Luton Postwoman c.1916 [Z1306/75/20/22]
Sunday 8th November 1914: If you want to be sure that your letters and parcels will arrive safely with the soldiers you intend them for please follow the advice below:
- Write the address in ink, not in pencil.
- Write the name plainly, include Christian names or initials, and if possible the regimental number. If you address a letter only to “Mr Smith, Blankshire Regiment” it is likely to go to entirely the wrong person.
- Put the last known address and add a note “kindly forward”.
- If you know the soldier is in the fighting line, put “Expeditionary Force” after the name of the regiment. If unsure address it to “The Depot”.
- Put the sender’s address on the back of the envelope or parcel.
- Package cigarettes or tobacco in a disused mustard or other tin, preferably square.
Do not worry if you do not get a quick reply. A letter may have to follow a soldier to several stations, and he may not have a nearby YMCA tent with postal facilities.
Luton News 5th