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Letter from King George V to Lance Corporal Shelvey, 6th Battalion, The Buffs, welcoming him home after being a prisoner of war, 1918

Between 11 November 1918 and 13 January 1919 the majority of the 180,000 British prisoners of war in German hands were repatriated. On returning to Britain they received a copy of this message from the King welcoming them home and thanking them for their service. It reads:

'The Queen joins me in welcoming you on your release from the miseries and hardships, which you have endured with so much patience and courage. During these many months of trial, the early rescue of our gallant Officers and Men from the cruelties of their captivity has been uppermost in our thoughts. We are thankful that this longed for day has arrived, and that back in the old Country you will be able once more to enjoy the happiness of a home and to see good days among those who anxiously look for your return'.

One of three items associated with Lance-Corporal John Frederick Shelvey, 6th Bn, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

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NAM. 2001-07-464-1


National Army Museum, London


National Army Museum, Study Collection

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