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WORLD WAR I LETTERS OF THE DUFF and MORRISON FAMILIES of SASKATCHEWAN
These letters span the years 1914 to 1918, and were written to Lily (Richey) and John Morrison at Yellow Grass, Sask., and their little 4 - 8 year old daughter, Jean (in later years called by Reché). Their hired girl was Lena.
Many of the letters were written by Louis (Lou) Duff, Lily's nephew. You will meet other members of this family as you read their letters from 1914 to 1918. These letters give us the point of view of the soldier and the families at home, and are best read in order so that you have the flow of the 'conversations' between family members.
These letters were genereously submitted to The Canadian Military Heritage Project by Lilian Ione Heselton and they are copyright to Lil. They may not be used without written permission of the submitter.
In 1914 the family consisted of the following individuals. Those whose letters are online are in colour:Rosa Duff (Isabella Rosamond Richey - Lily Morrison's oldest sister) was a 54 year old widow living at 211 Fern Ave., Toronto. She had seven children:
Elizabeth Richey (Lily Morrison's older sister) was a 45 year old Toronto business woman.
Harry B. (Henry Billings) Richey (Lily Morrison's younger brother), was 36 years old, living in Toronto, married to Florence Culverwell. They had a baby daughter, Betty, born 13 Oct. 1914; joined the 180th Batt. Rank Captain. Harry managed the "hotel" at Lorne Park, ON before joining up.
Tot & Will Galloway, lived 642 Bathurst St, Toronto, they had 6 children (Tot was J. E. Malcolmson - Lily Morrison's 1st cousin, daughter of her mother's sister Jessie):
Maggie McNally, first cousin to Mr. John Morrison had a son of her first marriage, Tomas Bristow. They lived Glenwilliams, ON. He was in 208th Batt. Joined Dec 4, 1916. Went immediately overseas.
Birdie & Dr. Tom Leask, living in Moose Jaw, they had 4 children (Robert, Duff, Jean & Mary) age 6 & under (Birdie was 1st cousin to the Duff children - her mother and their late father were siblings). Tom was with Canadian Field Ambulance. (No letters)
Lilian "Girlie" Ryan, age 21, in training as a nurse, daughter of Lily Morrison's sister Jessie Ryan.
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