Remarkable letter written by a war hero 79 years ago is given to his grandson after railroad workers found it hidden in a bridge
- Rory Ellis received the letter after railroad workers found him in a bridge
- His grandfather wrote the note in 1940 while repairing a bridge in Melbourne
- The letter was hopeful that the unrest of the war would be over by the time it was found
79 years later, a letter from a war hero remarkably ended up in the hands of his grandson after railroad workers found it in a bridge.
Rory Ellis & grandfather Colin Ellis, who served as a light horseman in the First World War and fought in the Battle of the Somme, wrote the letter with his friend in February 1940 while repairing the South Yarra bridge in Melbourne .
Nearly a century later in 2010, two employees came across the message after they were smuggled into the bridge and managed to track down Mr Ellis's grandson seven years later.
The letter (photo) was written by Colin Ellis and Joe Eagles in February 1940
& # 39; They hammer on the bridge and suddenly glass fragments came flying out of the bridge, revealing a bottle that was in it, & # 39; said Mr. Ellis 3AW.
Mr. Ellis said that the employees who found the letter shared a mutual friend with him and that they could eventually find each other.
& # 39; It's pretty incredible how it found me. Bizarrely enough, two boys who worked on the bridge had a mutual friend who talked about this letter with a friend of mine. & # 39;
Ellis, a musician from Melbourne, said the letter written in the midst of war and unrest had great significance for him.
Rory Ellis, (photo), the grandson of Colin, said that the letter written in the middle of the war still had much meaning for him
& # 39; What I got the most out of it is that it is so relevant to today. It goes through history. It's incredible! & # 39; he said.
Mr. Ellis and Mr. Eagles wrote in the memorandum that they hoped that the battle of the war would be over by the time the letter was found.
& # 39; We close this letter with the hope that the workers will be enlightened when it is found and that there is peace on earth and goodwill for man, & # 39; said the letter.
The incredible letter from War Hero is found 79 years later
February 8, 1940
This bottle was placed here by Joe Eagles and Colin Ellis & # 39; Plasterers & # 39; who have been repairing cement work on this bridge since November 1939.
The thickness of material used was two parts of sand to one of cement. The work was supervised by Mr. Williams of the Prahran Council. We both appreciated his cooperation and his terms of employment. The world war has now begun by the capitalist part of the world to maintain a rotten system.
We hope that when this bottle is found, the world's employees will receive a much more equal share in nature's gifts and the wealth they produce for the class that prioritizes them and thieves. Even as far as they kill each other. They do not share to protect wealth. The capitalists call it war, not murder.
We conclude this letter with the hope that the workers will be enlightened when it is found and that there will be peace on earth and good will for man.
Written by Colin Ellis and Joe Eagles
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