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November 5th 1914 - Letter from Mela Brown Constable to her fiancé, Cyril E Sladden Esq

5th November 1914
Correspondence From
Mela Brown Constable, The Nurses' Home, The General Hospital, Birmingham
Correspondence To
Cyril E Sladden Esq, The Officers' Mess, 9th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, Bhurtpore Barracks, Tidworth, near Andover
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The Nurses Home

Nov 5th 1914

My darling

At the present moment I am in bed with a sprained foot it is so much better this morning that I think I shall still be able to get away on Saturday.

Unless I get a stroke of luck and get off earlier on account of my foot, I shall take the 7.35 train from New Street – but you might let me know the theatre train in case I should miss this one.

If one has an evening pass one gets off at seven and with a great rush I could change and catch the 7.35 – but supposing I do not get off until 9 pm then I must take the theatre train.

Yes – Sweetheart – 18 months ago today and I was busy cogitating whether to say “yes” or “no”. I am very glad I said the former and have never for one moment regretted the decision I came to. It will be splendid if we do get Sunday together. I’m afraid I shall be very greedy to have you all to myself as the others will have you on Monday.

I shall be awfully annoyed if my foot prevents me getting away but I don’t think it will as it is not a bad sprain. I hurt it in the ward but did not feel it much until I went for my daily constitutional and I was obliged to take a taxi back as I simply could not walk on it. However the swelling has gone down this morning and there is much less pain and I can walk fairly well on it but believe I am either to stay in bed or keep my foot up.

I am anxious to hear if Cecil is safe – as the London Scottish have been distinguishing themselves in action. Uncle Harry says in his letter this morning that the last date there was news of him was Oct 16th, but that he has asked Uncle Bedford to enquire for news at Headquarters.

There is not much news, dearest to give you and what there is I will give you on Saturday and Sunday.

I did not sleep much in the night so will try and get a snooze now.

Thank you very much dear for the present, it may come in useful for anything to help towards my foot such as “bus’ing” instead of walking or anything like that. It was very sweet of you to send it to me.

I know the houses you and your brother officers occupy. I had occasion once to go and see the Quarter Master of the W Ridings and his wife who lived in one of them.

With very best love, dear heart,

Ever your own

PS - The House Sister came in just now and pronounces my foot much better. I am probably to get up this afternoon and put my leg up on a chair.

I am determined it shall be better by Saturday!

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Imperial War Museum
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