Extracts

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Books for PoW

Extract from WW1 letter dated 11 August 1917

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

“My dear David,

Just a short letter to tell you I have sent some books off this morning to you … When you get these books will you let me know the next subject you would like … I have been looking up trains and expect to go by the 1.50 pm from London Bridge, due Littlehampton at 3.42 … Goodbye.

May.”

 

Extract from WW1 letter dated 22 October 1917

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

“My dear David,

I was hoping to hear from you this weekend, but I have not so far … Saturday afternoon I did shopping and wound wool … A few days ago I wrote to Batsfords asking if the books had been dispatched … But that Frouds Historical Essays were then being bound … I will see them tomorrow and ask …”

Mary Heberden

Extract from a WW1 letter dated 19 November 1917

From Mary Heberden in Cheltenham to May Muggridge in Beckenham

“You were se very kind in letting me know all Mr Taylor was able to tell me about my son’s death on July 10 … Sergt Taylor … was with my dear son when he died … He could not hear the right address … He added “I must say he was a brave soldier and died a hero” … I think it is so very nice of him to write and I am thankful to know that … Again thanking you for so kindly writing …”

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 …”

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”

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 …”

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 ?”