All about Connie

Connie was the illegitimate daughter of Kate, Harry's sister. She was born in June 1910 in the Nottingham area.

She was brought up by Kate's brother Harry and his wife Ethel. That Harry is the subject of the blog.

I believe the picture on the left is Connie. It was the front of a postcard sent to Kate in December 1913 by her sister Agnes. The cryptic note on the back is interesting.

A second picture, a little older, has Willie's distinctive handwriting on the back.

Willie has said that Connie was "a cripple". I have no further information on this.

Connie died on 21st December 1929 and was buried on Christmas Eve. She died from complications resulting from her cerebral palsy.

Her grave, which she shares with her


Anonymous said...

About the souvenirs - my Grandad, who served throughout WW1 and was wounded in the Battle of Polygon Wood, Passchendaele, had a little collection of souvenirs from his time in the Somme area in enamel brooch with the name of the town Amiens, a little silver-coloured ring engraved "Somme", and a rosary with markings from the Somme battlefields. I think the people in the towns and villages servicing the needs of the huge numbers of soldiers behind the lines made a living how they could, including selling them souvenirs! Apparently, the front in France and Belgium was always simply referred to as France. Oh, if you don't mind a little correction, The local name for Ypres is Ieper, not Leper.

Anonymous said...

The lace card is beautiful. I have one of them myself, except it is wishing a merry christmas. My Grandpa gave it to me several years ago and I keep it safe. There was penciled writing on the back which has since been erased, and I can't make out the shadows so I don't know who it was to or from. But I can assume it was mailed by his father, who also was a WWI British Veteran, to a family member. I'm am only starting reading the blogs, but am really enjoying them.

Kat said...

I recently visited Liberty Memorial and the WWI museum in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. They had very poignant collection of souvenir postcards sent from soldiers at the front. To a rural family from wheatfields of Kansas, a postcard from France would have been a wondrous thing.