War postcard soldier's family found
Published 06/01/2011 | 08:56
Villagers have found the family of a First World War soldier who lost a postcard while being treated in a military hospital nearly a century ago.
The card - sent to Private (Drummer) Edward Wolstencroft of the Royal Fusiliers by a woman called Nellie in April 1915 - was spotted by workers fixing the floor at the village hall in Shepreth, Cambridgeshire, three weeks ago.
Records show that the hall was used as a military hospital between 1915 and 1919. Locals think the card was placed on a shelf then slipped behind wooden panelling.
Research revealed that Pte Wolstencroft, who came from Edmonton, Middlesex, died on July 7, 1916 during the Battle of the Somme when he was in his mid 20s.
He is remembered on the war memorial dedicated to missing First World War soldiers at Thiepval in the Picardie region of France.
Pte Wolstencroft's nephew, 61-year-old Paul Wolstencroft, was traced by local amateur family researcher Chris East.
Villagers plan to meet Mr Wolstencroft, who lives in Hertford Heath, Hertfordshire, and decide what to do with the postcard.