A soldier’s story

John Moore - Cairo 1945

John Moore – Cairo 1945

John Moore was born in the small village of Walton in Leicestershire in December 1923, he died in Leicester in August 2008 aged 84.

In 1942, at the age of 17 he joined the British Army. On clearing his house after his death I found six bundles of letters, never mentioned and half hidden in the roof of his bungalow. From 1942 – 1947 he had written letters home to his family and they had kept them all, over 500 of them.

The letters tell a tale of a critical time in history from the perspective of a British soldier. We are transcribing the letters publishing each here on its 70th anniversary. The first letter was written hastily when he arrived at Catterick for training on 3rd September 1942.

Update March 2013
As I have continued to transcribe the letters and reached June 1944 when John crosses the English Channel soon after D-Day I have also found a journal he kept on scraps of paper. Letters were subject to censorship and revealed little of where he was or what he was doing, but the journal fills in some of the details. When we reach this point I will incorporate the journal into the letters.

Keep checking for new letters or follow @dearalljohn on Twitter for updates.

David Moore

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