Letter from Harry Massey to Barbara Massey

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Letter written by Harry Massey from the No. 6 Palestine company at the Bluffs to Barbara Massey.

This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.



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Letter No. 39 / 3 May 41. Major J.H.Massey 6 Palestinian Coy, The Buffs. Middle East Forces.

Darling one - I'm sorry to writ you another of these things, but I have become frantically busy again. It is now 11-45pm and I have only just thi minute arrived in. But I am so anxious to do my part at least, to pravide a steady flow of lettere for you, and I can only hope that the mails will not let you down too much. I feel so furious that the last few weeks, you seem to have had practically no letters from me at all. I always intended and hoped that at least for th elast few weeks before the baby, you would be having plenty of letters from me. Tomorrow, I have to go down to the P.T.R.B. to see Col. Leicester, and in the evening I am going to see Men-Arzi, who is on weekend leave, and his wife, and family. It makes me pretty jealous, the way there Jewish officers can just nip home and spend the weekend with their wives. Ben-Arzi is very good about it, and is very consciouncious and hsould go more than he does. But Morowitz seems to think he should be off every week, and I ahve had to squast him several times. And then I feel rather sory, when i remember how I would to do everything I could to see you and be away. I haven't had any letters of p.c.s or cables at all this last week, which is a big disappoinment, and has made it a very unhappy week. I have done nothing and been nowhere this week. Except yesterday, my friendly Hospital Ship was in again and I was invited to a lunch part. It was very pleasatn to happy and the C.O, and his officers are very nice people. he was a Harley St specialist, and was M.O. to a London T.A. Bn, and knew Frank Scott quite well. His name is Lloyn Williams, in case you ever see or write to Frank for any reason. Summer is really arriving now, and the last few days have een darned hot. Apart from mosquitoes, which are not too bad in this part, sanflys are the real trouble and pest. I have been bitten all over th eplace, which is merely horribly aggravating. But I am told, sandfly fever is quite a common affair, and though it is not dangerous and does not last very long, is said to be most unpleasant. I now have a net which affords 100% protection when in bed, and I can sleep in peace. It is an

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enormous affair, hanging 7 feet down from the ceiling, and being tucked in all round the bed. Peter was quite mystified by it, and rather annoed when he coul dnot climb up on my bed. I was afraid he was gonig to put his feet and claws through it, and spoil it completely. He is now resigned and just looks at me balefully when i climg into bed. this short, horrid letter is not very affectionate,my darling, but i am feeling very full of affectona nd love and tenderness and longing for you. Every day, I remember some new things about you, and every day, these make me long for you the more, and make me realise and remember how much I love and how very much I miss you.The Iraq business began today. The more that begins, the better, I feel. This static war does not [ seem] to bring us any nearer to each other. All my dearest love to you, my sweet darling - and kisses to you and the baby if it is herenow. Always, Harry XXXX

Mrs. H. Massey c/o. Mrs Paul Lynwood Candlemas Lane, Beaconsfield. Bucks

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