Ritchie, Thelma (Civillian)

Place Europe: France
Accession Number PR05588
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1cm
Object type Letter
Maker Cumming, George Hay
Watson, Albert
Place made France
Date made 1917-1918
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the First World War service of 3664 Private Albert Watson, and 2354 Company Sergeant Major George Hay Cumming. The collection includes two original handwritten letters with envelopes written to Miss Thelma Ritchie from each of the two servicemen. The letter written by Private Watson to Thelma Ritchie (dated 21 November 1917) includes some news clippings, and the news that he was wounded and gassed on 3 October 1917. The news clippings relate to Private Watson dying of wounds in March 1918, France, and would have been added to the letter at a later date. The letter indicates that Thelma was the cousin of Private Watson. The second letter (dated 30 April 1918) is written by Company Sergeant Major Cumming to Thelma Ritchie, and thanks her for the pair of socks and for contributing to the comfort of the troops. Company Sergeant Major Cumming was killed in action (KIA) 5 October 1918.