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 & the fact of them being tinned seems to make them especially explosive, so that the elite here politely refer to them as “bangers” … explodes blowing off a red hot piece into the next man’s face or neck who immediately yells … upsets his porridge, stew, or whatever he happens to be stirring, into the sausages & then calls down the Wrath of Heaven …”