Letter from Irene Tansley to Mrs Groves



Letter from Irene Tansley to Mrs Groves


Acknowledging that they both now know that their husbands had been killed in action. Says they should be proud of them and mentions she is fortunate because she has three children. Offers sympathy.




Two page handwritten letter


IBCC Digital Archive


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Cedar Rd

Dear Mrs Groves,
No doubt by this time you have heard similar news to me, informing us that our boys are believed to have lost their lives and buried in “The Old Cemetary” [sic] Trebbin.

I suppose we must accept this as final and I cannot tell you how terribly sorry I am. We had been hoping all these months that they were safe.

I am sorry I cannot say much to comfort you. They were grand lads and we must be proud of them. I'm sure they would not wish us to grieve over

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them. Fortunately I have three Kiddies to look after, my baby is only 10 weeks old. So I have little time to brood.

Please try to be brave and remember that our boys are happy and better off than we are. There is so much wickedness in the world today that it seems wrong to pine over those luckier ones that have gone before us.

Please accept my deepest sympathy and my God give us strength to bear our great sorrow.

Yours sincerely

Irene F. Tansley


I Tansley, “Letter from Irene Tansley to Mrs Groves,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 4, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/28339.

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