Dashper X Files #27
to Miss Dashper the day before War broke out"
The postcard is in pencil to Miss Dashper , and was written
THE DAY BEFORE WAR BROKE OUT . . . 1914
Stamp on post card is known to collectors as a Stanley Gibbon 351 The post card photo of Lisieux is in sepia print.
Written August 2nd ,1914
Posted London, August 3rd, 1914
World War 1 broke out on 4th, August, 1914
The message to Miss Dashper reads;
"We are ignominiously driven back from France to our great grief and somewhat reluctantly but they were anxious to get rid of us and after to-day we should have been detained probably longer than we would have wanted. Have only had one night at Lisieux."
There is an initial at the conclusion of the text, but it
is very hard to decipher.
It could be signed possibly IB or VB, or even 213?
The card is addressed to:
The card to Miss Dashper probably reached its Guildford destination hours before War was declared.
Which leads us to ask: Who was Miss Dashper, who sent the card, is the letter in some kind of code, and what had they been doing in France just before war broke out????
Xfiles #27 UPDATE (posted
by Christine Jones on 14/01/2006 from UK.)
"I had a chat with Judith last night and we both agree that the lady is
of course Lillian Mary Dashper daughter
of Charles Grey Dashper and Mary Ann born 1873. As to the sender of
the card from France we both agree and think this is probably a chap, in fact
Lillian's chap. In those days privacy and utter decency was as important
as life itself, hence the card being signed with initials only. which was
certainly not uncommon for those days.
I wonder what happened to this person over in France, and I wonder if they made it back home to England. All of Europe prior to War being declared, was in utter chaos for a good while. Lillian of course never married . . . maybe there is an answer there. "