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September 4th 1915 - Letter from Mela Brown Constable to her fiancé, Lieutenant Cyril E Sladden

4th September 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, British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force ("Gone to the front again" added to address)
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

Sisters' Quarters
University House

4th September 1915

My Darling

Two nice letters from you today dated the 25th and 28th August. By now you must have had several from me and I am sorry they have not been longer and more interesting, but curious to relate when I first heard you were wounded that was the time when my pen refused to write my thoughts. I am like that, as you know from experience, that when I feel deeply I am silent, words refuse to come. It was bad luck not being able to get about owing to lack of suitable clothes, but personally i expect the enforced rest was the best thing for you in many ways, although it must have been awfully dull having nothing to read.

This is Saturday, but next week I'll see what I can get to send out to you in the way of reading.

Nurse Sampson will be calling here for me in a few minutes to take me for a stroll, so these can only be a few lines just to let you see you are always in my thoughts. I shall be writing again tomorrow.

Fancy not having a letter of mine dated later than July 17th! There are simply dozens waiting for you somewhere or other. I wonder if you will get them when you return to your regiment. Darling, it makes me very sad to think of all you've gone through - I think considering everything you are a good deal less like a "beast" as you call it, than you imagine when you are in action. You couldn't have remembered to write to us all at home so often had you not had a great deal of the human being about you. Don't dwell too much on the effects of war on yourself, we shall love you just the same, more if it were possible, as "Love is the greatest power on Earth, greater than war, once you are home, our love will soon help you to recover yourself.

Best love from

Type of Correspondence
Envelope containing 1 double sheet of notepaper
Location of Document
Imperial War Museum
Record Office Reference