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Mary Muhr

Discussion in 'WWII Era Obituaries (non-military service)' started by GRW, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    From The Guardian.
    "My mother, Mary Muhr, who has died aged 94, braved German U-boats to sail from her native New Zealand to Britain in order to marry an Englishman.
    Her parents, Hugh and Mary Paterson, had emigrated to New Zealand from Scotland in 1911, and she was brought up in Pahiatua, on North Island, where her father was the local GP and her mother the president of the Country Women's Institute. Mary was taught to drive by her father at the age of 17 so that she could help him on his rounds, often up unmade roads. In 1940 she trained as a Red Cross ambulance DRIVER[​IMG], and giving up her driving licence at 93 rankled with her to the end.
    On leaving school at Solway college, Masterton, she read English, social anthropology and French at Otago University, and took her first job in the national Alexander Turnbull library.
    The second world war provided a chance meeting with Douglas Muhr, a British army sergeant major and Cambridge graduate sent to instruct anti-aircraft gunners. The couple discovered a shared love of the countryside, BOOKS[​IMG] and poetry, and on Douglas's recall to Britain in 1943, Mary agreed to follow him, whenever the war allowed. She took a ship in early 1945, joining a convoy across the Atlantic."

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