howard walker and martha grundy

Howard and Martha Ellen had four daughters:

  1. Mary Howard 'Peggy': b 1906 d 2002 marr. Denison Brighouse in 1928
  2. Kathleen Margaret Howard 'Gaga': b 1908 d 2005 marr. Frederick Cavendish Hilton-Sergeant in 1929 at St Michael and All Saints, Dalton.
  3. Elizabeth Howard 'Betty': b 1912 d 2002 marr. Commander Christopher Collingwood Suther in 1948.
  4. Nancy Howard 'Pi': b 1915 d 2002 marr. John Anselm Walter Stockdale in 1949 and moved to South Africa.

April 7th (Year?) 38 Alexandra Road, Southport

My Dear Mother

Daddy left us at Granny’s then he went to the golf-clobe. We went to try on our hat-shapes at Tregorys and have to go again on Thurs-day afternoon.

We went to see Dr Wilkinson and go again to-morrow. Aunty Milly bought us each a school-hat from the shop where Miss Hagben’s girls get theirs.

With lots of love and kisses from

Kathleen and Peggy XXXXXXXXXX

Undated Deep Cutting Lancaster

Dear Mummy

Peggy is writing to you. Yesterday when we went to town we got lots of things to deckerate with. Betty wanted to come with us but we did not let her. Cissie said that Tom had got a bite on his leg and can’t walk. We have just finished lessons and we are going to tidy the ?? yard out.

Betty has been playing will nurse this morning. We have just finished our elevn o clock lunch. Peggy has mad a pice of pottery of the drawing room tiles. She is righting it in her letter.

With love from Wichstick

P.S. let Auntie Milly read my name


21 Oct 1921 Dalton Vicarage

Dear Mr Walker

Were you thinking of me taking Kathleen? My attitude is this: If Kathleen is delicate and is only supposed to mark time until next Set, then it would be an utter waste of time for me to have anything to do with her. I should let run wild – she will do no harm. It will be much better than that she should be taught by some unfledged half-educated sort of person. I am afraid you will have great difficulty in getting someone thoroughly reliable. Teachers are now as ridiculously overpaid as they were formerly scandalously underpaid. The schools have absorbed everybody worth their salt – and the dearth is still incredible.

If on the other hand Kathleen can stand some work I will take her on. It is part of my work here to make myself as useful as I can. If she has any bias towards the subject I will make her a fairly good mathematician by the time she goes to school again. Her French and English will also be well looked after. But consult your doctor? See what he says. My mornings are free and I could give her a couple of hours say four or five days a week. I could set her ample work for her leisure. With regard to remuneration I hate bargaining. Ask somebody what is reasonable. I will fall in. My sister and I will be calling in to tea early in the week when you can tell me what you think. I must however be candid. I do not want to waste time. At the college I was responsible for the Sixth Form work and if I take Kathleen on I should like to feel that she is physically capable of standing the strain of a definite course of reading.


P Latimer Davis

19 Nov 1921 Dalton Vicarage, Parbold, nr Wigan

Dear Mr Walker

A guinea a week i.e. 3/6 an hour is what is usually charge for what I am doing for Kathleen. Of course I have been accustomed to much higher work but it is a real pleasure to take Kathleen. Her ability is much above the average and it adds considerably to my pleasure to know that she has a distinct bent for mathematics.

With kind regards to you all

P Latimer Davies [?]

23rd Oct 1923 Picture Postcard “It!” (to Miss Pi Walker, Dalton Grange)

A.P.N Tuesday

My dearest Π (Greek!) Thanks simply tons for the book. So sorry not to have written to you alone sooner.

This is the last of the postcards for you and Betty.

Beastly and wet this afternoon, so there is no play, and wonder upon wonders, no walk on Grange and Gail.

Please give my love to Black skiffs and all the dools [?]. Bet [?] your new outs [?] are very entrancing.

No more time as I must write to Bet before tea with love yours to a cinder Ke.

Postcard 11th July 1926 (to Miss N H Walker Dalton Grange)

Dear Crust

Thanks awfully for your letter which I got on Thurs. After I got home from the Divine [?] picnic; give the three Bs a good stroke from me especially Bee. I will put all news in Mum’s letter. I am afraid this is a measly PC but it is all I could get. Yours to a cinder,


8th June 1928 Archery Cottage, Malvern Wells

Dear Miss Walker

Many thanks for your kind letter thanking me for the small prize which I was very delighted to hear you won and I trust it may encourage you to simulate the excellent traditions of your family in the golfing world.

Yours sincerely

Shirley Baldwin