Sunday, 19th September 1943
My Dear Mother & Father,
Received your very welcome letter of 5th Aug the other day. Fancy the doctor rescuing Uncle Benni almost from death's door - I think it is only a temporary recovery though, he will never be able to shake off that illness now. Glad to hear good news of Uncle Joe - he must be a great worry to his competition, especially at a time like this.
Please thank Auntie Emily for her kindness in knitting the socks. I have received no July letters from you yet, therefore when you talk about Bill convalescing, I am in the dark. Re the photo, I am afraid I must disappoint Mrs Simcox. The chap sitting in front of Jim is named Weight and the one in front of me Walker. Therefore I don't think it can be her son. We might have some more taken shortly.
We held a "Grand Variety Concert" last night, the whole show lasted 2¾ hours, and of course Sunday is a day of sport. Two football matches were played during the day - England v Scotland and England v Dominions. England won both matches, both were very exciting.
I am in the very best of health and spirits. Regards from Jim. Love to you all.
On this day:
Over the Gilbert Islands... American land-based Liberator bombers attack the island of Tarawa.
On the Eastern Front... Northeast of Smolensk, Soviet forces capture Yartsevo and Dukovschina.
In Italy... A British 8th Army unit (5th Division) takes Auletta.
In Occupied Greece... At Cephalonia, the Italian "Acqui" Division resists German forces seeking to disarm it.