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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. Settling in with his company of King’s Royal Rifles servicemen, Stephen sent his mother a postcard. Transcript of December … 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. In this letter, Stephen talks of receiving the cigarettes his … Continue reading

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