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My Great Aunt Norah's wartime diaries, 1938-1948

‘If single, drop me a line’: a message in a kilt in WW1

On the BBC News today is an item about another young woman who slipped her name and address inside the garment she was making for a man fighting in a war.

This time the item of clothing is a kilt and the war is the Great War. Helen Govan was a Glasgow seamstress who stitched her note into the folds. This is what it said:

I hope your kilt will fit you well

And in it, you will look swell.

If married, never mind.

If single, drop me a line.

Wish you bags of luck and a speedy return to Blighty.

Apparently the kilted soldiers in the London Scottish Regiment were called ‘the Ladies from Hell’ by the Germans!

Helen Govan didn’t marry the recipient of her kilt, which has been passed down through the family of Helen Paul, a historian at Southampton University. The story can be heard here.

But presumably Helen slipped a note into more than one kilt – and it would be fabulous to hear about any subsequent correspondence or love affairs…

My Great Aunt Norah’s first letter from Jim, the sailor who received her socks in  February 1941 can be read here. At first he was charming and cheeky, but by the summer and autumn his letters had become more than a little strange. More on this soon, with the fortune telling card sent from Jim to Norah, warning her about deceitful men and unhappy lives…




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