This is a postcard sent to my great-grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Constant, by a friend just days after the outbreak of the Great War.
It reads as follows:
9 August 1914
1 Barmore Street
Dear Mrs. Constant
Just a P.C. to let
you know I am having a lovely time. The country is in an uproar,
they have taken horses from every farmer & the gentry too,
for the war, & the bridges are guarded with soldiers.
A last vision of rural tranquility ~ worse was to follow, far worse!