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About 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.

We are much less short of food in France than in England …

Hospital Militaire Bonsecours 26/1/1918 My dearest Mother Thank you so much for your ripping long letter. I am sorry you have had such a rotten time victualling just now: anyway I suppose you have a better time than the people … Continue reading

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Thanks to reduced weight I made a passable figure as a Tommy …

  31/12/17 & 2/1/18   HMB My dearest Mother Thanks awfully for putting money in the War Lottery for me: I gather that we haven’t had any luck as a family but never mind, it’s a bit more to help with … Continue reading

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It is freezing cold and we have a lot of snow on the ground, real Christmas weather…

18/12/1917 My dearest Father and Mother This is just to send you my love and good wishes for Christmas. I am sending you home a parcel full of miscellaneous treasures by a trusty friend so I hope it may arrive … Continue reading

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I can’t hear anything but Russian ballet and now I suppose they are gone from one’s gaze for ever…

28/11/17 My dearest Mother The haversack has arrived: it was marked “warm clothing” which tickled me immensely. It’s very nicely done. I knew the Schumann books were in bosche only but that doesn’t matter for songs: a lot of them … Continue reading

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I am trying to write to the strains of “Take me back to dear old Blighty” …

2/11/17 My dearest Mother Got a letter from you to-day, I thought you were never going to write. Tim went off on Tuesday, had to spend the night at Havre and crossed on Weds night. I had a wire from … Continue reading

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The rain is incessant and the whole place is a perfect swamp…

1/10/1917 My Dearest Mother It is very sickening but I do not expect to get home this week, or at any rate at the end instead of today or tomorrow. Matron is held in England and cannot get back because … Continue reading

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…suddenly a runaway horse and cart dashed past us and crashed …

18/9/1917                                            HMB My dearest Mother How delightful to think that this time three weeks hence, barring accidents, I shall be with you all. I am looking forward to it immensely – I had a letter from Tommy Sandall: he will … Continue reading

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I wonder if Col. S will come to Rouen: it would be awfully jolly if he did…

9/9/1917                                              HMB My Dearest Mother It gives me great pleasure to think that ,barring accidents, a month hence I shall be with you and it will be Father’s birthday. I am looking forward immensely to my leave, to a stay … Continue reading

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Tim and I … were invited out by two rather nice Belgian officers, both Counts!

22/08/1917 My Dearest Mother and Father Thank you very much indeed for your more than generous presents which have arrived, so I was advised by the Credit Lyonnais. My birthday passed busily as usual and in the evening I went … Continue reading

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Unfortunately one was only allowed to walk in the castle grounds…

06/08/1917                                                         HMB My Dearest Mother This will be an awful scribble: both my hands are bound as I have got what they think is Urticaria(nettle-rash) but what tickles like the devil anyway- I haven’t slept properly for two nights as … Continue reading

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