When I carried out this research in 2014,
I was surprised to learn that Katherine had a surviving brother living
Then in 1942, his father and mother took all the children into the living room and broke the devastating news, that their sister has passed away.
Cameron vividly remembered the day at
OverHall Farm when the entire family lined up outside the farmhouse
waiting for the Army cortege to return Katherines body to her parents.
It was a very traumatic moment for all the family to see their
daughter and sister to their children, arriving back home in a coffin.
I don't think words can convey, the terrible sense of loss that the family must have felt.
Talking to Cameron, we both found it extremely emotional talking about her return to OverHall, as he was obviously very close to his sister
Later in the week, a full church service was held at St Marys where once again Katherine was taken into the church and out again to the local Home Guard of Honour.
She was then taken to the cemetery along Cuckoo Hill to her final resting place.
Considering Katherine died on the 28th Oct and the service was on the 1st November, that left only five days between her death and funeral service at St Mary`s.
The grave can be found on the left side of the cemetery as enter the driveway
Although there are numerous WW2 names on the War Memorial who sacrificed their lives, Katherine is the only "Killed in Action" person we have buried here in our community.
I have taken upon it myself, to lay a
wreath in her grave on
I have also contacted the War Graves Commission who agreed take on responsibility of maintaining the grave, when there is nobody left locally to attend to its upkeep.
However, we mustn`t forget, that Katherines two other sisters, also joined the War effort
Isabella in the ATS, served in the UK and abroad.
Elizabeth in the NAAFI.
Unfortunately I don't know the precise details, but they both survived the war.
Elizabeth died in Birmingham, 1993 and Isabella died in Blackburn 1995.