28 February 1917 – Paul to Gertrude

28 Feb

c/o G.P.O.

28th Feby


Dear Mother-

Thank you very much for your letter. I am up and about again now. I was furious having to go to bed with that rotten sore throat but I suppose it was best.

Must be gorgeous having Dick home again – I must say I rather liked that moustache. It was a pity he could’nt have arrived sooner – but I am awfully thankful that I saw him- I am afraid that was rather a rush that last time I came down to Delaford – but it could’nt be helped, and I think I was jolly lucky in seeing as many people as I did- There now I never saw Mrs Dalton – & I’ve only just remembered.

I am so glad you like Nance, and thank you awfully Mother dear for all your wishes & Blessings.

Everything is more or less settled down again onboard – & getting shipshape again. The new padré seems an awfully nice man – he comes from St Martins-in-fields – & his name Matthews.-

Just discovered 2 stiff shirts – I did’nt know I had more than one. One is a piqué Donegal shirt Coy one of mine & the other I see is a 2159 of Dick’s – so I’ll send it along at once -but I don’t want any stiff shirts – so please don’t send me any of the others.

You won’t forget my shoes will you-

one pr. (old patent leather lace up evening shoes

(which I left in my room

one pr (Oldish – but good – plain toe cap

(uniform outdoor shoes – I saw them last

(among the cleaned boots etc in the Hall.

I had a sweet little letter from Nell last night- I must write to her in a minute or two.

That war loan is jolly good news is’nt it – that will shake the Germans up more than most things I should say.

Well I must end now-

Best of love to everybody at home-

from your ever loving son


Paul’s phrase “thank you awfully Mother dear for all your wishes & Blessings” suggests that he and Nancy have finally got engaged. 

Nancy’s parents were Colonel Charles Arthur Swan C.M.G., M.A., J.P., and Ethel, only daughter of Colonel F.I. Conway-Gordon. Her brother was brother was Major Charles Francis Trollope Swan MC who was born in 1887 and her sister Marjorie was born in 1886.

Nancy herself was born in 1895, making Nancy 22 in 1917 to Paul’s 28.

Bonar Law statement on War Loan, declaring it had raised £1,000,312,950

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