A moving love letter written by a First World War soldier is at the centre of a 101-year-old romantic mystery.
It was found with a diamond engagement ring locked inside an antique chest of drawers.
In the letter, written in March 1916, a British serviceman called George promises to marry his “dearest” Eileen when he comes back from the war.
It reads: “I am sorry to leave so suddenly.
“I have enclosed my grandmother’s ring as a promise to you that I will come back and one day marry you.
“My deepest apologies that I cannot give this letter and ring in person but I am being deployed imminently.
“Please do wear the ring and every time you look at it think of me.
“I shall miss you dearly, my beloved.”
It is unclear if Eileen ever got the letter because the soldier explains that he has left it with his mother to give to her.
Antiques experts in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, aim to trace their descendants.
Grant Nicholas, of LoveAntiques.com, said: “We’d love to get to the bottom of the story.”