Page 14, 2nd July 1937

2nd July 1937
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Page 14, 2nd July 1937 — Miss M. Cunningham, C.B.E.

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Not Forgotten. Miss Marta Cunningham, founder of the " Not Forgotten " Association, will not herself he forgotten by the many ex-Servicemen, wounded victims of the Great War, whose burden her efforts helped so much to lighten. Miss Cunningham died on Friday last at her home in Ladbrokc Road, W.. after a short illness. It is not only by her work for ex-soldiers that she will be remembered, but also for her place as a concert singer. On her mother's side, Miss Cunningham, a native of New Orleans, was great-niece to Cardinal Gibbons. Her father was Judge A. B. Cunningham, of Baltimore, in which city she was educated at the Notre Dame convent. As a young girl she showed herself the possessor of a beautiful voice, so promising that she was sent to Paris to train under Mme. Marchesi, and later to tutors in Switzerland, Germany and England. In London she had Sir George Power and Mr. Arthur Fagge for singingmasters. From 1901, Miss Cunningham appeared frequently on the concert platform. for a number of years, in Great Britain and Ire land and in the United States. She first appeared. as a soprano soloist, at the Crystal Palace. in 1902 she toured with Kuhelik, and in the following year she returned to America for her first tour, as a singer, in that country; later there was a second transatlantic tour.

The war years found Miss Cunningham active for good in the direction in which she was to achieve her principal monument. Her interest in the troops began with canteen work and other social services. When the war came to an end, it left as part of its tragic toll many hundreds, if not thousands, of men destined to spend years, perhaps the remainder of their lives, as hospital patients. It was these men in particular whom she decided should be " not forgotten." She launched, in 1920, the association bearing that name, the success of which is now a matter of history.

The annual party given to the ex-Servicemen at Buckingham Palace is always the largest of the year's events, a noteworthy event from the sympathy and presence of their Majesties and other members of the Royal Family. But there are also outings for such patients as can leave hospital for them; concert parties in the wards for bedridden men; distributions of Rifts and other testimonies that these war victims are held in honour for what they bought at a great price. For her services, Miss Cunningham was awarded, in 1929, the C.B.E.

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