Don't forget the home front, the anxious relatives.
Here is a letter which my grandmother was about to write to her daughter-in-law, my future mother. (My father was one of the lorry-drivers, and would
be landing a couple of days later)
My Dear Barbara,
The great day has arrived at last; although we have been daily expecting it, it comes as a shock to hear it announced, that it has really happened. We
expect that Ben would have to go. From what they said on the wireless, I suppose that you won’t have seen him for a few days , at least.
When I heard the news, my thoughts flew at once to you & I wondered, if he had gone & when you saw him last., how very glad I am that he called in to
see us. I can hardly think it was true, even yet; you must write & let us know as much as you can Barbara, & I’m afraid that it will be precious
little, they have kept everything very hush-hush.
But it was nice that you were so near to him, there seem to be such a lot of people, who have no idea at all where their boys have been living
Well, my dear, we wish them all good luck in this great venture & pray that God will take care of them & bring them safely home.
We trust that you are keeping well, Ben will know that you have a comfortable home & be well looked after, by Mrs Jones.
We are all nicely at home, hope you soon have news from Ben.
Love from all,
Mother & all
P.S. write soon
edit on 6-6-2020 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)