3rd January 1946

Dear Mom, Dad and Jean,

Just a line or two to let you know that I am still keeping very fit and out of trouble. I am still on leave at the moment but I have to return tomorrow at four in the afternoon. I am writing this in the Forces Quiet Room and have had to use Y.M.C.A. paper as I have run out of airgraphs. I have had a very quiet leave at the Nortons’ house with Reg, that is the Northampton fellow. We have spent the time rowing on the river, hiking in the mountains, going out in the car with the Nortons and when it was a bit cooler playing tennis on their own private course. Most of the people have them out here, hard courts that is so they are very cheap to make here as they usually make them out of the actual ground itself which rolls like concrete after a drop of rain, I bet you would have liked to spend a holiday at their home at any rate, no shortage of tennis balls, “Slazenger” rackets!!! Well we returned from there yesterday morning and since then we have been stopping at the British Centre and spending most of our time in the pictures. We have seen Lloyd Nolan and William Eythe in “The House on 92nd Street”, Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson in “Anchors Aweigh” and Gail Russell and Diana Llyn in “Our Hearts were Young and Gay” that is the film of the best seller. They were all very good films the last two being comedies and the first being an unusual spy plot which is supposed to be the truth about the espionage attempts of the Germans to get the atom bomb secrets. And whoever says that Sinatra can sing should go and see “Anchors Aweigh”, they might change their mind.

Tonight we are going roller skating at Newtown, just outside Sydney, we are both getting pretty hot now! No falls at all lately, I am even beginning to teach other people.

I still don’t know where we are going to definitely yet still I suppose by the time I get back to ship tomorrow I shall probably find out something more definite than the “buzzes” that have been floating around lately.

I hope that there is some mail for me tomorrow when I get back, it is over a fortnight since I got any from U.K. I expect it has been held up at “Golden Hind”. The strike is over now although the electricity and gas restrictions are still on.

I  have read in the papers that there is a record cold spell coming over England now, there has been a nationwide fog over Xmas and the New Year as well hasn’t there? There has been a bit of a breeze blowing up today which has made it a bit cooler, though at the moment it really looks like rain.

Well Reg is waiting for me now so I will have to sign off for the moment.
So all my love
Graham
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P.S. Am not sure of number of letters but the last one I wrote was dated 29/12/45.

 


Note

The airgraph service was a way of saving weight and space on mail flights, in use from 1941 to July 1945 (by which time sending letters by air mail had become much easier and cheaper). Letters were photographed and the negatives flown to the destination country, where the letter was reprinted. Graham’s letters aren’t really airgraphs – most of them are written on air mail cards.