Archives: Dramatic letters from the First World War

Boston Standard archives
Boston Standard archives

Here we take a look at three letters from the First World War - printed in The Standard a couple of months after the outbreak of war in 1914.

Writing from his hospital bed in Manchester, Pte E. Sewell, of the Lincolnshire regiment, said: “I had given up all hope of seeing England again after what I had seen and gone through. Thank God I got as far as I did, but our regiment has done a lot of hard fighting out there and lost most men.



“It was a terrible day’s fighting when I got wounded, for there were dead and wounded every where. It was an awful sight to see them.

“I lay there for six hours and dare not move until dark came.

“We were lucky not to be taken prisoners of war, for it is nothing else but murder for us, but we did not mind that for we were fighting for our own country.”

l Mrs Royal, of Pipe Lane, Boston, received this letter from her husband Fred Royal, a ship’s mate on the trawler Lindsey: “Dear wife and child - just a few lines to let you know I am a prisoner in Germany.

“We were all taken the first night out of dock. We are all in one room and have a sing-song every night. I am hoping to be with you before long, so keep a good heart.”

l A letter was received by Mr Brightey, of the Fishing Apprentices’ Home, by young apprentice William Henry Harris, taken prisoner of war. He wrote: “Dear Mr Brightey and all the boys - I supposed you missed us when we did not come home.

“I’m pleased to say the crews and apprentices are all safe and well in Germany.

“We are being treated with every respect. We have plenty to eat . We have crews of the Lindsey, Kesteven and Porpoise here.

“Tell mother not to trouble about us as we are faring well.”