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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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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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