Terms googled: Wording on the First World War beverment notice, First World War beverment notice (in google images)
For a British soldier, who is a Lieutenant, to his mother.
I am pretty sure that it would be something like:
We are sorry to inform you that [name of soldier] of the [regiement] died on [date]. The military offers its condolences at this sad time.
But can anyone give me something more specific?
Ta very much.
I'm trying to develop a magic system that relies on the use of bones, and am looking for real-world precedents to serve as inspiration.
Consulting with other people, I've heard about Chinese traditional medicine, and possibly Vodoun. I've Googled for various combinations of bone, magic, sorcery, Chinese traditional medicine, tiger bones (because apparently that's what's used in CTM), voodoo, and vodoun. I've found nothing of much use except that, apparently, CTM believes tiger bones and rhino horns can cure almost anything, which pisses off wildlife conservationists. So far I've found nothing connecting Vodoun to bones, except for Hollywood hype.
Any info on the use of bones in various religions/mythologies would be appreciated, preferably with info about how and why they do what they do with bones.
Edit: I've gotten a lot of suggestions for using bones as divination tools. While I appreciate the suggestions, I'm looking less for divination. I'm not liking for belief systems that use bones to figure out what's going to happen, but that use bones to make things happen, if that makes sense.
Can anyone help me with search terms or book/article recommendations for researching the options that would be open to a single working woman with a presumably illegitimate child in the U.S., circa 1900-1910? The woman in question would be a recent immigrant from Germany, who had probably worked as a domestic before her pregnancy.
(This is a nonfiction story, so I know what actually did happen--she stayed with her sister in Pittsburgh, PA for a while, then found a job as a housekeeper for a widower with several children. As far as I can tell, she was able to bring her infant daughter with her; less than a year after she came to work for him, her employer married her and adopted the child.)
What I'm wondering about: the obstacles a woman who wasn't so lucky would have had to face. Would she have been unwelcome in lodging houses? Would she ordinarily have had to put her child out to nurse in order to work? Would she have had difficulty finding a job--presumably, a maid who got pregnant would be dismissed without a reference? Anything else I've failed to think of?
I've checked Victorian Web, and I've done searches using "single motherhood, 19th century" and "illegitimate motherhood," but I'm coming up dry. If someone could recommend a good book or article or two, or even tell me where I'm going wrong in my selection of search terms, I'd be very grateful.