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May 27th 1915 - Letter from Mela Brown Constable to her fiancé, Cyril E Sladden Esq

27th May 1915
Correspondence From
Mela Brown Constable, Seward House, Badsey
Correspondence To
Cyril E Sladden Esq, 9th Worcesters, Officers' Mess, Blackdown Camp, near Farnborough
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Seward House, Badsey

May 27th 1915

My darling Cyril

This is what I heard this morning from Matron:

“I have been expecting the Matron-in-Chief to call you up this week.  I am writing to her again today to say that I should like you to be called up, and hope it will not be very long before I see you.”

This sounds as though I shall be send for soon but continue to write here until you hear from me to the contrary – it will be better for letters to be forwarded than that they should lie about the other end waiting for me.  I hardly expect I shall go before the beginning of next week so let me have my Sunday letter just the same.  It is necessary to post on Friday night to reach here Sunday morning.  I am quite keen to begin work again, partly because it gives me plenty to think about and also I shall be glad to be earning again and to start before my funds get too low.

I had to invest in a pair of new indoor shoes the other day, although I begrudged having to get them.  However I got a very smart pair at a reasonable price which fit extremely well.  I think if you saw them on you’d say, “Mela, I had no idea you’d got such a pretty foot!  Ahem!”  (Fine feathers make fine birds.)

Your Father and Mother are very worried that they have not heard from George for 17 days.  Your Father seems to be the most worried of the two.  I try to cheer them up by saying no news is good news, but all the same I wish he would write.  We often do not hear from Cecil for two or three weeks so it is not really long if a regiment is taking part in the fighting.  I should think they lose count of time.

I am walking into Evesham this morning to see about some repairs.  This afternoon Ethel and I are having tea with Mrs Ashwin.  Marion Watson is with her.  There is some talk of her having to go to Marseilles to meet her husband, he is expected home early in June on sick leave, with heart trouble.

You would not have had another letter so soon but that I wanted you to know I might be called up at any time!

Best love, dearest, in haste.

Your ever devoted


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Type of Correspondence
Envelope containing 2 sheets of notepaper
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Imperial War Museum
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