File 83 - Letters from Fr Willie Doyle SJ, 1915-1917

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IE IJA J/2/83


Letters from Fr Willie Doyle SJ, 1915-1917


  • 1 December 1915 - 6 August 1917 (Creation)

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74 items & 7 notebooks

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Material taken from the basement of St Francis Xavier, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin, 09 February 2011, belonging to Fr Willie Doyle SJ. The material was (a) returned from the front and (b) collected by his brother, Fr Charles Doyle SJ.

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Holograph letters by Fr Willie Doyle SJ from his time with the 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, 49th Brigade, 16th Division and the 8th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusilier’s: at Whitely Camp, Surrey; Bordon Camp, Hampshire; various locations in France. In the main, the letters are addressed to his father, but also his sister Mai. The letters document his time as a military chaplain, firstly at camp in England while preparing for embarkation and secondly, at the front in France. Some of the letters have been transcribed by Professor Alfred O'Rahilly in his book - Father William Doyle SJ. (1922)
With envelopes and four undated parts of letters.

Includes notebooks written by Fr Willie Doyle SJ at the front (31 March 1916 - August 1917) with the following titles: ‘Bully Beef’ (20 - 29 December 1916); ‘Pork and Beans’ (16 January - 5 February 1917); ‘Bits and scraps for an old man’s breakfast’ (July 1917)’; ‘The Battle of Ypres’ (9 July - August 1917). Includes opening entry - ‘My dear Father, When I posted my letter to you this morning it occurred to me that perhaps if I kept a kind of diary for the next couple of weeks it might interest you and others, even if I had nothing of very great interest to relate (31 March 1916).

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No material may be reproduced without the written permission of the Archivist. Copyright restrictions apply. Photocopying is not available. Digital photography is at the discretion of the Archivist.

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