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WWI letter reunited with family

A forgotten letter from a mystery First World War sailor stationed in Orkney has found its way to his granddaughter after almost a century.

The note dated 1916 was discovered behind a fireplace in Kirkwall. Addressed to the serviceman's family in Wales, it was sealed and stamped but never posted.

Staff at Orkney Library wanted to identify the author and made a successful appeal on their blog.

The hunt reached Canada where a distant relative suggested the sailor may be David John Phillips from Llanelli. He contacted Mary Hodge in Chester who recognised the writer as her grandfather.

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