Attached to RAF
March 19, 1943
Dear Mother & Dad,
Well, I'm a little late this week in writing this letter to you, but I've been so darn busy, I haven't had time to get down to it. There is very little of anything new to tell you, so I'm not sure just what to write about in this letter. I wrote a letter to Uncle Jim last week and yesterday I received a letter from him. He said that there was a letter from you waiting for me there, so I told him to hold it until I got back there next week. Since I have been in England I have only received two letters from you, and these were mailed when I was at Halifax. You can see then that I am wondering how everything is going at home these days. By the way, when you mail letters to me please address it as Sgt. Sedgwick, A.L. R141113, R.C.A.F Overseas, Attached to R.A.F
I went to Dad's old home last Saturday afternoon and walked around for awhile looking at the stores, etc. Last Saturday afternoon a friend and I went to visit an old castle not far from here.
We got the key from the caretaker and opened the front door and walked in. I went through every room and even climbed up the stone spiral staircase to the top of the turrets and walked around on the roof. It was very interesting and was about six or seven hundred years old. I believe it was called Hylton Castle. We took some pictures of the place, but I'm not sure they will turn out any good as I discovered a hole in the bellows of my camera , and consequently when I got back the last roll of film, they were all very poor. When I get this hole patched up I imagine the camera will be alright. When you are sending a parcel to me, would you mind sending a few No. 4 battery cells. The battery is only about a Â½" in dia. and 2" long. I have a very handy flashlight that takes this size battery. Perhaps, Mother, you will remember this small flashlight that was in the shaving kit you gave me about a year and a half ago. The batteries we get over here only seem to last 5 or 6 days.
The weather is still very good around here. It is over three weeks now since we have had any rain, and I haven't seen a bit of snow since I came to England.
I hope you won't have too much trouble reading this letter as I am writing it on my bed and I'll be darned if I can write very good in this position. How is everyone at home these days? I suppose it won't be long now before you start going up to the cottage again, or will you be getting enough gas to go up there this summer?
I think I'll try and buy a bicycle here one of these days. It would certainly be a lot faster than walking, and right now I'm doing plenty of that!
How does Billy like the Army life these days? Is he still stationed around Toronto, or have they moved him away yet? I suppose Howard is still working down at John Inglis. Is he still living on Millwood Road?
It looks like I'm at the end of my paper, so I'll say goodbye for now. Give my regards to everyone at home.
Your loving son,