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Offline LucyJPerry

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War poem handwriting
« on: Sunday 03 January 21 11:24 GMT (UK) »
Hi all,
When my Great Grandfather was in France during WW1, he sent home a photograph of himself with a poem written on the back. I have worked some of the poem out (it starts with saying how he'll send a photograph home as it's about the only thing he can), but this part has me really struggling. Time doesn’t seem to have been generous and the writing is now quite faded.

To me it seems to say..

… xmas cards …..
….. have changed if I may say
…… somewhat more …..
…… Somme Xmas day

Is anyone able to help with filling in the blanks?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: War poem handwriting
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 03 January 21 12:55 GMT (UK) »
No Xmas cards a pourin in
Times have changed if I may say
The army is all somewhat more kin

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Re: War poem handwriting
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 03 January 21 13:57 GMT (UK) »
Final line may read:
To my .......... Somme Xmas Day.
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Re: War poem handwriting
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 03 January 21 14:16 GMT (UK) »
No Xmas cards a pourin in
Times have changed if I may say
The army is all somewhat more kin

……

You are usually much better than me at this kind of thing, Shaun! But I can't see the tail on the "y" of army... In previous words, the letters "g" and "y" have an enormously long tail. I must admit I saw "mood" when I first looked. But now I'm not so sure... And why is there such a big gap after the word?
Hmm...
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Re: War poem handwriting
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 03 January 21 14:28 GMT (UK) »
I agree with Karen, I think the second word of the third line is 'mood'.
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Re: War poem handwriting
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 03 January 21 14:46 GMT (UK) »
I agree with mood, and the last line might begin with "In my".

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Re: War poem handwriting
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 03 January 21 15:09 GMT (UK) »
No Xmas cards a pourin' in
Times have changed if I may say
Its made us all somewhat more kin
... ...     Somme Xmas Day
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Re: War poem handwriting
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 03 January 21 15:47 GMT (UK) »
The mood is all somewhat more (kin??)
"No vegetable grows in vain.."

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Re: War poem handwriting
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 03 January 21 15:54 GMT (UK) »
..on my lovely Somme Xmas day ?
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