Extracts

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Dispersal camp

Extract from WW1 letter dated 27th March 1919 From David Henry Taylor in Sheerness to May Muggridge in Beckenham “My darling I really have good news today … I trotted off to get my papers, as I thought, from the demobilisation officer, but he said that everything was ready for us to go but he [...]

Demobilisation

Extract from WW1 letter dated 6th March 1919 From David Henry Taylor in Sheerness to May Muggridge in Beckenham “My darling, … the battalion in the meantime had gone off to Rugeley … I had to report to Headquarters at 12 o’clock but it was only give in my name … I cannot get any [...]

Waiting

Extract from WW1 letter dated 5th March 1919 From David Henry Taylor in Sheerness to May Muggridge in Beckenham “My Darling, … The battalion is going to Cannock Chase tomorrow morning, but I am remaining here, together with a number of other officers … I have found out that they have started demobilization of officers [...]

Nothing to do

Extract from WW1 letter dated 15th February 1919 From David Henry Taylor in Sheerness to May Muggridge in Beckenham “Darling, This morning I went & saw the doctor & that is the total amount of my day’s work … He said my heart was strained a little, but that was nothing very serious … From [...]

Home again

Extract from WW1 letter dated 24th December 1918 From David Henry Taylor in Balham to Ginger (Ethel Linn) In USA “Dear Ginger, I am home again, as of course you know by this time … we were not the first prisoners to get home by some thousands. It started in Holland, as soon as we [...]

The Day

Extract from WW1 letter dated 11 November 1918 From Charrington in London to Ethel Linn in USA “THE DAY” Dear Mrs Linn, Only time to say thank God the fighting is over … Guns went off at 11 o’clock, everyone cheered, traffic stopped & it looks like 10 Lord Mayor Shows … I saw several [...]

Lost kit

Extract from WW1 letter dated 9th October 1918 From David Henry Taylor in Holzminden to War Office “Sir, Will you kindly remit the value of the value of the articles of kit mentioned below, which I lost when I was captured at Nieuport, Belgium, on July 10th 1917 … Pistol & Holster & Lanyard £3.14.4 [...]

Origin of word ‘banger’

Extract from WW1 letter dated 1st October 1918 From David Henry Taylor in Holzminden to May Muggridge in Beckenham (UK) “My Dearest, Just had two lovely letters from you … Talking about cooking, sausages form one of the stable items of diet here & as you know these things when frying are apt to burst [...]

Bognor

Extract from WW1 letter dated 25 September 1918 From May Muggridge in Bognor to David Henry Taylor in Holzminden “My dear David, Here we are sitting on a lovely beach with the sinking sun shining on our faces & scarcely a cloud to be seen … These 2 folks who gave us a concert last [...]

Headmaster

Extract from WW1 letter dated 28 August 1918 From W. Rushbrooke in St Olave’s Grammar School to David Henry Taylor in Holzminden “Just a line, my dear David, not so much because I have anything to tell you and because your mother has just sent me your address and this is the best acknowledgment I [...]