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Bread discontinued

Extract from WW1 letter dated 3rd May 1918
From David Henry Taylor in Holzminden to Ginger (Ethel) Linn in USA
Post card n°9
“I have just had your letter of Feb 21st. By the way if you send letters direct to me they come quicker … I told you some time ago that the Berne people had discontinued their bread since December … Could you send me any of the American Building Journals such as the American Architect, Architectural Record or brick Building or papers like these … I hope the kiddies are alright & you yourself also. David”

Birthday

Extract from WW1 letter dated 2 & 3 May 1918
From May Muggridge in Beckenham (UK) to David Henry Taylor in Holzminden
“My dear David,
This is my birthday, and I am enjoying it in spite of the fact that you are not really with me … I have a lovely large bunch of pinkish tulips given me by the temporary girls, and roses to match … I must not stop any longer as we are so busy … P.S Last night I dreamt I was wearing that ring. I wonder what that is a sign of?”

Day dreams

Extract from WW1 letter dated 1 April 1918
From David Henry Taylor in Holzminden to May Muggridge in Beckenham (UK)
“My Dearest,
… I am enclosing sketches of two houses, the result of part of my day dreams. Tell me what you think of them, and let me know if you like the idea of them and general appearance and which you think would be more suitable … I have lettered them A & B, and have copies of them so that you can refer to them … What do you think ?”

The heavy hand of censorship

Extract from WW1 letter dated 18 March 1918
From May Muggridge in Beckenham (UK) to David Henry Taylor in Holzminden
“My dear David, … [half of page cut by censor]      ….Saturday evening I did some needlework, and then to bed I had some lovely dreams about you… Sunday morning I called on Mac … She is going away Wednesday for her Easter holiday … In the afternoon and evening I read newspapers, but could not find any news …”

Prisoner Undertaking

Extract from WW1 Prisoner Undertaking Holzminden PoW camp

signed by David Henry Taylor dated 16 February 1918

“I herewith give my word of honour that I shall not … make an attempt of escape during such walk … and not to commit any acts that are directed against the safety of the German Empire … I gave also my word of honour to use this card only myself and not to give it to any other prisoner of war”

New Year’s resolution

Extract from a WW1 letter dated 31 December 1917

From May Muggridge in Beckenham to David Henry Taylor, PoW in Germany

The last day of the old year …. I wonder what the New Year will bring us? I think happiness … After all I am only going to make one resolution for 1918 … I have made that resolution before, several times in fact, but alas, I have fallen decidedly short hitherto … Saturday evening … Have finished one stocking and am now on the second … They will be warm …”