74 Morpeth 22.01.1942
Just a note to let you know that I managed to survive the scheme, my goodness it was terrible although now it is over one can see the funny side of it, we had a night convoy and all the time there was a blizzard raging, trucks were going one way then suddenly they would skid right round it was plain murder and not many trucks got away without scratches. The car in front of me lost the convoy hence that meant I was lost to, so round Morpeth went trying to find the convoy but it was hopeless the Sar: Major was in my truck he said B,B, to the night drive, lets get back to Long Framlingham for the night, so we had one decent night sleep on the scheme, we found the troop next morning and everything was alright, we spent all the day bringing in the smashed trucks, what a sight, what a mess our huts were in when we got back, the snow had got in and it is constantly dripping from the roof and sides, it reminded me of a cave, one sleeps with their ground sheet on the top their blankets, if they did not one would have a wet bed. At last we have fires in the billets it has livened things up a bit but unless one sits on top of the thing they feel no heat at all, of course there is one advantage you can have a shave in hot water, its so cold here that we have only to leave the door open and the place is full of birds, they sit on the beds near the fire, they are quite tame too, of course the boys give them bread so I guess we shall have their company while the cold weather lasts. I have just received your letter darling and please do not worry about Russel or the insurance there will be plenty of time to worry and take action when he has muscled in the insurance, it will do you no good to get worked up about it, I should try and hang on at your peoples place if I were you of course that's providing every thing is still pleasant with your people. After the war darling I do not fancy living with Jack and Jessie, so really its no advantage to us. Incidentally I guess you have had no time to get my watch refaced but still it does not matter much if the leave continues the way it is going I should be home about the middle of March, of course in the mean time there are going to be several drafts, will close now darling'
All my love'
Russel: Married Syd's sister Gladys.
Jack and Jessie: unknown.