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Paray le Monial


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My grandfather collected postcards from being a young lad right up to the end of WW1, sending masses of them from India to his girl, my Grandmother, which provide a fascinating glimpse of life at the end of the Raj. In amongst the collection are four of Paray le Monial, in Saône et Loire. Looking on a map of France, it seems a long way from any fighting and well south of the British section of the front line. Does anyone have any ideas why a member of 25 Battery RFA (35th Brigade, 7th Division) might have been there? R&R seems logical but wouldn't it have been easier to send him to Blighty?

Unfortunately, none of the cards has been used so I have no idea when he bought them. They show "Les Usines de Céramique", "La Bourbince, le Pont et la Basillique", Extérieur de la Gare" and "L'Hôpital et la Colombière construite en 1877".

Keith

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?Hospital. Not sure if he was out in 1914, but during that period I have found examples of British soldiers being treated in French hospitals often in far off locations. If it's later in the war, then it is indeed hard to explain unless he met a French Poilu who came from that place?

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He went out in October 1914 with 7th Division so you may be right. I don't know that he was wounded before July 1916 but he could have been, I suppose. It still seems like a very long way to send him, though.

The only place that I know he was in regular contact with French troops was while he was at Salonika so that's also a possibility.

Keith

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