I found these beautifully written love letters a couple of years ago in an old antique/brick a brack shop in Cumbria! The owner of the shop said he had found them when he was clearing out an old house.
I bought them simply because they were tied in a tartan ribbon & the writing was so beautifully done in ink & my curiosity got the better of me to find out why, since they were dated 23/04/42 – 25/07/42 during the 2nd World war, were they now sitting in an old antique shop in 2010?
There are 25 in total. They are all from Sgt Jim Gordon of 193 Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical corp to his sweetheart Miss Alice King whom he had met when she worked at the NAFFI.
His love grew more & more with every letter & his need to tell here how much he loved her pours out in every line.
In his letter dated 25/07 you can feel his excitement because he had written to his parents in Edinburgh to tell them he was bringing Alice up to meet them the next weekend & in this letter he told her how he couldn’t wait to show her Edinburgh & he knew his parents would love her, but there was a big push on the next day (of course he couldn’t say where) but he said he would call her from the hospital as soon as he could.
Sadly, included in this letter was also a letter from a friend..a Sgt in his regiment who gave her the terrible news that Jim had died & apologized for opening her letter but explained it was the only way he could get her address & that all funeral arrangements would be handled by his parents in Edinburgh & he provided their address for Alice to contact them. I felt as though I’d lost him too by the time I read that final letter. They had only know each other 3 months but he loved her with all his heart.
Thanks to today’s technology & weeks of searching the internet, I finally managed to find out where Jim was buried & visited his grave in Edinburgh & I planted a rose bush next to him. I cant be sure his parents got his body back, but there is a stone for him. And I would like to think if he’s looking down, he knows someone visited him almost 70 years later & was thinking about him & Alice & I thanked him for laying his life down for his country all those years before.
And Alice? I couldn’t find any trace of her at all…perhaps she married & changed her name…I would think it likely as Jim was only 27 when he died so I would imagine Alice would be about that too. But whatever she did…she must have kept his letters as almost 70 years later they were found in an old antique shop that I just happened to go into, & their love story lives on!