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31 January1937
exact date of 31 of January 1937
day of the month 31 January 1937
calendar day - 01 of January year - 1937
month of Januarydecade of the 1930s.
1900s century


To: Mrs. E.A.Bell
4A Rotton Park Rd., Edgbaston, B'ham.


From: E.I.J.Bell.Esq. No.3.Company, No.11.Platoon
Royal Military College, Camberley, Surrey, England.


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Royal Military College
Camberley
Surrey




My Dear Mummy
Here I am at Sandhurst I hope you got my wire alright I sent it from a little post office at Sandburst Halt My journey here was quite uneventful I changed successfully at Reading and bought my ticket to Sandhurst Rather a waste because no one looked at it at all My bicycle ticket wasnt looked at so I neednt have had one of these and I still have my ticket from Brum to Reading The ticket collector gave it me back when I left the TWR station to cross to the Southern I met T Ramson at Sandhurst Halt and he drove me first to the post office then straight






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to the college which is really very near Blackwater station is nearer still I believe Taxi cost I gave Thomson a d tip
Senior fellows at the college were waiting to receive and guide new comers My luggage was untied and carried in for me and I went straight to my platoon commander a very nice fellow who asked me if I knew some fellow beginning with P I e forgotten his name who was in a steel works in Birmingham I had to give him a whole lot of details which I have given thousands of times already Parent or guardian school games OTC etc Then I was marched by word of command into a room halted and had to give all the particulars I had previously given to







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my platoon commander to three very important looking under officers in mess dress Then I went to the quartermaster who gave me my keys to my room No a bag of books maps and notebooks and asked me to sign for a lamp chair rug etc I signed for the lamp and chair but have got all three at the moment I was then taken to my room The chap who took me nearly killed himself carrying that heavy suitcase up two flights of stairs

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My room is quite a nice little den a comfortable bed in one corner a wash bowl a fixed enamel or china thing like ours a shelf above it with shaving mug water bottle and glass and a wire rack underneath for my sponge and flannel





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There is no running water unfortunately You have to collect your water from the bathroom in a jug provided also enamel or china Waste water is collected in a slop bucket underneath which stands on a shelf Underneath that is a jeramiah jenny charlie or whatever you like to call it Alongside that is a dressing table and mirror with four drawers and a rail on each side of it for ties and towels respectively The other end of the room is big wardrobe cupboard thing Wardrobe on oneside with room for hats and shoes beneath suits Next to it three open shelves and give other shelves with a door to them On one of the open shelves is a safe is fixed There are two big cupboards right above the wardrobe and shelves I dont know what to put in there as they are so out of the way





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Now for the furniture Between my bed and washstand is a table and chair On that I have my photograph of you and Daddy clock calendar lamp bookends and some books not work ones tho They are on the open shelves where I can easiest get at them All cadets put them there I may change them over later when I am no likely to be so rushed My easy chair is only a basket one and not exceptionally comfortable

There is also a radiator in my room and it is nice and warm Thats about all in my room at the moment I have got masses of kit to come yet At the moment I only have a pair of overalls socks blue and red and white gym shoes pair four gynastic vests pair of lambskin and leather gloves and two pairs puttees Now I have muddled you so much about





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room I had better draw it for you I dont suppose the drawing is much better but still it might interest you That night I had to change for dinner into a dinner jacket as I shall have to every night oh dear The Company Commander spoke to us about debt and a few other things My section commander Capt Burness a GI is awfully nice and has been very helpful to me A fellow appointe to me Adams is also very kind and has promised to show me how to clean etc and told me lots of things

Everybody here is very kind and helpful They go out of their way to show you anything It is real help and soon makes you feel at home Eight GIs share a servant Mine is Deacon I believe a very good one too so I am told On Saturday we were given some kit and in the afternoon I went to





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flicks Edmund Lowe Constance Cummings in "The Seven Sinners" I had wanted to see her since I heard on the wireless She is very beautiful and a great light comedy actress She and Edmund Lowe team beautifully The cinema was a good one continuous performances around there are some good films coming to it including "Devil Dolly" and Shirley Temple in something or other I went on my byke which has had a number painted on it It poured with rain so I had a grab drive back I did not get wet feet tho and I gargled I gargle as soon as I got up and went to go to bed

Today we went to church church parade as it is called It is lovely place and will be dedicated after the Easter Recess





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The fellow next to me is a Scotch Boy Dovan He went to Glenalment Broomsgrove and Glenahard were great pals at camp at Stawsall He is a nice chap doesnt smoke or drink hasnt a deal of money naturally He and I got about together as much as we can One rule which annoys me here is that you have to wear a cap in the buildings tho in civvies I have been lent one by Adams he says there is no need to buy one

We start wash properly tomorrow drill development of the Empire and tactics is the day course There are tons of societies here I am going to try to join the film societies the dramatic society the cinematic As for games I have put my name down for soccer I hope to play tennis and have been told that one can swim this term so perhaps you had better send





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my costume tho there is no hurry I have also entered for a Pentathlon You have to do five things Riding swimming fencing revolver shooting and running My section commander thought I ought to go in for it and the chap who I gave my name to suad only a few one are selected so I am entering mainly to get a bit of fun at fencing and revolver shooting which I want to do also swimming and riding I can practice at I am not hoping to get selected but it will be fun doing the things
As Hugh saud there are interminable corridors at Cranwell there are internable corridors at Sandhurst I have never seen as many nor such long ones I am just about getting used to them The food here is excellent three course meals





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Royal Military College
Camberley
Surrey




My Dear Mummy
Here I am at Sandhurst I hope you got my wire alright I sent it from a little post office at Sandburst Halt My journey here was quite uneventful I changed successfully at Reading and bought my ticket to Sandhurst Rather a waste because no one looked at it at all My bicycle ticket wasnt looked at so I neednt have had one of these and I still have my ticket from Brum to Reading The ticket collector gave it me back when I left the TWR station to cross to the Southern I met T Ramson at Sandhurst Halt and he drove me first to the post office then straight






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Royal Military College
Camberley
Surrey




My Dear Mummy
Here I am at Sandhurst I hope you got my wire alright I sent it from a little post office at Sandburst Halt My journey here was quite uneventful I changed successfully at Reading and bought my ticket to Sandhurst Rather a waste because no one looked at it at all My bicycle ticket wasnt looked at so I neednt have had one of these and I still have my ticket from Brum to Reading The ticket collector gave it me back when I left the TWR station to cross to the Southern I met T Ramson at Sandhurst Halt and he drove me first to the post office then straight






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Royal Military College
Camberley
Surrey




My Dear Mummy
Here I am at Sandhurst I hope you got my wire alright I sent it from a little post office at Sandburst Halt My journey here was quite uneventful I changed successfully at Reading and bought my ticket to Sandhurst Rather a waste because no one looked at it at all My bicycle ticket wasnt looked at so I neednt have had one of these and I still have my ticket from Brum to Reading The ticket collector gave it me back when I left the TWR station to cross to the Southern I met T Ramson at Sandhurst Halt and he drove me first to the post office then straight






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