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This letter is part of a rich correspondence between various members of the Duffin family, a large prosperous family living in Strandtown, Belfast. Several family members served in the war, including Major Terence Duffin, who served as a staff officer with 107 Brigade, and later with Royal Irish Rifles; Major Charles G Duffin MC, Royal Field Artillery; and their sisters Emma, Celia and Dorothy who served as Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADS) in Egypt and France, and with the YMCA.
Emma (1873 - 1979) was born in Belfast and educated at Cheltenham Ladies College. She served initially in Egypt and was transferred to northern France just before the Battle of Somme,where she remained to the Armistice in 1918.
Emma thanks her sister for a book of poetry from her sister, most probably a Christmas present. She describes her day-to-day work as a VAD. At the time of writing she had worked for 13 weeks without a day off.