Muriel Janes, school girl

Stop number WHITE 6: Continue to walk along the avenue and when you are approximately three trees from the end of the avenue look for the family plot of the Janes family.
 Janes plot
Janes plot
Read the story below and when you are ready to move on click on the dot/circle for Ebenezer Gomme.
Her father's grave London Rd from the Rye
Her father's grave London Rd from the Rye (SWOP RHW08094)
Muriel Janes 1900-1969

I was studying at an English school in Belgium when the war broke out in early August 1914.

Naturally the school and our parents were worried about what might happen to us all and so, being one of the senior grils, I was urgently asked to bring the younger English children safely back to England. And this I did with another girl, with no adult supervision.

I was lucky to have been given the advantage of studying abroad but I was from a prosperous and highly respected local family who cared about my ecucation. We lived at 2, London Road.

My father was Ralph Allen Janes, a councillor and chair manufacturer. His company was Nicholls and Janes in St Mary Street (where Bucks New University now stands).

As a result of the war I couldn't return to Belgium and, like many Wycombe children, my younger sisters and I and our little brother Harry would have done our bit to help the war effort when we could. Children were asked to collect blackberries to be made into a nutritious syrup for the soldiers and conkers which were used to make acetone, a vital component of the smokeless propellant for shells and bullets known as cordite (but many went mouldy before they could be used).

I married Walter Pierce in 1921 and another chapter of my life began. Sadly our son Barry was to be killed in World War Two.

Muriel Janes researched by Sally Scagell and performed by Rachel Rose, Friends of Chesham Cemetery
Muriel Janes researched by Sally Scagell and performed by Rachel, Friends of Chesham Cemetery


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