FOR the soldiers of the First World War keeping in touch with family and loved ones at home was vital for morale, and this was most important at Christmas time.
This framed card from a soldier in the trenches belongs to Jane Round of Hurst Green, Halesowen. She found it around 20 years ago in a house clearance at Old Hill but in this centenary year she has brought it to the Bugle in the hope of tracing the soldier's family.
The embroidered card, typical of the kind sent by thousands of soldiers to their families in Britain, was framed and carefully preserved inside was the original envelope too.
It had been sent from a field post office in France on December 18, 1916, and eventually found its way, via London and Birmingham, to Mr W.H. Sidaway of 193 High Street, Quarry Bank.
Inside the embroidered card was a smaller card with the printed message "A kiss from France" and written in pencil on the back of this was "For Dorry with Uncle's love."
Why was this card framed – was Dorry's uncle lost in the war? Was she the daughter of Mr Sidaway and are their descendants still living in the Black Country?
If you have any information relating to this WWI card please contact dshaw@blackcountry bugle.co.uk or write to 41 High Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5HL.