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Child's letter home, Christmas 1915, UK



The following letter was written by my father, age 10, to his parents during an English lesson at Silver Street School, Christmas 1915, ie during WW1.

The text is very much what might be expected from a school boy, but there is a part which is particularly pertinent to the times and which was probably written on the blackboard by a master for the boys to copy:

We should very much like to say, "Peace on earth and goodwill to men", but the times are out of joint and we cannot see any signs of peace yet.

However we have been able to do good work at school as if all was peaceful, but we fear that our masters may be called up to serve King and Country of the war continues and then our education will suffer.

This is one of many examples of men doing all they could to avoid being called up to fight in that war from which they knew that the chances of returning were not in their favour.

  

First page of letter, written in an English lesson at school, Christmas 1915 (WW1).

First page of letter, written in an English lesson at Silver Street in 1915 (war-time)
by my father, age 10, a pupil there. Note the school stamp to the top right.



Second page of letter, written in an English lesson at school, Christmas 1915 (WW1).

Second page of letter, written in an English lesson at Silver Street in 1915 (war-time) by my father, age 10, a pupil there.

  

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