June 11th 1944

My posting through to SPAFU Ternhill, where they give you hell, so all the ex-pupils say! I go to town on Saturday night and go to ‘Barlows’, a pub upstairs in Chester, where one meets lots of women – I don’t, but should do though. I meet my friend ‘Bish’ and we go down to a dance at the Castle. We drink some whisky, then order and pay for half a dozen gins before they all run out. I dance with some dame, an ‘excuse me’, and three women cut in on me and nearly turn my head. One is an A.T.S. sergeant. I dance with her later on and then for the rest of the night. If ever I saw love in a girl’s eyes, which I never did before, there it is. She is Jean Admunsen (or something) from Manchester, down in Chester on a baseball course of all things. I take her home to the ‘Girls Friendly Society’ where she is billeted, and we sit above the racecourse a little before midnight. I get busy and find she is all of a dither, and stunned with pure love for me. She keeps asking what hit her, but beyond kissing her I can do nothing, and take her home and wake up the ‘friendly girls’ at 12.15 am. God! I never met the like of her before – aged 20 – and her emotions bring out her Lancashire accent! I cycle home in the rain to not much sleep.

‘Bish’ well organised with one Betty Bevan whose husband is a POW. I go flying in a Harvard after one hour’s link and find things easier. I also go and look at Haneck Oak, where I once stayed with ‘Jonah’ of Harrow and Sandhurst days.



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4 responses to “June 11th 1944”

  1. The trouble your old man has getting his leg over suggests to me you’re lucky to be here at all!

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  2. “I dance with some dame, an ‘excuse me’, and three women cut in on me and nearly turn my head.” What is an “excuse me”? I don’t understand that reference.

    1. James Dunford Wood Avatar
      James Dunford Wood

      Your guess is as good as mine. I assume it means that he cut in on someone else dancing with the ‘dame’, and asked (excuse me) if he could have the next dance with her.

      1. Thanks for the response. Now that I reread the entry, that makes sense. It’s been so long since I’ve been in such a situation that I’ve forgotten how it works.

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