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Dear Mother


The Jeffery Album contains a fascinating and touching series of letters from Tom Evans to Margaret Jeffery at Five Dock.

Tom was a friend of Harry Jeffery and served with him in France. In October 1917, he wrote ‘we had an arrangement that if something happened to me Harry was to write to my people and vice versa. Little did I think as we both were writing each other’s address down that it would fall to my part so soon.’

While the first letter was addressed formally to ‘Mrs Jeffery and family’, it was not long before Tom was addressing Mrs Jeffery as ‘Mother’ and he continued to send letters and cards until the war ended.

The photograph show Tom (marked with an X) in Queen Alexandria Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth in January 1919.