Letter from Burma 12
March 30, 1935
You have probably heard about Jimmy Day's death from pneumonia. I knew he was ill, but didn't think he was going to die. Mark flew over yesterday so I will be here without him for a week or so. I hope he will be able to see Rosalind while he is there.
I wonder where Mother Day will live from now on. Perhaps she'll move in with
Harold, or go to Una's in Somerst or John's in Stamford. We would love to have her with us, but do not think this climate or our way of life would suit her.
I feel sorry for Patrick, but I suppose he will continue at his boarding school, and
go to Mother Day for holidays, wherever she might be living.
I must send her a note, offering my sympathy. What do you know of Patrick?
April 5, 1935
Dear Mother Day,
I am so sorry to hear about Jimmy's death. Mark should be with you by now, and
hopefully he will be useful in the days ahead - helping you cope with your next move. Do you have any idea where you will relocate?
Thank you for sending the clipping about Jimmy which just arrived. I hadn't
realised he was only 49. It is lovely to know how much he was loved by the boys at the school, and his colleagues. It says he taught in the prep department, but also that his degree was in Classics and History. Nice to know that he enjoyed his golf and was good enough to win trophys. Again, you would have thought the school would have used him to teach football - as he got his blue at Oxford. And it was good they mentioned his war career too. Being a Major in the Camel Corps in Palestine was quite a challenge, I should think. To be called enormously successful is quite a compliment. How is Patrick taking
it? Did he get time off from his school?
I knew Patrick was at a boarding school, but couldn't remember which one. But now that I read Shrewsbury, I remember that I did know that.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.