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Another poignant letter in the collection is Florence's copy of the message of condolence sent from Capt James' commanding officer Major Gordon Phillips to his grieving parents.<br />
Maj Phillips wrote that the 22-year-old officer had died a 'glorious death' while storming a German machine gun post.He wrote: "He was one of the best sons anyone could wish to have. He was the best officer and best loved in all the battalion. He is indeed a great loss to the battalion and to his country.<br />
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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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The dashing officer returned to the Western Front only to later be killed while leading an assault on a German position. <br />
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After his death a grieving Florence met Military Cross recipient Lieutenant John McIlroy while he was also recuperating in the same hospital.