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Ethel Bilbrough’s War Diary

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Great War, 'My War Diary' details what life was like during the First World War.

 

Ethel Bilbrough’s War Diary

Ethel Bilbrough's part scrap book, part memoir, 'My War Diary', was published in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Great War and offered a rare snapshot of what life was like on the Home Front during the First World War.

Ethel's husband, Kenneth, was an Insurance Executive who had gone to school with Sir Arthur Pearson and raised a substantial amount of money for St Dunstans, now Blind Veterans UK. Over a number of years he raised a total of £72,000 (which would be equivalent to at least £1.5m today) and this features in Ethel's diary.

As a result of his fundraising efforts for the charity, he received a thank you letter from Queen Alexandra who was our Patron at the time.

Ethel died in 1951 and Kenneth's second wife, Elsie, donated the letter to Blind Veterans UK in 1978 after Kenneth died in 1962.

Bilbrough Book