Great-grandson’s fitting tribute to Marham wartime angel
Known as the ‘Mother of the Wounded’ during World War I, a Marham woman has been recognised with a plaque unveiled in her honour.
Constance Baker (1868-1929) has been commemorated with a blue plaque at Marham Village Hall, with her great-grandson travelling from London for the occasion.
West Norfolk mayor Geoff Hipperson and the mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Daryl Brown, were also in attendance on Saturday to honour Constance.
After her son was killed in the war, Constance and her husband opened up their Fulham home to returning troops, hence the ‘Mother of the Wounded’ epithet.
Constance also organised open entertainment for soldiers in Bishop’s Park, Fulham.
Having been born in Marham, Constance’s great-grandson Timothy Warner thought it would be a fitting tribute to honour her legacy in the village.
Mr Hipperson said: “It was a nice presentation and it was well-attended.
“The mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham came up with two councillors and we had sandwiches and cake afterwards.”
Over 40 people were in attendance for the event with councillors Joan Durose and Keith Simpson coming from London.
Inga-Lucy Barrett, chairperson of Marham Parish Council, said: “Marham is proud to honour the memory of Constance Baker who was born in the village 151 years ago, and went on to achieve so much during her life. Marham Parish Council was delighted to welcome invited guests and parishioners to the event.
“The sun shone as over 40 people joined us to enjoy a buffet and refreshments before Mr Warner cut the specially commissioned cake.”
During a speech at the event, councillor Barrett said: “Back in April this year, Mr Warner wrote to tell us the story of Constance. Since then many hours have been spent researching her life.
“In June some children from the village school undertook a project about her origins in Marham and her contribution to the welfare of wounded soldiers in the First World War.”
Representatives from Cherry Tree Academy and the Holy Trinity Church were also present for the event to honour Constance.