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John Baddeley's Uncle Harry and Grandma Mary
The photo that intrigued John

My Grandmother Mary

John Baddeley
In his Inside Lives story John explains the emotions he went through as he found out more than he had ever expected to about his grandmother's life...

Have you ever discovered a family secret that was a bolt from the blue? Something that surprised you or shocked you - a story from the past that changed everything you knew about your family?

One day, John Baddeley from Milehouse was at home taking it easy when he had a knock on the door. He thought it would be a salesman but to his surprise it was his uncle's grandson - his cousin's son - who he had never met - who was there tracing his family history.

John was very intrigued by a photograph of his grandmother Mary with his uncle Harry, who was killed in the first world war. John had never met his grandmother, but he wanted to find out more about her life, especially when he found out she had been admitted to an asylum in 1918, suffering from what was termed 'war worry'...

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