VE Day75: The widows they left behind…we will remember you

AS we put together the biographies of the 32 men of Harlow who died in World War Two, we were struck by the number of times, the final line referred to their widow never marrying again and living to quite an age.

We thought we would pay tribute to those women on the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

We will never know of the heartbreak, the lonely nights, the dreams of children and a future that died on a foreign field, the times they looked at a photograph and shed a tear.

We just wanted to know that we are still thinking about them.

Cyril Edward Linsell

Cyril’s widow Dorothy never remarried and died in Romford in December 1955, aged 53.

James William Blumson

James widow Nancy never remarried and died in Harlow in 2003 aged 87.

Horace Edward Hoxley

Horace’s widow Agnes never remarried and died in North Berwick, Scotland in 1983 aged 75.

Arthur Ernest Jarvis

Arthur’s widow Rose never remarried and died in Harlow in 1998 aged 92.

Ernest John Kirby

Ernest’s widow never remarried and died in Harlow in 2004 aged 87.

Leonard Frederick Matthews

Alice never remarried and died in Bishop’s Stortford in 1965 aged 83.

Henry Edmund Minett

Henry’s wow Constance never remarried and died in Harlow in 1979 aged 62.

Charles Mackenzie Newman

Charles’ widow Agnes never remarried and died in Hastings n 1970 aged 67.

Edwin John Oesterman

Edwin’s wife Gladys never remarried and died in Harlow in 1973 at tea ged of 63.

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