It’s thanks to a dedicated team of subscribers from The Badsey Society that the Sladden family letters appear on this website.
Val Harman, Valerie Magan, Jane Neill, Alan Tutton and Shirley Tutton accompanied me on numerous occasions to The Hive at Worcester where the majority of the letters are stored. Digital images were taken of each of the war-time letters and typed transcriptions were made of each of the letters. Transcriptions of the letters up to the end of 1916 appear on the website. The letters for 1917 until the end of the war will be uploaded at the end of 2017.
It recently came to light that there is also a large amount of correspondence at the Imperial War Museum, largely the war-time correspondence of Cyril Sladden and his fiancée, Mela Brown Constable. Being located in London, this proved more problematic, as we couldn’t keep visiting the Research Room as we could at Worcester. So we hired a small coach to take us to London. Ross Davies, John Sharp, Lyn Sharp, Tony Spinks, Avril Wood, Tony Wood and Gill Woods also joined us on this trip. However, restrictions on numbers able to access the Research Room at any one time meant that there is still work to be done.