Letters of Helen Bentwich to Caroline Franklin

Scope and Content

Letters of Helen Bentwich to Caroline Franklin, 1917, 1919. Those for 1917 run from Apr-Dec 1917, with many gaps, and refer to Helen's war work in Britain at Woolwich Arsenal and with the Land Army. No letters seem to have survived for 1918. Letters from 23 Jan-28 Aug 1919 are mostly from Jerusalem, with a few written from Cairo. These and subsequent letters from Jerusalem describe social and political conditions in Palestine under the British Mandate (initially the Occupied Enemy Territory Administration), where Norman Bentwich was to become Attorney-General. Helen also describes setting up a Girl Guide troop, and collaborating in social work in Jerusalem with British and American women, including missionaries and wives of officials. The letters have occasional postscripts from Norman.