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  • Postcard sent day before the outbreak of WW1

    I will be uploading this postcard to the Imperial War Museum's digital archive - Lives of the First World War.

    This postcard was sent by my great-grandfather, Arthur Howlett, the day before War was declared whilst he was exercises in Folkestone with the TA. He was sent straight to the front as part of the BEF and taken prisoner of war in 1917. He survived the war and came home to marry in 1920 and had five children.

    Although he has written 1913 on the front of the postcard the post mark clearly reads 3 August 1914. It was sent to his father, Arthur Howlett senior, at Wellpond Green, Standon, Hertfordshire.

    It reads "Dear Mother and Father, I am sending few to you in hoping to find you in good health and happy as I am. I am getting used to camp life more. All we can hear now is war they [us] us to get ready for it so be at ready. I wonder if you can pick me out of these leave men I got a pipe on me, a fine fellow. This is all, I send my love to 'u ma n all at home' your son Arthur"

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