Guildford United Reformed Church

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The egg that went to France and back

A FAMILY STORY FROM W.W.1. (Brian French)

egg-148x150In 1915 my Mother lived at home in Frome, Somerset with her Mother, her Father (my Grandfather) then a soldier in the Service Corps, somewhere in France.  They were asked at school one day if they would ‘spare an egg’ to be sent to a soldier at the front. This she did, with a message written on the egg, and also her name

A package containing the shell of the egg, well stuffed and wrapped in cotton wool and packed in a cigarette tin arrived back at the school sometime later peut on acheter du cialis sur internet. A further message was written on the egg shell, and a letter addressed to my Mother from the soldier which reads:

23 .5.15 Pte.E.Devall
No.17487 R.A.M.C
No.12 General Hospital
B.Ex.Force
Dear Miss,

Here with enclosed please find the egg-shell bearing your name and address, I being the lucky recipient. I thought perhaps you would like it returned as a souvenir of this terrible war, so I therefore extracted the contents which I might say I enjoyed very much. I do hope that in the near future the Allies will be Victorious. I must conclude thanking you for your kind wishes, and please accept the same from me in return.

I remain
Yours Gratefully,
Pte. E Devall.
P.S. Enclosed please find a German coin also with Parcel.

This story, with photographs of the egg-shell, the tin, and my Mother appear in a WW1 book by Paul Atterbury of the Antiques Roadshow following their TV appeal for people to send in their personal stories. It comes under the Chapter about ‘Children in the War’ and is entitled
‘The egg that went to France and back’.

I still have the tin with the egg shell in it and the letter
This also appeared in the Daily Mail and Daily Express news on line, and also in the Daily Express newspaper 16th Sept 2014