From our ‘Family histories’ section: The Horn Family: ‘Frederick Horn’: 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:

Here is a selection of some more of the postcards Fred Horn sent whilst abroad: (See 3 Postcards from Frederick Horn for more information on Fred)

The First postcard is from 5th August 1916:

351FAV – Regimental Smiles (Front & Back)

The transcribed text reads:

2.30PM – 5.8.16 ‘Dear E, Just a card to let you know I have received letter with note. Thanks very much. Am pleased to hear you got the money, and I guess you will have got my letter asking you for some. Am just A goodbye from Y.L.B. Fred.’

‘Mrs E Horn, Staple St, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent’

The next Postcard is from the 12th September 1916:

352FAV – I Have Arrived (Front & Back)

The transcribed text reads:

12.9.16: ‘Dear Mother, Just a card to let you know I shall be coming home on Thursday. Goodbye love to all from Evelyn & Fred.’

‘Mrs J Horn, Staple St, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent’

The following postcard is from 16th August 1917:

347FAV – Back from holidays (Front & Back)

The transcribed text reads:

16.8.17: ‘Dear Edie, just a card to let you know I am getting on A.1. Hoping you are all the same. By now you will be back off your holiday and I hope you have had a ripping time with love to all from Fred xxxxx’

‘Mrs E Horn, Staple St, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent’

The next Postcard is from the 24th August 1917:

346FAV – Carte Postale (Front & Back)

The transcribed text reads:

24.8.17: ‘Dear Edith, Just a card to let you know I am keeping A1. Will you send on Wills address please. The weather is lovely hoping you are enjoying the same from Y L B Fred xxxx’

‘Mrs E Horn, Staple St, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent’

The next Postcard is from the 29th August 1917:

348FAV – Avant La Terrible Guerre (Front & Back)

The transcribed text reads:

29.8.17: ‘Dear Edie, just a card to let you know I am getting on A.1. Hoping you are all the same from your L.B. Fred xxxxxxxxx’

‘Mrs E Horn, Staple St, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent’

The following postcard is from 9th September 1917:

345FAV - York Walk, Leamington Spa (Front & Back)

The transcribed text reads:

9.9.17: ‘Dear E, Many thanks for paper and letter received today am A1. Hoping this finds you all the same from Y.L.B Fred xxx’

‘Mrs E Horn, Staple St, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent’

The next Postcard is from the 25th June 1918:

350FAV – Godewaersvelde (Front & Back)

The transcribed text reads:

25.6.18: ‘Dear Mother this is a view of the place where we were staying when I first went in to hospital. Am getting on A.1. now with love from Fred.’

‘Mrs J Horn, Staple St, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent’

The next Postcard is from the 30th June 1918:

349FAV – Mont-Des-Cats (Front & Back)

The transcribed text reads:

30.6.18: ‘Dear Edith, Just a card to let you know I am getting on first rate. Have been up a little while this afternoon and went to a concert, it was great this is a view on top of a hill and I have been round here many a time. Goodbye from Y.L.B. Fred’

‘Mrs E Horn, Staple St, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent’

The last postcard is from the 20th of September but we are unsure on the year:

353FAV – Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot (Front & Back)

The transcribed text reads:

20.9.?: ‘Dear Edith, just a card to let you know I am getting on A.1 I have heard from E and she did not get my P.C. until Tuesday so that got mislaid. I wrote to mother on Sunday did she get it alright, goodbye love to all from Y.L.B. Fred’

‘Mrs E Horn, Staple St, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent’

Courtesy of Diana Jones Nee Horn