Joseph (Joe) was born in 1888 and Edward (Ted) in 1889. They both worked on the farm where Joe was a senior hand, hard work with men and horses away at war. Joe married Mabel in 1914 and I believe they have grandchildren who may live in Kent.

Ted married Harriet (Harty) in 1918, but in the mean time he was conscripted into the army in Suffolk, the need for men on the Front must have been greater than the need for food, but the war ended before he was sent to fight. Harriet Howland played her part and ran a hotel in Canterbury as far as I know. Ted sent a postcard of Felixtowe to Edith while he was there saying how glad he is that she has heard from George.

340FAV – East Promenade, Felixstowe (Front & Back)

The transcribed text reads:

25th July 18: ‘My Dearest Edie thanks for letter received Wednesday so glad you have heard from George hope he still improved, I am A1 I hope this will find you all well at home, have been up to see about teeth + go again on Saturday. Had a letter from H + Mable & glad they are well also Jim will write letter soon. Goodbye … from your E. L. Brother Ted xxx

‘Miss E Horn, Forge Farm, Staple Street, Hornhill, Faversham, Kent’

Another card from May 4th 1915 said that he had been to Dymchurch and: ‘heard the guns from Dover today to keep the Germans off’.

358DYM – Coast Guard Station (Front & Back)

The transcribed text reads:

4.5.1915: ‘Dear Eddie and all just a card have been to Folkestone today and got there quarter past 8 o clock and then to Hythe by bus and then walked 4 and a half miles to Dymchurch to Harty Aunt’s. We heard the guns at Dover today to keep the Germans off. Is in the paper tonight. Hope Fred is not gone love from T & H xx’ ‘have been by here today.’

‘Miss E. Horn, Staple Street, Hernhill, Faversham’

Courtesy of Diana Jones Nee Horn


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