12 July 1915

Sometime today, Monday 12 July 1915, Kittie received the following telegram:

O.H.M.S. I certify that this telegram is sent on the service of the WAR OFFICE [Signature]

In reply to special enquiry it is stated that Lt. G. Calderon Ox & Bucks LI previously reported wounded is now reported missing

FROM: Secretary, War Office

The letter she had recently (we assume) received from Captain Hogan of the 9th Ox & Bucks, who like George had at first been reported ‘wounded’ but had indeed survived, raised her hopes that George was either in the same condition or had been taken prisoner. Obviously, this latest telegram from the War Office could still mean that he had been taken prisoner, wounded or not; but everyone knew it often meant something else. The ‘special enquiry’ was presumably Coote Hedley’s internal War Office letter of 14 June to Casualties on Kittie’s behalf (see post of 13 June).

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About Patrick Miles

I am a writer who specialises in Anton Chekhov and is writing a biography of George Calderon.
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