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Keywords: Battle of the Somme, World War 1: 1914-1918
Letter from the soldier Geo R. Boase to Marie Martin, 10 July 1916. This letter was written to Marie Martin from a soldier she had tended to while she was a VAD in Malta. Boase writes her from Dublin, where he is stationed indicating that he would...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, World War 1: 1914-1918
Letter from Marie Martin (1892-1975) to her mother Mary Lewis Martin (1866-1955). This letter seems to be incorrectly dated 8 July, but in it Marie refers to a letter she received from her mother dated 4 August. In the letter, Marie is responding ...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme
Letter from Marie Martin (1892-1975) to her mother Mary Lewis Martin (1866-1955). As usual, Marie enquires after family members and describes her work in the tents in France. She describes another bathing incident which has led to a ban on swimmin...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, World War 1: 1914-1918
This letter from Fr Henry Gill to Fr Thomas Nolan, details the opening days of the Somme offensive, the death of one of the chaplains of the division (Fr Donal O' Sullivan of Killarney, Kerry, who died 5 July 1916 at the age of twenty-six) and the...
Keywords: World War 1: 1914-1918, Battle of the Somme
Letter from William Montgomery to his father, Harford Hugh (1856-1933). Montgomery thanks his father for food that he sent. This letter provides details of his time as second in command and the prospect of his becoming a lieutenant colonel. He giv...
Keywords: World War 1: 1914-1918, Battle of the Somme, Family Life
A letter from William Montgomery to his parents, Harford Hugh (1856-1933) and Sarah. Montgomery starts off the letter by thanking his parents for the parcels they have sent him which include soda bread and other foods. He writes of his wishes for ...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, Family Life, World War 1: 1914-1918, Faith
This letter is from the papers of George Naphthali Hackney (c. 1889-1977), a Lance Corporal from Clifton, Belfast. Before his time in the army, he worked as a book-keeper for a florist. He was the youngest in a Presbyterian family of six, with thr...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, Family Life, World War 1: 1914-1918
In this letter from Wilfrid Spender to his wife, Lillian, Spender gives a detailed account of a recent battle. He also expresses anxiety that his brother Rex will soon come out to the trenches. This letter is part of a series of correspondence fro...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, Easter Rising Ireland 1916, World War 1: 1914-1918, Irish Question
In this letter to his wife Lillian, from Wilfrid Spender, confesses that he is currently relatively idle due to lack of work, but he is glad that the men are being given a rest, as they could be sent back to the front again at any time. He asks Li...
Keywords: World War 1: 1914-1918, Politics, Irish Question, Love Letters, Battle of the Somme
A letter from sir Wilfrid Bliss Spender (1876-1960) to his wife, Lady Lillian Spender, née Dean, (1880-1968). In this letter Spender writes that he will be moving to a new position the next day. He also briefly mentions Ulster politics, his mother...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, World War 1: 1914-1918, Irish Question
In this letter from Wilfrid Spender to his wife, Lillian, Spender gives an account of his departure from the Ulster Division - his current location being the HQ of the 2nd Army. He expects to be given a training position, and expresses dismay at t...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, Easter Rising Ireland 1916, World War 1: 1914-1918, Irish Question, Faith
This letter is from the collection of Lady Lillian Spender, wife of the author, Sir Wilfrid Bliss Spender (1876 - 1960). The letters date mainly from 1915 to 1918, when Sir Wilfrid was serving in France. The letters concern politics, the Irish que...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, World War 1: 1914-1918, Medicine
Letter from Marie Martin (1892-1975) to her mother Mary Lewis Martin (1866-1955). This is a short letter to tell her mother about a letter that Marie received from Mrs Gartlan. She mentions that things are quiet as they have been evacuating, but t...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, World War 1: 1914-1918, Medicine
Letter from Marie Martin (1892-1975) to her mother Mary Lewis Martin (1866-1955). Marie begins by writing that this is the first long letter she has written in some time. She describes the work conditions in the medical tents. She also writes abou...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, World War 1: 1914-1918, Medicine
Letter from Marie Martin (1892-1975) to her mother Mary Lewis Martin (1866-1955). This letter is the second that Marie wrote to her mother during her second tour on 15 July 1916. This is a long letter in response to one she received from her mothe...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, World War 1: 1914-1918, Medicine
Letter from Marie Martin (1892-1975) to her mother Mary Lewis Martin (1866-1955). This letter describes the shock the medical staff had when two of the sisters almost drowned while swimming in the channel. The weather in France is very warm and Ma...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, World War 1: 1914-1918, Medicine
Letter from Marie Martin (1892-1975) to her mother Mary Lewis Martin (1866-1955). In this letter, Marie thanks her mother for sending news of her family and also for sending tobacco, which Marie is keeping for "her Paddies". Marie also describes h...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, World War 1: 1914-1918, Medicine
Letter from Marie Martin (1892-1975) to her mother Mary Lewis Martin (1866-1955). In this letter, Marie writes about the types of injuries and illnesses she encounters in her ward, which has become an "acute" ward. She mentions a soldier whose leg...
Keywords: World War 1: 1914-1918, Faith, Battle of the Somme
Letter from John Fitzgibbon (1882-1918) to the Father Provincial Thomas V Nolan (1867-1941) regarding Fr. Brown and his men. Fr John "Jack" Fitzgibbon SJ was ordained a priest on 31st July 1915. His father, John Fitzgibbon, was a successful drap...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, World War 1: 1914-1918, Irish Question
A letter from Sir Wilfred Bliss Spender (1876 - 1960) to his wife, Lady Lillian Spender (1880-1968). Wilfrid expresses his pride and sadness at the men of Ulster 'sacrificing their lives by the thousands' with no apparent result, due to the failur...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, Family Life, World War 1: 1914-1918, Politics
This letter is from Sir Wilfrid Bliss Spender to his wife Lady Lillian Spender. The letter discusses the progress of the war and the strain of the Battle of the Somme, which has so far lasted seven weeks. He complains of those officers who bring v...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, World War 1: 1914-1918, Family Life
The last letter from James Davidson (1877-1916) to his mother, Clara Mary Davidson. James writes that he had hoped to have been through the worst by the time this letter was written. The Somme offensive, originally planned for 28 June was postpone...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, World War 1: 1914-1918, Family Life
Telegram from Samuel Cleland Davidson (1846-1921) to Frederick Ponsonby (1867-1935) thanking the King and Queen for their sympathy regarding the death of his son, Captain James Davidson (1877-1916). Sir Samuel Cleland Davidson was an Irish inven...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, World War 1: 1914-1918
A note from R.B. Henry to Samuel Cleland Davidson (1846-1921). Henry encloses a note describing the death of Davidson's son, James. The writer notes that James would have won the Victoria Cross, the highest military honour, should he have lived. ...
Keywords: Battle of the Somme, World War 1: 1914-1918
Letter of condolence from K.E. Fitzgerald to Clara Mary Davidson (1852). Fitzgerald was second in command to Clara's son, James, who died on the first day of the battle of the Somme. Fitzgerald describes James' conduct during the battle, describin...
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