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Remembrance - Dear Mr & Mrs Luff

A draft letter written on the back page of my father's blood-stained shrapnel-holed Soldier's Service and Pay Book.

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Dear Mr & Mrs Luff,

As you see I am a POW in Italy. I expect by now you have heard Michael is missing. He was taken prisoner with myself but I am sorry to say he was later killed by our ?????. Please accept my most ?????? condolences in your great loss and ??? loyal friend.

556434 L/Sgt. M G Luff of the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry died as a POW after being captured at the battle of El Alamein.

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I came across this grave whilst photographing war graves. The crew of the SS Belgian Prince were assembled on the hull of the U Boat then their lifeboat was sunk, their life jackets taken off them. The submarine then submerged drowning most of the crew of the Belgian Prince. One newspaper article described the captain of the U-Boat as "specialising in sinking hospital ships".


IN
SACRED AND LOVING MEMORY
OF
NEIL McDougall MORTON
OF SUNDERLAND
AGED 27 YEARS
CHIEF Officer OF BELGIAN PRINCE
TORPEDOED AND CRUELLY
MURDERED BY THE HUNS
ON 31 JULY 1917
(BODY WASHED ASHORE AT CUAN FERRY
ON 23RD SEPT)
HE GAVE HIS LIFE THAT
WE MIGHT NOT STARVE
ERECTED
BY HIS MOTHER

http://www.twgpp.org/information.php?id=1633344

Now that's really primary source. Those sorts of things never leave the memory.

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