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Death of a Child

by dotloan

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Margaret and William McCulley
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15 November 2003

My father had been in the army since the 1920's and had just left the army when he met my mother. They were married in the summer of 1938 and their daughter Mary was born in August 1939. They lived in the heart of Glasgow - only a ten minute walk from the River Clyde and the busy shipyards. Dad was called up for army service. Mary was only a few months old when my father left for the South of England. My mother and Mary survived unscathed until 1943 when Mary died of diptheria. Mary had been dead for a few weeks before my dad arrived back in Glasgow. My mother still mourning the loss of her young child received a letter from the Government stating that as she had no children, she had to get a job. She became a guard on the railway working out of Glasgow Central station. She worked mainly on goods trains and survived the bombing of Clydebank and her train being bombed. The important role that women played in both wars is greatly under valued.

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