April 7. 1945
Peter moved into the Dominion Officers Club with me on Tuesday. We got up Wednesday in time for breakfast (eggs supplied by Dorothy) and then spent the morning playing billiards and packing my kit ready to take to the station. Just when we finished Alex arrived so we all went to the station and that is when we sent the telegram. I hope you got it alright. Afterwards I got some tickets to a musical revue and we spent the afternoon in the Tudor Club. The revue I had seen with Jimmy Miller had been so good I thought this would also but the four of us were quite unanimous in thinking it hopeless. The caste was only 12 and they all seemed to be the same. Funny it had good press reports though. It was ‘Sweeter and Lower’. We had supper afterwards at Kempinskis—good food but expensive. The day before (I forgot to mention) Peter took us to lunch at the Regent Palace. He knows the head waiter which helps a lot as we were able to walk right passed an enormous queue and later have his personal attention at our table.
Thursday morning started off with eggs and snooker again. Then we walked down town and met two troopers who Peter knew in the 9th Armoured I think. One was from Kelowna—Wid Thompson’s son. We took them to the Tudor and stayed quite awhile—in fact missing lunch. Later we met a naval lt. friend of Peters and we went to another club. About six we went round to the Admiralty and picked up Alex and Freda and went to the Spotlight for supper staying there until it was time for me to catch the train. Freda and Peter came down to see me off and then went on to the Aster (I heard today.)
My train left at 2345 but fortunately although it arrived soon after four I was allowed to stay in the sleeper until seven. I needed the sleep. Well that just about covers my leave. I did most things I meant too but never got to Ramsgate nor met my Red + girl again. Also meant to see Ken Reid who is still on indefinite leave and staying in Manchester, though this may yet be arranged.
With love from
[Editor’s note: Transcription provided by collection donor.]