Valentine’s Day must have been particularly poignant for wives and girlfriends waiting patiently at home for news of their menfolk serving in the trenches in WWI. This greeting to his wife, Nell, was sent by Private Walter Rumph of The Royal Scots Fusiliers; and reads “With love & X’s From your Devoted Husband Walter xxxxx.”
Tragically, Walter died on October 31st, 1918 just a week before the war ended, leaving a widow and a small daughter, Gracie.
However, Walter’s many postcards and communications to both “his girls”, an amazing resource, have been lovingly preserved and recently donated to the Museum. Many of the postcards are very beautiful, embroidered and decorated with lace – these were produced for the troops by the ladies of France and Belgium.
To My Dear Wife, he wrote: “With compliments and kind rememberance of 28 sept 1913, 5 years of the best with love Dear from your loving husband Walter xxxx”