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LETTERS FROM THE FRONT

 First hand accounts of  Brimington soldiers lives and death on the front line.  Written by the men themselves, by the officers and friends who fought beside them and the nurses who tended them.
 
 Some died and some survived the lottery of the Great War

        Taken from newspapers, personal accounts and quotes  

          

Soldiers were also encouraged to write letters to friends and family at home.

Most men decided it would be better to conceal the horrors of the trench warfare.

As a result of the Defence of the Realm Act of 1914,
 all letters written by the men were censored by officers
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FACING THE ENEMY
Soldiers words from the front



                                                 
                    
          

     


TERRIBLE INJURIES
 Many Brimington soldiers suffered life-changing injuries and survived.
 Their wounds were described in graphic detail in letters home.


                " ...right leg amputated "

            


                                                                                                                                                                 “….left hand taken off "                                                      

.. "Wounded in leg... bullet pierced his right eye..". 
                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                             "..severely wounded in the back ..."

                                                     


"  I pray not my sight..”       “ ..amputated below the knee “       “ ..severe wounds in back “



WITH THEIR FRIEND WHEN HE DIED
  Many village lads served  side by side at the front and witnessed their friends death



       ".. when the death blow came"                                                                     ' ....blown his leg off.....'

    
     
  
                                                                                             " Oh God!' he said' then died"


                                    


 COMMANDING OFFICERS PAINFUL DUTY   
In Quotes and Letters 

                                                                              

                                                                     ..reverently buried ....where he fell "

                                                                                        "....Trust the Great Comforter"

                    

                                             "You will tell my sister wont you?"



                                          KEEPING UP MORALE
 Despite the hardships and the constant fear Brimington soldiers attempted to put on a brave face
                                                       in their letters and postcards home.

                                            
                                                                                   


Private Phineas J Baker (ASC) Station Road, Brimington  ( Far left standing)

 






                                      


          Quotes taken from various correspondences sent by our soldiers at the front  -


                                                                                                                                     

           

                                    



               
                                                                                                 

                                                            
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Acknowledgements/Source Material:
Family donations/ Derbyshire Times & Chesterfield Herald / Derbyshire Courier / Sheffield Evening Telegraph/ Derby Daily Telegraph/ Lincolnshire Chronicle/Johnsons Press/ British Newspaper Archives/London Gazette


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