Following Remembrance Day, our object of the month is the last known letter sent home from the Western Front by England international, Lancelot Andrew Noel Slocock.
Educated at Marlborough College, Slocock represented the school in rugby, cricket and hockey. After leaving school, he moved to Liverpool and worked in the cotton trade. He played rugby as a forward for Liverpool, Lancashire and the North. He received his first England cap in 1907 and subsequently played in all internationals for two years, including one appearance as England captain.
In 1912, Slocock married Elinor Cook, referred to as 'Lena' in the letter. They later moved to Savannah, Georgia, and their son Anthony was born in 1914. He returned to England in 1915 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 1/10th Battalion of the Kings (Liverpool) Regiment, commonly known as Liverpool Scottish.