A 94-year-old time capsule made by an undertaker on the day he discovered his son had died in the war has been dug up in Linslade.
Sarah Ward, of Springfield Road, was surprised to be told that builders renovating her garage had found a tin containing items from 1919.
Joseph Dudley, of North Street, wrote a letter on the day he was told his only son Alfred Joseph Dudley had died while serving in the Army during the First World War.
Joseph, a funeral director who used the front half of the garage to store his hearse and the back as a stable, stored the letter and two newspapers dated June 11 and June 13, 1919 for it to be found by future occupants.
Sarah, who moved into the Linslade house a year ago with her husband Adam and four children, said: “I like living in houses with a lot of history and we had been told quite a lot about it, but we weren’t sure what to believe until now.
“But there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to why he wrote the letter to himself. It’s quite random.
“I did some research on his son and found out he was awarded a bravery medal.”
Alfred, who died in October 1918, eight months before his death was confirmed, is said to be buried in Pas De Calais in the Aire Communal Cemetery.
The 27-year-old left behind his dad, Joseph, mum Elizabeth and wife Alice.
Sarah added: “It would be interesting to find out if anyone knows any more about it.
“Actually, my husband is convinced the house is haunted because we do hear a lot of clunks in the night that we can’t explain.
“But the house has a nice feeling about it, so if there is anyone here they don’t mean us any harm.”