Letter from Harry Massey to Barbara Massey

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Letter written by Harry Massey to Barbara Massey.

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The Divisional School, Peover Hall, Knutsford, Cheshire. Lower Peover 242.

Barbara darling,

As you see, I have now arrived at Peover & it all seems to be quite pleasant. There are 20 officers attending the courses & as far as one can tell they are a pleasant & friendly crowd - & the C.O. is a very nice man of about 50-55.

It is practically all lectures - & the hours are from 9-0 until 1-0, in the morning, & from 5-0 intil 6-30 in the evening with a half-holiday on Wednesday, & free from 11-0 on Saturday until Monday morning. So we are not over worked & if only this bloody war would get off the ground, I

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could get quite a bit of golf.

The food seems to be quite good & costs us 2/- a day - & I have a pleasant enough room with three others & a bathroom of our own. I have brought up my own servant with me - the house has central heating & fires and its snowing again.

So now darling, you know about as much as I do myself.

I went into the Grotto yesterday, & was talking to Evans, who told me that Capt Paulton had been talking to him the previous evening about his efforts on my behalf about the Ordnance, & was very pleased with what he had done. Apparently he has managed to get the Colonel in Chester to write to the War

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Address as before on headed paper. 2. Office & ask for my transfer. Capt P told Evans he thought it would come off, & that then it would not matter what B.D. had to say. He is going to write me about it.

So that sounds a little better, & we shall see what happens.

Well darling, I told you in my letter this afternoon that I would write you all about my talks with Drs Groves & Mccoy. But it would take a very long letter indeed, & then when finished would not really mean any more than what I have already told you. So I will leave all the

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details until I see you. They both said what a terrible thing this flu with acute laryngitis is - how terribly quickly it developes - & how helpless they are in these cases - & what a very serious thing a trachiotemy is when performed on a child in that condition. Dr McCoy said he had just lost another child with exactly the same illness. A little girl of 9 months - she was taken to the Infirmary in the very early stages - but they could not save her. They were both awfully kind to me, & Dr McCoy in particular could not say enough about what a lovely child he thought Lisa was.

I told Dr Groves quite a lot about the other baby, & as to how Lisa

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Headed paper, address as before. 3. was born. He said he did not think there was any reason at all to have a Caesarean for the next time - & he hoped you would have another baby as soon as possible, after you are really well again.

I had a talk with Daddy as to whether Lisa suffered - & he says we must believe him when he says that she did not, & that she would only be partly conscious all the time. He says nature is very kind in these cases, & when the breathing is so hard, the lack of oxygen makes

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