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New Old Family Photograph: Violet Martin nee Murray and her sons

Today’s photograph is another of the priceless treasures that Barbara Cooper was wonderful enough to send to us after reading my blog and getting in touch with me.  This is the only photograph I have seen of my husbands paternal Grandmother Violet Helen Marguerite Martin nee Murray together with her sons William A. James Martin (1929-1934), Ronald Kingsley George Martin (my husbands father) and Alan Edward Raymond Martin.  Violet was the Granddaughter of Baron Raimund Von Stillfried Rathenitz and his Japanese partner Nishiyama Haru through their daughter Helen (see more posts on this here, here and here). We are extremely grateful to Barbara and her Mother before her for keeping this photograph and the others safe and in such wonderful condition since the 1930’s, especially as everyone in the photograph is now deceased.  With William dying not long after this (see here) and Alan being raised by Violets sister Molly and her partner, the photograph is one which captures a precious moment in time before everyone’s life would change dramatically.
Violet Helen Marguerite Martin nee Murray and sons Alan Edward Raymond Martin (standing), William A. James Martin (front left) and Ronald Kingsley George Martin (front right)

Just a quick note.
I have not posted for a while as the whole household has been down with colds and I have been getting into a new weekday routine being the day carer for our three gorgeous grandchildren as our daughter has recently returned to full time work.  I am working to get more organised so the blog doesn’t fall behind again 😊


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