Category Archives: Letters of the First World War

Letters to Loved Ones

During the First World War, letter writing was the main form of communication between loved ones, helping to ease the pain of separation. In the days running up to Valentine’s Day we will share love letters and Life Stories on … Continue reading

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Letters from the First World War – Alfred Dougan Chater

At the end of last year, we introduced the story of Alfred Dougan Chater, a soldier of the London Regiment. Our first post featured the heartfelt letter that Dougan wrote to his sweetheart, Joyce, shortly before departing for France. We … Continue reading

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Letters from the First World War: End of 1914

In our previous blog post, we introduced the story of Alfred Dougan Chater, a soldier of the London Regiment who arrived on the Western Front in later October 1914. Here, we pick up his story and share another of his … Continue reading

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Letters from the First World War: End of 1914

During the First World War, letter writing was the main form of communication between soldiers and their loved ones, helping to ease the pain of separation. In this blog post, we will look at the story of Alfred Dougan Chater, … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: last letters home

For many who saw friends and family go off to serve in uniform during the First World War there was always the lingering fear that any correspondence received from the front might be the last they heard from their loved … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: a message from the King

Today on our series showcasing fascinating and moving letters members of the public have added to Lives of the First World War, a letter from Buckingham Palace. Private Thomas Maher joined up with the Manchester Regiment in 1914, as a young … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: “Cheer up old chap”

In 1917 Rifleman Albert Rudge, invalided out of the army, received a letter from his comrade, Jim, who was also in hospital. Albert Rudge had been serving with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps since his enlistment in April 1915. In … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: “Goodbye for the present”

A few days after he arrived back in France, 17-year-old Stephen Brown seemed to recover a little positivity, at least in his postcards to his mother. But tragedy was looming. His last postcards home had been a desperate attempt to … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: “Say I am only seventeen”

In desperation, 17-year-old Stephen Brown dashed off a postcard to his mother in April 1915, begging her to help him prove he was underage so he could leave the horrors of trench warfare behind. If you’ve been following along, you’ll … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: “Out of hospital”

After four letters sent from English army barracks, in December 1914 17-year-old Stephen Brown finally arrived at the front in France. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that we’ve been blogging Stephen’s letters to his mother in sequence on … Continue reading

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