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Remembered Today:

Charles Tucker - Centenary Diary

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Guest JackHammer

Hi there,

I thought that some might find this interesting. When the old family home was sold in 1998, before it was demolished, at the back of a cupboard was found, a very old leather bound journal, which no-one knew had even existed. It contained all my Great Uncle Charlie's letters home, from the day he left in May 1915, until the very last letter before his death at Mouquet Farm, August 26th 1916. Every one of his letters was transcribed into this now very fragile journal by my great grand mother in her beautiful cursive script. It also includes newspaper clippings from the day, including the reporting of his death which occurred within two weeks of the death of his cousin Cyril.

In one of the final letters as a post script, Charles asks his mother to keep the letters as he may want to put them into some form of diary .We are publishing his letters from the front lines of Gallipoli and the Western Front 100 days from the day they were written.

Charles was also a bit of a photography buff so there are some interesting original photos that have probably never been seen.

Charles is also the poster boy for a current Music in War exhibition being held at the Grainger Museum.


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