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‘Enemy Country’ First World War Letter

Envelope to an address in Germany dating from 1915 stamped “Undeliverable Enemy Country, Return to sender”.


This is an iconic item in the depiction of ‘Home Front Canterbury’. Kent, as closest point to mainland Europe has become identified with the image of Britain during the First and Second World War.

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge,
18 High Street,
Kent CT1 2RA


Letter sent by Canterbury resident Frances Katherine Aitken to her cousin in Germany, but returned as war had broken out. Part of a large collection of personal letters, poems, ration books, propaganda cartoons, special passes to travel on railway journeys to Dover Docks and much more that forms an important snapshot of domestic life in Kent during the Second World War.

Curriculum Links

  • KS1: Local History, Significant Historic Events, Writing Composition – Real Events
  • KS2: First World War, Writing Composition – Writing Models
  • KS3: Local History, Britain 1901- Present Day


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