Letters written in a dug-out in Ypres during World War 1 will be among items on display at an exhibition, Lest We Forget, which begins on Monday, February 20.

World War 1 love letters to be part of Uckfield exhibition

Letters written by an Uckfield soldier to his sweetheart during World War 1 will be part of an exhibition coming up at Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre.

The letters were written by 23-year-old Jack Lloyd Pelham, while in a dug-out in Ypres, Belgium, to his fiancee Elizabeth (Betty) Douglas.

Jack was son of a local builder Charles Pelham, whose family business was at 117 High Street, Uckfield. It is pictured below on the right, at the end of the long-since demolished White Rails cottages.


At the time of the letters Betty was staying with a Mrs May at 13 Church Street, Uckfield, but her family home was at Hanwell, and it was in the parish church there that the couple married in August 1917. Jack died in London in 1971.

The Bridge Cottage exhibition – the first to be held there since the building was restored – is called Lest We Forget and will take place over two weeks from Monday, February 20, to Friday, March 3.

It will cover World War 1 and World War 2 and other personal stories will be told and artefacts and memorabilia will be on display.


A living room set up as it would have been in World War 2.

One story written during World War 2, has been written into a book by Peter Hunter a former Uckfield resident and police officer, now retired, who will be at the heritage centre to sign copies of it.

It is called Dear Lorne, and is about a Canadian soldier soldier Peter befriended as a boy during World War 2, after he was run over by him outside Bridge Cottage.

Also on display will be World War 1 medals of former Uckfield resident Albert Corden. You can read more about him in a previous Uckfield News story here: First picture found of Uckfield soldier Albert Corden.

More details of the exhibition can be found on our new Uckfield Events website, still in the process of development but taking shape.


•  Contct details for Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Education, Function Rooms, Heritage, History, Meeting Venues or Visitor Attractions.

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