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Pre-World War I,

Letters and postcards sent by Ifor back home to his parents (with a single card to his grandmother) during his cycling trip through Germany in 1914. Everything in this series was written and sent prior to Ifor's arrest on 07 August and imprisonment in Nuremberg.

Letter to Ifor's father,

He is glad to hear of his father's engagement in Carmarthen. Ifor is sure it will be a big affair and expects his father will be glad to see Uncle Harry once more. Ifor asks after the Professor and his family; he would much like to see them again but fears it will be some time before he does so. He also asks for his best remembrances to be passed onto a Mr and Mrs Jones; Ifor asks if Mr Jones would correct an English composition(once a month) for him. He writes that he has not received his father's order; the postal service being very slow. Ifor proposes staying in Germany until the middle of November, which will cut his French stay to 2 or 3 weeks. Instead of going to Tours which is far from the German frontier, he shall split his time in France between Nancy and Lille. He will then come home via Dover. He states that his new route will be more economical than going to Paris. He submits his plans for consideration. Ifor also details his planned work; he hopes to be able to read German fairly well in a months time. He has been in bed since Monday evening due to a sore throat and ear ache. Ifor is much better today but not quite 100%.

Letter to Ifor's mother,

Explains that he has delayed writing to her because he had hoped that he would have news that a friend of his (Willy Hesse) would be accompanying him in his tour. However Ifor learnt this morning that he would not be coming. He details the timetable for the rest of the trip to Suhl, which he expects to be in by 08 August. He promises to send a postcard each day but cautions that the postal service from the Bohemian forest is not of the best. Above all his parents should not worry. He supplies some dates and corresponding addresses which he hopes his mother will use to write to him. Ifor sends thanks for items his mother has sent him and provides details of Wechmar. He has spoken almost entirely in German during his holiday and made considerable progress.

Postcard to Ifor's grandmother,

The picture on the back contains a view of the residence to the Grand Duke of Sachsen Weimar, which Ifor visited about 2 weeks previously. Ifor explains how he has not been well but is currently feeling much better. He also explains that the locals very much fear possible war with Russia.

Postcard to Ifor's father,

Sent from Nuremberg. Writes he was pleased to get his letter yesterday and write he was sorry to hear of poor Harry. He then explains that the picture on the card depicts one of the gates of the town. Ifor will be departing for Regensburg today at 2.00pm. He asks for any news about war between Russia and Germany.

World War I,

Correspondence between Ifor Leslie Evans and his parents (with one sent for his grandmother) during World War I while Ifor was detained in Germany. The vast majority of the series is made up of letters and postcards sent by Ifor L. Evans.

Letter to Ifor's parents,

He explains that he is quite comfortable in Nuremburg but under no condition permitted to leave the city. Ifor fears he may have to winter in Nuremburg and requests that his parents send £25 on receipt of this letter. As direct communication between England and Germany is cut off, he explains how they should send the sum requested. He expresses hope for an exchange and explains that his parents can keep themselves informed by writing to the foreign office. Ifor goes on to say that he currently has a nice room at a bed and breakfast; he obtains his meals from 'one or other of the Vegetarian restaurants here'. Fortunately Ifor is not alone sharing the hotel with a number of other detained British subjects (named). He is in good health, exercises daily and is starting to work. Above all he asks his parents not to worry.

Letter to Ifor from his father,

He writes that they were very glad to receive his postcard and to learn he is as comfortable can be expected given the circumstances. His father asks if he should send 'this 3000 marks'. If so he should find out where it is to be sent and to get confirmation that it is a guarantee which will be returned following the end of the war. Ifor's father finishes the letter by stating that he trusts his son will do what is right and that all are well at home.

Evans, William John (1866-1947). Musician.

Postcard from Ifor to his parents,

He says that he was to receive their postcard of the 12th and thanks them for the postal order. He then expresses surprise that their parcels have not arrived and there is no news from Nuremberg as to their whereabouts. Ifor then drops hint that a couple of strong khaki shirts and a pair of breeches would be very suitable for his present circumstances. He also asks for a copy of an annotated edition of twelfth night. Ifor goes on to inform that he is taking lessons in German and spends much of his time playing chess. He then asks his parents for a book on chess match openings before apologising for always asking for things. He finishes by stating he will write to them every Sunday and Wednesday.

Postcard from Ifor to his mother,

He sends thanks for her postcard, but reports that he has not yet met the people she mentions. Ifor fears being stuck there for Christmas and mentions that Xmas parcels are expected after the 5th of the month. He requests that his mother sends him some pudding, mince pies, cake as well as listed selection of books. He is keeping well and is quite comfortable having purchased a sleeping sack. Ifor finishes by sending best wishes from Dale.

Postcard from Ifor to his parents,

He writes that he has been in Ruhleben for just over a week. Ifor would be very grateful to feel that his parents do not worry about him. He has Messrs Dale and Heyhesdon(?) for company, they are all beginning to settle down. Ifor writes that he has purchased some materials to make some clogs and a sleeping bag in preparation for the coming cold.

Postcard from Ifor to his mother,

He thanks her for her postcards and the postal order she sent. He goes on to state that he has not received the parcel of clothing sent by Mr Gaston. Ifor writes that Mr Dale and he are well but work is not possible; his quarters are heated and provide a degree of comfort. Evans finishes by explaining that he had hoped to be home for Christmas but feels it is unlikely.

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