London, 11th November 1918, three autograph letters containing eyewitness accounts.London: Clapham, 1918 Stock Code: 142736
"Der Tag!!!! is ours"Wonderfully evocative group of letters written on 11/11/18 describing the arrival in London of news of the armistice, and the subsequent celebrations, all written to Godfrey Stubberfield, serving in France with the Royal Garrison Artillery, from his mother, father & sister, all residing at 3 Alfriston Road, West Side, Clapham Common, London SW11. A touching, personal record of momentous events.
From his father, Charles, a "Counterclerk & Telegraphist" with the London Postal Service based in Westminster, 2 pages. recto and verso of a single sheet: "My Dear Boy Godfrey, It was with the greatest pleasure I heard the good news that Armistice has been signed. The excitement has been great in London... I walked out at lunchtime as far as Buckingham Palace and found crowds there, some had even climbed up the Victoria Memorial and were seated among the figures & wings. The splendid bands within the railings of the Palace played selections from popular songs 'Tipperary' 'Keep the Home Fires Burning' & 'Land of Hope & Glory.' Needless to say the crowds took up the choruses...".
From his sister, Nora, 15 years old, 4 pages, two sheets: "II.XI.18. Der Tag!!! is ours. To-day, for reasons of the signing of the Armistice, is a most exciting day in London. At about 11 o'clock this morning, as we were just finishing a Botany lesson, maroons went up from all directions. Immediately everyone was in a state of excitement, as they all knew what the maroons meant. After recreation we had a thanksgiving service, and then lessons went on as usual... Daddy has just come home & reports on the excitement in his direction... he went round to Buckingham Palace, where the King & Queen were standing out...".
From his mother Caroline Emma, 4 pages, 2 sheets: "The war at last is ended. How deeply thankful I am. There has been the greatest excitement here, maroons going off at intervals and the buglers going round at the same time giving the 'all clear.' Flags are flying everywhere and most business places closed down on receipt of the news. I sincerely hope you are all right, and like your Battery. We are all looking forward to the time when you may return to us..." Together with three further letters, 11 pages on 6 sheets, written after the armistice to Godfrey, serving with the Army of Occupation in Germany.
6 autograph letters, all on small letter sheets watermarked "Utility Bond", clearly legible, details in notes below.
Light handling wear, horizontal median creases from old postal folds, very good.
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