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Lieutenant John McIlroy with wife Florence
The tragic story of a World War One sweetheart who married a hero Tommy after her first love was killed has emerged in a cache of intimate letters.
Florence Turner became engaged to Captain William James who she met while he was recovering from war wounds at a military hospital opposite her home.
The dashing officer returned to the Western Front only to later be killed while leading an assault on a German position.
After his death a grieving Florence met Military Cross recipient Lieutenant John McIlroy while he was also recuperating in the same hospital.