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Born in December 1920, at home in Little Turner Street in the East End of London, Mrs. Shaw talks in this interview about school, work, living through World War II, and what life was like in the years leading up to war. In this excerpt she remembers the Battle of Cable Street in October 1936, when an attempted march by Sir Oswald Moseley and his British Union of Fascists was stopped from going through the East End by the mass of hostile and determined opposition. Mrs. Shaw was then fifteen; her brother Harry, who went with her to Cable Street, was sixteen.

Her brother Harry was Harry Karnac....


Interview excerpt here


Relief work done from

Fère Champenoise Dec-January 1915





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Cover page here

"Paris Nov: 6-24 slept Rue Parc Royal 12


"Places slept at, at Chalons (Nov: 25th onwards) ...."


Realities of life for a young civilian woman doctor in France at the beginning of World War I:

PP/MEF/1/6: Notes. No date.


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Marjorie Franklin, who fifty years later founded the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, was still a trainee doctor when she went to France in November 1914 with a medical delegation of the Society of Friends. Her move into psychoanalysis, with training under Sandor Ferenczi and Adolf Meyer, and a meeting with Sigmund Freud at his home in Vienna, was still in the future. Here, in a letter transcribed by Eleanor Marks, she catches up and tries to give a sense of events and situation in a country already devastated by war (suggestions and corrections welcomed):


"We are on what was a battle field here - & the graves & bits of clothing, shells etc are scattered everywhere..."


December 31st, 1914


There hasn't been an entry since November 13th. There won't be another entry until December 31st - a letter, in which the impact of her experiences begins to show in Dr. Marjorie Franklin's descriptions of working in France in the early days of the First World War:


"After endless negotiations with generals & other authorities..."


November 22nd, 1914