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Page 5, 18th August 1944 — Harrogate Nun Refused Repatriation

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Harrogate Nun Refused Repatriation

A Harrogate nun sacrificed het chance of 'returning home in the repatriation ship Drorringhohn. She preferred to stay in the internment camp at sVittel and carry on her nursing duties until all British subjects have been liberated.

She is Sister Ness, aged 33, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. (iilbert Ness, Parliament Street. Harrogate, who was a nursing sister in a convent near Nancy before the German occupation, and in charge of a ward at the Genera! Hospital. Nancy.

Her parents have received news of her from a Leeds woman, Mrs. Altshuter, who has just been repatriated from Vi tel.


Among the English people repatriated from occupied France is Sister Cecilia Shorrock (24), of Blackburn.

One of a family of eight children who were left orphans and were cared for at Blackburn Cottage Homes, Sister Cecilia entered St. Joseph's Convent, Manchester, at the age of twelve, Later she went to Stratford for her novitiate and VMS afterwards transferred to France, where she took the veil, teaching at a French convent. She was interned in a camp at Vittel.

Writing home at Christmas, 1943, she told her sister : " We are over 200 Sisters altogether. I have had ten little children to look after. Four are only two-andet-half, the others three."

Among the repatriates were also Sister Mary Christina and Sister Mary Catherine, former teachers at La Retraite high School in Bristol. They went to France just before the war, were at Angers until 1940 when they were taken to the internment camp at Vittel.

There. they taught the children in the camp school.

Among a party of Midland people repatriated from Germany were four

num. Three of them,Sisters Isabel Brennan, Kathleen Weston. and Filen Tracy, have gone to the Olton Convent of the Order of Our Lady of Compassion, and the other one, Sister Elizabeth 'Thompson, went to Harborne Hall.

£6,000 FOR FARNBOROUGH'S NEW MEMORIAL CHURCH A garden fete. held in the grounds of the Salesian College, Fainborough, on Monday last, was arranged by the local Council of the Knights of St. Columba in aid of the lynch of the proposed new church. This is intended to be a memorial to the late Bishop Cotter, of Portsmouth, and to the old boys of the Salesian College and the parishioners who have given their lives in the war.

Since the project was launched in October last nearly £6,000 has been received and it is hoped to augment this by at least another £1,000 by the end of the year.

Friends and admirers of Bishop Cotter, old boys, their relatives and Friends, and Salesian co-operators, are being asked to send donations for the new church. The names of all who contribute will he kept in a Golden Book for perpetual remembrance in Holy Mass.

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