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November 20th 1916 - Letter from Mary Sladden to her future sister-in-law, Mela Brown Constable

20th November 1916
Correspondence From
Mary Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Correspondence To
Mela Brown Constable, Sisters' Quarters, University Buildings, Edgbaston
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Future sister-in-law
Text of Letter

Seward House


My dear Mela

I was so sorry to hear that at last you have had the worst news of Cecil.  I always hoped that you would find he was alive even though you could not hear from him himself.  Dear, I wish I could say something to help and comfort you in your grief, and perhaps I can for he died so bravely and nobly that in the midst of it all you must be feeling very proud of him.

Words do not help much or if I had time I would come over and see you but I am afraid I have not. Baby and I leave here on Thursday and my time till then will be quite full up with packing and getting things ready for travelling.

Tonight I had a card from your mother and am afraid from what she says that my letter of thanks, written over a fortnight ago never reached her.  She must think me very ungrateful.  I wonder what happened to it, in fact I am wondering whether you ever got the letter to forward for me.  I enclosed it in one for you and as you say nothing about it, I am afraid both hers and yours are gone astray. I’ve written to her again tonight explaining that I wrote directly I received the socks and I hope this letter will reach her fairly soon.

It is hard luck about Cyril’s letters but mails have been very erratic just lately so you may get a post any day.  Arthur’s letters have been arriving by fits and starts and I gather it is the same with my letters to him.

He is very [?] again and is finding it very cold.  Living in tents this weather is not all joy.  I have told him about Cecil tonight, he will be very sorry to hear.  I expect he’ll tell Captain Hill when he sees him.

Ethel goes off on Wednesday and with May away on Thursday they’ll be feeling a very small party indeed.

I am writing this tonight but will send it by May on Wednesday.  I shall not have time to write tomorrow and anyway I wanted to write to you at once.

If it is fine tomorrow, there is a very big if about it for it has been awful today, Duck-a-duck is to be photographed.  I am going to take her up to Evesham in the morning to Gegg.  This is a secret from Arthur and everyone except you and the family here so don’t pass it on.  I do hope it will be fine, i do so want to have her done.  Then when we’ve finished at the photographer’s, we are going to take her up to the school for Miss [?] to see her and for Babs to see the children drilling and hear them sing. Won’t she love it.  She’ll want to march too and I am sure she will sing, she always sings “ah” loudly when she hears Judy practising.  Miss Allen was much amused to hear her do so a few days ago.

It is getting late so I must stop.  Goodbye dear, keep as cheerful as you can and remember that lots of us are thinking of you.

With much love and sympathy from


Babs sends you a kiss.

Letter Images
Type of Correspondence
Envelope containing 2 sheets of notepaper
Location of Document
Imperial War Museum
Record Office Reference
60/98/3 - in envelope entitled "Documents regarding Cecil Brown Constable"