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Reference to a 'Swan' in soldier's last letter


Mark Hone
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There is an enigmatic reference in the last letter written to his mother by former Bury Grammar School Captain John Maddox. At the end he writes 'This ink has been made from a solid block dropped into the 'Swan' and the pen filled up with water.' What was 'the Swan'? The reason I ask is that the school symbol is a swan and this might possibly relate to a legend about what he was carrying when he was killed. More likely, I think, to refer to the 'Swan' make of ink.

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Could it be the pen he was writing with?

 

Tony

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It is the type of pen, no doubt.

 

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