The pangs and sorrows of uncertainty

Some affected civilians were British missionaries who had been working in German controlled areas.

A Long Silence Broken.

Among the many who have been called on to suffer the pangs and sorrows of uncertainty as to the welfare of their nearest and dearest are the wives of the missionaries in enemy countries. Some of these have been without news of their relatives for over a year. The wife of the Rev. T. B. R. Westgate is rejoicing to-day over the letter she has at last received from her husband, who is interned in German East Africa. It is evident that he has written before, but that his letters have never reached their destination. He is not allowed to state where he is, but the message he sends is reassuring and testifies to his good health and that of his fellow prisoners. The rest of his C.M.S. missionaries are, as far as he knows, at a place the name of which has been erased.

The Universities’ Mission to Central Africa has heard several times from their interned missionaries, who are well.

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, October 1915 (D/P181/28A/24)

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