Chapter 18: Holiday abroad
Bomber was welcomed into his new RMP Unit in Aldershot by his father-in-law Major Bambridge, although Julie was none too pleased as she hadn’t expected her husband to transfer down to Aldershot, because she was still grieving for Jack Fletcher and try as she may, she couldn’t find herself falling in love with her husband all over again, which put her into a deeper depression.
Her father Major Bambridge took his daughter Julie’s depression to be all down to her pregnancy, and believed everything would work out fine when the baby was eventually born. Both her parents were over the moon about their future grandchild, and her mother was always out on a shopping spree buying new cloths and nursery items for Julie’s forthcoming baby, but even this didn’t seem to interest their daughter.
Julie was now seven months pregnant and Bomber suggested to her parents that he take Julie away on a little holiday to Egypt to help her get over her depression.
Major Bambridge agreed that this would be a good idea, but was concerned for the health of his daughter and her unborn child, due to the air travel, and the extra humidity when they arrived at their destination in Egypt, but Bomber assured them that he would take great care of them both, and also reminded her parents that this would be the last chance they would have to fly out on any holiday due to Julie’s progressive pregnancy.
Fortunately Julie was looking forward to the trip to Egypt because she had always wanted to see the Tutankhamun tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The mystery behind the young kings death had always intrigued her and the thought of seeing all the precious items from the year 1323BC and especially the golden kings death mask in the Cairo Museum quite excited her.
Bomber applied for forces leave and the couple booked the holiday and caught a flight out to Cairo two weeks later. The Ramses Hilton hotel was one of the most luxurious and expensive five star hotels in Cairo, but Bomber had planned it that way so it would look like nothing but the best hotel in Cairo was good enough for his wife Julie to stay in.
The following morning a trip had been arranged to take them to see the Tutankhamun antiqities at the Cairo museum, Julie loved the tour and actually started to come out of her depresion, and at long last started to comunicate with Bomber, although his hatetred for her, for her betral was still too strong for him to bare,and he was now committed to finding a way of disposing of both her and Fletcher’s baby.
Unfortunatly with all the walking around in the 30c degree heat of the day, Julies ankels started to swell up and she was told to rest and drink more bottled water by the hotel doctor.The water system in Cairo was still rather primitive and everyone was informed by the hotel staff that under no curcmstances were they allowed to drink the tap water in case they contracted any water based diseases.
This was music to Bombers ears which gave him the opportunity he’d been waiting for, and allowed him to change Julie’s clean bottled water to dirty tap water with an added little extra tough of dirty water from the River Nile.
The following day Bomber had organised an eight day cruise for the couple on the River Nile, leaving from Luxor to Aswan so that Julie could visit the Valley of the Kings, the Karnak and Luxor Temples, Edfu Temple, Kom Omdo, and the beautiful Philae Temple in Aswan.
Everything was now going according to plan, and on the River Nile cruise return journey Julie took sick just as Bomber had predicted. Must be the curse of the Tutankhamun tomb, Bomber sniggered to himself cruelly, just as the doctor was sent for to urgently attend to his wife who was now shaking uncontrollably with fever.
On arrival at Luxor Julie was urgently admitted to the local hospital for suspected food poisoning, but after putting up a tremendous fight she sadly lost Fletcher’s baby, the hospital doctor administered penicillin to combat Julie’s fever, but she was allergic to the drug and unfortunately due to the combination of losing her baby and the trauma of the penicillin injections, Julie passed tragically away.
Bomber was overjoyed, he had completed the task he’d set out to do without one blemish to his good character, and whilst pretending to be in deep shock at the loss of his beautiful wife, he even informed the hospital administration staff that he was going to sue them for failing to check that his wife was allergic to penicillin.
Her father Major Bambridge was devastated when he heard the news from her grieving husband over the telephone, and flew out immediately to the hospital in Luxor.
An investigation and post mortem on Julies body was carried out, but it was found to be a combination of a deadly water based typhoid germ, and penicillin which had finally lead to her inevitable death. The investigating police officer concluded that Julie had probably taken a drink of untreated water whilst on holiday, from the hotel bathroom taps whilst standing in the showers, or cleaning her teeth.
Julie’s body was flown home, and arrangements had been made with the Davis Funeral Home in Aldershot ,to prepared it for burial. The funeral took place a week later, and the entire company of RMP160 Provost along with Bombers old ‘Red Troop’ pals turned out for the funeral service.
Bomber soon grew tired of pretending to grieve for his wife Julie and the miserably sad atmosphere which was generated from living with the Bambridge family, so he applied for another posting to Edinburgh Castle. Fortunately the Edinburgh Military Tattoo was due to take place any day and Staff Sergeant (Bomber) Hill was welcomed with open arms to his new unit due to the shortage of staff for the security of the castle over the Military Tattoo period.
Bomber loved the posting to Edinburgh, and was so relived not to have to pretend to be grieving for the loss of his wife anymore, although he kept in regular contact with the Bambridge family to avoid suspicion. He had even made arrangements to take one of the local RMP female staff out to dinner on his days off.
A Relationship soon blossomed and Bomber had never been so happy, or in love since his courting days with Julie, although he was very careful to avoid any talk of marriage to his new girlfriend, WRAC Royal Military Police woman Angela Waters.
It was now the summer of August 1980, six years later, and Bomber had been promoted to Warrant Officer II. The couple were still together and still very much in love, so Bomber who by this time was feeling safe and secure asked his girlfriend Anglia for her hand in marriage.
Julie’s father Major Bambridge RMP, had also been promoted to Lt Colonel and had just retired after 22 years of loyal service with the Royal Military Police, proudly receiving the MBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. and Bomber feeling rather smug, heartlessly invited the Bambridge family to his wedding.