A postcard from beyond the grave – April 29th 1915

                                                                                                      April 29th 

                                                                                                      My Dear wife a

                                                                                                      pleasure of writing

                                                                                                      leaves to you hope

                                                                                                      quite safe and well as 

thank God and fairing pretty fair

so far. My Dear, you must excuse 

not for writing a letter as we are

in the trenches again and its a 

job to get them posted but you

shall have a letter as soon as I

get the chance to send one. We are

some nice weather now but it’s a 

bit cold at night but I wish I

was back home again with you

but that is no use writing that.

I’m sorry to say I don’t think it

will be over yet but we shall 

all be very glad when it is. I am 

sending Connie a post card I got 

her quite safe to day My Dear

I had a letter from Mother will

you write and tell her I am still

all right I don’t think I can say

more tho’ so good bye for the present

from your Ever Loving husband

George Brown xxxxxxxxxxx




This terribly poignant postcard transcribed above in the museum’s archives was found on the body of 5658 Private George Brown, 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment who was killed in action on the Grafenstal Ridge during the Ypres Salient. The postcard, written in pencil and ready to be posted, was in a cardboard wallet in his chest pocket, together with a photograph of his wife and daughter, a couple of picture postcards and some blank postcards ready to be written. The wallet and its content have a hole through the top right where George was shot in the chest, which is why some of the text is missing at the start. He was killed on 29th April 1915- the same day he had written to say he was safe.