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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.

On the 11th of this month her Gracious Majesty Queen Mary visited us…

July 1917 HMB My Dearest Mother I don’t know what has been happening to my last letter to you for you evidently haven’t got it. It certainly hasn’t gone astray for the reasons you thought for I never said a … Continue reading

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The chateau is a façade flanked by round towers with painted pepper pot tops …

24/6/1917  HMB My Dearest Mother I hope you have got the war loan certificate all right. I had Janette Taylor up here yesterday to say goodbye: she is going home on Saturday. She will get to open day, lucky girl. … Continue reading

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It is so hot that after one’s work is done one pants like a dog with the heat…

05/06/1917 HMB My dearest Mother I am writing in bed at 5 am because it is so hot that after one’s work is done one pants like a dog with the heat. Yesterday was a blazing day: the huts were … Continue reading

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Mrs Pollard took me to see “Madame et son filleul” a French farce, extremely amusing with humour of a broad variety

My dearest Father              20/05/1917 HMB I’m afraid it is sometime since I wrote but I have been very busy in the garden and with arrears of work too. I will try to finish the … Continue reading

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It is a great thing to have one’s friend attached to a hospital whose quarters are in one of the swagger hotels of Paris!!  

11/5/1917 My dearest Mother Please forgive my remissness in writing: I have been to Paris! I dare say you may have seen in the papers that there has been a conference  (inter allie) on re-education and reestablishment of the disabled … Continue reading

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The Spode ware sounds delightful, is it the green kind?

29/04/1917                                                              HMB My dearest Mother Many thanks for your long … Continue reading

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..the sausages and pork pies … were delicious in spite of being 10 days old!!

18/04/1917 HMB My dearest Mother Your wire to Tim arrived this afternoon: how it happened that my wire to you despatched from Havre at 8.45 Monday morning with my own hands has not reached you I am entirely unable to … Continue reading

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It was so ripping seeing you all again…

SS Normania 11/04/1917 My Dearest Mother Here I am stuck again: it is a rotten business. We didn’t go last night and I shall be very astonished if we go tonight: it is simply too sickening. It spoils everything to … Continue reading

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Suddenly up came the British Army fire brigade…..

7/3/1917 My Dearest Mother I should have written on Sunday but I was on duty all day and the rest I had some important work to do arranging our new tool-house and potting shed, and looking over our seed–boxes and … Continue reading

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Now don’t begin to worry about U boats….

26/2/1917 I hurried Father’s letter off in order that you should have some news of me, and in the meanwhile received your thrilling letter of the 18th. I do hope your news was true. I still contend that we are … Continue reading

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