Access this week’s podcast  for “Dear Bessie: A Wartime Love Story” here.

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After her rejection of his proposal, Harry continued to write to Bessie. Their correspondence was kept deliberately light, though the war in Europe weighed heavily on them both. Bessie’s older brother Frank had just announced his intention to enlist.
Click here to listen to Episode 1.

Credits
Narration by Caitlin Bailey
Harry White read by Daniel Watchorn
Creative Direction and Production by Ada Chan
Music Attribution
“Albumleaf in E, B. 151” composed by Frédéric Chopin, performed by Aya Higuchi. Sourced from Musopen, and used under CC PD 1.0.
“Andantino ‘Spring’, B. 117” composed by Frédéric Chopin, performed by Aya Higuchi. Sourced from Musopen, and used under CC PD 1.0.

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A photo of a destroyed dugout near or at Mount Sorrel in the Ypres Salient.

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