WWI Postcard Transcription

Laddie in KhakiI have recently introduced a friend and colleague, Kevin Ritchie, to the world of blogs. He caught on straight away and is doing some interesting things with his blog, namely scanning and transcribing his family’s collection of World War One postcards. Here’s an extract:

Dear Wife

Just a line to thank you for this card. I would like to keep it but I cannot, it would only get torn or someone steal it so I am sending it back with thanks please send me some fags for I have none. Next week you can send me a parcel for I might not get any more from you. I might have to go out to France about next Friday we do not know we get warned one day and on to France the next day or I might be hear a month.

Reading such personal correspondence between Edward and Isabel is truly incredible and emotional. The raw emotional pain of the war isn’t something that’s often written about in the history books.

Dearest Ted.

You know very well that I do care for and my heart aches without ceasing day and night.
I lie every night till the daylight comes in.

Best love from Isa. xxxxxxxx

After you’ve looked at Kev’s site, consider visiting the website of the Royal British Legion and think for a moment about those who have died for their countries, and think for a moment why they did it, and how they might have felt.

Thanks, Kev, for taking the time to do this.

3 Responses to WWI Postcard Transcription

  1. kevin ritchie 23 February, 2006 at 11:24 am #

    Hi Tom,
    I am totally chuffed with you comments about my blog. I know how I feel about this subject as it is a rather personal thing but to have others comment like you have done shows how deep feelings run even after all these years.
    Thank you.

  2. kevin ritchie 23 February, 2006 at 11:26 am #

    Hi Tom,
    I am totally chuffed with your comments about my blog. I know how I feel about this subject as it is a rather personal thing. To have others comment like you have done shows how deep feelings run even after all these years.
    Thank you.

  3. Lisa 27 February, 2006 at 9:06 am #

    What a beautiful idea – the postcards are lovely too. I had never thought about how blogs could be used in this way and I can see that it would be a great way to show other family members photos, letters and other pieces of family history. I will have to tell my Grandpa (aka the family historian!)