British soldier’s postcard to sweetheart finally arrives – 92 years late

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February 17, 2007 by Joseph Krohn

LONDON (AP) – A British soldier’s postcard to his sweetheart has finally arrived – 92 years after he sent it from the trenches of the First World War. Pte. Walter Butler wrote to Amy Hicks in 1915 telling her he was alive and well – but the army-issued postcard never made it to her home in Wiltshire, 100 kilometres west of London. Butler survived the war and the couple went on to marry. The postcard turned up in a postal sorting office, which sent it along last week to the post office near Hicks’s address. A local postman called the home of the couple’s daughter, Joyce Hulbert, to announce the discovery. Hulbert, 86, a grandmother of three, said her late parents rarely discussed the war and the relic of the past has little meaning for her. She wondered what the fuss was all about. “I think it’s rather excessive,” Hulbert said. “There’s lots more interesting things going on than a postcard arriving 92 years late.”

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