The First World War Rose went through auction

“An angel took my flower away, Yet I will not repine, For Jesus in his bosom wears, The flower that once was mine.” These words were written by Louis James Young on June 1917 from the war ground of Northern Europe where he was serving as a British soldier during the First World War, the Express reports.

These words were written on a card with the caption “Flowers from the Battlefield”. Together with the poignant he mended a rose to the card which he plucked for his wife from the battlefield. This card was sent by him to his wife Agnes Louisa Young in memory of their first daughter Lydia Agnes’s death. Their daughter Lydia died at a very early age of seven. And during that time it seems that Louis instead of being with his family was busy in fighting for his country. The rose on the card symbolises the gloominess caused by the war as well as it is also a symbol of melancholy which he and his wife were experiencing after losing their daughter. In the year 1922 his wife gave birth to their second daughter whom they named Rosaline which means ‘Little Rose’.

However, the rose which was mended on the card by Louis James Young has been placed by his granddaughter at Hansons Great War and Militaria auction which took place on 24th November 2014 in Etwall, Derbyshire.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE