Memorabilia

Letters from Liverpool

Letters from Liverpool 1915 – 1925.

This document covers WWI and the years immediately after, based on a number of letters written by two sisters. There are transcriptions, biographical notes and family photographs.

compiled by J. Ward Keesling and Carol Barker.

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