World War Two gay love letters inspired Hollywood screenwriters


The lost love letters between two gay world war two soldiers attracted the attention of film bosses and may possibly be adapted into a movie soon, it has been revealed. Gilbert Bradley and Gordon Bowsher’s romantic letters were written during in the war, regardless of homosexuality being punished by death that time. The letters were not discovered until 2008, after Mr Bradley’s death. Now the letters are exposed in the museum. People have been particularly touched by a line which reads “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all our letters could be published in the future in a more enlightened time. Then all the world could see how in love we are.” This line will be memorialised in a heritage project to follow Mr Bowsher plea in the letter to “do one thing for me in deadly seriousness. I want all my letters destroyed.” The letters will be ceremonially burned, then the ashes turned into a commemorative diamond, which will be engraved with the soldiers’ poignant hope for the future.Annie Reilly, Director of Heritage Open Days, said the jewel will be “a commemoration of this love which had to really fight against the odds to exist.” Homosexuality was decriminalized in the UK 50 years ago, but militants got the right to be gay only in 2000.


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