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18 September 1926 – Paul to Gertrude

27 Jun

H.M.S. Widgeon

c/o RNO

Shanghai.

Via Siberia

 

18th Sept.

 

Dearest Mother,

I simply really have not had a moment to write any letters for about a fortnight- I expect you have heard all about our Bombardment at Wahnsien and I can’t give you any more news – except that it was a “merry little battle” – & a great tragedy that we lost those officers & men – we did’nt get a single casualty in Widgeon – so all is safe and present – since then I have had a fleet of 5 Gunboats to compete with – masses of reports to write up – & heaven knows what – and I am very weary – but thank goodness the Admiral has arrived up & taken over.

I have had 2 letters from you. 25th July – 1st Aug – and a 16th Aug from Nance – so am fairly up to date – though I never knew Joan & Paddy had an operation – & don’t know what it was – & poor wee kids with whooping cough – but N says they are very cheery in spite of it.

Must send a line to N now – just got a few minutes to spare.

My bestest love to all – & I am quite alright –

from your ever loving son

 

Paul

 
2 Comments

Posted by on 27 June, '19 in About

 

2 responses to “18 September 1926 – Paul to Gertrude

  1. Paul Raven

    27 June, '19 at 18:17

    Really interesting to hear about Pauls time in China. I didn’t know anything about it . Do you know what the operations on Joan and Mum were ? And whooping cough!

    Great work. Keep it up.

    Paul

     
  2. Family Letters

    10 August, '19 at 00:01

    Thank you Paul. And thank you for your help with the project. I assume they had their tonsils out – that seems to have been so common at the time.

     

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