Long-lost love letter from soldier sparks nationwide search for owner

A nationwide search is underway in the UK for a soldier who wrote an adorable love letter to his sweetheart after being forced to miss their date — more than 65 years ago.

Addressed to his “dearest Jacqueline,” the 1953 note is from an army guard known as Jacks.

It was handed in to a British Heart Foundation shop in Launceston, Cornwall, and now the search is on to find its rightful — and romantic — wartime owner.

The letter dated Oct. 10, 1953, is thought to have been written by a British soldier.

Way before the days of WhatsApp and Facebook, the handwritten note was posted to an address in Bude, Cornwall.

The letter says: “Just a note to say I am very sorry but can’t make it tonight as I am on guard.

“I saw the RSM [regimental sergeant major] this morning but could not get off. But I have only 9 weekends left now so it is not too bad.

“Once I get out of this lot I’ll make sure I see you every weekend and a few times in the week to make up for this.

“Well so much for that. I’ll be thinking of you tonight when I am on guard. I’ll miss you a lot but I’ll see you tomorrow night (Sunday) between 7 and 7.30. I’ll be coming on motorbike.”

The note is signed “Jacks,” and a search is on to find its sender and recipient.

Tamara Chapman, manager at the Launceston British Heart Foundation shop, said: “We just want to reunite it with its owner.

“It’s very unusual that we get such sentimental items in, but of course we want it to be returned to the correct family if possible.

“It was in the bottom of a bag and luckily one of my amazing volunteers found it.”

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