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Mary Kathleen Smith  ( 1904 - 1990 )

parents
born in Elham 1904
christened in
died in Elham 1990
buried 06 August 1990 Elham Cemetery - New consecrated
grave 5/12
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occupation Teacher
Biography
 1990 Mary's diary for 1940 was used by the author Dennis Knight as the basis for his book Harvest of Messerschmitts which tells the story of Elham and events during the Battle of Britain. She was educated at Rigden's private school and then accepted to the Simon Langton Girls' School even though she failed the entrance exam. Later she went to University College and Goldsmiths' College, London where she lived away from the sheltered life of Elham. She read English and Latin, emerging with an honours degree and the University Diploma in Education. At the outbreak of war she was teaching at a private school in Folkestone, but this closed down. Harvest of Messerschmitts Mary Smith
Demography (Elham Parish only)
YearNamePropertyAddressRelationConditionOccupationAgeBorn  
1940Mary Kathleen SmithKing Post Daughter  35Elham Kent
1911Mary Kathleen SmithKing Post Daughter  6Elham Kent
1904Mary Kathleen Smith2 Southdown Cottages Daughter  0Elham Kent
Relationships (Calculated from the demography records)
Name Relation SexBornPlaceDiedPlaceOccupation
Edward SmithFatherM1866Elham1940CanterburySubpostmaster News Agent
Mary Ellen NealeMotherF1873Mansfield Notts1959ElhamNational School Teacher
Margaret Esther SmithSisterF1909Elham1985Elham