Gladys Mary Raymond.

My grandmother. My mother's mother.

 

  Gladys Mary Raymond was born 1891 in England, the daughter of John Thomas Raymond.

 

Gladys met her husband, Thomas William Johnson on the 30th August 1908

 

 

Gladys and Thomas got married November 1912 and celebrated their honeymoon at the Queen's Royal Hotel, New Brighton where she bought this post card as a keepsake.

 

 

   

 

Gladys had two daughters Joan and Mary. The photo above is of Gladys and her first daughter Joan born 1914.

 

Gladys, Thomas and Joan.

 

 

 

The little orange hand, my grandmother told me as a child, is all that survived after the great war had decimated our family fortune. I never learnt when or how the pinky and index finger got broken off.

 

 

 

After the Second World War, Gladys and her husband, Thomas left England to live in Germiston, Union of South Africa.

 

 

 

 

Gladys with her five grandchildren. From left, Christopher, Peter, Jonathan, Jeremy and Simon. Photo taken at 8 Peter Crescent, Bloemfontein circa 1960.

 

Gladys with her youngest grandchild, Simon on the beach at Hamburg.