Mystery WWI letter

A North East council is searching for the relatives of a First World War soldier, after an almost 100-year-old letter from him was found.

Live updates

Soldier writes from First World War

The sepia photo of a soldier was found in a garden in Hebburn Credit: ITV

Two sepia photos and a letter dated back to 1918 have been found in Hebburn when garden clearance was taking place at a house on Lake View.

In a letter to his parents, a young man signs off "with fondest love from your loving son."

The soldier describes items that he has found on the battlefields whilst fighting during the First World War:

"I have a fine little German automatic revolver which I could get £5 for out here if i wished to sell it.

I could get plenty valuable souvenirs but I can't be bothered carrying them."

He also assures his parents that he is fit and well, but tells them that "there are 20 in front of me for leave."

Call to find relatives of World War One soldier

The search is on to find relatives of a soldier who fought in the First World War whose letters and photographs have just been found in Hebburn.

Two sepia photographs of young soldiers in uniform and a letter dated September 1918 were uncovered when a garden was being cleared at Lake View in Hebburn.

South Tyneside Council is trying to find relatives of the soldier who they believe the letters and photographs belong to.

One photo bears the date stamp of August 21st, 1943, and has an Essex address on the back of it. It is not known whether the soldier in the photograph is the author of the letter.

Unfortunately, most of the writing on the letter is too faded to read, but the signature of Jack Ringwood is still clearly legible.

"This letter and the photographs must have treasured memories attached to them and be of great sentimental value to someone out there.

The letter is over one hundred years old and is a piece of history.

It would be lovely to reunite these items with relatives of this young soldier."

– Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety


Back to top