My Dear I Wanted To Tell You, Be Of Good Cheer



The First World War brought changes previously unimaginable to every aspect of life. Louisa Young's story explores the impact on the lives of women, on the challenge to the Edwardian class structure and on assumptions about patriotism and duty.

Episode 9: Be of good cheer

November 1918. The Armistice forces Riley to think about his future. Though he has so far not left the hospital in Sidcup where his jaw has been rebuilt, he travels to Wigan to visit the widow of his old comrade Ainsworth. Encouraged by the matter-of-fact reactions of Sybil Ainsworth and her children to his shattered face, he returns to Sidcup and tells his surgeon that he is "of good cheer."

Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths

Producer Christine Hall.