Comment posted on The Gertrude Canning Murder: facts, confusions and developments by Joseph Canning
May I, as my brother Liam did in an earlier post,thank you for the piece on the story (so far)of the tragedy of the killing of my aunt Gertrude,or Gertie.A well constructed and informative piece of journalism. A piece that was well researched and reported.It would be true to say that some poetic license has been taken by others in the past and was rushed to press.I have read all of them and may I say ,they have been “trumped”.As you know,our family and friends will be returning to INVERARAY for our personal tribute to Gertie with the help of some wonderful people and organisations in the town.Needless to say,when the deed is done,we will be having a thank you hooley and a ceilidh.I hope you will be there.
Once again,in appreciation,
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- Welcome to the long lost clan Pat.I can remember being in Scotland with my mother,Madge as a very young boy.We stayed with Mrs.Duffy.I remember steps up to the front door of the house.I remember i got porridge with salt on it instead of sugar and being told off for not liking it.I was about 6yrs old….I’m 62 now.God bless.
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My name is Joe Canning and the murdered wren referred to in your piece was my aunt.Her name was Gertrude Canning and was from Ballindrait in Co.Donegal,Eire.Her killer was never found.
The Argyll advertiser recently covered a visit I made with my two brothers to Inveraray and may Isay we were made very welcome.One very knowledgable man called Jim Jebson was a wealth of information to us in our search to build up a picture of our aunt’s last days before her murder on 30th July 1942.
I am wondering,if through yourselves you might be in a position to reach(through your publications)any retired wrens that may recollect that time,or indeed anyony else.
The family hope to go to Inveraray next June (30th) to commerarate the 70th anniversary of her death.May i also say how much I am looking forward to seeing lovely Inveraray once again.
Regards,Joe Canning,(Tel..028 71883244)
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