Florence Nightingale's wartime letter seen for the first time at Chester University
'I have never had so painful a letter to write': Florence Nightingale's poignant wartime message is put on display for the first time By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 4:29 PM on 24th November 2010 A wartime letter from nursing heroine Florence Nightingale to a soldier's grieving sister has been publicly unveiled for the first time.
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#1 Nov 25, 2010
The soldier Florence Nightingale refers to may not have deserted, but may have been taken prisoners by Ukrainian Cossacks for ransom. If ransom could not be paid, then he may have been sold or given to Ukrainian farmers to work off the debt over several years of servitude. After that they were freed. Some of these British soldiers remained in Ukraine to start a new life.
That is how some British soldiers ended up diversifying Ukraine's gene pool.
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