Letters from World War II : J.H. Massey

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Letter from Harry Massey to Barbara Massey

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L.C.5 Friday - 5 Dec. Major. J.H. Massey. 6. Palestinian Coy. The Buffs. M.E.F.

My own darling sweetheart.

I have pretty well lost faith in these things - & so the main reason is not to save 3d. but because it should stand a good chance of reaching you on or near Christmas day.

And so my beloved darling Barbara, with my heart overflowing with love for you. but with a very large lump in my throat also - I wish you - & Maxie - a Happy Christmas. as you have said, this time last year it was bad enough, & we could not really envisage another Christmas apart. But here we are, with a whole year passed. & in very much the same position. It is too sad.

Your Christmas parcel arrived on Wednesday. & obedient to your instructions I will not open it until December 25th - but it is very difficult. because there will certainly be a small letter inside it from you. The contents

[page break] sound frightfully useful - & I wonder what sort of hair tonic it will be. My [illegible] seems to be doing very well just now. but I have not [illegible] your recommended treatment. In spite of this being a Christmas letter - I cannot help thinking ab out Dec 7~ & our wedding anniversary. I sent you a cable which I hope will have more luck than many of ours. It was a marvellous honey moon, darling. but will be far & away excelled by our next one. It seemed to begin when you came up to my room in the Langham the evening before - that was a lovely moment. & I can remember it so clearly & just what you were wearing & how you felt & smelt. the last time to make love before being married. And it is all far & away more thrilling now than even it was then.

I'm afraid, sweetheart, that I have not sent you a Christmas

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parcel specifically as such - except perhaps my photographs which I hope will arrive not too long afterwards. Did I tell you I had not sent them Air mail after all? - they wanted 1st. instead of 10 1/2d sea mail & registered. And then the slippers etc may arrive about the right time. As I told you in my cable - I am going up to Haifa to stay with the Hopkins. which will be quite good, but will I expect, make me most foully homesick & sad & even more full of longing for you. I havent sent Maxie any presents yet. I think it is about time I did something about it.

Do have a happy time my sweetest heart & pull some crackers & think of me & give Maxie some big kisses. You know I will be thinking of you & loving you & pining for you with every ounce of my strength. Next year we shall be together. All my love forever & ever. Your Hary. XXXX

[page break] [printed] BY AIR MAIL

AIR MAIL LETTER CARD

IF ANYTHING IS ENCLOSED THIS CARD WILL BE SENT BY ORDINARY MAIL.

[partial postmark] POST OFFICE 41 154

[written] 5[circled]

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

[stamped] PASSED BY CENSOR No. 2464

[printed] WHEN FOLDED THE LETTER CARD MUST CONFORM IN SIZE AND SHAPE WITH THE BLUE BORDER WITHIN WHICH THE ADDRESS ONLY MAY BE WRITTEN.

[page turned, written] JH Massey.

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[top left corner missing] Larne & we got 6-20 on this

to find this place is right on the border of the Free State. I is quite pretty, & is really a small holiday place. There are any amount of pubs, which open at 10:00 a.m. & remain open all day. There is a Cinema - & there is the loch & also an open air pool to bathe in. And there is a Golf Club. So providing nothing happens we should be alright here.

I am just about falling to sleep now - so I will stop & write again at the week end.

Goodbye sweetest heart

All my love, kisses to you -

Harry.

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From Lieut. J.H. Massey [?] Cheshire. Warrenpoint. Co. Dowy

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Stamped July 24, 1940

[left margin] EXAMINER 5616

Mrs. H. Massey

2. Warren Fields.

Stanmore.

Middlesex.

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