I 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:
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.
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.