Lloydminsterk Sask., August 31st, 1942.
On Saturday last I mailed you a set of civilian clothing, and two days previous I wrote you a nice long letter enclose with it, and left it out for Mother to add a few lines which she did. New here it the catch. Mother says that she put it in the parcel, but when I wrapped it up I did not see it. neither do we find it around the house. It is likely that it is still in the parcel so look out for it when you unpack it. However I will try if my memory is good enough to touch upon a few things that I mentioned in the letter I think has been mislaid. As regards to the civies you did not say just what you wanted, a suit or sports wear, so I decided to get sports wear and choose just what I though you would like, a light pair of pants, and a windbreaker of two tones, two white shirts and two ties and te collar snubbers. I trust that you will like them alright. Glad to say that we are all well here. Grandad has not been so well this past two weeks, it appears that his blood isout of order with the result that he has sever sores breaking on his ankles neck and ear. Hovever I brought them here for the evening last night in the caras it is painful for him to walk now. The last letter we received from you was posted on July 31 and I noticed that you paid two shillings and sixpence for postage. It arrived here a week ago yesterday and on the same mail Margaret received a letter from her cousin Lily posted on July 19. just two days sooner and there was only 21 postage on it. Both letters probably waited for the same convoy so you do not save much time by having increased postage. If I were you I would send your letters regular mail or nothing more expensive than the airgraph letters which are sent by photograph at 6 pence I beleiv, and then if at any time you want to let us know in a hurry how you are, use the special cable f rm, the same aswe can useover here for 65 c. There is now need for that extra expense as I can see. It is with deep sorrow that I write telling you aof the misfortune that happened to Steward Haynes. He was killed on August 19, but just how isnot known. I know that you will feel it and I also believed it would be your wish to send Rev and Mrs Haynes some flowers, so I sent them some in your name last Sunday, two days after the sad news was known here. Rev and Mrs Haynes were here this afternoon and thanked Mother for the flowers which I am passing unto you as when Rev Haynes asked me if they came from you, I tolk him that I knew it would be your wish so I did so for you. Mrs Haynes told Mother she would like to hear from you when you have time to write and I believe that she yould appreciate it. I sent you a copy of last weeks paper in which was all the new that we knew of the sad event but in case the paper shouldn't reach you I am mentioning where Stewart is buried so that if you ever get in close range of the place you could visit it and write Mrs Haynes a description. It is Preston Cemetry, North Shields, Northumberland. Deial was 11 years of age on Tuesday. There was a memorial service for Steward at the church yesterday morning and the place was filled to overflowing U went and it was a very nice service. Mother says that she is disappointed as you have not mentioned her in your last two letters and she is also afraid that ifyou do not hurry up and get a girl she will be $25. out. and by the way in recent letters you mentioned that you were going to send a picture of the little from London when it was developed. I sure hope that it turns out alright or my hopes and expectations will be dashed to the ground. We say doris in the cafÃ© the other evening and she was quite friendly. She had a nice fat letter she was mailing to P.O. Art Morlidge. I wonder if he received it alright. She was afrai that 3c would not be enough postage however I told her to take a chance on it, O.K. what? The kids are all growing up, Eileen is a perfect imp into all kindsof mischief all times, she likes to get into the water with all her clothes on, any kind of water. She is not particular. if it is clean or not so long as it is wet. We were out to Shannons yesterday and she got in the trought Margaret is busy tonight making herself smocks for her work. It is Grandads birthday next Tuesday, so Mother and I have decided to get him an easy chair we can pick one up at Eaves reasonable. There was an English mail in this morning but no letters from the Old Land so I am hoping that there may be some tomorrow I have been watching the papers closely to see any mention of the Moos Squadron, which I believe you are attached to but have seen very little lately. Star Messums name was mentioned over one of the news broadcast on Saturday as being one of the pilots in Egypt who is flying the new spitfires and that he thinks they are tops in fighting craft. must superior to anything the enemy have. as far as he has seen. Well Art I will leave a little room for the rest to add a few lines so will close wishing you all the luck and good fortune in the world and a safe return.
The rest of the family are tired so I will post this to-night. Mother says do not forget to write Mrs Haynes.
best of luck and all my love keep happy
Lloydminsterk Sask., August 31st, 1942.