Blacker’s Letters – ‘Finis’

When the last commanding officer of the 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers signed off the final page of the Battalion’s war diary on 9 June 1919 he did so with a Gallic flourish – ‘Finis’. That is the word that most readily comes to mind as I write this.

After 444 letters recording the thoughts and comments of Lieutenant Colonel Stewart Blacker, the identification of nearly 300 men and women to whom he referred, and many footnotes to explain events, the Blacker’s Letters project has ended. The project was made freely available to read via the project’s website and on social media.

Blacker’s Letters also contributed to the BBC project Voices 16, and I am very pleased that it has been web-archived by the National Library of Ireland and will be added to the web archive of the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland.

 

7 thoughts on “Blacker’s Letters – ‘Finis’

  1. David May

    Congratulations on a job well done, sir! I look forward to more of the same excellence in your upcoming projects.

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  2. Stephen Serplus

    Well done Nick on completing the Blacker’s Letters project. You have brought the letters to life with your informative footnotes and back stories of the individuals involved. Brilliant work.

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