May Meeting: A Shoebox of Letters by Christine Hodgson

When you think of the Great War it is nearly always the Western Front but there were many lesser known theatres of war  that can sometimes surprise any newcomer to the subject. East Africa falls into this category and it was with great pleasure that we welcomed Christine Hodgson who had access to a family collection of letters and photos of Alvin Whitley who served there. This was not about the carnage of war or graphic encounters with the enemy. It was about the trials and challenges of coping with life as a soldier in a very alien country. Things like food, travel, weather  and entertainment figured prominently and Christine enthralled us with both serious and humorous extracts from her collection.

Christine Hodgson