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Martha GEE
Charles TONGE


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  • Born: 14 Jan 1863, England.
  • Marriage: Alfred HEMINGWAY in 1882 in New Zealand

bullet  General Notes:

Married 1882 and appears to have settle in England.
The following is a letter from her dated 22 October 1940 ( she would have been 77) written to Elizabeth McLeod her sister - in - law. She was apparently an active local politician and references are to Doctors etc
'Craigmore' Wynn Avenue, Old Colwyn.

My dear sister and family,
May this letter find you all as well and fit as this terrible war condtions permit. It is indeed sad and distressing to think of the homeless and heartbroken people who are suffering in the war zone. It is all too dreadful to think about - at the same time one must try to realise something of their grief. It is most wonderful to know of the world wide interests shown to Britain with cash and support in every possible way. To read of the way the brave boys from all countries are so willing and ready to offer to come to Old England. I just love to listen to the wireless - reporting so many troops coming over to do their best - even from NZ and Australia. My prayer is that these dear lads may return when victory is ours to their dear ones. Of course , all cannot expect to return and both you and we lost our dear sons in the last war.
May that horrid Hitler and all he stands for be swept out of existence very soon. Personally I feel the end is not far off. We are most anxious to know how Russia stands. It is lovely to hear of the honours NZ and Australia are meriting!!
I am looking forward most anxiously to seeing sone of my nephews coming to make their home with me when on leave. At the moment one cannot get to know their destination but my eldest daughter Hilda is trying to get some news of them.
My thoughts are often with you all. I am ever so thankful you made our meeting possible and trust one day , all being well , to have a visit from some of you.
Now my dear you will wonder how myself and family are pulling along - it is impossible to tell you much. We are considered to be well placed in Colwyn Bay which is a pretty district and so far free from dropping bombs, but we never know what tomorrow may bring. As the planes come over they have been shot down. The place is packed full of evacueees and civil servants. Thousands and thousands are here in every house and every vacant bedroom have been taken over. Our ration of butter also tea is 2oz per person per week of 1/2 lb of sugar also a wee bit of margarine.
Of course food is terribly up in price but with all this we know there is a big , big war on so we are thankful for what we get. The food so far is good and meat is plentiful. The most awful trouble is so many coming up from London and no accomodation to be obtained - my heart aches for these poor things whose home and all they possess lost!!!
One thing I hope and pray is that in the near future we may have a lasting peace and that sister Ida's dear ones may return to her in the best of health. Also Jack , Rowland and Elizabeth's son.
May God bless and keep you and yours as well as me and mine and all who we are interested in.
I really cannot wish you a merry Xmas because there will be so much sorrow in the homes of the people. Am thankful to be as well as I can expect. May 1941 prove one of happiness.
So cheerio! With love to all. Your affectionate sister, Martha Hemingway.
(Note : Martha talks of her nephews visiting on leave these may have been Jack & Ian Proctor ( Idas sons) who she alson mentions later in letter)

bullet  Death Notes:



Martha married Alfred HEMINGWAY in 1882 in New Zealand.

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