Letter from Marie Martin (1892-1975) to her mother Mary Lewis Martin (née Moore). Marie writes about her mother being ill and advises her to see the doctor. She references the climate and her location near the sea. According to Marie the hospital is to be evacuated as 'the big Bombardment has started'. The bombardment in question was the week long preliminary bombardment of German lines in the Picardie region of France ahead of the planned Somme offensive on 1 July. She asks after her brother Tommy (1891-?) and requests some tobacco be sent to her for the men.
Marie Helena Martin later known as 'Mother Mary', was a volunteer nurse during the First World War. She served in field hospitals in Malta, Leeds, and France working for the British army and later went on to become the founder of the Medical Missionaries of Mary (MMM).
Medical Missionaries of Mary
"Letter from Marie Martin to her mother Mary Lewis Martin, 26 June 1916". Letters of 1916
. Schreibman, Susan, Ed. Maynooth University: 2016. Website.
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