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Coping with the influx of letters from the front during World War 1

Wartime saw a huge rise in letters, postcards and parcels sent between the home front and loved ones abroad. To cope with the increase, Royal Mail built the home depot, an enormous wooden temporary sorting office in Regent's Park that covered several acres. At its peak, 2,500 staff handled 12 million letters and a million parcels in a week. In December 1917, 341,000 registered articles were carried to the British Expeditionary Forces serving in World War 1.

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