Do you remember Evelyn - search for little girl who received postcard from her soldier dad

WWI postcard sent to Whittlesey girl

WWI postcard sent to Whittlesey girl - Credit: Archant

An appeal for information about a Whittlesey girl who received this postcard from her dad during WW1 has been made by The Army Children Archive.

The postcard, which has been altered from “My Soldier Lad” to “My Soldier Dad” before posting it to Miss E Anker, 9 Park Lane, Whittlesea, Cambs.

On the back the postcard reads: “My Dear Evelyn I hope you are quite well and I am much better. I hope you had a good time at (?). I should very much liked to have been with you but I hope to see you next Sat (/). From your loving xxx Dad xxx.”

The handwriting is not clear but the archive has made some checks and there is a registration of the birth of an Evelyn Anker in Whittlesey in December 1911 to a mother with the maiden name Hookham. The birth of George Anker, who mother’s maiden name was Hockham is registered in March 1913.

There is also a marriage listed for Evelyn Anker, registered in March 1942 in Whittlesey, to George S Elsley.

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Clare Gibson, founder, the Army Children Archive (TACA), is appealing for more information on Evelyn and her dad and would be happy to hear from anyone who knows anything about the family. She can be contacted via email at:

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