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King’s Lynn man’s hopes to return First World War soldier’s postcard

George Gear with the postcard

George Gear with the postcard

A North Lynn man is hoping to return a postcard written by a First World War soldier on one of the bloodiest battlefields to its rightful owners.

George Geer discovered the postcard written by A G Turner hidden within a jumble sale purchase.

Mr Turner was writing home to a Mrs Turner in Lynn’s Checker Street from The Somme on September 1916.

Mr Geer has learned that Mr Turner was serving at the battlefield with the 25th Division between July and October of that year.

The Battle of the Somme lasted four months and created a total of 420,000 casualties for the British Army.

Due to military secrecy Mr Turner could only tell his family that he was well by erasing the relevant message on a pre-printed postcard.

Now with the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War approaching, Mr Geer would like to pass on the postcard to Mr Turner’s descendants.

Mr Geer, of Devonshire Court, said: “I picked it up in a book or magazine at a jumble sale 20 years ago.

“I am interested in family history and I know how important it would be to me to have something like this.”

If you are a descendant of Mr Turner or know someone who is please contact reporter Victoria Fear on 01553 817321.

 

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