This postcard was written 14th January 1917 and sent from ‘Arnold’ who was stationed somewhere in France. As you can see the postcard has been censored, but Arnold has mentioned there were many ‘chaps’ from Deal passing by his location.

86DEA - Arnold's Postcard (Front & Back)

The transcribed text reads:


“Dearest Jess. Just a card to let you know that I am OK. Please forgive card but I have not yet been able to get hold of any note paper. I have not received any letters etc, since I came here about a week ago, and dare say they are hung up at the battery or wagon line. I hope you received my Wednesday’s letter from here. I have no news to tell you, as this little village is a very quiet and dull place. The day before yesterday I was in the signalling school with a battalion each of —- and —– marched through on their way to the line, but I could not get out to see them, which was a pity, as there were sure to be a great number of Deal chaps in these regiments that I know. We had a heavy snowfall in the night, and the place looks properly winterish. Hope all are well at home. All my love, dear, Arnold”



‘Miss J Meakins, ‘Port Arms’, South Parade, Deal, Kent’


Courtesy of D Price


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