The news of Dickie’s accident was a great shock to Marie Concetta. It is reasonable to suppose that only children Daisy and Arthur were resident at the Grove when the telegrams arrived in July 1914.
A rare sample of Marie Concetta’s “voice” in the archive – she writes to Fr Ramsay, anxious for more details of the incident:
“Dear Fr Ramsay,
In my husband’s absence I feel double responsibility for the family and the unfortunate accident that happened to our Richard. Could I have … how it happened and if it was necessary … coming home at once.
Will it interfere with his exams? It is most unfortunate that none of us can go to … feel very upset and nervous … my care …”
Source: Ramsay/Agius family Transcripts 2017