Discussion in 'WWII (1939 - 1945)' started by mugwortismy cat, Mar 23, 2014.
You are very welcome. Thank you for finishing off this sad story with a happy ending
Hi! I'm new here and I can see that this thread is a couple of years old, but I'm hoping that someone will read it!
Mary Ann Hallett was my great great Aunt and through researching my family tree I came across this thread as I found the WW2 record showing her death.
I can tell you that her parents were Eli Hallett and Elizabeth Knight, she had 6 brothers and 5 sisters and was born in Brighton, but the family moved to London sometime before her 10th birthday where they lived in Peckham in London.
Her Mum passed away when Mary Ann was 26 and she was 47 when her father passed away.
Can you tell me where the memorial is please?
Thats all I know at the moment, but I'll update what more I find out!
Hi Brim and Welcome
Muggy may not see your post for a few days, but I am sure she will answer you then.
Still away but I'm at my sister's and got on the Wi-Fi. The memorial is in the East London Cemetery in Plaistow.
Keep meaning to add to this thread ... Maybe it can be my new years resolution
I am new on here, I am looking for ancestors, I am curious as to whether or not any of These Tish's are relatives of mine? I am just going to hang back and read ;-)
Hi, I've just found this thread dating back to 2014 and in particular a member post from mugwortismy cat - I am related to William John Hayden & Florence Amelia Hayden (nee Christmas) listed on the WW2 Civilian War Memorial in East London Crematorium & Cemetery.
My Great Uncle, William John Hayden's family originate from 62 Greenhill Grove, Manor Park. I have contacted Hackney Archives to see if I can find out what happened in more detail from an Air Raid Wardens Diary records which is supposed to be very detailed.
I've located the bomb information from http://bombsight.org/bombs/27566/ and it looks like a high explosive bomb was dropped 6th Nov 1940 (date of their deaths recorded on casualty records on ancestry.com) on properties 65-79 Balls Pond Road as the current terrace is rebuilt differently to the terraces either side. My Great Aunt & Uncle lived at 73 Balls Pond and I presume killed instantly.
Has anyone reading this discovered any more information as to whether there is a mass grave actually here at the Cemetery or whether my Great Uncle and Aunt are simply commemorated on the memorial? Seems a bit odd to be buried this far away from where they were killed (if indeed there was anything left to be buried?).
Any information or redirection greatly received.
Many thanks in advance
Since the wording on the Memorial refers to Mass Grave 1 and Mass Grave 2
it seems that there were mass graves, though where they were located I can't say for certain. Perhaps an enquiry to the East London Cemetery office could make things clear?
Okay, will do. Cheers (And thanks for the prompt response)
Update - spoke with a very helpful chap at East London Cemetery & Crematorium this morning. Whilst he could not shed any light upon why the Hackney residents, my Great Aunt/Uncle, were buried in the Cemetery he did confirm that Mass Grave 1 is the First water fountain on the left as you enter the Memorial area in the Cemetery and Mass Grave 2 is the second water fountain. He suggested contacting Hackney Council or CWGC to see if anyone else had any records as to why they were brought here. Personally I'm thinking there may have been a WW2 mortuary for identification purposes nearby or it was deemed far enough out of the City and 'perceived' high risk bombing area with available space to put them. Will update this thread if I choose to follow this any further.
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