Long Distance Love

Some love stories start in unexpected ways.  Lillie Uren and Leslie Pentecost fell in love in a First Aid course.


Lillie, who grew up in Beacon near Camborne, was learning how to bandage legs before the War,


She met the young Leslie Pentecost from Dolcoath St Johns Ambulance Brigade at a training session just before the start of the War.


Leslie left with others from Dolcoath for the Front in the first rush of volunteers in autumn 1914 and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps.


In four years of separation they wrote each other faithfully,


Leslie sent back postcards from the towns in Belgian and northern France where fighting raged.


Lillie sent Valentines. She joined hundreds of other women in Cornwall and worked in a local munitions factory.


They married on Leslie’s return. Their families still live locally and have carefully saved letters and photographs.