From our ‘Family histories’ section: The Horn Family: ‘James Horn Jr’: Courtesy of Diana Jones Nee Horn

This is the story of my Grandparents and their family during WW1. They were, I should think, a typical agricultural family of the period. They had 10 children, 5 sons and 5 daughters:

179HER - Husband and Wife James and Mabel

The eldest son James, a groom, was the first son to go to WW1. He married Mabel (Mab and Jim) in 1912. I have postcards sent to the family from Egypt and a card from Mabel telling them how lonely she is:

178HER - Egypt Postcard (Front & Back)

The transcribed text reads:

‘Dear Edie. Just a card & thanks for the P C Jim sent me a time back hoping you are well. Mab tells me you had a good time when you were at Tadworth and that you have been doing yourself well on the farm this year. Just fancy Jim getting off with one of these girls.’

The postcard below, we believe, is from Mabel.

355HER – Marine Parade Tankerton (Front & Back)

The transcribed text reads:

‘4.8.15 Whitstable: Dear Ma. How we wish all were here today. The sea is lovely and just now the sun is shining lovely. Love to all yours etc M ta ta.’

‘Miss Horn, Staple Street Farm, Nr Faversham, Kent’

James returned home safely and in retirement they lived in Reculver Rd Beltinge where I spent summer holidays, visiting aunts and uncles.

Image and text courtesy of Diana Jones Nee Horn


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