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The last letter of Geoffrey Thurlow

John Simkin

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Geoffrey Thurlow was killed on the Western Front on 23rd April 1917. In his last letter he wrote three days before the major offensive in which he was to die he wrote: "After tea tonight wanting to be alone.... I walked out along a high embankment and everything was fresh and cool quite in contrast to the heated atmosphere of our dugout. As I looked westward I saw just below me in front of the embankment the battered outline of Hun trenches with two long straggling communication trenches winding away into some shell torn trees: the setting sun reflected in the water at the bottom of many crump holes making them look masses of gold... I only hope I don't fail at the critical moment as truly I am a horrible coward: wish I could do well especially for the School's sake."


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