Letters relating to the death of Ronald Henry Etherton, 1944

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Accession Number AWM2020.22.9
Collection number AWM2016.832.1
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 13
Object type Letter
Physical description 23 Image/s captured
Maker Ayre, Jean Frances
Place made Canada
Date made 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Description

Letters relating to the Second World War service of 423088 Flight Sergeant Ronald Henry Etherton, 76 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

Ronald Henry Etherton died while taking part in a bombing mission on 13 August 1944. This file contains letters by his sweetheart, Jean Ayre, that were returned to her after Etherton’s death. In her letters to him, Jean writes about her holiday at a lake with her family, being back at work, correspondence with his sister Edna, receiving pictures of him, getting a new coat, being recommended for a raise, baking cookies for him, and going out to see a show. Jean often reminds Etherton of her love, remembers the good times they had shared together, and anticipates the future hopefully.

This file also contains official correspondence informing Jean of Etherton’s death and a telegraph from Ronald’s family to Jean, as well as a letter from the mother of a member of Etherton's crew, Evelyn Brownlee.

This file contains:
Letter from Jean Ayre to Ronald Henry Etherton, 31 July 1944;
Letter from Jean Ayre to Ronald Henry Etherton, 2 August 1944;
Letter from Jean Ayre to Ronald Henry Etherton, 3 August 1944;
Letter from Jean Ayre to Ronald Henry Etherton, 4 August 1944;
Letter from Jean Ayre to Ronald Henry Etherton, 8 August 1944;
Letter from Jean Ayre to Ronald Henry Etherton, 11 August 1944;
Letter from Jean Ayre to Ronald Henry Etherton, 12 August 1944;
Letter from Jean Ayre to Ronald Henry Etherton, 14 August 1944;
Telegraph from Australian Air Liaison Officer to Jean Ayre, 15 August 1944;
Letter from Australian Air Liason Officer to Jean Ayre, 15 August 1944;
Telegraph from Australian Air Liaison Officer to Jean Ayre, 18 September 1944;
Letter from Evelyn Brownlee to Jean Ayre, 30 October 1944, [includes envelope];
Telegraph from Mrs Etherton (Ronald's mother) to Jean Ayre, 14 December 1944.