Dad’s Letters – September to December 1945

Here are the latest of Dad’s letters, covering the period to the end of 1945.  dad and bertA new government was in power, gradually civilian life was trying to return to normal. And Dad was being moved around the country as he continued his training. For the first time there is mention of his possible posting to Palestine: he refers to being chased by ‘Arabs and Yids’. It is not comfortable to see him express it this way, given both the prejudicial phraseology and knowing what the Jews had been through.  We also continue to share his frustration at never meeting Mum on leave, including ringing four times and getting no answer. It would have ‘done his nut in’ as he would say.

We are also introduced to Bert, his best friend from his time in the paras, a Yorkshire man who kept Dad out of trouble, or so Dad claimed.

And finally a couple of his poems from this time, one of which he alludes to in the letter, promising Mum a beret and gaiters.

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About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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7 Responses to Dad’s Letters – September to December 1945

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Very interesting post. So much History.

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  2. lucciagray says:

    Touching. Thanks for sharing.

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