Letters written by Belfast men serving at the Western Front during Christmas 1917, have recently been uncovered in the Republic. The men all came from St Mark's Parish in Dundela in east Belfast.

They were writing to their rector, Reverend Arthur Barton, in response to Christmas parcels sent to them from their home parish. "The women and people left behind were involved in making comfort parcels," explained Dr Susan Hood, an archivist at the Dublin-based Representative Church Body (RCB) Library.

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