One response to “‘A Severed Life’”

  1. On my Birth Certificate my mother has her name as ” Christabel Mary Lewis ” however on my siblings Birth Certificates she is recorded as being ” Christabel Mary Ward “. As I have discovered my mother was the illegitimit child to the unmarried Mary Ward.
    Who was her father ? Being from a devout Catholic family my mother was put into a convent in order to hide the shame and disguise the event. It has been suggested she was very close to the parish priest. Maybe she was just too close. As a result of this , Mary Ward was brushed aside and also exited from the substantial estate in the Wills of both her parents.
    I would greatly appreciate any assistance .

    F Fleay

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