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A WW1 postcard sent to Flos Boyer in Quorn

In the early 1900s people used postcards like we use the phone calls, text messages and e mails today. The stamp for a postcard was cheap and less than that for a letter, there were frequent collections and up to seven postal deliveries in a day. Within towns, a letter posted in the morning would usually be delivered in the afternoon, so arrangements could be made and altered at relatively short notice.

This postcard was sent by 'Archie' in Loughborough in 1914 at the beginning of WW1, to Flos (Florence) Boyer on Station Road in Quorn. The picture is of the sergeant’s mess. A detailed examination of the card revealed that the poster attached to the pole in the centre is headed ‘Sergeant’s Mess Rules’.

The card reads:
“Dear Flos
Sorry but I cannot get away from business tomorrow as I am working till six - - - [?]. I will see you on Sunday if you have nothing else on.
Kindly drop P.C. [post card]
Yrs Archie”

It would have been nice to discover that Flos and Archie were sweethearts who later married! - but this was not the case. Flos married William Allen in 1915.

Florence was one of five children of Joseph and Sarah Boyer. They lived at what is now 4 Station Road, Quorn. Today the shop is a Chinese takeaway but at that time it was their home and also the premises for Joseph’s boot and shoe making business. Later in the war one of Florence’s younger brothers, Percy, would lose his life in France. Joseph was the son of William and Ann Boyer (nee Kinch). When William died, Ann had married John Disney from Quorn. John was a boot and shoe maker located at the end of the Banks cottages on High Street, and this was presumably where Joseph learnt his trade.

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 Submitted on: 2011-06-25
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 1295
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