WW1 Letters

Published: 05 November 2018

Young People in Sevenoaks write letters to those who served in WW1.


Young people across Sevenoaks have been invited to send letters to those who served in WW1 as part of this month’s centenary commemoration. A bespoke poppy post box was created by local carpenter Terry Malone and will remain in the Stag foyer for the rest of the November for the letters.


All of the letters received will be scanned and uploaded to the Sevenoaks Town Council website.


Below is one of the letters from Samuel, age 11.


Linda Larter MBE

Chief Executive / Town Clerk

5th November 2018


Dear 2nd Lt Alan George Hilton Livesey


My name is Samuel. I have written to you to thank you for your sacrifices and exploits during the Great War. Like you did, I attend the New Beacon School in Sevenoaks. Unlike you, I have never seen the horrors of a battlefield, the brutal clamour of war, the cruelty of man set against man, under instructions to kill. I have known the fear and the crippling dread of an unknown and horrible death.


What I do know is peace and freedom and a life lived under free skies and friendly times. I know when I wake up, that I will have a good day because you suffered so many bad days for your country, your family, and your friends and for the children of the future, like me.


When you were at school, you played football, like me. You studied hard and went to university, earned a degree and started your career. But then the war came and you did your duty. They found your body at the edge of the German trenches, you had died leading your men into action, a hero. Your short life will be remembered by me and by others. We are truly grateful that you stood up and walked into No Man’s Land with such courage until you couldn’t walk any further. You were twenty six years old when you died.


I hope that you founds some comfort amongst your fellow soldiers and knew how your sacrifice would be remembered. Perhaps you would never have imagined that a boy from your old school writing to you 100 years after you fought your last battle. I am writing your name at the top of my letter because your story spoke to me. I hope that my words express my admiration and awe.


If you're interested in viewing more of the letters that we have received please click the below;

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