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Mary Hunter Bond

Rank: Housemaid
Townland: Farragh
Town/Village: Cullyfad
Civil Parish: Killoe
Catholic Parish: Killoe
Alternative Address: Ballygarve, Corboy, Edgeworthtown, Co. Longford; Kisii, Kenya.
Census 1901: Resident at Ballygrave
Census 1911: At boarding school, 'The Crofts', Harrow, Middlesex
Regiment/Unit: Joint War Committee Voluntary Aid Detachment (Red Cross & St John's Ambulance)
Regiment Number:
Date of Death: 13-11-1972
Cause: Natural Causes
Memorial: Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold's Cross, Dublin 6W

Mary Hunter Bond was born 20 May 1896 in Ballygarve.

Mary volunteered with the V.A.D. from March to December 1918, working as a housemaid, and the the pantry and on the ward, including night duty during her time. Two weeks of her time was served at a military hospital in Co. Meath, and as a waitress to munitions workers staying at the Queen Mary Hostel, Abbeywood near Woolwich. 

Mary's brother, Major Brian Willoughby Bond, served with the 5th Connaught Rangers during the war. 

After the war, Mary travelled and was recorded as travelling from Mozambique in 1926; she was travelling with her brother Brian who was working as a civil servant in Kenya at the time. On the 8 June 1927, Mary married Captain Richard Gethin of Ballindoon, Co. Sligo, but who resided in Kisii, Kenya. They had two children, Richard and Alexander. They divorced in 1953. Mary died in 1972.

Parents Names: Daughter of Willoughby James Bond and Mary Rosa Kerr (née Bond), Farragh, Corboy, Co. Longford
Notes: Her father, Willoughb, was the son of James Willoughby Bond of Farragh, and her mother, Mary, was the daughter of William Bond of St. Kevin's Lanesborough.

Link to British Red Cross entry; link to Civil Record of birth; Civil Record of marriage; announcement of engagement, Longford Leader; notice of marriage, Longford Leader, 1927

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