Letter to Miss Dillon 4 August 1919
4th August 1919
My dearest Lillie,
I am sending in my application for demobilisation to-day. With any luck I may start back in about a fortnight and get to London some time in September. I went to see Alexander’s tomb on Saturday. It is a wonderful piece of work and is still in perfect condition. It is 400 years B.C. It is of coloured marble. Yesterday I went to Floria for the day and bathed and then had tea the San Stefano where the 17th Air Squadron have their mess. I am going to have another try for the flight to Bucharest as soon as my demobilisation has come through. They will hardly refuse it then. I have come to the conclusion that this is really a wonderfully beautiful place now that I feel I am going away. After all one does not leave any place without regrets. I have seen Huns almost in tears at leaving Donnington Hall.
I am going to see the Sultan on Friday. I had a letter from Bucharest this morning. The Military Mission in Roumania is going home about the 1st Sept so there is no object in my staying out here any longer.
A man who got into the F.O. last Spring has just been sent to the Legation at Bucharest as 3rd Secretary. Of course he did not know a word of Roumanian.
That is how things are done!
If this reaches you before Anna has left on her honey moon give them my love and best wishes again. I wrote to her a couple of days ago.
Best love to you & Anna
I am going to live at Morda on the Asiatic side of the Bosphorus to-day. It will be very pleasant and the Mess is a very comfortable house with tennis, bathing &c.
With cover On His Majesty’s Service to Miss de C. Dillon, M.T. RASC., No 1 Reserve Depot, Grove Park, Lee. London S.E. 12.
Postmarked ARMY POST OFFICE SY4 dated 6 AU 19 and stamped PASSED BY CENSOR 382. Signed W. Dillon Lieut.