Valdemar McLelland LINKLATER  LINKLATER tree

Margaret DOUGLAS


Married Valdemar McLelland LINKLATER

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Apr 1953

Death of Valdemar McLelland LINKLATER


7 Jun 1980 ?




Birth of still-born son


EVELYN: [check] Amelia's 2nd son, Valdemar McClelland Linklater, married Gretta, a war widow, and an officer in the WAACs. He and Gretta bought a lovely old house in a small country town called Bishop's Stortford, about 20 miles from London, and when the 1939 war began Val went to Glasgow on an Admiralty job, retiring from Lloyds. He and Gretta lived on at Bishops Stortford after the war until he died, also from cancer, in 1951. Gretta still lives there.

Val was tall, fair and good looking as well as appreciative of the elegancies of living. His nature was kind, generous, affectionate and innocent in the right sense of the word. Gretta was a very good wife for him - sharing all his tastes and they were devoted to each other. Only one child who died at his birth. Gretta was an excellent cook, housekeeper and needle woman, who worked wonderful tapestries, petit point etc. She was also a collector of antiques and especially pewter. Both Naena and I were very fond indeed of Val - he and Mary Grant his sister, who died last year in Canada were our favourite cousins. We spent many happy times with Val and Gretta at Bishops Stortford, and Robin went there too.

Gretta was still living in Bishops Stortford in the 1970s in her 80s. According to a notice in a paper Gretta died “peacefully after a long illness” on June 7 but the year is not given - probably died sometime in the late 1970s.