Miriam Ruth Emily Hallett

My grandmother, mum's mother, sadly died when my mother was just seven years old. 

Mum remembers her as a happy, lively lady who also could have a fierce temper when riled!

Showing typical energy she enlisted as a post woman during the second World War, here she is with her fellow post women at the back of Tunbridge Wells Central Station in 1940 (there is obviously a train in the platform judging by the steam emerging from beneath the canopy), posing for the photographer from the local paper.  While the men were away fighting, it came down to the women to keep things together at home.

Miriam is the third in from the left on the front row (dark coat and big hair) - the photograph has suffered some rough handling over the years!

Post women - Tunbridge Wells 1940

There is more information about Miriam here, in my genealogy pages together with some additional pictures.  My daughter, Ruth Miriam Collins, was named after her.

Scanned photograph


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Photographs Mark Collins 2004

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