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An Introduction to Arthur's Life during World War One and his WW1 letters home.
Arthur's whereabouts in the run up to WW1 are still the subject of my research. I know that in April 1914 he spent some time in Rome with his sister, Evie, and his brother in law, Feo. After this I believe he was in Ireland at Celbridge with his Mother and brother Will.
During August 1914 Arthur's first cousin once removed, Maurice Dease was killed in action in France. Lieutenant Maurice Dease killed in action 23rd August 1914 and awarded the first Victoria Cross in WW1. I know in the years prior to WW1 Arthur and Maurice were close and spent time together in London.
I am assuming that the death of Maurice affected Arthur in some way and encouraged him to volunteer for work with the British Ambulance Committee in November 1914. Arthur was too old at 42 to join the army.
Arthur's privileged background and family history meant he was very well connected in Edwardian society, his pre war letters home from around the world are also a fascinating read. When he was in London he stayed at his club, the Junior Constitutional Club in Piccadilly, as well as moving around England staying with various friends and relatives.
This part of Arthur's story is still the subject of my research so please check back for updates.
I've included a scan of the front page of one of the letters and envelope, I think it will give readers an idea of the scale of the task I have undertaken...
In the meantime I will let Arthur's WW1 letters home speak for themselves. Enjoy!