Helen’s grandfather, my great grandfather, William Benjamin Butler, served in France during the Great War.
During his time at the ‘front’, his wife and children must have been in his thoughts constantly, along with home comforts and the prospect of living a normal life once more.
In spite of the horrors that surrounded him, William didn’t forget his wife’s birthday. This card probably arrived, tucked inside a letter home.
A simple, but loving, message reads:
To darling Edith with best love xxx
From Bill aok.
I love the way he offers some reassurance with a simple aok, when signing off.
And one for his three children, including my grandmother, Hilda. No message on this one, but little doubt about how much they meant to him.
© 2010, copyright Martin T. Hodges