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Miss Constance Cane

Miss Constance Cane in Battle, East Sussex

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Darrell Kingsland
6 Jun 2021


I met Constance several times when I was young. From age 5 up to 12ish. My mum and dad lived next door to her cousin, D.M. Cane. Dorothy. She lived until she was 96. A retired headmistress of de bohun school. I remember missing school one day at arounf age 8. DM Cane was to look after me. Constance was there. She greeted me with, "this is an unexpected pleasure" I stayed the day with them, Lots of tea and cakes. DM Cane used to make our dog milky tea. The dog loved it. Constance served in Malta, I believe as a nurse during the 2nd world war. She was a straight up no nonsense type. Her and her two comrades were, as was DM Cane. We visited Battle around the time. Was there a hotel called the non such? You are correct they did paint, and walk. My mum has a few of her paintings hanging still.
Very well rounded adults of an era now long gone.


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Mary Smithers
2 Aug 2010

Hi Jane
Thanks for the info. I knew a Miss Dyer lived there, but not Miss Hare. Maybe I can trace the painting.
Kind regareds

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Jane Duffell
26 Jul 2010

Dear Mary
I know it is a long time since you posted your message re Miss Cane but I have only just come across the web site. We now live in Miss Canes old house. She lived here with two other friends, I think they had all been nurses. When Miss Cane passed away one friend, Miss Hare, continued to live in the house until she moved into a nursing home nearby. The house was then sold, which is when we purchased it. The large conservatory on the back of the house was obviously used for painting as there was a lot of racking to hold their equipment. I believe one of their pictures was hung in Battle Library.
I am afraid I do not have any further information on Miss Cane as I did not know her personally.

Kind regards


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Mary Smithers
16 May 2008

I'm trying to trace any information about this lady who died in 1987 in Battle.
Any memories or obituaries would be very welcome.

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