Ref NoWEA/C/F/1
CollectionBernard Weatherill Papers
TitleFamily letters from Jack Weatherill to 'everyone' at home, September 1940 - October 1942
Name of creatorWeatherill, Bruce Bernard (1920-2007) Baron Weatherill, Speaker of the House of Commons
Extent49 items
DescriptionFamily letters from Jack Weatherill to 'everyone' at home, September 1940 - October 1942. These letters follow the training period of Weatherill's army career, both in England and India. He writes letters, usually on a weekly basis, of four pages or more to the whole family, or 'everyone'. They are often amusing and entertaining and his news usually centres around a small number of topics - the training, food, clothing, the difficulties of transport and how he has spent his leave and leisure time. He often assumes an ironic tone when giving details of the training he receives in Britain, particularily on the army's dictates about polishing boots and buckles. He discusses the merits of various regiments, but is clear that he wants to be an officer in the Indian Army. Many of his letters and envelopes have been numbered and once he is in India some have been marked with the date of receipt. From this it is clear that many of his letters taken six months or more to reach his family. He also does not receive any letters from England until he has been in India for five months.
NotesPrevious reference number: WEA/C F1
Armed Forces
Army officer
Postal Services
PhysicalDescription49 documents. Most of the letters are written in ink on writing paper or airmail paper, though several are written in pencil. The envelopes with stamps have survived in most cases. The photographs are all black and white prints and small in size.
Related OrganisationIndia Army
Related PlaceIndia
Associated PersonWeatherill family
Associated PlaceCowley Barracks, Oxford
Thorpe Mandeville, Northamptonshire
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, India
Gulunche Camp, Nira, India
Merrow, Surrey
Access conditionsThis material is available for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU (
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