Grandma I remember with great fondness. She was such a little lady,
but always had a smile; she had a really hard life going into service
as a child. She had to stand on a box to do the washing up; she
said that the sink was never empty because her tears kept filling
One of her chores was to walk the family dog. It was a Chinese
Hairless which had to be smeared with Vaseline to protect it from
the elements.The local boys would follow her jeering and calling
"she's black leaded the dog".
She loved a game of cards on a Friday night when Grandad had gone
to the Legion (next door). Out would come the crackers and cheese,
a bottle of cider and the game would begin. When you think that
until the later years she didn't have running hot water and never
had an indoor bathroom; no fitted carpets; central heating or even
a three piece suite.
She outlived two husbands, raised eight children, and almost died
in childbirth. When she was in labour with the twins, complications
set in. In the days long before the NHS, Grandad threw out the "midwife"
and called a doctor, so saving all three. She was about thirty-seven
at that time and had already experienced more than most of us do
in a lifetime.
Written evidence by Gillian Long ~ Grandaughter
Sarah Holt was born in Farnborough, Hampshire. She was married
twice, first to Charles Edward Moss then to Albert Charles Butt
. Charles Moss is our first cousin twice removed.