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).


  • World War 1: 1914-1918


Institution: Medical Missionaries of Mary
Collection: B/F/1/45, B/F/1/45

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Marie Martin. "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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From: Marie Martin
To: Mary Martin
Date Sent: 26 June 1916

Subject: Letter from Marie Martin to her mother Mary Lewis Martin, 26 June 1916
My very dearest Mother

A thousand thanks for your very nice letter I was just delighted to hear from you but very sorry to hear you are not feeling yourself. I hope by this you are quite well again. If not you might get Dr Beatty to see you perhaps you want a tonic. I hope you have not forgotten about the change of air I think that is what you really want. I am really feeling very well. I have not quite got used to the climate yet. I wake up very heavy in the morning. I would have rather got more inland not quite so near the Sea. It has no attraction for me— however in some ways this place is very nice & once we are full every thing ought to be very nice At present we are practically empty & evacuating the whole hospital to- morrow so they evendently expect a great rush. I just heard to- night that the big Bombardment has started so I am sure we shall be busy. I sincerely hope that all our it is after 10:30 & lights must be put out. With fondest love & hoping you are alright your loving daughter Marie relation & friend I'll get through safely. It is a very anxious time for everyone How is Tommy I hope you have had a letter lately. I shall have to make some arrangement in Boulogne to send me out a paper every day as it is ridiculous & he so near & know nothing of what is happening, some of the SIsters do it & I think it a good plan. Many thanks for the weekly sketch — If you would some time send me out some plug tobacco for the me I would be delighted as it is very hard to get here. I am able to get Woodtimes alright—

I also want you if it is not too much trouble to send me out a couple of sets of Collars & cuffs for my Mess dress, one tin of Café au lait one tin of Ideal unsweetened Milk— my jersey when it returns from Pullers I am so sorry you have had so much trouble over the cook but am sure Aunt Mays will turn out alright— Now I must end will write again tomorrow