

Dear Jean,

Phew!  The last few days have

been a rush.  At long last we're 

thru' with O.T.U and Whitleys.  I

don't care if I never see another.  I

hate packing my junk to leave a

station at any time but to have

to do it in a hurry drives me

nearly crazy.  To make it worse all

I wanted to do was sleep.  Eventually

they realised that it was time we

quit the place, so, for the last

fortnight it's been - briefing - night

trip - briefing - day trip - occasionally

sitting around all night waiting for

the weather to break.  We've had

one or two breaks but expect for

then I just haven't been able

to concentrate long enough to

write.  We have a good long

leave - until 10th April and 

 

2.

I'll write as many letters as I can

between now and then.  I'm afraid

you won't receive them for some

time because we can't send mail

overseas except from our own

stations.  I'll have to save them

until our leave is finished and

post them then.  I still have the

last letter I wrote you in camp.

I guess I'll have to keep it too.

This leave we intend to stay

here in Aberdeen for a few days,

then go to London, Cardiff, then

maybe Liverpool. The Skipper is

to get a commission and, of course, 

has to run all round the country

interviewing people - in his leave.

He is off until Sunday and

came down here with Bill, Sam

and I.  Eddie and Fred went

on straight to their homes.  Sam 

and I are staying at the same

 

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place as last time.  Skipper and

Bill couldn't get in but will be 

up tomorrow.  It's very nice - 

really a private home.  Mrs

Davidson whose home it is is

very friendly.  We just have 

breakfast here - usually about

10 A.M.  There's always a hot water

bottle in our beds.  So you see, we 

just come here to be spoilt.

I wish I could spend this

leave, or any leave, with you.

You'd have to put up with me

for keeps then because I'd never

come back here.  I loved you

last time I left you but I

didn't know it then.  That's the

difference

Ron

 

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Edmonton

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Letter 105

Sat 25 March

Dear Jean,

Bill and I went skating

this evening.  For a Canadian

Bill isn't much of a skater.  Of

course he had a pair of

borrowed boots and its ages since

he last skated.  Though I've never

been ice skating with you and

never even seen you on the ice it's

pretty easy to imagine how much

fun it would be.  Maybe you

wouldn't like it if you knew

I wanted you to fall.  Not just

for the sake of seeing you fall

but just so's you'd have to let

me pick you up - just so I could

put my arms around you.  Would you

fall so I could?  I mightn't let you

go again.  Would you mind? It's

not nearly as much fun skating on the

rink here though there's I'd rather 

 

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be there than anywhere else. It's rather

warm outside tonight and it made

the ice melt quite a bit. Just as

well I didn't fall else I might have

drowned.

Don't ask me what we do every

morning while we're on leave. If

we're planning to do anything no-one

ever suggests the morning 'cos we

know darn well that we'll never

make it. By the time we get up it's

too late to get cleaned up before

having breakfast. Then we sit in

front of the fire for a while and

one by one clean up. By this

time it's afternoon, anyhow. Waste

of a morning? Maybe, but there's

not such a lot to do so what does

it matter? It'd be different if I 

could come out to Calder. Just

like the rain.

Tomorrow afternoon we're going

to Skipper's friend's place - Bill and

I. Skipper has to go back to camp

 

 

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in the morning and Sam I guess will

be out with his girl friend.

Come to think of it, we never do

much at any time on our leave.

Friday afternoon we only wandered

round the shops. The things we

got we could have bought in about

ten minutes. This afternoon we had

a game of billiards - pool I think

they call it in Canada. Oh and

last night we went to a show.

"Harrigan's Kid" and "Henry Haunts a 

House". 'Fraid I don't get much of

a kick out of anything nowadays.

All I can get excited about is

the day.

Ron

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Edmonton

Alberta Canada

 

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Letter 106

Monday 27 March

Dear Jean,

I wish I could post these

letters I've written you and not wait

until our leave is up. If and when

I get as far as London I'm going to

kick over the traces about the way the

R.A.F handles mail. Our headquarters

love to get R.A.F officers who have

erred and pin their ears back. I think

I know one they can do. By the time

our leave finishes you'll be in for

over a fortnight without letters. I

wish I could do something about

it because I know how I'd feel if

I got the same deal. I'd be biting

my finger nails to the quick

worrying what had happened.

Just a couple of hours
before I left camp I received a very

oddly shaped parcel. I couldn't

even guess what you'd sent. As I

unwrapped it, sheet after sheet, I only

became more and more puzzled. And

as it got smaller and smaller without

taking any shape, I started to

 

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think that maybe it was a joke and

there wasn't anything at all in it.

But no, it was the pennant - a

beauty too. Funny, but we were just

going to take down those we had

on the walls. We'll put them all

up again soon as we settle down - 

with the calendar, too. It arrived the

day before. Gee, she's a gorgeous

creature. Every time I see a

beautiful girl I find myself

dreaming harder than ever about you.

Maybe I shan't if I ever see a 

girl more beautiful than you.

But there aren't any girls even as

beautiful as you and if there were

they wouldn't be as nice so I

guess I'll never fall for anyone

else. Who'd want to anyhow. Gee,

I write double Dutch sometimes. I

know I'm crazy.  You're to blame.

Before I met you I used to write 

perfectly intelligent letters.  But I

like being crazy about you. I never

want to be any other way - ever

Ron

 

 

 

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13007 - 122 St.,

EDMONTON

Alberta Canada

 

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Letter 107

Tuesday 28 March

Dearest Jean,

I forgot to tell you last

night that when Skipper got back to

camp he readdressed one of your letters

here. I'm lucky. I get your letters

even when I'm on leave. I don't

often actually answer your letters but

I shall this one.

I think you should get all

the beauty sleep you can while I'm

away.  You always haven't haven't

you.  I think that's why you've grown

so beautiful and why you're always 

so alive and fresh. I'll get as much

as I can. I know I won't be able

to let you sneak off to bed too

early but maybe you'd better send me 

off when you think I should. You

always did. I didn't want to leave you

but you made me go. In a way I'm

glad you did. It's just a little thing

that made me love you more.

I still want you to have a good

time while I you're I'm away. But not too

good a time! Else you won't want

 

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me back. I'd like to lock you up

so other fellows could see you but

not steal you. I know they'd try.

Gee, I'm jealous and selfish. I

hope you don't mind.

In one of your letters some

time ago you seemed to be thinking

that you might have to leave Eaton's.

I hope you don't. I want to meet you

at the same spot again some time. If

you do have to leave don't get a job

where you have to work hard. I

don't to think of you making your

beautiful hand hard or sore or

having to cut your nails short. I

love your smooth soft hands just

as I do every inch of you from the

tips of your toes to the top of your

head - to your beautiful smooth

hair. I always shall

Ron X X

 

 

 

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Alberta Canada

 

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Letter 108 

London

Friday 31st March

Dear Jean,

This is the big smoke and

I don't like it. We travelled down

from Aberdeen last night - all

night. I hate trains! When we

got in early this morning I left as

felt as though I'd been dragged

thru a coal mine. We only

intend to stay here until we hear

from the Skipper so we'll know

that he's home and then we'll

go on down to Cardiff. This afternoon

we went out to where Freddy lives.

He's gone to Cardiff with his wife

to see their people. We were in

the Boomerang Club. It's the Aus.

services club and, of course, nearly all

the fellows are A.F. There were

dozens there but not a soul I knew.

Strange!

We've walked around town

a lot today and I feel all in. I'm

going to bed now. Goodnight - Sweet

dreams

Ron

 

Sunday 2nd April

Dear Jean,

We've had a telegram from Bob

(Skipper) but we still don't know

whether he wants us to go on down

to Cardiff. Sam's brother is coming

to London tomorrow so I guess we'll

wait with Sam so he can see him

and leave tomorrow night or Tuesday

morning. I wish I had stayed in

Aberdeen. There wasn't such a lot

to do. We only went skating, to a 

few shows and had a good loaf

generally. We could do all that

here but there's are lines for this

and lines for that. The place is

overcrowded. There are too many

Yanks and like all big cities

people are in too much of a hurry

to be friendly. They all tell you

what great fellows Aust. are but

they wouldn't know. I hate big

cities.

I've been in the Boomerang

Club quite a lot and have met

 

 

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a lot of fellows I know, some I

hadn't seen for a couple of years.

I went out to your cousins'

place yesterday afternoon. but they

were out. We didn't have much

trouble finding the place but it's

a long way. I may go out again

tomorrow.

This afternoon we wandered

around Hyde Park listening to the

speakers. They're a dippy lot - as

silly as the bunch who speak in

the Domain in Sydney. We had tea

supper in the Boomerang Club and

Sam and I hung around talking to

fellows we knew. About half past eight

an SOS for some fellows to go to a WREN's

party was broadcast. Sam and I went.

We had a good time. There were some

Canadian WRENs there - none from Edm.

Hell! You should see me try to dance.

Just as well the room was so crowded

that no one could dance so noone

found out I was just bluffing. You'd 

better wear your Pop's boots when you

try to teach me

Ron

 

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Edmonton

Alberta Canada

 

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