V Mail Competition Winner

The Eighth in the East recently ran a V Mail competition with Thomas Bullock CE VA Primary School, Shipdham. The competition formed part of our educational work and supported the Community Day held on Saturday 22 February 2014.

V mail- short for Victory mail- was a mailing system used by the US services during World War Two to enable service personnel to write home. The children were asked to think about what it would be like to be sent overseas, so far away from home, and to write a message to their loved ones.

We were really pleased to have over sixty entrants to the competition from children in years 5 & 6 at the school. These were displayed as part of a project the school put together to showcase at the event.

The winner is Sophie Green from year 6 and you can read her wonderful entry below. Well done Sophie.

To: Mom

72 Miami Beach


I972 521

Dear Mom, Pops and the rest of the family,

I am missing you loads. I have been away for so long. It is awesome over here in Shipdham. The people are so kind and caring. They are so cool. There is a charming family called the Greens and every Sunday they give me a roast dinner and warm cup of coco.

Every Monday, Friday and Saturday we go down to the W.I Hall for a glass of soda and a boogie woogie. It is great fun! The houses are so small. They all have thatched roofs. Back at camp it is so cold, we have the thinnest blanket ever over us. One night I was fast asleep when something jumped on my bed. I let it walk up to my waist and then chucked it onto the floor. It was a rat, a big problem! The other big problem is mud! It drives me insane. It goes everywhere, in your bed, on your clothes, in your hair, everywhere!

Everyday guys go out on a raid and don’t always return. Last week I lost one of my mates. He was in the back of the plane and got frostbite.

I am missing you so much and I can’t wait to see you again. Please don’t worry about me, I will be fine.

Lots of love,


x x x x

P.S I hope you are all OK?

The Eighth in the East team would like to thank all the children and teachers at the school for their interest and hard work. In particulate we would like to say a big thank you to Teacher Angela Phelps for her support and one of the pupils, Charlie, who came along to the day and showed a real interest in our activities and the story of the Eighth.