An interesting letter appeared in the Feb. 22, 1917, Daily Banner. It was written by a young English soldier named Bill Edmonson, who had lived and worked in Mt. Gilead before the war. It was marked “Opened by Censor” on the envelope.

Home on leave, he decided to write to friends in Mt. Gilead. After a chatty introduction, he wrote:

“So far, I have escaped danger and my health is good. This is my second leave, having had my first leave 14 months ago.

“I went to Belgium two years ago; had eight months there and the remainder of the time in France.

“One really wonders when this war will really end.

“There certainly never was or ever will be again, a war like this. The women of England are just splendid. Their spirit and devotion to the national cause is magnificent and I, as one of the many men at the front, feel proud of the women of our land.


Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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