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    Royal Flying Corps


This unidentified soldier passed through Peterborough East Station and signed the visitors’ book on Christmas Eve 1916.  he wrote:

‘Sung by our brave Boys whilst at the charge


The bells of hell go Ting-a-ling-a-ling

For you but not for me

For me the Angels sing-a-ling-a-ling

They’ve got the goods for me

O’ death where is thy sting-a-ling-a-ling

O’ grave thy vic-tory

The bells of hell go ting-a-ling-a-ling

For you but not for me

To the Ladies in Charge of the Soldiers & Sailors Rest,Peterboro Station G.E.R.

I wish to express my deep appreciation for the kindness received at their hands: further more I was greatly moved by their generous heartedness towards one of Englands own Boys who was in acute pain & in need of gentle help.

Please accept dear Ladies the Heartiest of Good Wishes & a Happy Xmas; may the New Year bring you luck & your dear ones home again

T.W.B. R.F.C.’

This soldier could not be positively identified as he only signed his initials, which we think may be TWB.  There was a Thomas William Bacon in the Royal Flying Corps on 24 December 1916, however his handwriting on the 1911 Census bore no similarity to that in the visitors’ book.

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