RDFA/001: Monica Roberts Collection

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At the time of the First World War, Monica Roberts was a young woman living in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. She set up a voluntary organization, ‘The Band of Helpers to the Soldiers’ to provide gifts for Irish troops at the front, particularly those serving with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Royal Flying Corps. Many soldiers wrote to thank Monica Roberts and a correspondence then developed. These poignant letters give vivid pen-pictures of conditions at the Western Front and reveal the courage of troops in the face of appalling circumstances.

The Monica Roberts Collection is fully digitised and searchable online at Digital Repository Ireland

Donated by Mary Shackleton, daughter of Monica Roberts; listed by Andrew O’Brien, Dublin City Archives; guide to collection prepared by Lisa Murphy, Dublin City Archives Intern (2012).

Postcard from Monica Roberts Collection [this is the best remembered postcard]

Postcard from Monica Roberts Collection [this is the best remembrance postcard]