Service & Personal Files RASC, RA North Africa, Italy

Discussion in 'Service Records' started by Lynda, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    1514 Artillery Pln
    R.A.S.C. (LIGHT)
    C.M.F.
    15/1/45
    My Dearest
    Thanks a lot for your most welcomed letter of 5th Jan just arrived. Yes my dearest am feeling much better now, but am still losing my voice, somedays it is alright & others can hardly hear myself, but expect the weather has a lot to do with it. It is still very cold here, we have had some snow but not as much as in some parts. I have been lucky since I last wrote as have not been out on details, but am now more or less back on the old job, except I only supervise now as we have some more men in office doing what I used to do. We are now with the Coy HQ so are in a fair size mess of which I am now Caterer & Bar man. I took it on as it helps to pass the evening away & if I want to go out to a show one of the others just looks after it until I come back, but with it being cold one does not feel like going out much. We had quite a good time here on New Years Eve, I finished somewhere abour 3 oc in the morning, & some of the Sgts had quite fair size heads the next day. Darling am pleased to hear that you are getting out a bit more now as it certainly helps & makes a change for you as no doubt it must be quiet for you all, but love it won't be for so long now, & when that time comes we will certainly have a time to make up for lost ground. Sorry love about the insurance business, but I quite agree with what you have done, as one never knows what might happen. How does the last affair affect on the policy, please let me know as I cannot remember the wording off hand now. Am pleased to hear that everybody is going on much better now. I suppose it has been hard work for Lil, with Dan being poorly. I have not had much mail of late except a Airgraph from Phil for the New Year & one letter from Mum. Oh by the way love Cigs arrived safely & in good condition, thanks a million love for them. Well my precious one must close now so bye bye for now dearest.
    Fondest love pet
    Eric xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    My Darling
    Daddy hears that you are having a nice time. That's good.
    Lots of Love
    Daddy
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  2. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    1514 Artillery Pln
    R.A.S.C. (LIGHT)
    C.M.F.
    12-2-45
    My Darling
    Thanks for your letter 1st Feb. I do hope my love you received my letter for your birthday, & that my sweet you had a nice time, & also you are in fine fettle also our sweet one. She certainly is getting on by the way she writes now. Yes darling am feeling much better now myself & the weather this last few days has improved quite a lot which makes all the difference to us here, although we are lucky to be in a very good billet. How long for one does not know, but there one must not grumble. Yes am still doing my job when I am in as have been out quite a bit again of late, but expect will be in for a while now as Basil has gone away, & it is quite possible he may not come back, so expect I shall pull full which will be useful as it will give you a little more to play with, & will help to offset the w. grant, but if it does come off will let you know. I have just heard from Mum at Beccles so will try & drop her a line as no doubt I shall get in the wrong if I don't. I went with the O.C. yesterday to the Opera which is the first for a long while. I guess when I come home I will have to try and get you interested as it is really good to hear some good singing & voices, but of course here it seems strange sung in Italian. Well my dearest sweet one it is looking very promising on the month leave business, as two units of this H.Q. managed to get 2 vacancies. Sorry to say that ours did not but there is always hope, so keep your fingers crossed darling. I see love you have had some more re house etc. All is OK with me love, so don't worry. Well my pet will have to close now as must get going to get this away today as our post goes out early, so bye bye dearest for now.
    Fondest love darling, Eric
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    My Dear Darling
    Thank you very much for your letter my pet. Yes daddy is very much better now. Pinch mummy for me.
    Lots of love, Daddy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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  3. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    1514 Artillerry Pln
    R.A.S.C. (LIGHT)
    C.M.F.
    19-2-45
    My Darling
    Many thanks for your letter of 12th Feb. Am sorry to hear that you have got our darling one down again, but there love all these illnesses are to be expected. I do hope that my sweet that baby is alright again. Am sorry to hear that your birthday was spoilt but there my dearest I trust I shall be with you for the next. Its good to hear that B.P. is still writing to you. I have not heard from him for quite a while but expect I will soon. We have been quite busy just lately. I have been more lucky than usual as have not been out for a few days now, so have been able to get ahead with my bookwork. We had a small do the other night in respect of 3 honours which 3 of the HQ lads have received, it went off quite well. I can just about remember Mrs Walton, fancy L.P. having a daughter, what is FP doing these days, are they still living at Willesden. Yes love I dare say it will mean a lot of running about for your Mum with Aunt Till going back to Birchway, I should have loved to have seen the chimney fire. By the way love when you write ask Dad if he knows anyone by the name of DADD at Paddington, as our CSM is a son of DADD who used to be in the main offices, also the son was at Royal Oak & the Staybank(?) for a while & I believe it was about the time Dad was there. I was having a long talk with the CSM yesterday & he told me he was from Ilex Rd & that he remembers Stan's shop in Church Road. He nows calls myself & himself the Willesden boys. Well precious must close now as space is getting short so darling till next time.
    All my love precious one
    Lots of love & kisses Eric xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    My dear darling
    Daddy is so sorry to hear that you have not been well, but he hopes that you are much better now.
    Lots of love,
    Daddy
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  4. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    1514 Artillery Pln
    R.A.S.C. (LIGHT)
    C.M.F.
    28-2-45
    My Own
    Thanks a lot for your most welcomed letter of 20th Feb. Darling am ever so sorry to hear abour our precious one, & I do so hope that she is much better now my sweet also that you love are well, & getting over the hard part of looking after our darling. I my darling have not been so great of late, but expect will pull up with the brighter weather. I will be having a spot of local leave soon, but that won't interfere with the home leave should I be lucky in the draw. We have had a couple of the lads go so one's turn may be next anyway dearest here's hoping. I have just received a letter from Mum at Beccles, she seems to be much brighter now that she is away from Riffle so I trust she will leave it at that for the time being. Basil has arrived back but have not heard if he will be going, but it will certainly make a difference to me if it so happens. I have given up my job in the mess, as having held it for 2 months I wanted a change as it was getting a bit too much & made it so late, so expect to find it more helpful now. Well my dearest one there is not much this time in the way of news so will close now. All the best my own darling one.
    Bye Bye Pet.
    Fondest love, Eric xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    My Darling
    Daddy hopes you are much better now.
    Lots of Love
    Daddy
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  5. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    "B" Platoon
    409 Coy R.A.S.C. (G.T.)
    C.M.F.
    25-3-45
    My Precious
    Thanks a million for your letter received today dated 20 March. It is certainly great to get mail so quick. Well my darling am pleased to hear that all is now more settled now, that you are more or less on the better side in health as also our precious one. I darling am just so-so, as have been busy since my few days rest, that in fact I am now not so good as when I went, but now things have changed round expect I will pull up. As you will see our name has changed, but all the lads except for a few are still with us. Actually we have only changed in name, as our part will be just the same. Old Basil has gone but it won't help me any, so have given up the idea as after all it won't be so long now & after all am still as I will always be independent. Yes no doubt it will make a change for you to be back at home again after so long a time, but dearest if there is any danger about don't stay too long as after all darling one I shall soon be with you so please look ahead darling & don't risk too much as it won't be long now before this affair is done with. Yes darling have received the photos, but they are darn rotten, as the strong light used has made one's face as pale as anything but love will send one on, but don't be too disappointed with it as it is not really good. Well my precious will close now looking forward to hearing again from you soon. All my love my darling one. Keep safe & keep smiling.
    Lots of love.
    Your loving Eric
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    Hello my Dear one
    Daddy is pleased to hear that you are to see Aunty. Yes do pinch her for Daddy.
    Lots of love DADDY
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  6. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Lynda
    Thank you for posting the latest installment of your parents long distance relationship.
    I think its the unwritten thoughts and images that make them so captivating and the loving bond between them.
     
  7. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    1945 Civilian Transport
    Platoon R.A.S.C
    C.M.F.
    2-4-45
    My Own Darling
    Here we are again love just a few hurried lines to let you know all is well. I trust my darling you & baby are keeping well. I hope dear you won't think me mad but as you will see my address is changed again. Yes love have lost all the old firm- but have a surprise, I have got the promotion through losing them. It seems hard & strange after so long but there expect I shall get used to it. I am not far from them & will be able to see them at times when I am not too busy. At present I have plenty to do & the work is a bit strange, but am beginning to get into the stride. As usual the old governor was sorry to see me go but he said all these things cannot be helped & after all I had waited a long time for a lift up. Well my precious are you still at home or have you gone back to Sidmouth. Please let me know as I shall be able to wirte to the right address. I have not heard from anyone since your last letter, but I shall have to drop a line to all over my address & expect I shall hear sometime from them. Well love time is getting short & am feeling tired so will close now sweet . All my love darling hoping it won't be long now.
    Bye bye precious.
    Your loving Eric xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    My Darling Pet
    Daddy hopes you are enjoying yourself.
    Write soon to Daddy.
    Lots of love
    DADDY xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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  8. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5691695
    Sgt Coburn E
    1945 Civilian Tpt Pln
    R.A.S.C.
    C.M.F.
    4/5/45
    My Dearest
    Thanks a lot for your letter of the 27th Apl just to hand my love one. It is great news now days eh love. I should think that it won't be so long now before we are all together again. Of course we have quite a lot to do still here with this job I am in but as am getting near my time abroad expect it will not hinder my return so am looking forward to an early return. Yes love I did nearly forget our baby, but I do hope she has received my letter to her in time for her birthday. We were all invited to the officers mess for a drink in conclusion with the finish of the war here. The O.C. thanked us all for all we had done in such a short time we had been with him & he expressed his wishes for our early return home. Yes my sweet we will sure be happy if we can get no. 10as it will certainly save a lot of trouble & worry in getting somewhere, so lets hope you are successful. No love your pay should increase by 7/- a week, so I guess you will be able to have a wee drop for that. Darling am afraid a bible out here is out of the question, but if you can get one do so for me darling. Well love must stop for now as have a few civies here who want to get away home so must book them out & instruct their jobs for tomorrow, so will carry on later. Hello sweet now they're all gone. Have just heard that it is nearly all over with Jerry. It certainly is great news in fact one never knows what one is going to hear any moment. Well love there is very little else & am beginning to feel sleepy so will close till next time. All my love dearest one, it won't be long now.
    Lots of love Eric xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    My darling Valerie
    Daddy hopes to be seeing you soon.
    Lots of love
    Daddy
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  9. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    1945 Civilian Tpt. Pln.
    R.A.S.C.
    C.M.F.
    20-5-45
    My Darling
    Many thanks for your letter. 11-5-45 it is great love to hear that you both are in the best of spirit also Valerie received her letter on her birthday, I was wondering if she would. Yes I will take her to buy the Bible, but am afraid Whitsun is out of the question as it is now Whit Sunday. Very quiet, I am on duty & the last vehicles have just come in so will try & get a lot of writing away. Well love I have the snaps they are quite good but it is a pity it was not such a good day for taking photos. By the way my dearest please do not get cross but I have not sent that one of mine, as love one I am so disgusted with it for what it cost that as usual in a short spell of temper I have got rid of it, but there love it won't be too long now I hope before I shall be with you again in reality. You ask love about the group, well dearest it is 23 but am expecting if that does not come off yet awhile to be at least back even if not out in a little whiles time as I said in my previous letter I am getting near to being on my term of service overseas, So sweet one we must just be patient for a little while longer. We here are being kept quite busy, but like everything else the atmosphere is so much different now the European affair is more or less settled. Darling am sending this to your mother as you say you are going back there. Is that for good please let me know so I will know where to write to. I see no more has come of Storkey's place yet, but lets live in hopes, as it will be grand for us all to be together, & to think how near I shall be to tease Sister. Well dearest there is very little else here to talk about as it is so quiet, so will close now my precious looking forward to that great day dearest one. Bye bye for now.
    Your ever loving Eric xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    My Darling
    Daddy is pleased to hear that you had such a nice birthday & he is looking forward to seeing you soon.
    Lots of love
    DADDY xxxxxxxxxxxx
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  10. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    1945 Civilian Tpt. Pln
    R.A.S.C.
    C.M.F.
    10-6-45
    My Darling Pet
    Thanks Love one for your letter received yesterday am pleased to hear that you & our only one are in the best of spirit. Yes darling it is a great feeling of pride when one receives such a nice letter from one's daughter. It reminds me of the good old days of your so loving letters when we were so young. Darling one I certainly enjoyed the nice gift of our precious ie the chocolate button, it certainly arrived in good shape, but as usual not thinking I put it in my shirt pocket & when I went to get your letter out to read again found a rather sticky mess, but then love it is great to think of how our precious thinks of daddy after so long a time, but it won't be long now, now that service has been cut down. According to dates I should be finished abroad by Sept ie. 4 years, & by gosh what a time. Darling re Cigs I have not yet received those Freda sent addressed to B Pln 409, also those sent by you to 1945, but love I would really & truly appreciate it if some could be sent as times are very hard now as our issue from NAFFI has been cut to 80 & army issue only 50, & love they don't go far, otherwise love am fixed alright. Darling by now you should have received the extra 7/-. Army paybook shows it being made to you as from 30-3-45, please love let me know. Darling have had a fine letter from Press he says that he is just waiting fro my return, so it seems that when I do all will be just the thing. Well my dearest, please excuse this scribble but light is bad.
    Bye bye my only one.
    Eric xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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  11. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    1945 Civilian Transport
    Platoon, R.A.S.C.
    C.M.F.
    16-6-45
    My Dearest
    Thanks darling for your letter of 20th just received, am pleased to hear all is now well & peaceful at home after your upset with the in-law's. It is now getting darn warm here & we are working at full pressure, but suppose it is the best as it helps the time along to the final day. We have just lost one Sgt he was group 7. My time should be up about Sept or Oct, but not release group so am looking forward as it is not long to go. Well darling I see you are being kept busy with the spring cleaning. It certainly must be a job for you both with all the stuff packed up. Thanks my darling for Cigs you have just sent. I will be on the look out for them, as we are certainly short here & we seem to smoke more & more, & also having civilians working with us, it means there is not so many of us. By the way the package Freda sent addressed to the above has not yet arrived but will let you know when it does. I have received the J.B.s & the locals. yes love I have noticed how the food situation is at home, but I see that the Cornish Pots are now arriving in better supply so that should help. I see that Ron is back. How have they taken the wife, it was certainly a surprise but there going abroad must have done him the world of good, as it has done others here whom I brought out here with me. Am pleased to hear that Valerie's eyes are in good shape. by the way love one thanks for the snap, she certainly looks a tip top kid. Well precious there is very little in the way of news so will shut shop till later.
    Bye bye my sweet.
    Lots of love
    Eric xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    My Darling
    Daddy is pleased to hear that you are a good girl & he thanks you for your photo.
    Lots of love DADDY xxxxxxx
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  12. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    1945 Civilian Tpt Pln
    R.A.S.C.
    C.M.F.
    7/7/45

    My Darling
    Thanks love for your letter of 26 June. Am pleased love to hear you have received the extra, but love it should be 7/-. I have checked up here with the pay clerk, & as we cannot do anything this end, I think you had better write to them & explain the matter. No doubt they have made a mistake, darling let me know when you receive a reply. Yes love I bet it was real funny the way Valerie looked forward to the Labour Party. I see that up to 21 groups are expected to be out by the end of the year, but I should be home before that if they keep to the 4 year business, as that is up end of Sept, so here's hoping. Have you heard any more from Winley's re houses, also how much was required for a house from the estate office you did not mention it. Yes am sure Press will do the necessary should you want it. Have you had anymore trouble with Fred & her ladyship, if so just let me know so that I can be kept in the picture, as they are in for some straight talking when I get a chance. Well my sweet, our life here is just the usual jog along, just sitting waiting for the great day of return. We have a bit of a party tonight as 2 others will be on their way in a day or two. Well will close now sweet one so bye, bye for now.

    Love Eric xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Dear Valerie
    Lots of love & kisses
    Daddy
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  13. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    1945 Civilian Tpt. Pln R.A.S.C.
    C.M.F.
    8/7/45

    My Darling
    Many thanks for your letter with bank enclosures, which I have signed. I have put Hayes address, which I believe is right thing to do. Darling I am not putting my home coming off, but as no doubt you will understand my group figure is 23 & that group won't be demobbed till about Jan or Feb, but my overseas service of 4 years is due to end on 26 of Sept, & I understand that we should on completion of the 4 years be on our way, but that all depends on transport etc. As far as the blonde business- that is non-est. as for the digs, they are quite good. We have a private house for our mess, but that is all we have here. Its quite comfortable, a big settee 4 large armchairs & other easy chairs, a wireless & a loan of a Radiogram should we need it. We had it the other night as we had a bit of a do for two of the mess will be on their way soon, any day now. Of course we have a bit of a bar etc. plenty of wine, but only our monthly issue of whisky & Gin, + 2 bottles of beer a week. All the same it helps to pass the odd hours away when we are not busy with these civilian drivers of ours. They are a crowd, & my do they drive one crazy at times, but all the same they are not too terrible. There is quite a lot of local leave here, but like everyone else am refusing it, as it is so expensive & for just a few days one needs such a lot of cash to enjoy onesself as prices are pretty steep. Have you heard from Mum lately as I have not heard for over a month so was wondering if anything had happened. Well dearest there is little or no news this end so will close now, hoping to see you soon.
    Lots of love
    Eric xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    My Darling
    Daddy thanks you for your letter & he will try to hurry home, so until then love keep smiling.
    Lots of Love,
    Daddy
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  14. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    1945 Civilian Tpt Pln
    R.A.S.C.
    C.M.F.
    6/8/45

    My own darling
    Thanks love for your letter of the 1st received today quick work eh! Am pleased to say love I am doing quite well & all in the garden is rosy. Have written Mum & Stan but still no news from them, it seems strange. Also written Press, I admit I have not written him before, but these last few weeks have had plenty to do. People don't know what it is like to have to handle these civilian drivers. You have to do nearly everything except drive & my what drivers, one often gets some nasty shocks when out with them. All the same they are doing a good job & in doing so releasing our boys so that they can get back home etc. Well love one at the moment the release seems to be going according to plan. My group with a bit of luck in Jan, but overseas service is up in Sept so possibly Oct will see me on my way. Gee how I am looking forward to it my it will be grand, all those good old times over again. Its good Valerie understands about things, as am looking forward to us both having a good time after so long away? Darling am pleased to hear about Valeries eyes but it is a pity you could not have those frames. What about two sets, one for school & one with good frame for other times. What do you think dear. I personally would like her to have the best no matter what the expense as gee she is worth it my dear one & love am sure you will agree eh darling. Am quite pleased with her school report taking into consideration how she has had to go from one place to another, just like her old dad in the last war. Well my love one there is little else to report except CQMS has just left. So will say cheerio for now precious looking forward to the end of the next two months. Bye bye darling.
    Lots of Love
    Eric
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    MY DARLING
    DADDY IS VERY PLEASED TO HEAR THAT YOU ARE DOING SO WELL AT SCHOOL AND HE IS PROUD OF YOU. DADDY HOPES TO SEE YOU SOON.
    LOTS OF LOVE
    DADDY XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
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  15. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    1945 Civilian Tpt Pln
    R.A.S.C.
    C.M.F.
    21-8-45

    My Dearest
    Thanks love for your letter of 16th received today. Am pleased to say all is well & I have great hopes of getting away soon now as Eric of the old crowd let me know that he & all the lads left of the crowd who came abroad with me are on their way today on Python. He wanted to know if I had heard or received my papers, but so far I have not, but as that crowd have I am on my toes waiting, but love one do not take it for granted that I shall be away right away, for although others have gone it is still 5 weeks to the end of 4 years abroad which is the tour. All the same I am looking forward everyday & gee it will be nice to arrive sometime next month especially if it should be before the 21st. Darling don't be afraid if you see a strange Sgt arriving at home, as one of the W/shop Sgts has just left on a months leave & as he lives at Southall he has promised if he should have time to call along & see you & give you all the news, by the way his name is Sgt Dean & he comes from 102 Lady Margaret Rd Southall. He gave me the address as I told him if I arrived in time before his return I would see him. So love if he should call make him welcome as it will be great for you to hear all the news etc. Dearest if only you could picture what the news of the old crowd going has done to me you would have a shock. It is really hard work keeping going the platoon, as everytime a D/R goes for the mail I am all on tender hooks till he gets back to see if there is anything re me & home. The C.S.M. reckons that I should hear any day, he has received his release book & expects to go about the beginning of Sept. I shall very much like to be with him as we have got on quite well since I have known him. Well love one am pleased to hear that you all enjoyed the V.J. day & that the show was a success & that our precious enjoyed herself. Well darling news other than what I have said previous is very little so will close now with great hope of being with you soon so dearest keeping smiling it won't be long now. Bye bye sweet one till next time which I hope will say on my way.
    Cheerio oh love
    Lots of love
    Eric xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Dearest Valerie
    Daddy hopes to be with you soon
    Lots of love
    DADDY xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    P.S Have had a special letter from W.H.P he is really waiting for my release & he wants to know if I can let him have some sort of form so that I could get to him sooner.
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  16. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    1945 Civilian Tpt Pln
    R.A.S.C.
    C.M.F.
    8/9/45

    My Dearest
    Thanks darling for your letter, no doubt you have been wondering why you have not heard from me, but love one I have not written before as I have been expecting my papers anyday, but they have not yet arrived, I waited so that if they had I could let you know not to write anymore. Anyway love, they should be here soon now, as I have had a word with the new O.C. we have & he told me we would wait a day or so & if they had not turned up he would get onto H.Q. so I expect he will do so in a couple of days from now. The C.S.M. left last Friday & Jack the Q is our new C.S.M. & him & me get on well together & he is going to see about things for me the day after tomorrow so am living in hopes of writing you soon saying that I am on my way. Gee darling it will be great too, as these last few days I have felt right down especially knowing that all the lads that came abroad with me are now all on their way home & me the only one left here all the same I suppose it will come soon. We had a farewell party for the C.S.M. I did my usual job behind the bar & managed to get them all pickled including the C.S.M. & Officers, & then the next morning we all carried on till the afternoon when we decided we needed some sleep, so we had some. Well darling space is short so will close hoping that my next will be the last one abroad so love bye bye for now. Hoping to see you soon.
    Lots of love dearest
    Eric xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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  17. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    1945 Civilian Tpt Pln R.A.S.C.
    C.M.F.
    2/10/45

    My Dearest
    Juat a few lines to thank you love for your letters, am sorry not to have written before, but have been waiting daily in case my papers should arrive before writing, well darling so far no luck, they have not yet come along. The O.C. has sent to H.Q. a signal that was last week so they should soon be here. When they do I will write you so that you will know & if possible the approx date I should arrive home. So love one as am expecting to hear soon, I should not reply to this love if I were you as I don't want letters to go asking. Well my love I trust you & Valerie are keeping well & that you are not getting too disappointed my not being home yet. You no doubt can quite understand how I feel what with all the old lads already home, but then the time my leave is up it will nearly be time for my release from the army. Well dearest one must close as the B pen has nearly packed up so darling heres hoping for the next few days so bye bye for now love it is only a short while now. Keep smiling lots of love darling.
    Your loving one
    Eric xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    My darling Valerie
    Daddy hopes to be with you soon.
    Lots of love
    DADDY
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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  18. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    MOVEMENT ORDER
    by
    Major R.C. Connal R.A.S.C.
    Commanding 421 Coy RASC (Sta.Tpt)
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    Personnel : T/5681695 Sgt. COBURN

    From : 1945 Civilian Tpt Platoon, RASC

    To : U.K. under PYTHON

    Authority : O2E, CMF., O2E/PR/27/110

    Instructions : You will parade at Coy H.Q. 0745 hrs 10 Oct
    45 when transport supplied by this unit will
    convey you to 509 Transit Camp where you
    will report to Coy Office for transport to
    ROME.
    On arrival at ROME you will report to the
    RTO for onward routing to NAPLES and hand
    him a copy of this Movement Order together
    with a copy of PYTHON Movement Order.
    At NAPLES you will report to Coy Office 'X'
    Special Reception Camp and hand in similar
    copies of Movement Orders.

    Equipment : Complete kit and equipment as per AF H1157
    will be carried.

    Documents : AFS B122, H1157, N 1483 and Pay Sheet will
    be carried together with AFS W5133, W3060,
    authority to exchange currency and last
    EFI certificate.

    Rations : You will collect unexpired portion plus one
    day's rations from the Cookhouse.

    EFI Supplies : Last EFI Supplies were issued on 9 Oct for week
    week commencing 8 Oct 45.



    9 Oct 45 ... ... R.C. Connal... ... ... ... Major, RASC Commanding 421 Coy RASC (Sta.Tpt)
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    Certified that I have read, fully understand and
    received three copies of this Movement Order.


    Date____9/10/45____ Signature__E.J. Coburn____
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  19. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    This letter was written in pencil with very faint scratchy writing and is very difficult to read...

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    c/o Isolation Ward A
    104 General Hospital
    C.M.F.
    15-10-45
    My Dearest
    Just a few lines to let you know that after send you a stop writing card I managed to getting on the first leg of the journey home, but just my luck got stopped again through having to fall sick. I had made Rome transit camp the first day by road & at the end did not feel too good but thought it was the journey. The next day there was no transport so I took it easy on the bed, but the following morning I could hardly speak & my throat felt all closed, so decided to report sick which I did. The M.O. said it would be best for me to go to hospital as by taking it in time would not be too long. So off we go to hospital that was middle day. On arrival they admitted me with acute tonsilitis, But yesterday I had come out in a beautiful rash in other words I had got Scarlet Fever. God knows where that had been picked up all the same it means at least 21 days here in isolation, so love one am afraid we will still have to put off our reunion for a little while longer, anyway have counted up if I arrive about the beginning of Nov I shall not go back to the army & my release is due in DEC. Well love with the best of luck will be seeing you in a month so love keep smiling. Write to me c/o the above address & I will let you know not to write.
    Lots of love darling
    Eric xxxxxx
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  20. Lynda

    Lynda Member

    T/5681695
    Sgt Coburn E
    c/o Isolation Ward A.
    104 General Hospital
    C.M.F.
    22-10-45

    My Dearest
    Many thanks for your letter of 18th Oct just received. Am pleased to say all is going well here with me. I am much better & as far as spots & rash are concerned they have disappeared, in fact they went after 4 days, so am of the belief that I only had it slightly, anyrate the Dr told me to get up for a while yesterday but I must not move out of my room, as I was still a little infectious. All the same I don't feel too bad still a little sore in the throat but not much. The food here is really wonderful, & plenty of it so am now beginning to make up for the first few days when one could not eat. The staff are a very nice crowd. Nurses, orderlies & sisters all helping you as much as they can. The Dr has told me that he would try & get me away on my way home direct from this hospital instead of me having to go via transit camp. I don't know if he will be successful but must wait & see. Well my love I am sorry that this has so upset all your plans at home but it is better to arrive home in the best of health than not to. Well love as there is little in the way of news from here so will close for now & will write again soon. Will you let W.H.P. know that it will be at least a couple of weeks before I should arrive home. All the best my love.
    Lots of love
    Eric xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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