Now that the old Framlingham Weekly News newspapers are available to view online I have been spending more time researching the papers from the World War 1 period in more detail.
The paper often featured letters in a column called “War Notes” and I have recently found this letter in the 2nd October 1915 issue sent home to Framlingham:
Framlingham Soldier in Gallipoli
Gallipoli Sept. 5th 1915 – The Trenches
It will interest several of my friends in Framlingham and also some of my old chums of “G” Co. in France, to know that I am with my Battalion on this Peninsular. I know your “Weekly News” is sent to our boys in France and as you have so kindly offered to publish “War Notes” I should be glad if through your columns you would convey my heartiest best wishes to my old chums and I trust that Tom Bonney, Sam Thompson and all are well.
It is impossible for me to write to them individually, that is why I am appealing to your generosity. We have a very difficult task before us here. We were in a heavy engagement a very few hours after landing, but we are very cheerful. Thanking you in anticipation and with very best wishes to your good selves.
Yours very respectfully
Walter Creasey (Sergt) – No. 3449 B Company
2/4 Queen’s R.W. Surrey Regiment – British Med. Exp. Force
Even in the conditions our local lads were coping with during this war, thoughts of Framlingham and their friends were never far away.