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Vol 39  No 16
June 28, 2007


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Your Daughter Fanny: The War Letters of Frances Cluett, VAD

Edited by Bill Rompkey and Bert Riggs

Frances Cluett was born in Belleoram, Newfoundland, in 1883. At the age of 33, she left her Fortune Bay home to join the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD), an organization committed to assisting military personnel during the First World War.

She trained in London, England, for work in a military hospital, and in 1917 was stationed at the 10th General Hospital in Rouen, France.

During her four years of service overseas, Nurse Cluett wrote many letters to home. Contained here are the war letters she sent to her mother in Newfoundland, telegrams describing the atrocities of war, the valiant deeds of comrades in arms, and the despair of young men dying on foreign shores.

Bert Riggs

Bert Riggs has been an archivist at Memorial University since 1989 and currently is head of the Archives and Manuscripts Division at the Queen Elizabeth II Library. He is a bencher with the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is chair of the board of the Resource Centre for the Arts, owners and operators of the LSPU Hall.

Bill Rompkey won seven consecutive elections to the House of Commons, representing Central Newfoundland and Labrador. He was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1995 and received an honorary degree from Memorial in 2000.



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