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LETTERS FROM THE FRONT
First hand accounts of Brimington soldiers lives and death on the front line. Written by the men themselves, by the officers and friends who fought beside them and the nurses who tended them.
Some died and some survived the lottery of the Great War
Taken from newspapers, personal accounts and quotes
Soldiers were also encouraged to write letters to friends and family at home.
Most men decided it would be better to conceal the horrors of the trench warfare.As a result of the Defence of the Realm Act of 1914,
all letters written by the men were censored by officers
Their wounds were described in graphic detail in letters home.
.. "Wounded in leg... bullet pierced his right eye..".
“….left hand taken off "
"..severely wounded in the back ..."
" I pray not my sight..” “ ..amputated below the knee “ “ ..severe wounds in back “
".. when the death blow came" ' ....blown his leg off.....'
..reverently buried ....where he fell "
"....Trust the Great Comforter"
"You will tell my sister wont you?"
KEEPING UP MORALE
Despite the hardships and the constant fear Brimington soldiers attempted to put on a brave face
in their letters and postcards home.
Private Phineas J Baker (ASC) Station Road, Brimington ( Far left standing)
Quotes taken from various correspondences sent by our soldiers at the front -
Family donations/ Derbyshire Times & Chesterfield Herald / Derbyshire Courier / Sheffield Evening Telegraph/ Derby Daily Telegraph/ Lincolnshire Chronicle/Johnsons Press/ British Newspaper Archives/London Gazette
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