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23 April1939
exact date of 23 of April 1939
day of the month 23 April 1939
calendar day - 04 of April year - 1939
month of Aprildecade of the 1930s.
1900s century

To: Mrs. E.I.J.Bell
11 Evelyn Court, Cheltenham.

From: Edward Bell
Badajos Barracks, Aldershot.


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Thanks so much for your card I discovered the spring was broken when I was clearing the underneath of the car however it is mended now and I think all the better for it The motor is good fun I have been out about four times now a road and across country The cross country is very good fun indeed up and down hills through ditches groose along narrow paths mud splashes and all the rest of it

It is amazing what the machines will stand and Ive not been off yet I have not done a great amount of traveling in my car as of yet cant afford the petrol I have been down town once or twice and went to Bisley and back this morning to

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do some shooting The weather was foul cold and drizzling the whole time I did not do twoo badly and will hope to do better next time

I quite aggree with Andrew I think cars are safer than motor cycles though I have not done much motor cycling yet One can go quite fast on these Nortons I knocked up mph the other day but the wind is strong against you and you really want goggles going at that speed

Sorry to hear about Jean I hope is is quite alright again now perhaps she had a piece of ban stoke in her throat I still have not received Dr Shillitoes letter I suppose he did write to Whittington Barracks I went to see Bertram Mills circus yesterday his large touring company came to Aldershot for a few days It was a very good

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indeed and included some amazing turns One Fredenico swung across the tent holding onto a rope by his teeth only they call him the man with the Iron jaws and he certainly lives up to his name Koringa the Indian woman fakir plays about with snakes crocs walks on swords hangs by her neck on a sword rolls on her back on broken glass and finally is buried alive for five minutes an amazing performance There were the wild lions tigers performing dogs who also played soccer elephants who again played soccer clowns including Kelly the American hobo clown who never talks but just walks round the audience in a tattered old tramps suit with a most lugubrious expression on his face He is an entirely new sort of clown and really very clever I will show you the programme next Friday

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I am entering for about events yards and possibly the hop skip and jump and the javelin if I can throw it far enough I did ft yesterday the first time I have ever tried to throw one On Tuesday the command swimming trial came off I have had to make arrangements for all our chaps entering

There is a rumour that I have to go on a signal course to Cattenich some time this year in which case I should probably become signal officer however thats as may be I saw Dawn Patrol and Suez last week both very good particularly the former there are some good films coming this much I believe Well I dont think there is much more to say so please give my love to Grandma and Jean

All my love to you

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