Letter, Joan Campbell

Campbell, Joan
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An air letter dated 27 December 1944 from Joan Campbell to Mrs Raey Hawley.

In this letter Joan Campbell writes about reporting sick due to an inability to sleep and being on three months bed rest. She writes of meeting with her supervising psychiatric nurse and the doctors on staff and deciding that she will live with her husband, Ted, so they can try for a baby. She writes of moving to Suffolk near Ted's base, travelling around Ipswich, Dunwich and Great Yarmouth and seeing the defences built in the area between Dunkirk and Normandy.

She writes of Ted having to go to London with the airforce and her going to Yorkshire for Christmas as a result - she had been hoping to spend the holidays together for the first time in 5 years of marriage. She describes the difference between Christmas in England and Christmas in New Zealand and her surprise at the generosity given the general hardships of life.

She writes of the sadness brought by sons being at war, or prisoners of the Japanese; the differences in socialising customs between England and New Zealand; the first bombing in the far north of England; the censorship of news about the realities of the effects of war on England; her opinion of people who are exempt from war and who are profiting from it.

She offers her apologies for not sending Lynn's birthday parcel in time and mentions that she is glad that Dick is minus an appendix and able to spend a lot of leave at home. Finally, she hopes for peace in 1945.

On the front of the letter is an English 6d postage stamp.
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Ink on paper. A folded piece of paper that serves as both letter and envelope.
Height x Width: 200 x 245mm
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27 Dec 1944
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