Old Photos of Witham

The Avenue from the top with a soldier on horseback

Taken: 1914 to 1918, Ref: M1460

The Avenue from the top with a soldier on horseback. Porch of Grove at end. One of five from ‘Owen’, one to Staff-Sgt. F E Cole, c/o Mrs Loveday, Elmdon Lee, Saffron Walden, Essex (Dad) (M1460) and four to Mrs F E Cole in Downham Market (M1461-1463, M2898). This one is postmarked 11.11.18 from Witham and concerns the end of the First World War. The message reads ‘Dearest Dad, Monday afternoon. We got the news this morning that the Germans had accepted our armistice terms: it was put up in the window of the stationers shop opposite. We saw it at 11 o’clock: it is so hard to understand and believe flags are flying from every house: boys are marching round the streets with flags: we are not doing any work this afternoon: I cannot understand what is going to happen: how things are going to be arranged. There may be anarchy in Germany as in Russia. I might yet see some mighting there. We must wait and see’.

RefM1460
PublisherBernard C Afford, Printer, Witham. No.4532-265
Date taken1914 to 1918
SourceDrake, Martyn
Posted on Full size 3228 × 2089

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