The love story of World War One soldier, Henry Coulter, and his childhood sweetheart, Lucy Townend was revealed after more than 100 love letters were discovered in an attic nearly a century after they were written. Henry and Lucy were regular chapel-goers at Gledholt Methodist Church in Huddersfield and enjoyed a courtship at home before the onslaught of war pulled them apart. Henry wrote from the training camps as he trained with the 17th (Leeds) Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, calling her “Beauty” and, “the sweetest girl in the whole world”. Lucy, who lived in Birkby, where the letters were eventually found, wrote to her “Darling Boy” of how she longed to be back with him again. Sadly, Henry died in France in 1916, from injuries when a trench fell on him and Lucy’s last letter was returned unopened.
BBC Radio Leeds asked me to put the letters to music as part of the WW1 At Home project.
Here I am alongside Danny Landau performing ‘Yours for Eternity’ - the story of Henry Coulter and Lucy Townend, separated forever by the war.