Ernest’s letter before Battle of the Somme took his life

Ernest Garnham

Ernest Garnham

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The looming anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War has prompted a woman to dig out a letter her uncle sent to her mother just before he went into the Battle of the Somme where, like so many others, his life was cut short.

Written in pencil, the faded two-page letter reveals young Ernest George Garnham’s frustration at not knowing when he would be going into battle.

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He wrote to his sister Alice: “It is rather rotten waiting and not knowing when we are going.”

 

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