Sacha

Student

I often like to visit my local war memorials, and I often wonder if any of the men still have famiy, or people around to remember them. Because of that I would like to dedicate my letter to 2nd Lieutenant Leonard George Smith. A soldier from my area who died on the first day of the Somme, when he was only twenty years old.

Sacha

Student

My Dear Soldier,
I do not know, nor will I pretend to understand exactly what it is that you are going through right now. For so many of us back here at home it is easier to be ignorant, as thinking about the truth, what you are really going through is too painful to think on. We are constantly being reminded, and reassured that all of you boys are happy to fight, and even die for our country, and that you are not frightened, but that cannot be true, surely? I do not know what is happening over there, but I do know that you must be afraid, even if only for short moments at a time. You need to know that it is okay to be frightened. Being afraid does not make you a coward, nor does loosing the will to fight, or lacking the patriotism you had when you first joined up make you a traitor, it just makes you human. You should never feel bad for the moments you just wish that the war would end, regardless of who wins, or the split second you consider running, as the rest of the time you spend there defending us all more than makes up for it. You are the bravest man I know. You were brave enough to stand up to defend us, when so many of us can’t or wont. Just remember, you will forever be part of the reason that one day this war will come to an end. No matter what happens, just know that I am so proud of you, and not a day has gone by when you have not gone through my mind, nor will you ever cease to. So, for those moments of doubt, and fear, just read this letter and know that one day this war will be over, and that we love you, I love you, and you are doing so brilliantly. Be safe.

All my love, Sacha x

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