Sweetheart card from Jeannie to Corporal Robert Ashe
Greeting card. One side featured an embroidered greeting with flowers on real muslin. It was addressed to ‘Corporal R.Ashe, 139732, Royal Engineers, “Z” Special Company, British Expeditionary Force, France.’ The message went My dearest sweetheart Just a card to wish you many happy returns of your birthday. I am just sending this card on alone dear, for I do so want you to get it by your birthday, but I will endeavour to write you a letter tomorrow. When are you coming home Bob? I hope you have received my letter and magazine by now. With my fondest love.Your ever affectionate sweetheart, Jeanniexx
Corporal Robert Ashe, 139732, Royal Engineers, Z” Special Company, British Expeditionary Force, France. Card from sweetheart. This card was purchased in a second hand shop, and through interest the contributor traced R. Ashe descendants in the UK. Robert enlisted at the outbreak of war in 1914 at nineteen years old and a corporal when the card was sent. He swiftly acquired an officer’s commission because of his fluency in French, Greek and Turkish. He was sent to Greece, reported missing and eventually returned safely. He married Ivy in 1920, and nothing is known of his sweetheart Jeannie.