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Postcards from Somewhere in France -5- My Grandmother, Gladys

November 9, 2015

My Grandmother, Gladys Violet Murray, was a wonderful lady. She came to Canada as a young girl on the Carpathia, the ship that first rescued the Titanic. She loved to entertain, and I am pretty sure that the character Hyacinth Bucket in “Keeping up Appearances” was probably based on her! Grandma’s Sunday roast beef dinners were extraordinary!

In the stack of postcards is this wonderful picture of her wearing a military uniform. I’m not sure to whom the uniform belonged, but clearly a person much taller and longer in the arms! There is nothing on the back, but you can see “Glad H” on the front above her head.


Grandma’s sister, Ivy Harmer was a WREN, a member of the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service.

Here is the birthday card that Will sent to Gladys in July of 1918.

29A 29B

France July 20, 1918.

Many happy returns of the day, mon cheri. Fondly yours. Will. XXXXX

P.S. Very much rushed just now. Letter follows first opportunity.

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