|Now, if you'd like to undertake the solution to a
mystery that has bothered me for some years, here are the facts.
Elsie - i e Betty Strachan's mother - and Victor - Eileen's
Father - were the two most literary members of that generation, but unlike
their siblings, they have left no trace in the educational records of
Aberdeenshire. Their sisters are readily traced through the well preserved
registers of all the Aberdeen Schools, and the Hatton school, as well as the
other five schools in Cruden at that time, but there's no trace whatever of
these two people.
Betty Strachan says that her mother was a bit of an invalid, and was kept
off school - but who gave her the excellent education she clearly had?
And Victor couldn't have been a weakling, for he became a decorated
member of the Grenadier Guards during the Great War.
TH to GH. May 2005.