Letter to Mrs Warren and Beryl from Mary Carter



Letter to Mrs Warren and Beryl from Mary Carter


Mary describes the ceremony at the churchyard, attended by nearly 700 people including 300 children.



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c/o BWCE (ES).
Lansdown House,
Berkeley Square, London, W.1
Nuernberg, 13th May 1946.

My dear Mrs. Warren and Beryl,
I am afraid no words of mine can adequately describe the simple but very moving ceremony which took place at George’s last resting place in the little village church yard of Burgoberbach yesterday, Mother’s Day in Germany.
Captain Koch and I left Neurnberg at 8am. by car and arrived in time to attend the morning Mass. The tiny church was crowded, I should say there were nearly 700 people there. There are 112 families in the village, and over 300 children and I think nearly all the children were in church. After Mass Father Wittmann held a service at the graveside; from the pulpit he had invited the congregation to attend, and I don’t think one person failed to stay. The church choir sang an anthem at the close of the service and there was hardly a dry eye when we all filed past the grave.
The stone is very impressive, and Captain Koch took several photos, both of the grave and the church. As soon as they are developed, I’ll send them off to you. The weather was lovely, and the lilies of the valley are in bloom. I hope that you will be able to see them on the picture. I told Father Wittmann that you had received his letter, and that you would be answering it very soon.
Father Wittmann has not yet received the account for the stone, but has promised to let me know if there is anything more to pay. If there is, I will settle here, and then we can fix things when I am home.
With sincere wishes to you all,
Yours sincerely,



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