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Kearney, Joseph
TitleKearney, Joseph
Scope and Content of FondsLetters home from soldiers during wartime are one the few tangible connections between the soldier - in the - trenches and the family and friends left behind. The letters received are actually written by the soldier and - relate his experiences in his own words (except for the occasional deletion by the official military censor). - The letters often contain information about people met, friends wounded or killed in battle, food rations, - clothing needs, impending furloughs or reports on past ones, or other daily activities. The letters - sometimes contain the innermost feelings of the soldier: sorrow at the loss of a friend, the sadness of - missing family members, the desire to return home, the hope that the war will end soon. - - - The letters home are usually from soldiers on active duty, either in training or at the front. This collection - contains letters like these, but the largest number are from a soldier, Joseph Kearney, after he had been - captured by the enemy and had been assigned to a prison camp. Some of them are in the form of - postcards where the soldier had to select from a number of choices and cross out those not appropriate - to the message he wished to communicate, but most are one-page handwritten letters. They convey - Kearney's attempt to re-assure his parents that he is well and for them to keep faith that he will be home - soon. - - - The collection also contains other letters, mainly to his parents from the British War Office, the Red Cross, - the War Comforts Committee and from a number of family members and friends. There is a small amount of - associated materials: clippings about Kearney and other Newfoundland soldiers, a booklet on Victoria - Cross winners, a Newfoundland Coat of Arms. The collection should prove worthwhile to those interested - in the lives of Newfoundland soldiers, prisoners-of-war during World War II. - - - -
Extent of Fonds16 centimetres textual material 7 photographs
Author of Finding AidRiggs, Bert, 1954-
Date of Finding Aid1997
PublisherMemorial University of Newfoundland. Libraries
Resource TypeFinding Aid
CollectionArchives and Special Collections Finding Aids (EAD)
SponsorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Libraries. Archives and Special Collections Division
RightsCopyright Memorial University
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