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Doreen Wright's WWII diaries to missing husband published

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A diary written in World War II by a Warwickshire woman to her husband who was missing in action have been published using a lottery grant.

Doreen Wright was told her husband Gilbert's plane had been shot down over France, in May 1940.

She refused to give up hope and wrote her diary to him for two years, until she was told he had been shot by German soldiers when he crashed.

Her diary has been published with the title She Could Not Have Loved More.

The diaries were not discovered for more than 70 years.

'So personal'

Her daughter Mary Simmons said: "There's all sorts of little phrases in there that you can really [use to] learn about father when you didn't know what he was like."

The diaries were written at the family home in Leek Wootton in Warwickshire.

Robert Eyre, an archivist at Warwick records office, said the diaries are exciting because they are "so personal and so vivid".

In 1943, Mrs Wright returned to Buckinghamshire where she had lived before her marriage.

She died 60 years later at the age of 95 and her ashes were brought back to the memorial to her husband in Lee Wootton.

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