C/O ARP Committee
Cannon St House
17 Sept 1941
My Dear Ida
Meryn says he is expecting the next proclamation to call him up and he has been promised a job in *** with a decent rank. This is strictly private. I cannot help feeling that it would have been better if he had taken a commission at the commencement of the War as his undoubted ability and physical fitness would have borne fruit. However, that is a matter for him.
I am in co-charge of the fire-fighting arrangements at Cannon St House and as you may guess, when the Blitz is resumed, that this will not be a very safe job. We have six fire watchers on each night taken from the tenants at Cannon St House. I had Meryn here one evening and showed him our roofs and he didn’t like them.
It is strange that the representatives of Watkins Brewers (Llandovery) - Mervyn Spencer and Co are all housed here. The other man here is charge of the fire scheme is called Wills, he is a nonconformist minister. From all accounts he is a very brave fellow and is most enthusiastic and one of the fittest men physically I have met. He is only 30 years old, his wife and 2 sons are in Canada and his mother in Australia.
We really are a happy family here and it does me good to see staid principals of important firms enter into games of table tennis, darts and shove halfpenny.
I enclose a letter I had from my Chief at the Ministry of Supply when I resigned, as you could be wrongly thinking that there was something wrong then. Would you keep it for me.
I suppose Uncle Arthur does not even know that there is a war on, but Meryn tells me that his health is excellent. I am sorry for his affliction in a way, but feel that it spares him a lot of worry and anxiety.
Love to you both
Your aff cousin
ElydyrPlease excuse scrawl, this is being scribbled at 3.30 am!