A 100 year old love letter and poppy sent from an American serviceman 'Chas' to his 'Dearest girl' has been uncovered in Derbyshire.
The letter and poppy were sent from a World War One French battlefield to an American sweetheart, and is believed to be the oldest surviving memorabilia today.
The sweet letter proved that love really lasts a lifetime, with the serviceman writing:
I love you so, for your prayers and your love.
If prayers will aide and they will God will take care of everything. Of course it is hard to understand this war in regards to the Lords will and means of protecting his people - but I guess it was not intended that we should understand.
'In the meantime I must stop - sweet girl, I will be so careful and you must be good and write very often.
Tell me everything as you do and let the French poppy which I am enclosing represent my kisses for you - dearest girl, all my love. Remember me to mother
- yours Chas.'
Unfortunately, researchers and auctioneer, Charles Hanson, said that the fate of Chas is unknown, and they do not know if re was ever reunited with his 'dearest girl'. Speaking at the news of the auction:
"Sadly nothing is known about Chas, a United States Armed Soldier who was sent to Europe in WW1, or his dearest girl back home in the USA."
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