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January 16th 1919 - Letter from Mela Brown Constable to her fiancé, Major Cyril E Sladden

16th January 1919
Correspondence From
Mela Brown Constable, QMAAC, Bulford Camp, Salisbury Plain
Correspondence To
Major Cyril E Sladden, 9th Worcesters, Norperforce (readdressed to Badsey)
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Text of Letter

QMAAC Quarters
Salisbury Plain


My own dear Cyril

In an envelope, addressed by Wilfred, I received by this mail an Order of the Day, No 121, in which your name appears in the list for the DSO. It has been given you for the Baku operations I am certain, by the way it is worded. A day or two previous to this I got your letter of December 17th and an earlier one dated in October. In the latter you tell me of an award being given you but you did not state what it was. I guessed it must be the DSO, my darling man. You have done splendidly and I am just aching to hug you and tell you how proud I am of you. I’ve sent copies of the account to your Father and to my Mother. Your people will be absolutely delighted, they are immensely proud of you and the boys are so interested and proud to hear of your doings. George said he was longing to see you again when I was down at Badsey for the New Year week. I wrote from there and gave you an account of all the home folks.

Demobilization of QMAAC members has begun in some camps but not yet in this one. It soon will though, I think. I wrote to you early this week – this is an extra!

You say in your letter of Dec 17th that you wonder if we shall ever see each other again. One does feel like that at times. I get fits of depression every now and again in spite of struggling against them.
With lots and lots of love and congratulations dear man o’ mine.

Ever your affectionate and devoted

PS - The enclosed account of the island of Lewis may interest you. Uncle Ben is going to live at Stornoway.

Lord Levershulme will be employing scientists. Would it be any use putting in an oar for you?

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Cyril did not receive the letter until his return to England in 1919.
Type of Correspondence
Envelope containing 1 sheet of notepaper
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