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October 20th 1916 - Letter from Mela Brown Constable to her fiancé, Captain Cyril E Sladden

20th October 1916
Correspondence From
Mela Brown Constable, Seward House, Badsey
Correspondence To
Captain Cyril E Sladden, 9th Worcesters, 13th Division, Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force D
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

Seward House

Oct 20th 1916

My dearest Boo

I feel I’d like to write from the old house but am afraid I haven’t time to write a long letter because I must spend the greater part of my time with Mother. If you have received my last letter you will know that she has been staying at Badsey, on a week’s visit, which terminates on Monday. I ought to have gone back to hospital this afternoon but ‘phoned to Matron this morning and asked her permission to remain another night, as Mother is so unsteady on account of a letter she received from the American Embassy in Berlin that Cecil is not a wounded prisoner of war, and must therefore be believed to have been killed. The strain of the last 4 months has been almost unbearable, and although we’ve expected and feared the worst, yet the shock does not seem any the less when one hears definitely that we must give up all hope.

Wilfred is going out shortly and we are praying that he will do nothing rash, in order to avenge Cecil’s death. They were like David and Jonathan.

I hope to write another letter from hospital to catch this mail.

All my love
Your ever devoted

Letter Images
Cyril received the letter on 28th November 1916.
Type of Correspondence
Envelope containing 3 sheets of notepaper
Location of Document
Imperial War Museum
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