May 21 '41
9, Vernon Court
Distinguished Service Cross
Hendon Way N.W.2.
Dear Mrs. Martyn,
Yesterday I had the honour and thrill of going to the Palace with Bill to see him receive his well-earned D.S.C.
The investiture was held indoors in a long, narrow room. The carpets and chair covers were crimson, the walls white and gold, and the chairs were white. Life-sized portraits of statesmen soldiers lined the walls on either side, and two large, open fireplaces gave what heat was needed.
The men waiting their turn lined the walls and as each man went forward his name was read out. There were also three nurses and one W.A.A.F.
The King looked very small beside Bill and had to reach up to pin on his medal. I only wish you could have been there to see it but I don't think you could have been prouder of Bill than we are. He is a grand person, and I am very honoured to numbered among his friends.
He looks very well and I think is enjoying his job very much.
Again, Mrs. Martyn, I am so sorry you weren't here to see it, but Bill says the next time he goes up he'll get a red ribbon, the kind you hang around your neck, and perhaps you'll be over to see it. I hope so.