Ref NoD-2559/1
TitleThirty two letters to Miss Peggy Collins from her uncle Will of Broadwindsor. Including information about a relative Ronald who was in the war, also details of the home front.
DescriptionDescription from Ebay:
ITEM: A COLLECTION OF 32 WWII PERIOD LETTERS ALL ADDRESSED TO MISS PEGGY COLLINS ( 1940 - 1945, & 3 FROM BARCLAYS BANK IN 1948 RELATING TO MISS COLLINS JOB AT THE WHETSTONE BRANCH) MOST OF THEM SENT BY 'UNCLE WILL' ( WHO APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A SPECIAL POLICEMAN AND LOCAL THATCHER) OF THE OLD MANSE, BROADWINSDOR, BEAMINSTER, DORSET TO HIS NIECE PEGGY COLLINS. THEY CONTAIN LOCAL & FAMILY NEWS AND INTERESTING NEWS ABOUT THE WAR, REFERENCE IS OFTEN MADE OF RONALD WHO APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN IN THE ARMY DORSET REGIMENT. GREAT SLICE OF LOCAL SOCIAL HISTORY FOR ANYONE CONNECTED TO THE AREA OR THE COLLINS FAMILY!
SOME WWII REFERENCES THAT ARE IN THE LETTERS INCLUDE;
UNDATED - FROM MARGARET OF PENYLAN , 3 LANSDOWN RD, BRIDPORT - '.....WAITING FOR AN AIR RAID, WE HAVE GALVANIZED ROOFS ON THE TOP LOT OF TRENCHES NOW AND WE ALL GO INTO THIS ONE. THE ROOF HAS BEEN CAMOUFLAGED WITH PAINT BUT IS GRADUALLY BEING COVERED WITH TURF. THEY ARE ABOUT 2FT HIGHER THAN THE TOP OF THE TRENCH BUT THEY VARY........', '.....ONE DAY WHEN WE WERE IN THE TRENCHES WE SAW A JERRY COME DOWN WITH BLACK SMOKE POURING FROM ITS TAIL AND THE PARACHUTIST AFTER IT'.
17.12.44 - FROM UNCLE WILL - '.....I WAS ON DUTY & WAS CHASING AROUND LOOKING FOR A DRUNK YANK, THERE WERE SEVERAL TURNED OUT FROM THE PUB....., YOU SAY YOU DIDNT THINK RONALD WOULD BE GETTING LEAVE SO SOON AS HE DIDNT GO OUT TILL SOMETIME AFTER D DAY, WELL IT WAS ONLY A FEW DAYS AFTER WHEN THEY STARTED TO SAIL BUT THEY WERE ON THE WATER FOR A WEEK BEFORE THEY COULD LAND.'
21.1.45 - FROM UNCLE WILL - '....THE WAR NEWS IS BETTER NOW. THE RUSSIANS ARE DOING WELL, WHICH WILL HELP TO SHORTEN IT BUT IT ISNT FINISHED YET. I THINK JERRY WILL FIGHT TO THE END/.
4.3.45 - FROM UNCLE WILL - '.... WE HAD A POLICE PARADE THIS MORNING AT BRIDPORT, WE STARTED FROM HERE AT 9.45AM MR BARTLETT DRIVING, THEN WE WENT TO MOSTERTON TO PICK UP TWO MORE SPECIALS & ON TO BRIDPORT. WE FORMED UP AT THE POLICE STATION & MARCHED THROUGH THE TOWN TO THE PARISH CHURCH. STANDING OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM WERE THE HIGH OFFICIALS WITH THE COMMANDER AT SALUTE..... AFTER THE SERVICE THE CHIEF CONSTABLE MADE A SPEECH IN WHICH HE THANKED THE SPECIALS FOR THEIR SERVICES & SAID HE COULDN'T GIVE ANY STANDING DOWN ORDER UNTIL AFTER THE WAR IN EUROPE WAS OVER'.
11.3.45 - FROM UNCLE WILL - '....HAD A LETTER FROM RONALD YESTERDAY, HE IS WELL & IN A COMFORTABLE BILLET SOMEWHERE IN GERMANY. THEY MANAGED TO FIND A ROOM IN A HOUSE THAT WASN'T BLOWN TO BITS BUT HE SAID THERE ARE VERY FEW'......'WE'VE HAD AN AMERICAN STAYING WITH US SINCE WED' EVENING....HE IS NOW FIT FOR ACTIVE SERVICE....HE GAVE ME ABOUT 20 RAZOR BLADES OF THE BEST MAKE, A SAFETY RAZOR & 2 LOTS OF SHAVING SOAP & HE GAVE AUNTY SUSE SOME SHAMPOO IN A BOTTLE...'.
8.4.45 - FROM UNCLE WILL - '..... HAD SEVERAL LETTERS FROM RONALD....ON THE LAST LETTER HE WROTE HE SAYS HE WAS IN HOLLAND. HE THINKS THE WAR IN EUROPE WILL BE OVER BY THE END OF THE MONTH. HE IS ALWAYS OPTIMISTIC.....MARJORIE RECEIVED A COFFEE GRINDER FROM HIM....A POLISHED WOOD BOX WITH A DRAWER AT THE BOTTOM IN WHICH THE GROUND COFFEE FALLS. I THINK HE FOUND IT IN A JERRY HOUSE'.
15.4.45 - FROM UNCLE WILL - '... WHAT AWFUL THINGS WE HEAR ABOUT THE TREATMENT OF PRISONERS IN GERMANY. DID YOU HEAR THE REPORT TONIGHT IT IS TERRIBLE TO LISTEN TO BUT HOW MUST IT BE FOR THE ONES WHO HAVE TO ENDURE IT'.
22.4.45 - FROM UNCLE WILL - ' ... WE HAD A LETTER FROM RONALD....HE IS DEEP IN GERMANY NOW. I HOPE HE DOESN'T EXPERIENCE SEEING ANY OF THESE AWFUL PRISON CAMPS, ISN'T IT TERRIBLE. I HOPE THE RIGHT ONES WILL BE PUNISHED....'
20.5.45 - FROM UNCLE WILL - '....IT WAS THE VICTORY THANKSGIVING SERVICE, THE CHURCH WAS PACKED, I SHOULD THINK EVERYBODY TURNED OUT. THE SPECIAL POLICE MARCHED IN FRONT, THEN THE BEAM' BAND FOLLOWED BY THE HOME GUARD, AFS, ARP, WVS, VADS, GIRL GUIDES ETC. WE STARTED FROM THE TUNNEL ROAD & ONTO THE SQUARE & DOWN TO THE CHURCH THEN AFTER THE SERVICE WE FORMED UP & THE BAND PLAYED US TO THE SQUARE WHERE WE TOOK UP OUR VARIOUS POSITIONS, GOD SAVE THE KING WAS PLAYED....' '....LETTER FROM RONALD YESTERDAY HE SAYS HE IS IN THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY... THEY ARE IN TENTS BUT ARE EXPECTING TO MOVE SOON. HE SAYS HE EXPECTS IT WILL BE SOME TIME BEFORE HE IS DEMOBBED HIS GROUP IS 29....'
SOME LETTERS ARE IN ENVELOPES AND SOME ARE NOT, THEY ARE ALL ORIGINAL, NOT COPIES, AND THEY HAVE BEEN STORED FOLDED, SO THERE ARE CREASES, SOME OF THE STAMPS HAVE BEEN CUT FROM THE ENVELOPES, THERE IS AGE DISCOLOURATION AND SOME SMALL TEARS TO EDGES!
Date1940-1945
Extent32 docs
LevelItem
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