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4 June1939
exact date of 04 of June 1939
day of the month 04 June 1939
calendar day - 06 of June year - 1939
month of Junedecade 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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My Dear Mummy
I expect you will have had my letter by now I somehow cannot imagine that Jean will no longer be at home to greet me Fortunately I have had a lot to do these last few days so I have had to take my mind off it but I keep on thinking of her and the grand times that we had and I feel very sentimental However I suppose I will just have to get used to it She was a grand little pal and most certainly gave her best and I shall always remember her

I booked your room at the Victoria Hotel as I told you on the telephone

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We dined our new officers in the night before last and got them horribly drunk we put em all to bed after a bit of trouble I got busy with ice packs On Saturday we had a Generals parade when General Wyatt the colonel of the regiment took the salute He was also our guest at the regiment dinner I was selected as his orderly officier and had to exort him on parade march in front of hom when he inspected the excort him back to the saluting and finally him off the square That same morning I gave a demonstration of a road block to the General It went off very well I blocked a parth with wire and had pickets on the banks on either side of the stiff wires situated Along came a section of carriers the first want through the wire and blew himself up on a

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mine the second shot off to the left went sideways hit a picket and fell sideways into a ditch so it was all very successful Nobody in the carrier was hurt but it took us about hours to dig it out We had to dig the bank away dam the stream pull the carrier out make up the again and the flow of water which had meanwhile risen considerably

This morning I took Brown and Ventries and we went to see the Church parade at Sandhurst The Duke of Connaught took the salute and it was all very pleasant He was a wonderful old man odd years old but he wouldnt sit down for any salutes not he up he stood I also saw my old servants and had a chat with them This everning Price and I are going to see Paurett as we have at last found a spare day This week is the last week of cry training soon after that the man arrive and we have got to trin

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Now I have some bad news for you Our summer leave is going to be cancelled or curtailed to about days or a week due to the arrival of these men I am finding out more definitely about it tomorrow so held as far the minute and I will let you know if it is necessary to cancel out hotel reservations It is a blasted nuisance and I could do with a break at that time As it is it looks as though it means concentrated training from now till August which in this heat will just about ruin me

As I told you I had the hub and have got a bill of CA to pay on her She is certainly much better for it and so she jolly well ought to be Had a couple of games of tennis or rotten knock abouts yesterday and the dog before and am just going to have a game now

I will meet you at Reading if you let me know the train time

All my love to you

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