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Letters from Joan, Jill and Judith Moody to their parents and others, 1932-1953

MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 382, box 9

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The letters reflect the following events in the Moody sisters' lives. Joan Moody was placed in boarding school in St Andrew's, Fife, in 1934 and was joined there by Jill in 1935. Judith followed them to St Leonard's School in 1946.

On leaving school in 1940 Joan, accompanied by Mrs Ewing, went to Mauritius. She left the island in July 1943 intending to join the Women's Royal Naval Service (W.R.N.S.) in East Africa and was drowned when her ship, S.S. Hoi How, was torpedoed just out of sight of Mauritius. Jill became a "Wren" in October 1943 but was invalided out in 1945 with tuberculosis and spent a convalescent year in Switzerland before attending courses at the University of Geneva. Her serious illness caused Flora Moody's return to England after seven years' absence. Judith went up to St Andrew's University in 1951 and qualified as a Doctor of Medicine.
  1. File 1, fols. 1-68: Letters from Joan to her parents, 1932, 1935 and 1939-1940.
  2. File 2, fols. 1-65: Letters from Joan to Jill and one (fol. 1) to her great-aunt, Harriet Morton, 1935 and 1940-1942.
  3. File 3, fols. 1-6: Letters from Jill to Joan and Judith, 1939 and 1942. File 3, fols. 7-171: Letters from Jill to her parents, 1939-1940.
  4. File 4, fols. 1-159: Letters from Jill to her parents, Jan-Dec 1941.
  5. File 5, fols. 1-289: Letters from Jill to her parents, 1942-1944.
  6. File 6, fols. 1-96: Letters from Jill to her parents, 1946-1951.
  7. File 7, fols. 1-82: Letters from Judith to her parents, 1945-1953.


  • 1932-1953


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • English


MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 382, box 9

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom