Lost WW1 British Postcard Finally Arrives – 96 Years Late

The following excerpt is from an article in the April 18, 2011 British Forces News.

A postcard lost by a Great War soldier being treated in a village hall hospital 96 years ago has been returned to relatives.

Carpenters Alan Payne and Jason Grant found Private Edward Wolstencroft’s card in December while fixing floorboards in the village hall at Shepreth, Cambridgeshire.

Local amateur genealogist Chris East tracked down Pte Wolstencroft’s nephew, Paul Wolstencroft – who is in his 60s and lives in Hertford Heath, Hertfordshire.

And villager Eve Hardman, 82, whose grandmother Flora Pearce was a nurse at the hospital, presented the card to Mr Wolstencroft during a special exhibition about Shepreth in the Great War in the hall yesterday.

Records show that the hall, built in 1910, was used as a military hospital between 1915 and 1919.

Read the full article.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com), writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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