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Frederick Barrow - letter from Mary Barrow to her father-in-law Valentine E. Barrow, March 9, 1918

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[start page] was asleep in her own room and <del>tor</del> went downstairs. I think the next few minutes were the most trying ones I have ever experienced we heard the machine which was quite low the barrage was terrific and one wondered where the rest would drop. fortunately it did not drop here. All the doors at the back burst open. the lock fell off the coal house lots of fasteners were blown off the windows the french door was the worst several of the wood frames were blown out. only a few panes were broken upstairs. The loft door turned a complete somersault. this all happened about 12:30 A.m. We [illegible] back to bed about 2.15 A.M. I dont know what to do about staying in town. I cant go & leave Lyon indefinetely. and then I don't know if it is quite fair to Val to stay. perhaps we could get something further out. I went to tea with Aunt Edie on Thursday. Uncle [illegible] has another 2 mttes sick leave. Aunt Moll is in India on six weeks leave. she is staying with Aunt Meg. <del>Uncle</del> <sup>Aunt/sup> [Kar?] is at Devonshire House [end page]

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Barrow letter p. 3
[start page] 3 and is living at her flat. Aunt Edie is still going to the Prisoners of War Dep't. Lyon has gone to Leamington to see about Jack's money for me. My Uncle seems to think another agreement is necessary which is absurd. Lyon will go and see Uncle Crowther We have heard nothing from home lately. I guess we shall be alright here now it is scarsely likely that there will be anything so near again. All the bombs that have ever been dropped in G.J. have been in fields. What would you do? We all are very well. oh the glass was smashed in your photo which was standing in the window. Once a fortnight Mrs Brett & I have each other's children so I take a day up town it is great fun. Lyon no doubt will be writing you developments of Uncle Fred. Lots love your loving May these are kisses from Val [line illegible scribbles] [line illegible scribbles] [line illegible scribbles] [line illegible scribbles] [end page]

Item is a letter from Mary Barrow to her father-in-law Valentine E. Barrow, March 9, 1918. Mary and her husband Frederick Lyon lived at 19, Westholme Road, Golders Green in London, and Mary wrote the letter after a bomb fell near their home. Frederick Lyon Barrow enlisted in September 1914, and served in the 9th Battalion in England in the C.A.P.C. (Canadian Army Pay Corps), stationed in London.
World War, 1914-1918
Frederick Lyon Barrow and Mary Hutton Barrow fonds
England--London--Golders Green
People Depicted:
Barrow, Frederick Lyon; Barrow, Mary; Barrow Valentine Kathleen