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A Brother's Letter Home

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A Brother's Letter Home

"I am sorry to hear you have been having a crook spin with the children and poor old Una nearly passed her ticker.  Well Old thing, you will soon have the old man home now both in fact but Wata will race me home I think. What a time will all have."

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Letter 2 - James B Fleck to Elsdon Best, end of August 1917

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Letter 2 - James B Fleck to Elsdon Best, end of August 1917

[P]lease remember I am one of the most despised outcasts, the most despised outcasts in Samoa, a private soldier, spurned by all the white people, especially the newcomers who are holding good jobs because we hold the island, looked down upon by the half casts, who probably can hardly read and write, and sponged upon by the natives.

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Letter 1 - James B Fleck to Elsdon Best, 30/7/1917

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Letter 1 - James B Fleck to Elsdon Best, 30/7/1917

"Dear Sir

I had a request from Private D Higgins to send you some particulars about Samoa – its caves, stone implements and the old war canoes.  He had lately come in from the back and thought that I could answer your letter better than he, as I have been interested in stone implements and prehistoric work in England.  I have not yet seen the letter with the details that you require, but for love of the thing I will send every mail..."

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Coming Soon - Letters from Soldiers Abroad

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Coming Soon - Letters from Soldiers Abroad

Starting Thursday 1 October 2015, Window Into WW1 will be featuring a series of letters from local soldiers. From the Western Front to German Samoa, these letters give a lifelike impression of what life was really like in the thick of it.

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