Join me @ IBOtoolbox for free.
Chauncey Penfold
Member Since: 8/15/2012
  
performance / stats
Country: United States
Likes Received: 133
Featured Member: 0 times
Associates: 1378
Wall Posts: 346
Comments Made: 233
Press Releases: 22
Videos: 1
Phone: (337) 205-3015
Skype:    
profile visitor stats
TODAY: 30
THIS MONTH: 3886
TOTAL: 177388
are we ibo associates?
active associates
Kristijan Spariosu    
Last logged on: 6/24/2019


Wayne Brooks    
Last logged on: 6/24/2019


alot oftrips    
Last logged on: 6/24/2019


victor chukwuemeka    
Last logged on: 6/24/2019


Micky Gramlin      
Last logged on: 6/24/2019


jonathan van    
Last logged on: 6/24/2019


Jimmy Diggs  
Last logged on: 6/24/2019


Mike Davey     
Last logged on: 6/24/2019


Nikolaos Lasdas     
Last logged on: 6/24/2019


Martin Streather     
Last logged on: 6/24/2019


Tom Riach    
Last logged on: 6/24/2019


Athena Gay    
Last logged on: 6/24/2019


Everett Walker     
Last logged on: 6/24/2019


ralf dooley    
Last logged on: 6/24/2019


Alex Kale    
Last logged on: 6/24/2019


other ibo platforms
Chauncey Penfold   My Press Releases

1,000+ Letters Show How War-Time Sweethearts Kept Their Love Alive (Discovered in an Attic)

Published on 3/5/2019
For additional information  Click Here

Secret hoard of 1,000 letters uncovered in an attic reveal the heartwarming story of how two sweethearts kept their love alive despite him being sent to serve in WWII

  • Cyril Mowforth served with a tank regiment in El Alamein and Germany
  • He exchanged letters with his bride Olga nearly every day from 1940 to 1946
  • The cache was found tied with a riboon by daughter Sue, 68

By FIONN HARGREAVES FOR MAILONLINE

A secret hoard of more than 1,000 letters discovered in an attic show how war-time sweethearts kept their love alive.  Cyril Mowforth served with a tank regiment in El Alamein, North Africa, and Germany, during World War II.  But he and bride Olga - who wed just weeks before he was called up - exchanged near-daily letters between 1940 and 1946.

A hoard of more than 1,000 love letters between wartime sweethearts has been uncovered by their children.
A hoard of more than 1,000 love letters between wartime sweethearts has been uncovered by their children.
Cyril Mowforth exchanged messages with his bride Olga almost every day between 1940 and 1946.
Pictured, daughter Sue, 68, and son Peter, 63

Their daughter Sue uncovered the cache, tied with ribbon, while clearing out the family home.  She spent five years deciphering and typing up the letters, had them printed in a book for the extended family, and will now have them accepted into the archive at the Imperial War Museum, London.  'Of course, we never knew our parents during their first six years of marriage but they must both have been hugely influenced by their wartime experience,' said Sue.

Cyril MowforthOlga Mowforth
Cyril (left) served in the as a tank commander with 42nd Royal Tank Regiment at El Alamein in North Africa and in Germany.
Bride Olga, (right) stayed at home in Sheffield and helped with the war effort with civil defence duties.
Cyril & Olga Mowforth's 1000 plus WW2 Letters
Retired air traffic controller Sue, who lives in Cheshire, found the letters tied up in a ribbon in a box
when she was clearing up the family home.

'They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. From this experience Cyril and Olga grew into the loving parents we remember, respected and adored.   'Their love for each other and for us was quite special.'   Her brother Peter said: 'War is something our parents, and probably a lot of people in that generation, almost never really talked about.'   'It's been amazing to learn about our mum and dad, the strength of their relationship - and really, how and why we've become the people we are today.'

Cyril Mowforth with his tank in Africa
Cyril Mowforth with his tank in Africa. He and Olga wed just weeks before he was called up to fight in WWII
and the pair used the letters to keep their love alive while they were apart.

Peter, who lives in Milngavie, Glasgow, and sister Sue made the amazing discovery when clearing out the attic of the family home a few years ago.  'Sue found the letters tied up with a ribbon in a box after our parents died,' the father-of-two explained. 'She didn't know what to do with them at first.  She asked if she should shred or burn them - after all, it was personal stuff between our parents - but we agreed we'd all like to read them.  'The problem, however, was they were all in scrawny handwriting.'

The couple, Cyril and Olga Mowforth, met through their love of youth hostelling in the 1930s and married in June 1940.
The couple met through their love of youth hostelling
in the 1930s and married in June 1940.

Retired air traffic controller Sue, who lives in Cheshire, decided to do something about it.  She and a neighbour with a penchant for deciphering script spent five painstaking years typing up and organising the letters.  And in 2015, she had them printed into a book, Good Evening Sweetheart, which they distributed to the extended family.  Sue, 68. said: 'When all the grandkids heard about the letters they wanted to read them, so it seemed like the most logical thing to do.'  Peter, 63, added: 'The book has around 400,000 words - the same as Lord of the Rings!  'Mum wrote twice as much as dad, often not knowing where he was but the letters always found him.  'Their usual greeting to each other was Good Evening Sweetheart'. That's where the title came from.'  The letters, dated from 1940 to 1946, were exchanged while Cyril was in training at Army barracks in Catterick, and serving as a tank commander with 42nd Royal Tank Regiment at El Alamein in North Africa and in Germany.  All the while, Olga remained at home in Sheffield, assisting with the war effort with civil defence duties.

After the war, Olga Mpwfprtj served as an independent community councillor
After the war, Olga served as an independent community councillor and was instrumental in campaigning for assisted living for the elderly.
After her death, Olga Mowforth House, a sheltered housing unit, opened in Woodcote, Oxfordshire

The couple, who met through their love of youth hostelling in the 1930s and wed in June 1940, share anecdotes about everything from rationing, coupons and transport issues to books and music and, of course, the horror and terror of fighting on the front line. Romantic Cyril even wrote love poems.  In the six years of battle, they only saw each other briefly when Cyril returned home on leave in 1944.

When he returned from war, Cyril Mowforth qualified as a remedial teacher, a role he enjoyed until his retirement.
When he returned from war, Cyril qualified as a remedial teacher,
a role he enjoyed until his retirement.

'Dad would send his underpants home to be washed and sewn from northern Europe, and mum would send a few squares of chocolate in between dad's socks that she'd darned. It was very sweet,' e-commerce specialist Peter said.  Sue added: 'It's so evident from these letters that our parents were continually in each other's thoughts when they were, as Cyril put it, living on the edge of eternity'.  'Nobody knew how long the war would last. They kept saying six more months' and they'd be back together.' 

Lots of Cyril's letters were censored by the Army.  'There are big holes in them where dad had mentioned where he was and it had been cut out,' Peter said.  'Of course this must have been frustrating for mum as they were double-sided which meant she missed out on big parts of dad's stories!'

And there are some lovely stories. The couple talk about their dream of coming to Scotland, after Cyril travelled to Glasgow to collect a Comet tank from the Finnieston Crane... now affectionately referred to by Peter's kids Joss, 23, and Lara, 21, as 'Grandad's Crane'.

Good Evening Sweetheart - the book of Olga and Cyril Mowforth's love letters
Pictured - Good Evening Sweetheart - the book of Olga and Cyril's love letters.

But equally some of the letters make for harrowing reading.  'Dad was allocated to the tank division, which is just about the most dangerous job you could do,' Peter said.  'I once asked him if he had ever been blown up and he said quite a few times.'

Cyril wrote to Olga describing the horrors of war.
Peter said: 'Dad was allocated to the tank division, which is just about the most dangerous job you could do.'
Pictured, Cyril wrote to Olga describing the horrors of war.
 
Olga wrote Cyril a touching message on their fourth anniversary. Cyril sent her a bunch of red roses, which reminded her of when they first met.
Olga wrote Cyril a touching message on their fourth anniversary. Cyril sent her a bunch of red roses, which reminded
her of when they first met. She said: 'I just can't say here what it meant to me, but I know you'll understand '

'On one occasion he got blown right out of the top of the tank like a champagne cork.  Even though he left out a lot of the details to avoid upsetting or worrying mum, the horror really comes across.  Dad was one of the first to arrive at the Belsen concentration camp and the first tank over the River Elbe in Germany.  He lost a lot of comrades.  The attrition rate in the tanks was huge.'

Cyril jokes to Olga that his time in the army ww2 has been a year's holiday from his work at home.
Cyril jokes to Olga that his time in the army has been a year's holiday from his work at home.
He said: 'It's been a grand holiday alright but how I long to get back to it all.'
Olga wrote a heartwarming letter to her husband on their third wedding anniversary.
Olga wrote a heartwarming letter to her husband on their third wedding anniversary. She said: 'three years ago
it was 20 minutes to nine. I was up and busy - dressing for a very special occasion.'

'In some instances, he was the only soldier in the tank to survive.'   On his return from war, Cyril qualified as a remedial teacher, a role he enjoyed until his retirement. He passed away in 2004, after reaching the fine age of 91.   Olga, who served as an independent community councillor and was instrumental in campaigning for assisted living for the elderly, passed away decades earlier from cancer, aged just 54.   After her death, Olga Mowforth House, a sheltered housing unit, opened in Woodcote, Oxfordshire.

The book of love letters has been accepted into the Imperial War Museum's collection.
The book of love letters has been accepted into
the Imperial War Museum's collection.

'It's been interesting to learn about the extraordinariness of their traumatic start to married life,' Peter said. 'Of course, it's just part of their story.'  'Nobody in the family thinks of our parents as heroes.'  'But it's so spectacular because, to them it was ordinary.'  Sue sent the book to the Imperial War Museum and it has been accepted into its collection.  The letters will soon become part of the establishment's archives.

The interest in their pet project has become so huge that Peter and Sue are considering opening up their parents' letters to the public in a published form.  'History tends to be about kings and queens... there is very little known about the day-to-day life of war,' Peter said.  'And to read it in an exchange between two people in love who shared almost everything certainly gives you a different viewpoint.'

Sue added: 'Handwritten letters have become outdated. I can't remember the last time I received a personal letter, yet not so long ago they were the main means of keeping in touch.'  'It's a skill that must have been tested to its limits during WWII.'

Cyril was one of the first soldiers to arrive at Bergen Belsen concentration camp
Cyril was one of the first soldiers to arrive at Bergen Belsen concentration camp and
was in the first tank that crossed the River Elbe.

[Original Article at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4196874/1-000-letters-attic-reveal-WWII-love-story.html]

Member Note: To comment on this PR, simply click reply on the owners main post below.
-  Copyright 2016 IBOsocial  -            Part of the IBOtoolbox family of sites.