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October 1941, Lonesome Blues




Oct 2, 1941

Dear Sweet:

What funny letters you do write; when you do, saying one thing & doing just the opposite. I won’t repeat, for thats bad, but you certainly did describe that veranda scene most beautifully. Darling, I don’t quite get what just what you mean when you say I have never mentioned when I was coming back & where too. Perhaps I’m screwy, but in at least the last three letters, to my knowledge, I mentioned Aldershot & the date I expected to return (around the last of Oct, remember?) Check against that. I have reason to believe that I will not be remaining in Aldershot after all, but be sent to one of the basic training centres immediately upon my return. Who knows, possibly Yarmouth, New Glascow etc. This is not positive but very possibly after what I heard Yesterday.

I am going to Ottawa Friday evening till Sunday Night to visit Nora. We’ll also try & locate your Aunt Molly. Darling! I haven’t asked for money because I’ve stayed within bounds, but this is something different. Last months mess bill & this, all out of this pay cheque, for I won’t receive Oct’s until I get back, boots, trench coat, etc. Can’t be done. When I get Oct cheque it will be clear money. Need money order for $25 or $30. Please attend to this. When I started this I didn’t expect to be quite as dramatic.

I’m glad Jr hasn’t kicked & hope he won’t until I get back. Be good to mother. I can tell by her letter she is awfully tired & lonesome,

All my Love,

Arnold

P.S. Do stay with mother as long as you can.



Vimy Barracks, Kingston

Oct 6, 1941

Dear Annilea:

Really tired this time because I had a very nice weekend, not in Ottawa, but in Montreal. Owen Murray was going up by car & asked me if I wouldn’t like to go along & Marcel Savard, (Nephew of Ernest Savard, a Millionaire, some class eh!) one of the young officers up here taking the course, had asked me numerous times to go to Montreal, so I went.

He had gone into town the day before, his sister’s getting married, so didn’t know I was coming. Stayed at the Mount Royal. Imagine my surprise when I crossed the lobby of the hotel to run slap long into Uncle Wilbur; you remember, he & his wife visited us in Kentville. He was up with the ‘Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts’ of which he is a member. I definitely had a marvelous time meeting Charles Dever, District Attorney of Mass, etc. When they brought 4 Doctors along, paying all their expenses, to look after them you can get a better picture of them, 178 in all. They just took the Mount Royal over. Sunday, it rained, but Marcel & I picked up two nice girls, they were French, Darling, & took a tour of the city. We had a very nice but quite unexciting time.

Darling! The more I see of life up here the more I want to get back to you & Jr. To have you to come home to & to know that I’m more than welcome is as much as any man dreams & I sure want it now Darling. Yes Sweet, three weeks should just about do it. Till then, I yearn more & more for you each day.

With all my Love Darling,

Arnold



Vimy Barracks, Kingston

Oct 8, 1941

Dear Annilea:

I was very sorry to have to send you that telegram, but I put all my money into the mess, in advance, to pay up to the 26th of the month so I’d know just where I stood at the end. That strapped me absolutely, & as this is my last weekend clear, we are out on scheme’s the last two, I hoped to get to Ottawa this one.

Your letter, Darling, was very laxadasical, more on the type of, if I feel like it. Any time you feel that you don’t want to send it, don’t. I’ll live somehow. Mother says she’s so glad to have you with her. You’re great comfort to her. I do hope that it isn’t too dismal there Sweet, but I can quite understand just how you feel with none of your friends there & most of the young people gone. Rena, as you say, is a little bit jaw breaking, & cats, Darling, only tell the real truth now & then. (I don’t mean you.)

The weather is now getting a bit colder & rain every 2nd day so I’m almost home again. And that just brings it to the point that it won’t be long after all before I’ll be able to come home to a very lovely & devoted wife. Haven’t met anybody anywhere near you yet Darling so you must be safe for a long time yet.

And now away to work again I go, with a light heart & three weeks to go. Give my Love to Mother & Dad,

All Love to You,

Arnold



Vimy Barracks, Kingston

Oct 13, 1941

Dear Annilea:

Your letters Darling, of late, are just a wee bit hard to understand, especially the last one. I have never, as far as I can recollect, ever refused you anything that was in my power to grant or give you. The five dollars you ask for is enclosed without question. Please don’t take this next as an effrontery, but it does seem to me that you made the statement that you had thirty dollars in the bank & $100 in your hand. If that were so I just couldn’t figure out why you should ask for the five dollars back. Skip it. Please don’t mention money again as all it seems to do to you is put you on a high horse & throw a barrier up between us in your letters. We’re not a business concern, darling, & I certainly can’t find anything inspiring to write about in your last couple of letters.

I got out of the Hospital yesterday evening & we wrote our Exams today & everything came out OK. Spent the afternoon out in trucks & my rear end didn’t exactly like the roughing it took, nevertheless I am sure that in a couple of days the soreness will come out & I’ll be all right again. With absolutely nothing to do in the evenings but go to the occasional show, I miss you more & more as each day goes by & it certainly will be a treat to be back & have my wife (even if she is a little exacting at times) to go home to every evening.

Sweet, to hold you again, to feel you close to me, to feel your skin & lips pressed to mine will be a treat that will be only as heaven itself can be.

Loads of Love & Kisses Darling,

Arnold

P.S. Junior also Sweet.



Oct 19, 1941

Hello Darling:

Well! I’m back safe & sound this bright & cheerful morning, although it poured all last night & made everything just as disagreeable as possible. I’m really pretty tired, but just the same, a few lines & then to bed right after dinner. (I did hope for a letter from you when I got here).

We left camp after supper Thursday night & went a few miles & camped for the night, under the stars you understand. Pulled out next morning at 7 AM & did different operations until that night we were about 18 miles from VIMY. Stopped again for night in between two high rocky cliffs & early next morning went out in advance formation against the enemy. Started to rain about 4 O’Clock & about 8 PM just when we were about to bed down again for the night, soaked or not soaked, we got orders to move again & so on until 2:30 AM. After that the men were all as wet that we just kept them on the move, by making up messages ourselves & keeping them busy. Try standing out in a rain all night drenched to the skin. Arrived in at 10:30 this morning & have been busy up until now getting all the stores turned in. Of all the stores we only lost one small reel for wire, which, if you could see all the stores a signaller works with, you would consider some feat.

I expect to be passing through Sackville Monday or Tuesday. I still don’t know but that immediately I arrive I will be shipped off to some other training centre immediately. That’s as far as my information goes. Don’t you think it best to find out first what I’m going to do & then wire you? I do want to see you at the earliest possible moment, but first I’d better find out just which where when why & how we’re going to leave. Please advise immediately.

Love to the Loved Ones,

Arnold

P.S. Answer by AIRMAIL immediately your intentions.




(Note to reader: this brief note was in the longer one above)

Princess Louise Fusiliers

Debert, N.S.

Dear Annilea:

I am now safely installed in my new quarters & unit & I presume that with a little bit of control over my own feelings I will be able to stand it. The mud up here is everything that its cracked up to be & then some: gray, dirty & sticky. Mailed your letter yesterday & also wrote one myself this morning to her. Personally, darling, it’s going to be nothing but a dreary existence while I’m going to be here, but I do hope that you & Blake & Irene will hit it off to-gether & that you will be able to go out a little bit, see a show perhaps now & again. Keep smiling sweet, a month can pass very quickly.

Love & Kisses

Arnold



Aldershot N.S.

Dec 29, 1941

Darling!

So you think that you’re the only one that's lonesome? I was so lonesome yesterday that I didn’t even try to start a letter to you because I knew it was useless. Nothing to do Saturday or Sunday. Went up to Crosby’s with Shirley at Supper time & ate there, then went to show & was in bed by 10:30. Stayed in camp all Sunday & went on duty at night & I’m still that way.

Sweetheart! There’s not much else I can say except that I’m so lonesome for you that I’m beside myself. Having you have a good cry on my shoulder would be a relief not only to you but me also. Fred’s got a parcel, Mrs. Reddin informed me, & I will go get it sometime this sometime this week. Two or three postcards for you Darling, but that’s all. I suppose your check will arrive to-morrow also. Don’t miss that train Saturday at any cost, I couldn’t stand it.

A very lonely husband,

Arnold

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