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14 February 2014:

Valentine's Day: a true love story


One truly amazing story of love is captured in the Second World War collection of letters from Lt Douglas Payne to his future wife Eileen Crutchley.

This collection of about 350 letters spans a five year period from 1941-1946, and encapsulates all the heartache, difficultly, optimism and hope of a long distance relationship attempting to survive the test of war. It begins slowly with the obvious uncertainty of how to maintain a long distance relationship, quickly coming to a head within 8 months:

To My Darling Eileen,

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