The Hunt family: Three women, three babies, and four soldiers

Most written histories of war have focused on the role of men. Yet, behind the familiar narratives of male courage, honour, and death on the battlefield are less well-known stories of female fortitude, anxiety, and loss on the home front. One such story is that of Chertsey mother Eleanor Hunt and her Irish daughters-in-law Jane… Continue reading The Hunt family: Three women, three babies, and four soldiers

The Richardson sisters and the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps

After almost 100 years, the Chertsey Town War Memorial in Windsor Street is firmly embedded in its surroundings and easy to walk by without noticing the name panels. These display lists of surnames followed by initials but there are no further clues as to who these people were. Except for one, ‘Richardson, M. Maud.’. Maud… Continue reading The Richardson sisters and the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps