From our ‘Family histories’ section: The Whitehead Family: ‘Len To His Mother’: Courtesy of D Price

A postcard sent from Sandwich to Len Whitehead’s mother in St Mary in the Marsh near Romney in 1917. Len is temporarily billeted in Sandwich whilst he attends a firing course before moving on to Canterbury. He mentions having marched 14 miles the day before. We have been unable to discover any further information concerning Len, but we believe his brother was Archibald Sidney Whitehead who was KIA on 7th January 1916, whilst serving with the Buffs. This postcard was sent in 1917

(See also 73SAN for more information about ‘The Old House’ & 214ROM for more information on the Whitehead family)

72ROM - Les Whitehead postcard (Front & Back)

The transcribed text reads:

"Dear Mother, Just a line to let you know I have shifted again. I’m shall only be here for a week or ten days for a course of firing and then going into Canterbury, had fourteen miles to march today. You can send letter to same address as before.
Love from Len."

‘Mrs B Whitehead, Geneva Cottages, St Mary’s, Nr New Romney, Kent’

*Further information received: We have now received another card which is from ‘Les’ to Mrs Whitehead in which he also refers to her as Ma and also mentions Len. (See 214ROM)

From the collection of D.Price.


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