May 30, 2024


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Thanks for a hairy Englishman torn from the letters


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France 3 North-Pass-de-Calais, L. Maran, s. Brohier, M. Graf – France3

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In Hots-de-France, an English teacher and his friend are thankful for letters that have kept the trace of a hairy man hidden under a site for decades.

William Swift, 19, a soldier in the Royal Lancaster Regiment, was from Liverpool, England, and joined the trenches. He died on May 9, 1917. He has no direct descendants; So the soldier’s memory was destroyed like the hundreds who were with him. But two high school teachers Dilloy-los-Mofflines (bass-de-colloys), Philip Goliath and Mark Slivsek, Snatched it from oblivion.

Their investigation was initiated by accident. In fact, work has been done on the apartment of Philip Goliath, an English teacher in high school. Under his site, workers discovered Ammunition and mysterious letters, Recovered in intensity before being thrown in the trash. “I immediately understood the importance of these letters. The teacher in English, the letters in English … (…). Philip Goliath explains. The letters are now in the hands of the monument of 1914-1918 Notre-Dame-de-Lorette. A great-nephew of William Swift was also identified; The latter will soon meet his ancestor.

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