"We must still have faith." Men and Families mentioned in Mrs Sue Whitman's letter to her husband Joe

"We must still have faith." Men and Families mentioned in Mrs Sue Whitman's letter to her husband Joe

Their son Lance Serjeant Arthur Whitman, 1st Bn. Herts Regt., had been missing since the attack near St Julien on 31st July 1917. “40 Little Gaddesden, Sunday night. Dear Joe, I am trying to write once more. We have been very busy lately, shall be this week but not after. We are getting on very well and well if I had poor Arthur. The Red Cross has not found them yet I heard Saturday so we must still have faith that they will come forward. Nothing is impossible to God so hope and pray. I feel he is living and our pigs are getting on well and when you come home next time I shall have enough money to give you to make your books even 100 and I do not owe a penny for anything so we are not doing so bad in war time but if it keeps on much longer I do not know what will become of the country. Jim is getting on all right on the engine but so black. Mrs Sarah Ann Janes at Ringshall fell down going down her path Friday and put her shoulder out she is in the Hempsted Hospital and another of the Saunders and Fred Groom’s son married at Studham is killed. Harrison the schoolmaster wounded in the foot. Now if there is anything you want tell me and I have a nice lot of apples but as many dropped as gathered. I am sending you a pie this week. Tell me if you have any new vests yet and about the place and what you do and where you go, you do not tell us anything. May is going to write to you now. Good night and God bless you and Arthur and keep you both with love from all from your ever loving wife Sue.” Jim and May were Arthur's younger brother and sister. Mrs Janes was a 66 year old local widow. Fred Groom's son was Private Frank Albert Groom, 6th Northants Regt. and 'another of the Saunders', Private William Harry Saunders 1/8th Royal Warks. Regt. Harrison the Schoolmaster was 2nd Lt Douglas Harrison, West Riding Regt. "The Red Cross has not found them" refers also to Arthur's first cousin Private George Hoar 1st Bn. Herts Regt, missing after the same attack.

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    Born 1892

    Died 1917

    British Army 1849 Private Hertfordshire Regiment

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    Born 1889

    Died 1957

    British Army 6024 Bedfordshire Regiment 3rd Battalion

    British Army 13785 Private Bedfordshire Regiment 4th Battalion

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    Born 1888

    Died 1917

    British Army 25444 Private Northamptonshire Regiment 6th Battalion

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    Born 1894

    Died 1917

    British Army 45339 Private Suffolk Regiment 15th Battalion

    British Army 29372 Private Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1st/8th (Territorial) Battalion

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    Born 1879

    Died 1957

    British Army 22376 Private Bedfordshire Regiment 3rd Battalion

    British Army 22376 Private Bedfordshire Regiment 9th Battalion

    British Army 12716 Private Training Reserve 28th Brigade

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    Born 1883

    Died 1942

    British Army Second Lieutenant Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

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    Born 1883

    Died 1915

    British Army 112 Boy King's Royal Rifle Corps 4th Battalion

    British Army 112 Boy King's Royal Rifle Corps 2nd Battalion

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    Born 1893

    Died 1979

    British Army 2397 Private Hertfordshire Regiment 1st Battalion

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    Born 1895

    Died 1917

    British Army 265227 Private Bedfordshire Regiment

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