Blind darts player (thanks to the archives at Blind Veterans UK for the image)
A query landed on The Phraser, linked to a piece I wrote seven years ago about an organisation that supports blind veterans.
No, I thought when I read the question. Surely not.
Then I thought again. If I’ve learnt one thing it’s that you should never underestimate an old soldier.
Here’s the query:
The ‘in-box’ at the Post Office
(Photograph: Royal Mail courtesy of British Postal Museum & Archive)
Charlie was on active service and his little sister waited for news in Africa. It was 1915 and nearly Christmas.
The letter below was what went into the envelope eventually, and the Post Office then made sure that it arrived where it was meant to.
The Cavalry grazing horses on the Western Front (Creative Commons)
Photograph of the Western Front during the First World War. Official British war photographers took many for propaganda purposes.
From the papers of Field Marshal (Earl) Haig (1861-1928). The Haig Papers also contain Douglas Haig’s diaries.
It must have been hard to know what to say to your little sister in Africa when you were waiting to be sent into action during the First World War.