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Gwendoline Monica HARPER (later SWEETING) (1905-1967)

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Gwendoline Monica Harper (1905-1967), known as Monica, was the great-niece of Eugénie Sladden, being the daughter of her niece, Lilian Harper (née Butler).

Monica was born on 5th February 1905, the elder of two children of Lilian Mary and Montague John Strachey Harper.  She grew up at Merlwood, Oatlands Park, Weybridge.

A letter written by her great-aunt, Polly Robinson, on 7th May 1914, reveals that Monica’s parents let out their house for 16 weeks, so Monica and Geoffrey, with two nurses, went to stay with their grandmother, Fanny Butler.  A letter of 8th June 1914 reveals that Monica had been ill but was much better so went to stay with her mother at Westgate.  Monica is also mentioned in a letter written by Juliet Sladden on 28th June 1915; Juliet had been to visit her Aunt Fanny and Monica was there, too.

In 1939, on the outbreak of the Second World War, Monica was staying with her recently-widowed aunt, Winnie Capon, at her home, Charfield Cottage, Charvil Lane, Sonning.

In 1952, Monica married James L Sweeting in the Paddington district.

Monica died in 1967 in the Bath district.

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