WWI Chance discovery reveals link to former Mayoress and Derry’s other war memorial

Letters from POWs to Lady Anderson requesting or thanking her for food parcels.

Letters from POWs to Lady Anderson requesting or thanking her for food parcels.

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A chance discovery of some letters from World War One POWs links the intriguing story of a former Mayoress and Derry’s other War Memorial.

Mark Lusby, City Walls Heritage Project Co-ordinator, Holywell Trust, explains: “Holywell is working with St Columb’s Cathedral to create a local history resource based on the books and papers of the late Annesley Malley. We have recently been awarded a small grant from the DOE NIEA Challenge Fund to help purchase archive boxes and envelopes necessary to preserve the material and make it accessible to researchers.

A section of the War Memorial window in Derrys Guildhall.

A section of the War Memorial window in Derrys Guildhall.

“Coincidentally, last Saturday, International Women’s Day, while cataloguing some papers, I came across a certificate and some letters which link the War Memorial window in the Guildhall with the work of Londonderry Women Voluntary War Workers.

 

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