During the First World War, letter writing was the main form of communication between soldiers and their loved ones, helping to ease the pain of separation. The British Army Postal Service delivered around 2 billion letters during the war. In 1917 alone, over 19,000 mailbags crossed the English Channel each day, transporting letters and parcels to British troops on the Western Front. Receiving letters from family and friends was also vital to morale, keeping men and women connected to the homes they had left behind.
Local historian Margaret Butt’s grandfather wrote around 200 letters to his wife at home in Flitwick during WW1. These letters give a wonderful insight into family matters, training and life in the Royal Flying Corps and then the Infantry and by sharing these letters with you, Margaret will give you a fascinating look into life in wartime Britain.