“We may justifiably rejoice a little, and take courage for the severe struggle that we still have to face on the Western Front”

The vicar of Maidenhead was optimistic.

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

… This season, certainly, opens under happier national auspices than the last three. With our troops victorious in France and the Balkans, and with Christian arms once more triumphant throughout the length and breadth of the Holy Land, we may justifiably rejoice a little, and take courage for the severe struggle that we still have to face on the Western Front, before the ideals that we have at heart shall have attained a complete victory …

I remain, Your faithful friend and Vicar
C.E.M. FRY

Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, October 1918 (D/P181/28A/27)

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