Epilogue - Letters from Chris to Bessie from Letters Live 2013&2014 - How did the story end?
What happened to Chris and Bessie whose WWII love letters Benedict read (x) during the Letters Live event from Dec 2013 and May 2014?
More about Chris Barker and Bessie Moore (sources - x, y):
Chris Barker (born 1914, Horace to his London family) was a Post Office clerk working in central London until 1942, when he was conscripted into the Royal Corps of Signals.
During the closing years of the second world war Signalman Chris Barker wrote regularly to Bessie Moore (born 1913). They had met as colleagues at the Post Office, and Barker’s letters to Bessie from the Middle East begin when he still believes her to be engaged to another man. Learning that she is now single, Barker and Moore start to fall in love by letter.
He wrote 500 letters in all, over half a million words in total during his war service. Only 16 of Bessie’s letters survive because most of her share of the correspondence was destroyed by the fortunes of war.
Bessie and Chris Barker, brought and kept together by the Post Office, enjoyed a long and tender marriage that ended only with their deaths a few years ago.
Releasing the letters (source - x):