As to the memento …

Directorate of Forestry. Prisoners of the 50th POW Company working at a saw mill. Haute Foret d’Eu, 25 January 1918.  © IWM (Q 10226)

6th November 1918          HMB

My dearest Father

Thank you very much for all your letters: it has done nothing but pour without ceasing for two nights and two days so life is rather trying, pattering about in the mud between the huts.

We have several injured Boche prisoners from the forestry prisoners camp near here and I have had to x-ray two lately, as they had damaged bones of their hands in the circular saw. I hate the sight of the swine, but anyway they are at their last gasp now.

Thank God we can make them pay and pay heavily for their misdeeds of the last four years. I hope they will get NO mercy. Austria is well squashed but I’m sorry it means another damned republic and Germany too I suppose.

As to the memento I should like a nice brooch: not pearls or turquoises, but anything else. Perhaps a few diamonds on it to go with my earrings and pendant but not expensive.

I must dry up now

Best love to you all

Your loving Dorothy

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Mrs T

Beyond the day job, the housework and the garden I love to delve into local and family history. I also love to get involved in local projects. Recent research for Alford Manor House has combined the two and led to obsession.

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