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Love letters from the Front

Generally known as 'WW1 Silks', these needlework embroideries were mostly produced by French and Belgian women who worked in their homes and then send the finished strips to factories for cutting and mounting on postcards.

Some were embroidered by convalescing soldiers. Because of their beauty and uniqueness, the WW1 Silks were wildly popular with British and American servicemen on duty in France.

WW1 silks

These were sent by Harry Warner to his wife Ada Warner from the Front. The poetry shows how being apart from his wife was very hard, especially when surrounded by war. One of his poems reads:

"I miss you as the morning dawns,

I miss you when the night returns,

Days of sadness still come o'er me,

Secret tears often flow,

Some months have passed my heart's desire,

As time rolls on I miss you more.

Yours, Harry"

Harry was injured but survived the war. They lived in Fulham (Chelsea Barracks) where he worked for print Newspaper, then moved to Northolt. After Harry died, Ada and her sister moved to Hayes, where she lived for the rest of her life.

 

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