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A touching love letter, sent to Forces War Records by the relatives of a soldier who died during the Arras Offensive, appeared in the Daily Express and the Mail Online. Lance Corporal Frederick Swannell wrote to his wife Ellen, who he affectionately called ‘Nell’, just weeks before he was declared ‘missing, presumed killed’ at the Battle of Arleux, 28th April 1917.

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31/07/14 Senior researcher Tom Beddington was invited into the TV studio by the Sky News Sunrise team, to tell them about a love letter a FWR member had asked him to look into.  It told of WW1 soldier’s daily struggle in the trenches and his wish to return to his wife and young family. 

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31/07/14 Heartrending letter exhausted First World War soldier penned to his wife just weeks before he was killed which she carried in her handbag for the rest of her life

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31/07/14 Touching last letter by WW1 soldier kept by his grieving widow for rest of her life.

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31/07/14 Read the full story covered by the team at Forces War Records 


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