Soldier – Shakespeare T. – Starving Soldier (picture)

December 1914

Mexborough & Swinton Times, December 19, 1914

Starving Conisbrough Soldier

Private T Shakespeare.


The photograph is of Private C Shakespeare, who is now a prisoner of war in Germany.

Shakespeare was a reservist in the second battalion of the Sherwood Foresters, of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment, and was called upon at the commencement of the war.

In a letter to Mrs Wright of Sheffield Road,  Conisbrough, he says:

“I did not receive the parcel you sent me, but that does not matter now, as I am a prisoner in Hamlyn of Wesen, province of Hanover, Germany… I am not so well, but I shall have to make the best of it.
I should be all right if I had enough to eat, but we are getting very little, just enough to keep us alive.”