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FINAL MEMORIES

When I carried out this research in 2014, I was surprised to learn that Katherine had a surviving brother living in Sudbury.
This turned out to be Cameron Carr.
I visited Cameron on several occasions and we spent quite some time talking about Katherine and his very fond memories of her.

He recalled when war was declared in 1939, Katherine was very eager to enlist in the forces to protect her country.
Cameron who was aged 9 at the time, but remembers walking to Wormingford with this sister Katherine to catch the bus to
Colchester.
On their arrival, Katherine treated him to a cup of tea and then took him to the Cinema.
They both retuned home later in the day.
That is the last time Cameron ever saw his sister.
The next day, she walked alone to Wormingford to catch the bus to Colchester Barracks.

However, after enlisting she must have returned home at some point, for the photograph to be taken in her uniform ( front cover)

Then in 1942, his father and mother took all the children into the living room and broke the devastating news, that their sister has passed away.

Cameron vividly remembered the day at OverHall Farm when the entire family lined up outside the farmhouse waiting for the Army cortege to return Katherines body to her parents.
An Army jeep led the way, followed by a lorry both with Union Jacks flying on their front wings, both then turned into the drive leading down to the house

A guard of honour then lifted Katherine from the lorry and escorted her to rest inside the farm living room.
It was a very traumatic moment for all the family to see their
daughter and sister to their children, arriving back home in a coffin.
I don't think words can convey, the terrible sense of loss that the family must have felt.
Talking to Cameron, we both found it extremely emotional talking about her return to OverHall, as he was obviously very close to his sister
Later in the week, a full church service was held at St Marys where once again Katherine was taken into the church and out again to the local Home Guard of Honour.
She was then taken to the cemetery along Cuckoo Hill to her final resting place.

Considering Katherine died on the 28th Oct and the service was on the 1st November, that left only five days between her death and funeral service at St Mary`s.

RIP

For decades Cameron attended the grave whenever he had the time, to make sure his sister would never be forgotten.

The grave can be found on the left side of the cemetery as enter the driveway

Although there are numerous WW2 names on the War Memorial who sacrificed their lives, Katherine is the only "Killed in Action" person we have buried here in our community.

I have taken upon it myself, to lay a wreath in her grave on
Remembrance Day each year, in memory of the ultimate sacrifice she gave to her country.


I have also contacted the War Graves Commission who agreed take on responsibility of maintaining the grave, when there is nobody left locally to attend to its upkeep.







However, we mustn`t forget, that Katherines two other sisters, also joined the War effort

Isabella in the ATS, served in the UK and abroad.
Elizabeth in the NAAFI.
Unfortunately I don't know the precise details, but they both survived the war.
Elizabeth died in Birmingham, 1993 and Isabella died in Blackburn 1995.