Postmark: Clandeboye Camp, date unknown
[faint postmark and location suggests early – possibly October 1914]
Just a line to say that if all goes well you may expect us home on Sat. We are going home by Loughgilly with Sam Porter. He is getting George to meet us with the car, but it might be late when we are home and will have to go away again on Sunday night. But it will be better than nothing. I think this is all to we meet again. I remain your loving son,
“Helen’s Tower, Clandeboye, Co. Down
Built by the late Marquis of Duferin, in memory of his mother, in the year 1850.
Helen’s Tower, here I stand
Dominant over sea and land
Son’s love built me, and I hold
Mother’s love engraved in gold.
Love is in and out of time,
I am mortal stone and time;
Would my granite girth were strong
As either love to last as long!
I should wear my crown entire
To and thro’ the Doomsday fire
And be found of angel eyes
In earth’s recurring Paradise.
A view of Helen’s Tower, which flies a large flag with horizontal stripes (blue, white red, from top to bottom). [no such flag appears on http://www.flags.net/search.php]