30th August 1945

Dear Mom & Dad,

Just a line or two in reply to your letter which I received on Friday. I see you posted it last Monday, I suppose it got held up over V.J. days. I received a letter from Jean this morning which I have already replied to. Did you receive my money safely that week? I have still got £1 in loose cash and £8 in my bank book and it is pay day on Thursday so I should do O.K.

There is still no further developments in my transfer yet, it usually takes three weeks before you finally see the captain. It is a terrible affair as far as red tape is concerned. First of all you put in a request to see the Divisional Officer. If he thinks your case is genuine he refers you to the Training Commander who in turn looks into your case and if he is satisfied then you eventually see the Captain, three weeks in all. Still once that is over it is only two or three days before you get the trade test.

Today we have been on a ship fire fighting course. You should have seen us when we came back. The Ink Spots had nothing on us we were just like coalmen. We had to put oil fires out with two or three different types of extinguishers. Then we had to walk through a burning house filled with smoke with a special heat. In the afternoon we had training on different types of pumps so we are now quite handy as firemen. We have to pass out in a written exam on fire fighting when we get our final exam. I think it is almost certain that I shall be home in mid September now. We pass out here about the twenty eighth of this month and go on draft within a week so that makes it about the thirteenth of September. The football season will have started by then, I hope that I can manage to get a game while I am home. We have finished cricket by the way now though football is not starting for a fortnight or so.Back of the envelope

Well I think that is about all the news for now
so I will close until next time.

All my love,
Graham
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Historical Note

Japan surrendered unconditionally on the 14th of August 1945, known as V.J. (Victory over Japan) Day. This ended the Second World War.

22nd August 1945

Dear Mom and Dad,

Just a line or two to let you know that I received the birthday cards quite O.K. I had one from Granny C., Teresa, and a letter from Aunty Em, who sent me £1. Granny C. sent me 10/-. I will forward money on next time I write when I can get a postal order.

I played for the first team on Saturday, we got 95 for 6 wickets declared. I made 2 not out and then we got them all out for 15 runs. I got two men out behind the stumps. One bowler, named Hall who has had trials for Surrey I think it is got seven wickets for three runs. Not bad eh! On Tuesday we played H.M.S. “Vincent” and got them out for 30 runs and then they caused a surprise by getting us out for 38 runs. One P.T. instructor made 32 so you can see what a rout it was. I was not out again as I have got a batting average of infinity.

I am enclosing a photo of the “Resolution”, which is the one I am on, the photo was taken off Scotland somewhere. You can see it is a big ship.

The King and President Truman are coming here today, they are meeting in the battle cruiser “Renown” which is moored in the ‘Sound’ off Plymouth Hoe.

Has the log book come through yet. I hope that I shall be able to get some petrol next time. I hear there is a lot of talk of them increasing the basic soon in any case.

Has Granny C. “moved in” yet, I expect she has the garden all planted out all ready for when she goes down in eighteen months time?

I have been to the pictures quite a lot lately, last night I saw John Carradine in “Black Parachute” and Abbott and Costello in “In Society” and on Monday I saw Bob Hope and Virginia Mays in “The Princess and the Pirate”, which was a very funny film, the best I have

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Historical Note

This was the first time President Harry Truman visited the UK.

8th August 1945

Dear Mom and Dad,

Just a few lines to let you know the result of my trade test. I think I told you that they failed me as an electrician but recommended me for wireman. Well today I had to see the electrical officer and he told me that they couldn’t put me through for it as wiremen were mainly used for mine sweepers and landing craft but as the war had now ended they no longer required them.

To compensate me for this they have put a note on my service papers to the effect that I am capable of doing a wireman’s job so that when I get to a sea going ship I have got to see the captain and ask for transfer to Stoker (E) which means Stoker, electrical section. This job is to do all the electrical repairs connected with the electrical apparatus in the engine room and boiler rooms which will be a pretty good job. So it seems as though I shall have to wait until I get to sea before I can do anything else.

We had  school test today, spelling and arithmetic, it was very easy and I got 100%. You see the majority of the boys are elementary school boys so the exam is elementary school standard. This trade test has properly mucked me up for the final exam on Monday as so far I have not been to a single class this week as I have been catching up on kit inspections, school test, damage control inspection and mucking about seeing divisional officer and Training Commander and Electrical Lieutenant.

We leave here on September 11th and go to Havant Royal Naval Barracks which is about ten miles out of Portsmouth. Going by what the chaps who have gone before us have done I shall be home by about the Saturday following, that is the 15th of September so if everything goes “according to plan” I shall be seeing you then. By the way Stan A. was down at Havant a month or so ago, its a pity he has left isn’t it as it would have been alright with someone that I know.

Well I can’t think of anything more to say at the moment so I will say “cheerio” for the time being.

Bye bye and all the best
Lots of love
Graham
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