Grace’s Story

Growing up in Herne Hill during the First World War

by Grace MacFarquhar
Edited by Laurence Marsh and Colin Wight

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About this book

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In this previously unpublished memoir, Grace MacFarquhar, née Lucas (1906-2001) describes her life in Herne Hill and the surrounding area during and shortly after the First World War. Grace was an intelligent and imaginative child, the eldest of five children. Her account, written many decades later, has an exceptionally vivid quality.

Grace’s father Fred was killed in France in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. How the family dealt with this blow, everyday life in South London, escapes to the countryside while London was under attack from the air, Grace’s thwarted hopes of going to art college - these and many other events are described with compassion and humour.

This memoir offers a rare insight into the life of a London family a hundred years ago.

Written by Grace MacFarquhar, née Lucas
Edited by Laurence Marsh and Colin Wight
Foreword by Helen Hayes MP
Book design by Sophia Marsh
Cover design by Laurence Marsh

Published by The Herne Hill Society

The Herne Hill Society gratefully acknowledges the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

* Herne Hill/Camberwell before and during WWI
* The music hall: Fred Karno, Lottie Collins and the Lupino family
* Local personalities, such as shopkeepers and the vicar of St Saviour’s
* Education at St Saviour’s School, Herne Hill Road
* Father Fred Lucas’s death at the Somme in 1916
* Austerity during and after the war
* Holidays to English villages
* Staying at Vaynor Park, a grand Welsh country house
* Being a working young woman in the 1920s

“Of great interest and will make a notable addition to what we know of London in the First World War”
Professor Jerry White, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London

“This is a wonderful account… I like her descriptions of play, and it is also interesting about her education and the position of young women at the time, e.g. the comments about sailors grabbing her in the street, and the rather sharp comment at the end about the marriage bar”
Professor Michael Roper, Department of Sociology, University of Essex

2018 | 80 pages | colour illustrated | ISBN 978-0-9540323-3-3
£8.00 | Trade terms available

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