This blog will record, in real time exactly 100 years later, the correspondence between Miss Emma Ash and Mr William Metcalfe during the First World War. From bundles of letters found under floorboards long after their deaths, we are able to witness the development of the later stages of the War through the eyes of a serviceman and his sweetheart, played out alongside a growing romance.
With no consideration of literary prowess, no thought that this correspondence would be seen by others (except perhaps the military censor), an unvarnished portrait of a different age and world appears.
The letters run from May 1917 to mid-1919, and will appear here in the order they were written, a century later.
A few more lines to let you know that I am still O.K. We are having a fairly good time and I will write more when I have more time. I guess you will expect a long letter next time, what? I hear there is a mail up so expect a letter or two from you. Please remember me to your Ma & Pa.
From Will xx
Yours to hand of the 3rd inst. we are very busy lately and I havn’t had much time to write. I don’t know if this letter will get away today. My cornet came last Monday but I havn’t even had time to look at that. I havn’t had any letters lately but I dare say there are some waiting for me. I am not allowed to write a long letter this time, hope you are alright.
Fondest Love from Will
P.S. Please excuse writing.
Am still alright. Cannot post letters from here. Friend on leave posting this. Will write as soon as poss.
From Will xx