I cannot list everyone mentioned in the letters, but here are a few of the ones more frequently mentioned. They are listed in alphabetical order of the names most often used in the letters.
Benedicta Berryman – one of the Berryman sisters – was in India with Ted at the start of the war
My mother says “Bunchie Quentin was a friend from Camberley days. All the boys were a little in love with Bunchie, but she married a curate wtih TB and has to be written out of the script”.
Is a general factotum at Delaford, becomes increasingly ill during the war
DB – Col David Henry Drake-Brockman
Ted’s commanding officer in France, the Colonel of the 39th Garhwalis
Dick / Richard
Richard Berryman – the eldest Berryman brother – a doctor who signed up to serve as a medic in the Indian Army Medical Corps
Dreda / Dryden
Etheldreda Berryman – one of the Berryman sisters
The patrons of Charles Berryman’s first living at Pitney in Somerset – ie the people who owned the big house there and who gave their father his first job as a clergyman. The Dudmans were godparents to various of the Berryman children.
Jane / Jinny
Jane Berryman – one of the Berryman sisters – managed a tabacconist shop in London during the War which became a meeting place in Lodnon for her bothers, their friends ad lots of other soldiers on leave
Jim Berryman – one of the Berryman brothers – signed up to serve in the British Army
Vicar of Camberley after their father, who remained a family friend. He was a bachelor and allowed Gertrude and her family to stay in the Vicarage, but when he moved to Guildford she had to leave Camberley. Since she was used to his churchmanship she decided to follow him to Guildford.
Friends of Gertrude from Hartley Witney
Paul Berryman – one of the Berryman brothers – wrote many of the letters – served in the Royal Navy
Rosamund Berryman – one of the Berryman sisters – worked on the land during the war
Ruth Berryman – the youngest Berryman sister – worked as a nurse during the war
Ted Berryman – one of the Berryman brothers – wrote most of the letters – served in the Indian Army
Christopher Berryman – the youngest Berryman brother
Wiggs / Wiggie – Ivan Provis Wentworth Bennett
Became engaged to Ben in January 1915. He was some 5 years younger than she was and it’s likely that she was encouraged to go to India in 1913 to get over her feelings for him; they got engaged within weeks of her return.
Friends of Gertrude from before her marriage. Ben was called after Benedicta Yeatman. Julian Yeatman co-wrote 1066 and All That after the War.