Jessie was my Great Grandmother and I introduced her to you here.Today I want to tell you more about her two daughters, my Great Aunts Millie and Mary, seen here together on the left.
Millie and me 1956
Great AuntMillie was Jessie's daughter (born 5th Jan 1883) before her marriage to Charles. She married Jack TURVEY at West Dereham Church on 24 Mar 1913 when she was 30 years old. When my father Dennis
was born in October 1921, Millie and Jack had been trying for a baby
for 8 years. I don't know the circumstances but it was decided that
Millie and Jack would have Dennis from Geoff and Joyce and bring him up. Dennis
was married from their house at 96, Bexwell Rd, Downham Market. I also
believe that my parents lived with Millie and Jack when they were first
children, my sisters and I spent several happy holidays there. I remember the
mulit-coloured glass roof to the kitchen where we blew the most
beautiful bubbles in the world. I also remember her rocking chair on
which I was never allowed to sit, and making tents with the table and a
large tablecloth. Also the privy in the garden. I remember being
allowed, as a very young child, to go to the sweet shop at the bottom of Bexwell Rd (now sadly gone.)The photo above is of Millie and I in 1955 when I was a few months old. Millie's
husband Jack died on 29 Aug 1952, and Millie lived until 19 May 1963.
They are buried together at Downham Market cemetery.
Great Aunt Mary was born on 22 Nov 1899 to Charles
and Jessie BRUCE. She never married and lived at Station
Rd, West Dereham, Norfolk for almost the whole of her life. She looked
after Jessie, her mother, until she died in 1960, and had a Scottish
lodger called Robert. She was devoted to her half sister Millie. As
children we spent many summer holidays with her. She had a wonderful
doll's house, and a bag of shiny, twinkly fabric offcuts. There was a
pump in the back yard, and delicious white currant bushes in the
(seemingly) huge garden, with a privy at the bottom of the garden. There
were no mod cons at all in her house. Certainly no bathroom. Did she
cook on a range? Alas, the row of cottages are no longer there, having been developed into one large detached house.
She spent the final few years of her life at High Haven Home in Downham Market, where she died on 23 May 1997 aged 97. She is buried in West Dereham churchyard, in the new plot opposite the church. Recently, I was told that Mary had loved a boy who went away to WW1 and didn't return. So very sad, and the fate of so very many young women.