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During our research into the former pupils of Hereford Cathedral School who served in WW1, we found that all of the letters of Thomas Wilmot to his mother in Ross on Wye had survived and are held in the Imperial War Museum.

They start with his account of his summer term of sport at HCS in 1913. Thomas and his brothers were boarders in No1 and he was a keen sportsman.  On leaving school, Thomas headed for Canada to work and at the outbreak of War his letters shown how desperate he was to get back to England to join up.

There is a gap in the letters during which time we can only assume that he was making his way back to England where he signed up in early 1915.

We intend to publish Tom’s letters, releasing them one hundred years on from the date on which they were written so that we may follow Tom’s story as the war unfolds.

Our thanks for permission to use these letters go to Tom’s relatives; to the Imperial War Museum and to Dr Frances Hurd who spent many hours making the transcripts.
16/07/2016
Field postcard 16 July
I am quite well
Letter follows at first opportunity

18/7/16
My dear mother
I am still quite sound but feeling the worse ...
10/07/2016
My dear mother
We have moved from where we were and are going into the fight. Every thing seems to be going very well.
The country round here is mag ...
07/07/2016
My dear mother
We have changed our destination for the first time since I joined the battalion.
I told you about our raid didn't I . Well we moved l ...
22/06/2016
My dear mother
We are out of the trenches for 3 days. That does not mean 3 days rest as I would almost rather be int he trenches than just behind as ...
16/06/2016
My dear mother
We are doing all sorts of things round here. At present we are just behind the line, but are going up to the trenches tonight. The Ger ...
03/06/2016
My dear mother
I am still doing Bde Bombing Officer but I manage to spend most of my time with the regiment.
We are standing by in reserve. Everybod ...
27/05/2016
My dear mother
Just a short letter to say what we are doing.
We were going to take over the trenches tomorrow evening but the order was suddenly can ...
27/05/2016
My dear mother
Very many thanks for a letter straight from you and one via Robert. They both arrived at the same time.
At present I am acting Bde Bo ...
21/05/2016
My dear mother
We are now out for 12 days rest which is rather enjoyable. It means we are going to get an extra long time in the trenches but still i ...
12/05/2016
Encloses a newspaper cutting from the Morning Post describing 'an extensive mine explosion to the north of the La Bassee-Bethune road'.
My dear mothe ...
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