Archive for May, 2017

RAMC stretcher bearer

The story of the RAMC stretcher bearer is a kind of docu-drama, being largely based upon the written account of FE Reed, my great uncle. The fiction of my own story is is taken from fact from several sources and, in between the words of the diary of FE Reed, is spoken painfully the tragedy of a generation.

WW1 The RAMC Stretcher Bearer


Music hall; Victoria Monks

A facebook post by Denys Barber of the Friends of Layton Cemetery on one of the Blackpool history sites on the anniversary of the death of Victoria Monks, caught my attention as my great grandfather’s brother and family members were on the stage at the same time, though not in such a popular capacity. Her life proved interesting as it was gradually revealed, largely from contemporary newspaper reports. One of the first high profile celebrities of the modern era, she carried with her, throughout her life, all the problems of belonging to everyone except herself.

Victoria Monks Musical Hall Artiste