Bolton, England, 1918. Near Fine.
6pp. Written in fountain pen ink to both sides of three sheets of plain cream paper, titled "Copies of letters from the front about Fred." Near fine with some toning to the paper, one sheet with some insect damage and foxing. This small archive contains a letter to Gordon Carrie from his sister written on October 7, 1918 in Bolton, England. She relays news about friends and family members, and writes that she will enclose a photo of their brother, Fred George Carrie, who was killed in an ambush the year prior. Along with her letter to Gordon, she encloses copies she made in her own hand of four letters she received from Fred's comrades and the wife of an officer, expressing their condolences for his death. Heartfelt and full of sympathy, the letters address the casualties of war that have affected thousands of families, and offer fond memories of the recipient's late brother. Lieutenant Fred George Carrie served in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, and was killed on October 26, 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele. Also called the Third Battle of Ypres, it took place in Flanders on the Western Front, as the Allies sought to take back the area from German control and halt their supply route. Lieutenant Carrie is buried at the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium, alongside 35,000 British, French, Canadian, and Australian men who lost their lives during this battle from July to November 1917.
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