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May 1st 1919 - Letter from the War Office to Clara Brown Constable

1st May 1919
Correspondence From
War Office, London SW1
Correspondence To
Clara Brown Constable, 67 Grand Rue, Boulogne sur Mer, France
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Official communication from the War Office
Text of Letter

War Office, London, SW1

1st May 1919


I am commanded by the Army Council to inform you of the wish of HM Government that the next-of-kin of all officers and men who have fallen in the defence of their country should receive a plaque and scroll, bearing the name and regiment, as a memorial of their patriotism and sacrifice.

In order to ensure that the plaque and scroll reach the next-of-kin of the late Lieut J C Brown Constable, 14th Bn, The London Regt, I am to enquire whether you can inform this Department of the name and address of the late officer’s nearest relative now living, in the following order of relationship:

  • Widow
  • Eldest Son
  • Eldest Daughter
  • Father
  • Mother
  • Eldest Brother
  • Eldest Sister
  • Eldest Half-Brother
  • Eldest Half-Sister

The Council regret that owing to the great number of these memorials it is not possible to say in any individual case when their receipt may be expected.

I am, Sir

Your obedient Servant

R M Meade

To:  C Brown Constable Esq (sic), 67 Grand Rue, Boulogne sur Mer, France.

Clara has annotated the letter to say:  “My present address is Mrs Brown Constable, Riverwoods House, Marlow on Thames, Bucks, late of Boulogne sur Mer, France”, and also stated that Cecil was not married and that Father and Mother were next of kin.

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Type of Correspondence
Official pre-worded form with handwritten inserts
Location of Document
The National Archives