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15 October1939
exact date of 15 of October 1939
day of the month 15 October 1939
calendar day - 10 of October year - 1939
month of Octoberdecade of the 1930s.
1900s century

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

From: Teddie Jordan Bell
Depot, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield.


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My Dear Mummy
Thanks so much for your nice parcel have had no time to read the books yet but am wearing the socks and you can tell Grandma that they are just right a perfect fit and very nice indeed Thank Aunty for the Blue Book I will return it as soon as I can find time to read it Excuse the paper but our new supply has not arrived yet and I have had to pinch this from Ventinos table Leave the Trench Coat for the moment are you sure the place lined burberries are as much as Guineas because I dont think they are anyhow we can see when we go up

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London which I think we might try this coming weekend if I can get leave If not that weekend the next weekend With a bit of luck I may yet have vehicles this week second hand cars and motorbykes I do hope so anyhow We start training chaps to send out from tomorrow onwards and as I have had to make out three separate programmes I took to like I was kept busy

I heard a rumor the other day that I was to be made Chief Bombing Officer That is alright in itself but when I gathered it meant I was to be taken off MT I got a little worried however I think it is merely a rumour as I have heard nothing official as yet I went out with Aunty Jennym Uncle Studie and the girls yesterday afternoon Had

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a picnic lunch and tea in Lichfield then drove the girls back I have a standing invitation to go over there whenever I can manage it and so have you I may try and pop over one Wednesday or Saturday afternoon and do a matinee with them Aunty Jenny says she will kit me a khaki muffler and Diana is kitting me one sock another girl is doing the other one

Have heard no more news about my CA a year I hope they havent forgotten it Went to a small coffee party given by some of the ATS today in their office was invited by a sergt friend of mine Am off to a sherry party at Chesterfield lodge at Gh on this afternoon it is quite near Moat Banch The McAlister were given a lot of invitations and Mrs Alisters gave me one when I had tea here the other day

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McAllister is unfortunately leaving for Baron on Thursday or Wednesday and having replaced by Major Gilson another th Major who fortunately I know I wish he wasnt going he is a grand man a real man somebody who you feel youd go anywhere with him His wife is very charming too and I was beginning to know her quite well

There was an All Ranks Dance last Friday which I of course want to Had a grand time and took my Sgt friend home but unfortunately some idiot removed my repirator during the dance so when I want to collect my belongings at the end of the show I found my hat but no gas mask I have had a notice published in all orders but it is doubtful if I will get back as it was probably deliberately thieved by some idiot who has lost his Actually fellows are pinching them and selling them to civilians at a profit Quite a number

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civilians have gas masks who have no right to have them I have got one on loan at the moment but it looks as though I shall have to fork out for another one Am in the middle of correcting a map reading test I have set my students also reading through a MT test there are some quite good papers amongst them Saw Sydney Howard and Vera Pearce in "What a Man" last week very funny indeed I dont think I have much else to say Please give my love to Grandma and KBore looking forward to your letter
All my love to you

PS Have my gauntlet gloves arrived yet I should get them an approval first of all then we can change them if they are not suitable

Did you know: The word "inst" was a very commonly used abbreviation for the Latin "instante mense" meaning this month.

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