A First World War silk postcard dated 11th March 1917 to Violet D Powell, 32 Cecil Road, West Croydon, Surrey.
Message On Postcard
For the 16th March 1917.
My Dear Violet this is for your birthday wich I hop will find you quite well & mind & be a good little girl. From your loving Dadey in France 11.3.17 xxxxx
Henry James Powell lived at 32 Cecil Road West Croydon with his wife Eliza and three daughters, Laura Violet Dora, Miriam Ivy and Doris Mabel. An army reservist, he attested and went to France with the British Expeditionary Force on the 5th Oct 1914, age 39. He served as a Driver in the Royal Field Artillery reaching the rank of corporal. Tragically his daughter Miriam died on the 6th Dec 1914 while he was in France. Miriam had been born with a cleft palate and died of measles aged only 3 years. Henry was discharged from the army on the 29th Jan 1918 as no longer physically fit for military service due to sickness. He died in Croydon in 1938.
Violet Dora Powell was born on the 16th March 1909 in Wandsworth. and sadly died in Croydon, in 1923 aged just 14.