Note to WW1 soldier dated 11.11.1918

Contributed by Margaret McKay

Note to WW1 soldier dated 11.11.1918

My husband's uncle, a Canadian soldier in WW1, was stationed in Surrey at the end of the war. This note gives him permission to cycle to the village of Witley where his English wife was living, to tell her that the war had ended. It must have been the most wonderful news anyone then could have. Less than a hundred years later we are all used to instant communication but in 1918 most people would have learned of the end of war by word of mouth and cylcling would have been the fastest mode of transport commonly available.

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