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Veronica Bamfield (1908–2000)

Author of On the Strength

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Veronica Grissell was the daughter of an army colonel killed in Palestine in 1917 during World War I. Her mother subsequently married Gen. Sir Thomas Cubitt, later Governor of Bermuda. After attending Normanhurst and Evendine, Veronica came out as a debutante; Barbara Cartland was among her fellow debs. Veronica studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1930, she married Capt. W.H. "Tich" Bamfield of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, then stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, with whom she had four daughters. The young couple became intrepid travellers, and visited Kurdistan, Palestine, Persia, and the more remote regions of Iraq in an open-top car, along the way befriending the famed Freya Stark. Mrs. Bamfield accompanied her husband to India in 1938 and remained there with her children until 1942, when they returned to England. Veronica Bamfield became a writer and broadcast journalist on Woman's Hour. Her experiences as an army child and army wife inspired her book On the Strength (1974). She also wrote Victory of the Vanquished (1990), a study of the role played by women in the uprising against the French Revolutionary government known as the Vendée. She also was active in county life, and was instrumental in the re-publication of Gough's History of Myddle, the medieval Shropshire village. She learned to use a computer at age 83 and contributed articles to the Assyrian Journal.
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