Letter to Miss Dillon 2 July 1919
On embossed Government Notepaper
2nd July 1919
My dearest Lillie,
I am sending out another S.O.S to Bucharest to-day, and I must tell you about it. The Military Mission in Bucharest asked for me immediately after I came here & G.H.Q. said they would send me if the Military Mission to the Allied Armies who have their head quarters here and off shoots in Roumania did not require me. The latter obviously do not require me or they would have employed me in the meantime.
Now a month has gone by, so I keep on hoping every day for Bucharest. My motto is that of Ruhleben: – Dum Spiro Spero – while I breathe I hope.
The same applies to the I.C.S. [Indian Civil Service] and I am sure they will both come off eventually.
This is a horrible place, and I have not enough work to do.
The people are disgusting. I hate the way they barge into me in the filthy slums of streets & never apologise. Men walk about with grand pianos on their backs and stick the legs in one’s eyes! I never saw anything like the loads they carry on their backs. It is a feature of the place. Another feature is the vast multitude of bugs & flys and every second person has small-pox or leprosy.
I will write a more cheerful letter in a day or two, but must relieve my mind to-night as I know you will sympathise with me in my efforts to get to Roumania.
Best love to you & Anna
By the way do not send any papers, as we get Punch here & the daily papers occasionally a couple of weeks late. 5.7.19
With cover O.A.S. to Miss de C. Dillon, M.T. RASC., No 1 Reserve Depot, Grove Park, Lee. London S.E. 12.
Postmarked ARMY POST OFFICE Y dated 7 JY 19 and stamped PASSED BY CENSOR 490. Signed W. Dillon Lieut.