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1913- 1917

  • IE OCL P131/2/2/4/2
  • File
  • 1 June 1913-14 October 1917
  • Part of Loughton Papers

Letters sent by and sent to Theodora Trench from 1913 until 1917.

During this Theodora volunteered with the Red Cross as a Chauffeuse and as such the file contains letter relating to this. Examples include two 1916 letters from the Royal Automobile Club regarding driving tests and a 1916 letter from the Red Cross Voluntary aid detachment informing members of their latest activities.

The file also includes a copy of a letter from Moscow dated Oct 9th 1917. The letter discusses the increasing difficulty faced by those who wish to travel, 'It is no easy matter to get to Petrograd now-a-days; one has first to get permission from the commissaire of the town here and then get a ticket, and it is by no means easy to get either. , but got there at 12.10, and found the place shut'. The letter also discusses the hostility within society 'They seem to be taken by a sort of wave of madness, which brings out all the brute in them'.

Administration

Contains lists of Irish Guards noting their name, regiment number, rank and where interned, including a separate listing of those from Birr; letters from Selfridge's & Co., Oxford St, London to Lois, Countess of Rosse, in relation to the contents of nine parcel types assembled for sending to the Irish Guards Prisoners of War; correspondence from Mary Britton, Rosfaraghan, Ferbane and Col. Douglas Proby, in relation to subscriptions collected in her village on behalf of Private B. Anderson (Reg No 3220), who is interned in Limburg; and correspondence between Major de Vesci, Regimental Adjutant, Irish Guards to Lady Rosse, mainly in relation to the movement of Irish Guards prisoners between POW camps in Germany so that parcels can be sent to them. Also includes ephemeral material such as newspaper cuttings relating to the Irish Guards, a packet of jam jar covers, and a copy of an illuminated address presented to Queen Mary from the Women of Ireland in July 1911, and distributed by Lady Aberdeen, the head of war relief in Ireland.

Annual Report 1917

Annual report, account and rental for year ending June 1917, showing a reduced remittance due to a reduction in income. Describes the state of Ireland as 'in a most disturbed and dangerous condition'. Also notes that it was the most favourable season on record for Irish farmers but adds 'no class in the community has in the Great War, now raging, given less assistance to the Empire either in men or in money.'

Annual Report 1918

Annual report, account and rental for year ending June 1918. Describes a buoyant timber industry for the year with profit made from timber sales on the thinning of woods planted 45 years previously. Describes the country as 'almost entirely free of agitation and disturbance' but notes that 'the attitude of the people as regards the War, where not openly hostile and pro-German is quite apathetic, and this attitude appears to be deliberately encouraged, with scarcely an exception by members of the Nationalist Party and by the Roman Catholic priesthood.'

Birr Castle Prisoner of War Relief Scheme

Administrative correspondence relating to the prisoner of war relief scheme set up at Birr Castle under the patronage of Lady Rosse; postcards and letters of thanks from the prisoners of war from Irish regiments (but predominantly the Irish Guards) interned in Germany; and acknowledgment postcards of parcels received from same.

Parsons, William, 5th Earl of Rosse

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