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016: Spring 1986
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23 April 1916 : Charles Fernand Sylvain van Eleghem
Charles was living in Brussels when he began his military service in 1905. By 1914, Charles was serving as an officer of the reserve when he was mobilised into service on 1st August 1914 and possibly saw some action during the Battle of Halen. In January 1915 , Charles was serving on the Yser Front with the 2nd company of the newly formed 2e …
Mary Hotblack and Alan ‘Balmy’ Morton : love letters from the Front
At the outbreak of war in 1914, 20 year old Miss Iris Mary Hotblack was at home with her family. They lived in a large, Edwardian, detached, seven room house called The Boltons, on King Henry’s Road, Lewes in Sussex. Mary had been sent away to school in Cheltenham so was used to living away from home and writing letters to stay in touch. She wro…