84 Wolverhampton 13.07.1944 (written from hospital)
What a surprise I got when my father and Hilda turned up, you see I never got your letter telling me that they might come until about five o'clock that day but still surprises are nice. Well darling I am getting up now, I am just allowed to sit on the chair but it makes a welcome break from the bed, mind you I cannot stand it very long, just ten minutes then I am lying on the bed again. I feel awfully faint after a little while but that will be O.K. shortly. My leg is easing and today the pain's been coming from my foot but generally I am quite happy. Excuse my writing but I can't seem to control it today. Hilda knew very little about Norman so you will have to give hope, I am surprised the sweet hearts are not getting married but I guess its just as well because the years they have been apart they have bound to change and if the change is too great they might find they are not suited. The boys are all getting better now, I guess there will be a clearance shortly and quite a lot will be sent away, see we are going to get seven days leave when we are better. I hope I get my ticket but I think that is hoping a little too much, but I shall do my best to see that I don't go in the army any more. Well until the next time of writing, Cherrio darling, Sydney.
Hilda: Syd's older sister married to Charles Fox.
Norman : Married Marjorie's younger sister Helen and later as British Consul was prisoner in Korea with George Blake.