is a time for celebrating and for peace but it also has its serious side and
these two embroidered cards made in France and Belgium during the First World War say
it all. They were made by the local
French and Belgian girls to sell to the soldiers.
first one was from Arthur Lane to my grandmother (his aunt) for 1914/15. “Dear Auntie, I thought you might like one of
the crowd of patriotic cards that are sold out here. Everywhere you go you come across these card: even
hawkers selling them. We are now back at
___ for Divisional Rest . Yesterday we
had a Church Parade and H.C. This
moprning we have been out practiding attacking.
Love from Arthur.” Within a year
he and two of his brothers were dead in the trenches of France.
one - "To my dear wife from Tom xxx" said "Hoping you enjoy yourself
as best you can. I got back all safe and
sound in the muck. It's rotten
here. Ta Ta." I don’t know whether Tom was around to
celebrate Christmas the next year – I hope so.
This post is linked to Maria’s Postcards for the Weekend.
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