Eric’s 2nd grave

Oct 8th, 2015

In the 1920’s the War Graves Commission designed new graveyards for the fallen and many remains were re-interred. I assume this is what happened to Eric as he died in a Casualty Clearing station after being shot by a sniper. The war graves commission decided on the slab deign as a standard marker for all graves rather than a cross.

eric's 2nd grave

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Erics 1st grave

Oct 8th, 2015

This is the first grave which is made of a simple wooden cross. No idea who took it but probably a comrade or Commanding Officer who then sent it to the family. I found it in an old album and was not aware of the existence of the grave as I had visited the war graves Commission grave yard with the more standard slab as in the next post.

Eric's 1st grave

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Letter to Roy Tattersall at Sedbergh School

Oct 6th, 2015

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Letter from Eric 1st WW. Hindenburg line at a guess. the boy referred to in the previous post.

Oct 6th, 2015

Transcript of Eric’s letter 22.2.17

Dear Roy,

Thanks for your letter.

Here I am in a village billeted up with four other officers while the Batt are in the trenches, they do not send all the officers into the line at once and it is my luck to be out there this time.

It is no use my writing a long epistle as I cannot say much as I have to censor my own letter.

It is quite warm now, but it is raining which is nearly as bad as the cold.

The trenches are in an awful state,  that is where there are trenches at all.

We are in a part of the line which has been captured from the German’s more of less recently, I did nothing toward this capture however.

I have not been able to get a revolver recently and rely entirely on my knife and a walking stick.

So long

Eric

Keep up the communication at all cost.

I am sending you a quid for yourself – don’t let anyone at home know

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Letter from Austen Chamberlain, Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1920. Half brother of Neville.

Oct 5th, 2015

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For You the War is Over

Aug 28th, 2015

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Prisoner of War Magazine

Aug 28th, 2015

POW mag

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Wilfred’s Recruitment Form

Aug 28th, 2015

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Letters Home. Wilfred missing in the middle east.

Aug 27th, 2015

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Some things are worth their price however bitter or heavy they have been.

May 12th, 2015

24th of September 1944

My dear Hilda

It is a year ago now since I was taken over by the Germans. Time flies or does it? The Autumn weather has been pretty dry and we have had some lovely September days, always a consolation to me.I prefer the wonderful climate of Italy to this however which is much more like our own! I have had letters from yourself, Harvey, and May and I’m glad to note that everything appears to be normal. No cigarettes lately however and I have had no clothes parcels but I do not expect these things now.I shall manage. One has great hopes. Some day I shall appear again, soon I hope, but if I never do (and life is always full of possibilities) remember that I always thought everything was worth it particularly during recent days. Everything must be paid for and some things are worth their price however bitter or heavy it has been. I look forward, however, with optimism and too bright days and a better future before us all with much love to everyone and best wishes.
from Wilfred.

[Wilfred is talking about his move from Italy to Germany rather than his initial capture in North Africa – admin]

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