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Vivien Stranack

Vivien Stranack, was killed by enemy action on 23rd August 1944, she was 52 years old and was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Bracey who originated from Durban, South Africa.It would appear that she was injured in Harrington Road, Chelsea on the 22nd and died the following day in the Chelsea Hospital for Consumption and Diseases of the Chest. This is now known as the Royal Brompton Hospital. Why there is a matter of pure conjecture as her entry in the Commonwealth War Graves database shows that she actually lived at Crag House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Both her husband and son were military men as seen on the Memorial. According to the 1901 Census there is only one Harington Stranack and he was born in 1886 in India, as for the son Algernon current online records do not allow such information to be divulged.
Incidentally, Crag House, Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk was the home of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears from 1947 to 1951 when they did a house swap with the artist Mary Potter and her husband, moving to The Red House where I believe Britten lived until his death in 1976. It was while he was at Crag House that Britten started the Aldeburgh Festival.
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