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Wartime Letters35 of 76WWII British Expeditionary Force Christmas CardWW2 German POW letter of thanks to US Officer
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Posted 5 years ago


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Local WWI soldiers paperwork, consisting of photographs, one showing him (sitting)and a friend, another showing his officer on horseback. His wartime diary, showing he was a signaller, and fought in several areas including the Somme. A note states he was wounded. A very poignant reminder of WWI are the names and addresses of his friends which were crossed out as they were killed. (Most are crossed out!!!!!). Particularly rare, and a fantastic item (I think) is his original thin paper decoder for the Morse code, given that they had to try to keep signals unreadable for the Germans, I have been told that the clock face on the paper would allow them to change the Morse code in some way at different times of day. To think he carried this in battle, in the trenches and it has survived is remarkable. Also included are his discharge papers.


  1. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    GREAT collection! Do you have his helmet as well?

    The "Code Time" clock looks interesting.

    Have you read through the diary for combat entries?

  2. petey petey, 5 years ago
    Hi scott, yes I do have the helmet, somewhere! probably in one of the unpacked boxes. I think there is mention of various areas of battle where he was, I will have to look more closely. The diary is very brief, would have been better if he had kept daily records.
  3. petey petey, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the love miKKoChristmas11, blunderbuss2, musikchoo, mustangtony, JueBoo, vetraio50, scottvez, and nldionne.
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    Wonderful collection of personal items.
  5. pops52 pops52, 5 years ago
    Very interesting!
  6. petey petey, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the love and comments BELLIN68, pops52, and walksoftly.
  7. petey petey, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the love PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, inky, and mrmajestic1.
  8. petey petey, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the love AR8Jason
  9. petey petey, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the love ttomtucker, and NicoleJerelen
  10. petey petey, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the love JueBoo

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