Video: Poignant cards sent by soldiers from the front line

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They were sent by soldiers on the frontline to their sweethearts back home.

The hand-made silk cards sent home by soldiers fighting in the First World War containing poignant messages of love have been revealed by York Museums Trust as Valentine’s Day approaches.

Helen Thornton of York's Castle Museum with a card sent to a loved one  from the front during World War 1

Helen Thornton of York's Castle Museum with a card sent to a loved one from the front during World War 1

Soldiers sent their sweethearts romantic cards throughout the First World War, with many hand-embroidered by French and Belgian women. Each card is decorated with a sentimental message such as: “Forget Me Not” and “Longing to see You” and, on rare occasions, include a short message. One card, for example, simply reads: “Best love from somewhere in France xxxxx George.”

Helen Thornton, documentation assistant (history) at York Museums Trust, said: “The cards are far more intricate and delicate than anything we find in the shops today.”

York Museums Trust has a collection of over 150 silk postcards from the First World War.

A hand picked selection of Sweetheart Cards will on display in the entrance of York Castle Museum until the end of February.