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Mee and Marlow family pictures

These family photographs were kindly supplied by Valerie Roche who lives in France, but was born locally.

Donald William Mee was born in 1923 at 15 Sarson Street, Quorn. His parents were Charles William Mee (known as William), a blacksmith’s striker, and Gertrude Emily Mee (née Jalland), who were married in Quorn Church in June 1910.

Don Mee married Olive Marlow in 1943 during WW2. Don had been posted and they got married quickly before he went off to war. Olive’s eldest sister, Winnie Upton, made the bridesmaids’ dresses in 3 days!

Olive was one of ten children (eight girls and two boys) of Edmund and Martha Marlow.

Martha was born Martha Bowler and was one of 13 children although only 10 reached adulthood. Her family came from Dobb Hall, on Rothley Plain. This was a small house for a large family, and the ruins of it can be seen in the Nunckley Trail nature area in Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre on Swithland Lane, Rothley. During WW1 three of her brothers were killed, and another two and her husband were wounded. One of her brothers who lost his life was Albert Bowler who lived on Church Lane in Quorn. His name appears on Quorn War Memorial.

Fairly soon after Don Mee was demobbed, he and Olive moved into a house near Wrights Mill at 20 Leicester Road in Quorn. They had a son Terence, and a daughter Gillian.

Iris Marlow, one of Olive’s sisters, helped Olive to run the Guides in Quorn for some time.

Don Mee died in 1980. Olive remarried and moved to Loughborough. She passed away in 2019.

Picture 1 - Don Mee during WW2.

Picture 2 - Don Mee and Olive Marlow on their wedding day early in 1943.
Left to right: Unknown, Iris Marlow (Olive’s sister), Don Mee, Olive Mee née Marlow, Phyllis Marlow (Olive’s twin), Maurice and the child is Valerie Upton who supplied the photographs.

Picture 3 – Easter 1947. Adults left to right: Irene (Rene), Winnie (Win), Martha (their mother),Olive, Iris. Children are Terence (Olive’s son) and Valerie (Win’s daughter).

Picture 4 - August 1979 – Seven of the eight Marlow sisters.
Front row, left to right: Annie, Beatrice, Lucy (Tony Burt's mother), Phyllis, Winnie (Win)
Behind, left to right: Iris and Olive.

Picture 5 - Olive in her older years.

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 Submitted on: 2020-12-15
 Submitted by: Material from Valerie Roche, brought together by Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 2425
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