WWII Inshore Patrol Flotilla (IPF)

Royal Navy Special Service unit based at the Helford River

Wartime Telegrams

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Two wartime telegrams sent to my dad, Pip Jarvis, from my mother, Eva Jarvis in September and November 1944.

They were sent from Throckley, Newcastle upon Tyne and addressed to Ridifane, a large house that was used by MI6 and the officers of the IPF. Dad must have kept them through the war and returned them to my mother afterwards. They were given by my mother to my sister Ann, the baby girl mentioned in the telegrams.

telegram to Ridifarne

Message dated 16th September 1944
Addressed to ENG | JARVIS LT/KX 151603 C/O SOIP RI:FARE MAWNAN SMITH NR FALMOUTH (I am sure this is addressed to 'Ridifarne', the MI6 headquarters and home to the officers.
Message = GIRL BOTH WELL = MOTHER +

2nd telegram to MI6 headquarters, Ridifarne

Message dated 1 November 1944
Addressed: PRIORITY RP 1/ = ENG | JARVIS LT/KX 151603 C/O SOIP RIDIFARNE MAWNAN SMITH FALMOUTH CORNWALL
Message = BABY DANGEROUSLY ILL. PLEASE COME HOME IMMEDIATELY LOVE= EVA+

The baby mentioned in the telegram was my eldest sister, Ann and she had contracted pneumonia, but went on to make a full recovery.