Eve Marriott – Background and life of the diarist.

If you have been reading the WW1 diary entries of Eve Marriott, these details give an insight into her life and background. Eve Marriott was born in 1880, eldest child of Charles Marriott of Cotesbach Hall and his first wife Frances Marion ‘Kitty’ Fellowes who the following year gave birth to twins, Vi and Carl, then died when Eve was two years old during her third pregnancy. She spent many of her…

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Eve Marriott’s WW1 Diary 1914 – December

1914 1st December TR went away. Had rather an early lunch and went to Malton afterwards to stay at Appleton for a night. The cart met me at Malton station, where I saw Uncle Peter for a few minutes and I drove straight out to Swinton Grange to meet Rose and Gina at the hospital. Went straight to the recreation room, which has been turned into the ward, and there found Rose…

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Eve Marriott’s WW1 Diary 1914 – November

1914 1st November Went to church twice. Had lunch at the Rectory. 1914 2nd November Bruce has been killed. Went to Boyland. 1914 3rd November A dreary day. Went a walk with Lorlon and the dogs. We all went to dinner with some people called Best. Fred Irby had been shooting there that day. Mrs was a nice little thing who has a son in the Leicester Yeomanry. 1914 4th November Had…

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Eve Marriott’s WW1 Diary 1914 – October

1914 1st October No entry by Eve On this day in 1914, the First Battle of Arras began. 1914 2nd October Picked blackberries with Esther and went to a H. N. Lecture. 1914 3rd October Did the church flowers On this day in 1914, the British Royal Naval division started arriving at Antwerp and Ypres was occupied by German cavalry. 1914 4th October Went to church. Esther and I walked over to…

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Eve Marriott’s WW1 Diary 1914 – September

1914 1st September Played tennis here. R is not very good. The Aunts of course hovered round all day. Went to a Home Nursing lecture in the evening. On this day in 1914, German troops captured both Craonne and Siossons. 1914 2nd September Meant to go to Sheringham and packed everything in the morning, but not having a wire from Margery or a letter, I decided to stop another day. Robin went…

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Eve Marriott’s WW1 Diary 1914 – August

1914 2nd August Gave up house-hunting and did some last shopping, and had lunch at Harvey Nicholls. Left by the 4.45. H goes to Newquay on Monday, I am hoping to go there too of course, but it is too expensive. Found Rowley and Michael at home, Char, Georgie, Fred and Esther gone. Evening papers full of remarks of horror, things look worse than ever. Yesterday the house agent at Hampstead was…

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Eve Marriott’s WW1 Diary 1915 – August

1915 1st August Much better. Went down to the hospital and massaged Guthrie Tennant and Jock Nicholson, who was in bed having had a bad headache last night. They had all got on their new colours and looked very smart indeed. There was a great deal of fuss about sheeting on beds etc. Esther and Grace were on. Patterson and a small friend of Michael’s came to stay. Constantinople harbour raided by…

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Eve Marriott’s WW1 Diary 1915 – July

1915 1st July Watts, Billington and Lander all departed to Leicester, Lander to have the shrapnel taken out of his foot and the others for other treatment. They were much regarded by most of us. Did a little more massage and then Miss Adams came back home to lunch and gave me a lesson here on Esther’s leg. Mabel came to tea on her way back to Coton. Mother came back. Second…

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Eve Marriott’s WW1 Diary 1915 – June

1915 Tuesday 1st June The Belgians came in after tea. Vi turned up at about 6.00 in the Argyll after driving all by herself all the way from Ellesmere in Shropshire where she had been staying with Babs. Kitchener made a Knight of the Garter 1915 Wednesday 2nd June Vi took mother to a sale at Bitteswell in the Argyll. I went down to the hospital at 1.30 and Vi came down…

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Eve Marriott’s WW1 Diary 1915 – May

1915 Saturday 1st May Was down at the hospital again at 8.00. Mrs Martin came later. Was allowed to help to bandage Bollington’s arm. Mrs Sarson told me when I got there that Watts had had a temperature the night before, so I firmly sent him back to bed till the doctor came which was a good thing as it turned out, as he was kept there for the rest of the…

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