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April 7th 1918 - Letter from Arthur Sladden to his father, Julius Sladden

7th April 1918
Correspondence From
Arthur Sladden
Correspondence To
Julius Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
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My dear Father


I learned today from May's letter of Aunt Lottie's death last Wednesday. The reports of her condition from time to time had of course made it apparent that her days were not to be long. It is a happy thing that with such an illness her last months seem to have been so peaceful and free from serious distress. I know your must feel much sadness at losing your only sister although there is nothing sudden or unexpected in her death. What a fortunate thing it is that May was able to be there at the last and to take charge of affairs at the house.


I know of course that Aunt Lottie had named Jack and myself as her executors, and I wish I could be in England to transact any business arising. However, no doubt Jack will write and tell me how matters stand.


With a great simplicity of mind which explained some lack of sense of humour, Aunt Lottie combined a very genuine good-heartedness which couldn't fail to endear her to anyone knowing her for long, and I'm sure her large family of nieces and nephews will all regret her loss and hold her memory green.


Doubtless later on you will be writing to tell me of the funeral at her old village church at Ash.


May's letter saying you had good news of George was a very great relief to me. So many days had passed since the 21st and one couldn't help getting anxious. I wonder if his division is still in the line.


Today I was visiting the aerodrome close by when I ran into Harold Allsebrook. He is "on the ground" there as a gunnery officer - he's coming to dinner on Tuesday. I didn't know he was out in France again.


I must get my letter to Mary written now. With much sympathy in this loss, and my love to all.


I remain

Your affectionate son


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