Winifred Letts was born in 1882 in Salford, England. After her father’s death she and her mother moved to her mother’s native Ireland. Her career as a writer began in 1907 when she published two novels. In 1913 she published her first collection of poetry – Songs from Leinster.

During the First World War Winifred joined the Voluntary Aid Detachment as a nurse at the Manchester Base Hospital and then trained as a masseuse with the Almeric Paget Military Massage Corps, working at army camps in Manchester and Alnwick, Northumberland. In 1916 she published Hallowe’en and Other Poems of the War: this proved so popular that it was reprinted in 1917 and renamed The Spires of Oxford and Other Poems.

Winifred Letts’ Poems

This entry is based on material supplied by Bairbre O’Hogan to Lucy London for her publication Female Poets of the First World War Volume 1 (Posh Up North Publishing, 2013). Bairbre is happy to hear from anyone with queries or information about Winifred Letts and can be contacted by email