Letters to the Front line

Story through letters between a mother and children to there father and husband during the second world war with london in great distress and the front lines treacherous living conditions. With relatively modern writing I hope you enjoy this historical tale about a Man and a Boy at war.

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7. Too Late

April 1945

Son,

There is only so much I can I put into words, I have been returned home, on a boat as we speak. I have been told to be with my family at this time but don't know what that means. Your mother still doesn't write so I don't know whether you shall join me back in london. I received your news concerning the RAF, congratulations and I hear that is the safest place to be in this war.  I am so proud of you. 

Do you remember when you where eight years old? When you destroyed the front garden with your new toy plane, your mother when crazy, I couldn't stop laughing so I said i would handle it. I took you to your room and we just sat there and spoke about war and how you would love to be a pilot. Well look at you know, I am glad i never told you off for wrecking a very precious thing to your mother because we got to spend a little time together. I know it was hard for you growing up as the oldest of four and your mother and I always working but I intend to change that. When this war is over, we shall both come home heroes in the hope that your brother and sisters will never have to fight in this war. 

We shall all be together soon and it won't be quite the same but I am sure we have both seen things we would rather we hadn't but thats what happens in wars. Although I have seen terrible, horrible things in this war i have seen beautiful things, like men risking there lives for men they barely knew and at christmas calling a cease fire and playing football in no mans land with the Germans.

I am sure you have learned great amounts of skills and will now have lots of jobs lined up when you leave. I don't know if you heard from your grandparents but Lucy and Jess are doing fantastically at school and are on the route to a very good education. On the other hand Albert has been a bit more of a trouble maker, running the teachers in circles and questioning everything they do, but i suppose thats both of us put into a nutshell. 

Your a smart kid, you shall always be safe in this war, and if you get scared or panic (which isn't uncommon) just think of the time you ran circles around the teachers and your mothers front garden. Be the same menace to the Germans and they will never be able to punish you. 

Keep safe my Boy

Dad 

This end letter was received in a french airfield two days after Aaron Jackson had been pronounced deceased. Edward returned home and a month later the war ended. His younger brother Albert later became a RAF pilot hoping to honour his brothers memory. In there village Aaron was the only RAF officer to not come home in 1945. They dedicated a tree in his name. This tree is still standing to this day.

 

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