Maldon Road from the south. On the left of the road, left to right, 54 Maldon Road (lodge to park), with ‘half timbering’), 52 Maldon Road, 50 Maldon Road (these two are semis), older houses with numbers unknown. On the right of road, left to right, the wall of the Retreat with trees (the Retreat was a private Lunatic Asylum), the Bell Public House, 41 Maldon Road (school house). One of five cards sent from ‘Owen’, one to Staff-Sgt. F E Cole in Saffron Walden (Dad) (M1460) and three to Mrs F E Cole, Lynn Road, Downham Market, Norfolk (M1461-1463, M2898). This one is postmarked ‘Witham … ’19’. Addressed to Mrs F E Cole, 19 Lynn Road, Downham Mkt, Norfolk. Message reads ‘Things have happened quickly since I wrote to you last night. About half past eight last night we were called out on parade and the boys of the Rifle Brigade were told to get ready to return to Colchester today, they went off by the 12.54 train this dinner time. There are only about 80 of us here now. And this afternoon we were told that we had all to return to Colchester on Thursday: so back we shall go then: this is because the whole division may go out to Germany at any moment: I don’t know how long we shall be at Colchester: my address will be as it used to be:- 63077. Rfn O Cole, E Coy. 52nd ([?]) Bn KRRC, Goojerat Barracks, Colchester. I am afraid we shan’t do any more signalling, I am sorry. I don’t want to stop at Colchester longer than I have to: this is sudden. Best love Owen’.
|Publisher||B C Afford, Stationer, &c, Witham|
|Source||Clarke, June, 20 Brinkley Lane, Highwoods, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9XN|