Ted Ambrose was the first son of a working class family in the small village of Wallington in Hertfordshire. He enlisted in the Bedfordshire Regiment in 1915, and was just 18 when he left for the front the following February. His father wrote to him before he sailed for France. Listen to his letter below.
Ted Ambrose arrived on the Somme in April 1916. He was wounded in the July and sent back through the medical evacuation chain to Etaples Base Hospital, where he died of his wounds on 13th July. Ted’s mother sent telegrams to France requesting permission to visit her son in hospital. Her visit was authorised, as the time stamp shows, just 10 minutes before Ted died. The authorisation was found with Ted’s possessions, which were returned to his parents after his death.
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