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Ifor (Ivor) Leslie Evans - World War I Correspondence
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Blank unused postcards,

11 blank unused postcards depicting: 107- Cathedrale de CHARTRES. Fragment du Tour du Choeur (XVI siecle). ND Phot. Revolutionstage in Berlin - Nach der Einnahme des Marstalles. 6 Loches-Bas Relief ornant la Tour d'Agnes Sorel. -LL. Kleinschmalkalden I. Thur. 24 Loches. - Le Chateau Royal. - Le Lede Louis XII et la Tour Agnes Sorel. -LL. Meiningen. Marktplatz - Stadkirche. Auto mit Maschinengemehren des Arbeiter. und Soldatenrate am Brandenburger Tor. Berl. Jllustr. Ges. Berlin. Nationaldenkmal Kaiser Wilhelm I. Berlin. Palais Kaiser Wilhelm I. Berlin. Konigl. Universitat. Berlin. Die Garde Du Corps am Zeughause im Zuge Der Fahnenkompagnie.

Envelope containing 6 letters,

08 September 1914. Letter from J. Towyn Jones expressing his sympathy for the circumstances Ifor and his parents find themselves in. -- 20 October 1914. Letter in reply to Mr Evans letter to Mr David Thomas concerning his son. It gives the legal opinion of the Foreign Office that caution money should not be paid out for prisoners. -- 11 November 1914. Letter from Thomas Cook and Son, Bankers and Tourist Agents. Confirms they have received instructions for transferring 100 marks to Ifor L. Evans. -- 12 November 1914. Letter from J Keir Hardie regarding the caution money required for Ifor's release. -- 25 November 1914. Letter from Equ A. Crowe stating that he has been directed by Sir E. Grey to write that the United States Ambassador to Berlin has been requested to make enquiries and in some cases representations in cases where bail has been demanded. He write that under the circumstances money should not be sent. -- 27 November 1914. Letter from the Foreign Office stating that all that can be done via the United States embassy. It also states that it seems likely that the prisoners have been transferred to a prison camp, likely Ruhleben.

Jones, Josiah Towyn -- Thomas, David. British Foreign Office -- Thomas Cook and Son. Bankers and Tourist Agents --Hardie, J. Keir -- Crowe, Equ A. -- British Foreign Office, London, UK.

Envelope containing two letters,

January 1916. Mary Harold discusses their sons and how they expect them to return changed by their experience and the stories they will have when they return. One of Mary's sons was home for Christmas, he has finished his training and may be sent to France at any time. She also provides some information on a gentleman who can get money to prisoners. -- 24 January 1916. Mary is very sorry to hear of Mrs Evan's recent accident, but glad that it is not serious. She is grateful for the letter forwarded on to her from Mrs Dale, detailing how the Germans hold on to some of the things they send. Though she does mentioned that the Germans turned a blind eye to the prisoners celebrating the new year. She also details the progress they have made with the camp school and her son's recent attempts to develop his cooking. Then goes back to the subject of parcels.

Envelope containing two letters,

January 1915. Mary Harold is wondering whether Ifor has received any of parcels sent out to him, having received 2 postcards from John claiming not to have had any. She has contacted Mr Gaston requesting more information but received no reply as yet. Mary has sent another parcel for John addressed to Ifor, in case he should be away, having dispatched letters to both explaining the situation. -- 02 February 1915. Mrs Harold sends thanks for news on the parcels sent to their boys in Germany and exchanges the information she has received. She is grateful for the newspaper cuttings sent by Mrs Evans regarding prisoners of war, which she had not seen. Mary is keeping copies of the papers for her son so he can read what has transpired in his absence. Mary wishes it were possible for the two of them to meet and discuss the situation together, she finds it difficult not having anyone nearby in the same situation. She has heard of a Russian girl and shared classes with her son in Marburg than has never been heard of since she left to go home.

Ifor (Ivor) Leslie Evans - World War I Correspondence

  • GB 0982 ILE
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1922

The collection consists almost entirely of correspondence predominately relating to Ifor L. Evans detainment in Germany during the Great War (1914-1918); letters and postcards between Ifor, his parents (Mr W. J. Evans and Mrs M. Evans) and grandmother; letters between Ifor, friends and others; correspondence between Ifor's parents and a range of individuals, mostly with regard to Ifor's situation; a series of letters to Mrs M. Evans from Mary Harold of Brae-Maray, Maeduff. The only material which is not correspondence is a loose selection of newspaper cuttings containing articles on German prisoners of war, as well as a few odds and ends (see series ILE/5 Miscellaneous for more details).

Evans, I. L. (Ifor Leslie), 1897-1952


Mary is sending thanks for the newspaper cuttings Mrs Evans has sent. She is concerned that she has not received any postcards of late from John, fearing especially that he has tried to send too many and his cards are being held back. Mary is also sorry to hear that Mrs Davies is ill. Still she remains optimistic that nothing is seriously wrong. Mary also brings up the subject of all the young men that are being killed and wounded in the war.

Letter (copy) from Leisterer to unknown recipient,

Letter (copy) from Leisterer to unknown recipient: In reply to a postcard of 14 August. States that Ifor gave up his lodgings at the beginning of July, in order to visit southern Germany. They have sent him money twice but on one occasion it was returned as it had not been collected. -- According to news sent by Ifor, he was being watched by the police because of his nationality, but was otherwise alright. Then a post card from him dated 31 August informed them that he had been imprisoned in Nuremberg.

Leisterer, Herr.

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