‘Dear Mother, I am very sorry I cannot write to you in Welsh …’
‘Dear Mother, I am very sorry I cannot write to you in Welsh …’.1 This excerpt from a letter sent by Captain Dafydd Jones to his mother in Llanddewi Brefi, Ceredigion, in December 1915, is an example of how Welsh-speaking soldiers were often forbidden to write home in their mother tongue during the First World War. However, there was no wholesale ban on the use of the language in correspondence, and this paper will examine Welsh-speaking soldiers’ relationship with censorship and how they sometimes chafed against it — and sometimes subverted it.
KeywordsLetter Writer Welsh Language Army Medical Corps Letter Home Potato Haulm
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