Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Georgette Agnew (1865 - 1957) - British

Georgette was born Alexandra Georgette Christian in Palermo, Italy in 1965.  Her parents were Ewan Christian, a wine exporter, and his wife Caroline, nee Whitaker.

On 12th November 1889, Georgette married Philip Leslie Agnew at St. Marylebone Church, London.  Agnew was a member of the publishing firm Bradbury, Agnew and Company.  The couple had three children – Ewan Siegfried (1898 – 1930), Elaine (who was born and died in 1896) and Enid Jocelyn (1898 – 1921).  From 1910, the Agnew family lived in Littlecourt in Farthingstone, a village in Northamptonshire.
Ewan joined the 5th Lancers and was mentioned in despatches.  Although he survived the war, Ewan died from the after effects of an illness contracted during WW1.

Georgette wrote poetry and also verses for children.
Georgette’s WW1 poetry collections were:

‘Songs of love and grief’, Constable, 1922

‘Sonnets’, Elkin Mathews, 1916.
Source:  Catherine W. Reilly ‘English Poetry of the First World War A Bibliography’ (St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1978)