Growing up in Herne Hill during the First World War
by Grace MacFarquhar
Edited by Laurence Marsh and Colin Wight
Foreword by Helen Hayes MP
In this previously unpublished memoir, Grace MacFarquhar, née Lucas (1906-2001) describes her life in Herne Hill during and shortly after the First World War. 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 – all these are described with compassion and humour.
Published by The Herne Hill Society
2018 | 80 pages | colour illustrated | ISBN 978-0-9540323-3-3
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“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