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Think it was quite time this beastly war was over. What say you mother?': Moving letter home from solider, 18, in the trenches to go on show
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 12:16 PM on 11th April 2011




It is a poignant letter from the trenches written by a 18-year-old Great War soldier less than three weeks before he died.
Now a copy of Private Harold Pearceís 1918 letter to his mother Flora will be one of the centrepieces of an exhibition about life in the village of Shepreth, Cambridgeshire, during the First World War.
In the letter, written in France on August 4 1918, the teenager, who died on August 24 1918, told how he was 'in the trenches now' and asked for 'some nice lumps of chocolate'.


'It is now four years to the day since war was declared on us,' wrote Private Pearce, who came from Shepreth. 'Think it quite time this beastly war was over. What say you mother?'

The contents of the letter, and those of a second letter written by the soldier in May 1918, will go on show in the village hall on Saturday, alongside photographs of soldiers being treated at a military hospital set up in the hall during the First World War.



Private Pearce was only 18 when he died three weeks after the letter was sent to his mother in August 1918



Organisers of the exhibition were given permission to copy the letters by Private Pearceís niece, Eve Hardman, 82, who lives in the village.
In December, workmen found a postcard sent to a soldier being treated at the hospital in 1915 hidden behind a wooden wall panel in the hall.


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