This is an example of a letter following a soldier after he returned home from
You can find out a lot about an individual's history by clues on a letter
cover. This letter was sent from the states, but was not fast enough to
catch up with this soldier as he was moved from hospital to hospital.
Based upon information on this cover, one can conclude he was with
the 314th US Infantry, was in Evacuation Hospital #8, transferred to
another hospital, and eventually was in a Casual Company. This letter
was sent from the states November 10, 1918 and was still trying to find
its recipient in March of 1919.
This is the top envelope in a still-sealed stack of 12 letters sent to Walter J. Hughson,
who was killed in battle on October 3, 1918. Each of these letters sent to him by his
family were slowly returned to them - each marked in a similar manner as this one.
The above letter was sent to the soldier 18 days after he had been killed (the family
did not know), and was returned to the family after March 24, 1919.
Walter J. Hughson was the brother of Harold, who had died in an accident over a
month before Walter was killed. The Hughson brothers both served in France and
are the subject of a future display in the Honor Roll section.