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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: 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 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: “Terrible goings on”

Rifleman Stephen Brown, 17, wrote a fourth letter to his mother from his barracks in Sheerness, as he waited to be deployed to the front in the autumn of 1914. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that we’ve been … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: “Excuse the writing”

Aged 17, Rifleman Stephen Brown wrote his third letter home from the army in the autumn of 1914. As October and November wore on, the mobilisation process was continuing, and teenage Stephen’s battalion, the 5th of the King’s Royal Rifle … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: “I am getting on alright”

  In his second letter home, 17-year-old Stephen Brown settles into the army as war breaks out. After his emotional first letter home, which we posted last Wednesday, it seems Stephen Brown’s mother forgave him whatever he did to upset … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: Stephen Brown, 17

Stephen Brown joined the army in July 1914, a month before the First World War broke out. He was 17 years old. This is the first in a series of letters Stephen sent his family. We’ll be blogging the letters … Continue reading

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