On this Valentine's Day, I like to look back on the embroidered cards my grandfather William Danson sent back home from the Battlefields of World War One to his wife alice, at home with four young children in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire.
I never knew my grandmother who died when i was a baby. Grandad was a taciturn countryman, a labourer, not given to flowery language, so the emotions expressed through these cards seemed out fo character, but revealed his closeness to Alice. In contrast the pencilled messages on the back were very prosaic.
Field Post Office - Feb. 7th 1918
Dear Alice, received your letter allright. I have landed back at the Batt. and am in the pink. I have had a letter from Jerny [sister] and am glad they have heard from Tom [brother]. Your loving husband, Billy XXX
Field Post Office 29 April 1918
Dear Alice, just a line to let you know I am in the pink and hope all at home is the same. Thing that I want. Will write again shortly. Your loving Billy, xxxx
I don't know when the card below was sent, but again the love my grandparents shared shines through.
"Oh, Can you read the secret of my heart?
You surely must, dear Wife.
??? of myself, you are the better part,
Companion for my life
The secret is, wherever you may be,
No power n earth can change my love for thee,
Your loving Billy XXXX
William and Alice, c.1916
William and Alice, 1938 at my parents' wedding
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