A postcard comes from be delivered to Liverpool 77 years late. She was sent by a recruit of the Royal Navy, during World War II. This is a message Bill Caldwell wrote for his uncle. At that time, the young man was only 18 years old. It was just after his first week of training at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, Cornwall.
The missive finally arrived at its destination, at Bill Caldwell's childhood home. One of her children, now an adult, received her last Friday. On the postcard there is a stamp from 1943 and a stamp that states that the letter was mailed early in the day. The front shows a photo of HMS Raleigh with the parade of recruits.
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Bill's kids said their father didn't write many letters. The one they just received testifies to everything simply his pride in being recruited into the navy. The young man wanted to enlist as soon as he was 15, but he had to wait until he was 18.
Each line of the missive is significant
The letter was intended for “Uncle Fred.” He, at the time, lived with Bill's parents in the family home. Tony, Caldwell's son, describes his father as someone discreet. For him, every line in this letter means so much. In his letter, the young man expresses his feelings after a week of service in the Royal Navy.
A letter on the run duringt several decades
Bill Caldwell returned home after the war. He lived with his family and children for a long time before passing away in 1996. The UK postal operator considers it unlikely that the letter got lost or got stuck anywhere in the network. The most plausible hypothesis would be that someone recently found and returned it.