dear agnes
 

Rockcliffe 
July 22/45
Dear Agnes

Just a line to let you know everything is going along OK.  They had a big dance out here at the mess on Wednesday night with square dances and everything.  Most of the gang hadn't square danced before but one of them came off good.

The weather here has been pretty hot and stickey all week and it has rained a couple of times at night, but it is just as bad as the next day

I have been giveing classes all week I don't think I ever talked as much in my life.  I start in at eight o'clock in the morning and go right through till five at night.  It is all right for a change but I find it hard work.  I have to keep reading up on information at night because they ask me so many questions.

The news on discharges arn't comeing very fast.  There are some comeing out on Monday for other units on the station but as far as I know there will not be any for our squadron. 
 

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TIMELINE:
Six days before my father wrote this letter, the Potsdam conference began. It was the same day -- July 16th, 1945 -- of the Trinity test, the detonation of the first atomic bomb, at the Almagordo test range in New Mexico. Three days after this letter was written, Winston Churchill left Potsdam and returned to London, only to find that he had been defeated in the general election. Clement Atlee, the Labour leader, returned to Potsdam to negotiate for Britain as Prime Minister.
How are things going at home with your dad.*  I hope no complacations set in because he would be just like a bear with a sore paw if he had to stay in bed.

The other morning three of the fellows got the bug to get up at six o'clock and go for a run around the track so I got up and went with them I expected to pass out the first time around but I managed to make it three times thats only three quarters of a mile but not too bad for a start.  We are going out again to-morrow morning.

Well that's all the news for now Hopeing to be with you all next week.  Lots of love till then (XXXXXX)

Bill

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*My grandfather was an indelible character. He was a Boer War veteran who insisted on trying to enlist in both world wars. A former merchant seaman, he emigrated to Canada and started his own contracting business when, as an Irishman in a Protestant city, he couldn't get any work. He was the treasurer for the local chapter of the CCF, a socialist labour party. He died in 1963, 92 years old.
Dad's leave record  

Rockcliffe
Aug 7/45
Dear Agnes

I am glad to hear that your dad is starting to feel better.  He sure was haveing a tough time when I was home last time.  I hope things kind of ease up so you can take things a little easier for a change.

If his Royal Highness is starting to make him self felt you will just have to take things easy and don't forget the qt of milk.  I'd like to see him with good teeth but I don't want his mother to lose her's.*

I expect to get my leave this week end if things don't change over the week end.

in uniformI sure was hungry when I got on the train.  Bert wanted to drive me over, but I didn't want him to.  I was going to get off the street car at Younge St but I stayed on till I got up at Eglinton and Mt. Pleasant and there wasn't a resterant open anywhere near the place so I didn't have time.  However it wasn't so bad the train got in a little early and I managed to get out to the station in time for breakfast for the frist time in four months.  I was a little worried that I wouldn't get anything to eat till noon the next day

Well we have been doing our daily dozen every morning  It may not be doing any good but it isn't doing any harm after two weeks I have lost one and three quarters of a pound so I don't thin the neighbours will notice anything for a while

I received your card and I got quite a surprise when I went to the post office because I didn't remember it was my birthday being in the air fource I didn't even know it was civic holiday.

The discharge business looks a little better our squadron has fifty for this month, but they have only let out ten so far.  They told us on parade the other night they were going to hold up most of them for a while till they got replacements for them and that may take some time.  They didn't tell us just whose discharge was in but that some of the ones that were in they couldn't get along without them and they had no intention of letting them go.  I have a hunch that mine is one of the ones that are going to be held up

I am sending that picture I told you about and I'll be seeing you this week end.  If anything goes wrong I'll send a wire or have someone phone.

However I expect to get my week this time

Well thats all the news for now.  Keep your chin up and lots of love till I see you

(XXXXX)
Bill

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TIMELINE:
On the day before this letter was written, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. On the day after, Russia declared war on Japan and invaded Manchuria. On the next day, another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. In a week, the Japanese agreed to an unconditional surrender.
*My brother would be born four months later, almost a month early. If my mother told my father she was pregnant, that letter is missing. Perhaps she told him over the phone. In any case, he's obviously used to the idea of being a father by this letter. He had come home on annual leave in March, so the timing is neatly apparent.
 

Rockcliffe
September 16th
Dear Agnes

Just a line to let you know everything is going along fine.  The weather here has been pretty cool the last few days, its such a sudden change that you feel it pretty bad till you get used to it.

I went down to the show twice this week once the picture was Duffys Tavern and to-night the show was A Song to Remember. (That) one was the first time it had been shown in Canada.  They are both good pictures and worth seeing if you get a chance.

The next week looks like a pretty hectic one we started a big job to-day and it will be rush untill its done which will take about five or six days, however I don't hink it will effect my nexy week end.

They are expecting some new men in next week although I don't know wheather it will speed up my discharge any or not.

The train trip back last week was very good.  I got into an air conditioned car at Leaside and had two seats all to myself all the way to Ottawa.  Its the best sleep I've had since I have been makeing the trip up here.

Well thats all the news for now.  I hope you are still keeping well and I'll be seeing you next week end.  Lots of love till then.

Bill
(XXXXXX)
 

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TIMELINE:
Two weeks before this letter was written, the Japanese signed an unconditional surrender -- V-J day. In just over a month, the United Nations would officially meet for the first time. In two months, the Nuremberg trials would begin.
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