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AIRGRAPH 19 JLY 1941
MRS. M.M. GARSIDE “C” Company
FORGE COTTAGE, 5th Bn The Green Howards,
SHORNE, Middle East Force.
NR. GRAVESEND. June 30 1941
My dearest Bid,
Just a few lines to let you know I have arrived and having my first taste of Desert, sand and flies. But not as bad as it might be. Had a long but interesting voyage and called at a couple of ports where we had very good parties. Everyone is in very good heart and fit for anything.
Have heard from Jumbo who seems to be having an awful good time in Ireland and is becoming a proficient shot and angler. Castle Radcliffe – Irish Branch – sounds quite attractive too. Wish I cd. have seen you both before I left but hope to soon, when this bother is over. Hope that you are both fit and still together, though I expect Richard is still as keen to get to sea. Will write again very soon.
Godbless and love to you