Postcard arrives – after 92 years

Posted on April 9, 2007 

Postcard arrives – after 92 years

A postcard from a First World War soldier to his sweetheart has finally been delivered – after 92 years.

Private Walter Butler, 18, sent it to tell fiancee Amy Hicks, also 18, he was still alive on the French western front.

The card, dated July 28, 1915 and posted to Colerne, Wiltshire, mysteriously turned up in postman Martin Kay’s sack.

It has now been given to Walter and Amy’s only daughter Joyce Hulbert, whom Martin tracked down thanks to a village history society.

Joyce, 86, who still lives in Colerne, said: “To say it was a shock is an understatement.

“I’d love to know where it’s been. It’s a piece of living history and I’m glad it finally got through.”

Martin added: “It’s amazing. It may have been lost in a barracks or been hidden behind a fitting in a building.”

Walter lived through the war and wed Amy in 1919. Joyce added: “He always told me he only survived because he could run fast and hit hard.”

The sweethearts split up after the second world war and he remarried. Amy died in 1978, aged 81, and Walter the following year.

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from Ananova

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