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Sue Light

Update 9 August 2016 Click here for a page which includes the tributes to Sue and the words of the celebrant at her funeral at Worthing Crematorium on 28 July 2016. Sue Light, the person to whom I am most indebted in bringing my great aunt Edie’s diaries to public notice, died on 15 July… read more

We felt very proud to attend the service of commemoration and later the vigil in Westminster Abbey on 30 June, the eve of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.  Extracts from Edie’s diaries were read during the vigil by Miss Tessa Miles, a teacher, and by Lorna Mistry, a student, at St Albans… read more

Update 25 July My interview on BBC Radio Oxford with Howard Bentham can now be heard here: Update 11 July Click here to read about, and see images from, the Service of Commemoration and the Vigil in Westminster Abbey which we attended on 30 June and which included extracts from Edie’s diary. The filming we… read more

We had such a wonderful time in Glasgow on 18-20 June. We came to give our Edie presentation at the centenary congress of the Royal College of Nursing (https://www.rcn.org.uk/) but we also had time to look around this amazing city. The river Clyde does look sadly empty now that the ship-building has all but gone… read more

News seems to have traveled surprisingly fast for the time as Edie mentions the Battle of Jutland – 100 years ago today – just three days after it began.  Here are three extracts from her diaries which record her hearing about it and commenting. June 4. Too terribly sad news of a naval battle in which… read more

With the centenary of the Battle of Verdun currently in the news it’s interesting to note that Edie does make references to it and it is possible that her hospital in Etretat was taking in casualties, including German wounded. The battle was fought from 21 February to 18 December 1916, was one of the largest… read more

As part of marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme a call has gone out to the nation, asking people of all ages to take a moment and pay creative tribute to someone affected a century ago by designing a simple memory square. Be it your ancestor, someone who lived on your street, or… read more

Looking forward to telling Edie’s story, with Lisa reading extracts from the diaries, at the Wellcome Collection on Saturday 23 April. The event is sold out but have a look at this page for dates of forthcoming ‘Edie’ talks, including at the Royal College of Nurses Conference in Glasgow in June. Interested in having us come… read more

We are heading Up North this coming week.  First to give our presentation on Monday 14 March to the Darlington Lecture Association (this is a private members meeting) and then the next day – Tuesday 15 March – we shall be in the Council Chamber at County Hall in Durham.  That’s at 7pm and it’s… read more

Edie’s great, great niece, Sara Robinson, who has a wealth of experience in community arts, was recently appointed Project Director of the National Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme this coming July. Sara’s prime involvement will be in the events in Manchester on Friday 1 July and some information is available via: www.gov.uk/government/news/nationwide-vigils-to-remember-the-somme. A National Commemorative Service will… read more

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