A mystery message has been found in the folds of a kilt, which dates back to the First World War.
As economic historian Dr Helen Paul was removing the packing stitches from the kilt, which has been passed down her family over many years, she discovered the note.
The University of Southampton academic hopes to trace the descendants of the seamstress who left the note of the kilt which was destined for a soldier heading to the frontline.
The note reads:
"I hope your kilt will fit you well
& in it you will look a swell
If married never mind
If single drop a line
Wish you bags of luck
& a speedy return back to Blighty"
The kilt would have been made for a soldier sent to fight in the war, but some some unknown reason, it was never unpacked or worn.
Helen says, “This garment has been in our family for a number of decades, and until recently, we were completely unaware there was such an intriguing secret hidden in its folds. It was a real surprise when the note fell out.
“My father tried to trace any relatives of the note’s author a few years ago, but his efforts failed and I’m hoping to pick up where he left off.
“There are many unanswered questions. We don't know how many of these poems this lady sent. Was this a one off, or were there many more lost to the battlefield, or even still existing undiscovered? If there were more, did anyone ever answer her message and indeed did she ever meet and marry a soldier returning from the war?"
The Chattri Memorial Service remembering Indian soldiers in the First World War has taken place in Sussex. Injured Indian soldiers were hospitalised in the Dome in Brighton. The Hindus and Sikhs who died were cremated on the Downs and, in 1921, the Chattri Memorial was constructed on the site.
A street in Berkshire will be named after a World War One hero. Trooper - Fred Potts is the only person from Reading to be awarded the Victoria Cross. Known as the hero with the shovel, he won the medal in 1915 for rescuing a comrade in Turkey.
Trooper Potts Way - will be unveiled opposite Reading Railway Station, next month.
The remains of an entire practice battlefield, the size of nearly seventeen football pitches has been found on heathland in Gosport. It was used for training troops before they were sent to the frontline in the First World War.
The discovery marks the start of Home Front Legacy 1914-18, a project on which English Heritage and the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) are working together to record the physical remains of the war on home territory.
Dan Snow, President of the Council for British Archaeology, is calling for volunteers to help find and record vulnerable sites,– camps, drill halls, factories and observation posts for example, before they and the stories they bear witness to are lost forever.
MP for Gosport Caroline Dinenage said, “If confirmed through research, this remarkable discovery will further entrench the hugely important role that Gosport played in supporting Britain’s Armed Forces throughout World War One.
I have always been proud of Gosport’s historic ties to the military and it is hugely exciting to hear that our area has inspired the launch of a nationwide hunt for First World War sites.”
Speaking ahead of the publication of the extracts today, she said:
The National Archives' digitised First World War unit diaries will allow us to hear the voices of those that sacrificed their lives and is even more poignant now there are no living veterans who can speak directly about the events of the war.
This new online vehicle gives a very public voice to some of these soldiers, through which we will be able to hear their thoughts and feelings.
The online publication of thousands of pages of diary entries from the First World War will allow "allows people across the world to discover daily activities, stories and battles of each unit for themselves", author and military records specialist William Spencer said.