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August 23rd 1915 - Letter from Mela Brown Constable to her fiancé, Lieutenant Cyril E Sladden

23rd August 1915
Correspondence From
Mela Brown Constable, Sisters' Quarters, University House, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham
Correspondence To
Lieutenant Cyril E Sladden, 9th Worcesters, 39th Brigade, Blue Sisters' Hospital, Malta
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Text of Letter

Sisters’ Quarters

23rd August 1915

My own Darling Boy

Your wire has put new life into me and I have been literally dancing with joy ever since Ethel phoned to me this morning. I was on duty when she wired but the receiver of the message at our Quarters sent a note over to me. We cannot think who the Blue Sisters are?! The nearest I have got to it from making enquiries is the Blue Cross which is worn by those in care of wounded horses!

Of course, dear, I am willing to admit I am a donkey, and will go as far as to say you are as strong as a horse, but at the same time I can see no really sound reason for sending you to a veterinary hospital!!!

No, I really imagine the Blue Sisters as belonging to a RC Order and feel uneasy as to whether they will convert you!

I expect this will reach you sooner than some letters I've recently written so will repeat some of the news in them. I shall be awfully sorry if you do not receive my "booklet". I wrote you a positive booklet, which had to be pinned together, telling of my visit home one weekend. By the way, i am spending next Sunday at home, this is Monday.

I wrote to Dr Baker some time back and told him how you were getting on. He was awfully pleased I wrote because he said he had been wanting your address and number of your regiment as he wished to put your name before the Government (War Office) as a suitable officer for Scientific Work.

Then when I heard ;you had been wounded I sent him a postcard and I received a charmingly sympathetic letter in reply and he also said he had been at work since hearing from me to get you a "safe" chemical job. By "safe", I hope he means out of the firing line. He hopes to get it so that you can take it up when you have recovered from your wounds. I sent the letter to your Mother to cheer her up or else would enclose it. Dr Baker wrote from: French Warfare Department, Board of Munitions, Board of Education Officers, Whitehall SE, telephone number Victoria 2824; telegraph, Frenchwar, London.

You'll take this job, dear, for my sake, won't you, if Dr Baker succeeds? It may lead to greater things in the future as it will be in your own profession as well as in the Army.

Your regiment, and company especially, have lost a great number of officers. Is Mr Marshall in the same hospital as you are? I am very sorry Mr Hiscock was killed. Wasn't he the one who married no so very long ago? I see that Pearson too is on the Roll of Honour. It makes me feel how God watched over you - and my Love was there too sharing every danger and trying to come between you and the deadly firing. In one of my previous letters you will find, if you receive it, that I knew you had been wounded long before I received the news - I mention that I have the feeling you have been wounded.

In order to catch the post I must curtail this letter - will write again tomorrow. Enclosed are some snapshots, I've got other copies, so it doesn't matter if you lose these. I sent you a copy of one of these before but I don't expect it has reached you.

God bless you, my dear brave Sweetheart. Remember I love you never mind how injured you are, love you even more if that is possible.

All my love from

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Type of Correspondence
Envelope containing 2 double sheets of notepaper
Location of Document
Imperial War Museum
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