Letters Gilbert Bradley and Gordon Bowsher sent to each other

The love story of two Second World War soldiers is set to be brought to life with a one-off talk and exhibition hosted by The Royal British Legion in partnership with Oswestry Town Museum.

Gilbert Bradley and Gordon Bowsher defied the law to write more than 600 letters to each other during the war from the front line. Writing of their love for one another in a time where two men could only secretly express their feelings, the letters are a fascinating insight into love, war and society at the time which went beyond the men not only being gay, but also belonging to different social classes.

Gilbert Bradley and Gordon Bowsher

The talk, presented by Curator of Oswestry Town Museum, Mark Hignett, will be hosted by the Royal British Legion’s Pop In Centre on Tuesday 19th March at 6pm on New Street. A selection of the letters will also go on display prior to the talk.

David Fairclough, Information & Advice Team Leader at the Legion said: “We are so proud to present Gordon & Gilbert’s story here in Birmingham. The letters are a wonderful insight into how two men came together in war time to express their love for one another regardless of social standing and defying the stigmas and the law at the time. It’s a fascinating tale we can’t wait to share with the Armed Forces community and wider public and it also demonstrates how far we have come in society.”

The event will be held in The Royal British Legion Pop-in Centre at 87 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4BA from 6pm. The talk from the Curator will begin at 6:30pm with an interval for refreshments.

Prior and post event, there will be an opportunity for guests to view a small selection of the 600 letters that Oswestry Town Museum has collated as well as a selection of other material from connected projects.