Eighty years ago this week, as the British Army prepared for the evacuation at Dunkirk, a group of young soldiers from the 1st Suffolk Regiment wrote letters to their loved ones. None of the letters would make it home.
One soldier, Harry Cole, wrote a loving letter to his mother at their family home in Hasketon near Woodbridge.
Now, 80 years on, that letter has finally been delivered.
ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer takes up the story in this report
Private Harry Cole was serving in France during the Second World War as British troops retreated just before the Dunkirk evacuation at the end of May 1940.
Three days before his death, Harry wrote a letter to his family. This week that letter eventually made its way home to his brother Clemmie Cole
The letter - along with dozens of others written by soldiers from the 1st Suffolk Regiment - went astray and were discovered by a German Officer.
He took them home and they remained in his attic until 1968 when he took them to The British Embassy in Bonn in the then West Germany.
The letters were stored at the Suffolk Archives.
Heidi Hughes works there and also lives in Hasketon where she made the connection of the family name, the letter and Harry's name on the village war memorial.
From there she was able to track down Harry's brothers to deliver what would turn out to be his final letter home.
There are 41 undelivered letters in the archives. All of them written by young men full of fear, hope and love.
Some of the soldiers would make it to Dunkirk to be evacuated but many, sadly, would not.
Private Jack Payne wrote to his wife Dorothy at her home near Bury St Edmunds. They'd been married for just a few months.
Jack was killed in action during the evacuation from Dunkirk.
"It will be lovely to be home with you again, but time will soon roll round dear when all this trouble will be ended.
In other letters in the collection, Private Leman Martin wrote to Miss Pamela Howels in Elmswell: "I should like to know if you would go out with me Pam."
He never got to take Pam out - he too was killed in action at Dunkirk, aged just 23.
Fred Minns wrote to his girlfriend Eva in Bures St Mary - full of longing for home.
He wrote: "On one side are the sounds of war, on the other are the peaceful sounds which remind me so much of England and you darling and all that might have been."
Fred never saw the end of the war. He died in 1940.
Harry Cole's brother Clemmie says he is sad his mother never read her son's final letter, but he hopes through this story other families may be reunited with their own soldiers' long-lost letters.
This is full list of the letters’ authors and intended recipients.
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Private J. E. Taylor, 5830519 to Mr and Mrs Taylor, London
Cadwell to Mrs Cadwell, Malta
Bill to Mrs Gladys Cockrill, Hove, Sussex
Lance Corporal P. Steele, 5827174 to Mrs A F Salmon, Enfield, Middlesex
S. G. Mason to Mrs G E Mason, Chiswick, London
Corporal F. E. Thompson,5823543 to Mrs J Thompson, Camberley, Surrey
A B Page to Mrs A C [Phyllis] Page, Plymouth, Devon
Jack Tolley to Mrs J Tolley, Penkridge, Staffordshire
Arthur Mottram to Mrs R A Mottram, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire
Private H. P. Ling, 5824817 to Mrs E J Ling, Haverhill
Private S. Harvey, 5827400 to Mr and Mrs Harvey, Catford, London
Arthur Mottram to Mrs A J Mottram, Chelmsford, Essex
PSM G. Whapman, 5821066 to Mrs G [Ethel] Whapman, Plymouth,Devon
Private S. Rose, 5824500 to Mrs S Rose, Colchester, Essex
D. McIntosh to Mrs R S McIntosh, Edinburgh
Private A. Playford, 5827390 to Miss Joyce Anderson, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Peter De[ram] to Mlle Jacqueline Hounant, Alencon, France
Stuart Robertson to Mrs S [Elizabeth] Robertson, Gomshall, Surrey
Private George Johnson,5825248 to Mrs I Johnson, Coalville, Leicestershire
Jack Payne to Mrs J L Payne, Ampton
Private L Martin, 5826449 Miss Pamela Howels, Elmswell
Private Harold L Knights, 5825043 to Mrs G [Rosie] Crouch, Barkway, Hertfordshire
Private Harold L Knights, 5825043 to Mrs B Ford, Witheridge, Devon
Private E Cadman, 5823394 to Mrs Cadman, Donyatt, Somerset
Fred Minns to Miss E Willingham, Bures St Mary
G. A. Clarke, 5825172 to Mrs H G Clarke, Glasgow
Joe Kempster to Mrs J Kempster, Harefield, Middlesex
Lance Corporal H. W. Cable, 5826105 to Miss Eileen Allen, Easton, Bristol
Private E. Garnham, 5824647 to Mrs E [Mabel] Garnham, Cavisham, Berkshire
W. Paul to Mrs Paul, Harrow, Middlesex
Private C. H. Drew, 5830350 to Mrs M C Drew, Highgate, London
D. McIntosh to Miss May MacDonald, Inverness,Scotland
Bert to Miss Ethel Read, Willesden, London
Private K. Barber, 5827319 to Mr C Barber, Beccles
Private R. Dearsley, 5827364 to Mrs J Rutter, Higham, Gazeley
Harry Cole, 5825359 to Mrs Cole, Hasketon
Private Brinded, 5827251 to Mrs Goodwin, Wattisfield
Corporal F. E. Thompson,5823543 to Mrs E Thompson, Witchford, Cambridgeshire
T. Jenkins to Mr and Mrs T Jenkins, New MaldenSurrey
J. R. Franklin to Mrs J R Franklin, Ashingdon, Essex
G. H. Edwards to Mrs H Edwards, Hitcham