Inside Ellen’s room which was painted in a soft peach colour again with hand made curtains, pillowcases, and Duvet cover. The sheets were white and there was a lovely Strawberry coloured rug on the wooden floor. She had photos of her parents and one picture of Edward in his uniform and another man in uniform.’
“Rather dashing in his uniform don’t you think said Ellen?’
“Yes, he is.’
“Can I ask you something Ellen?
“Yes of course.’
“Why did you not get married; you are very pretty and could get any man that you want.’
Yes; I have been proposed to many times but marriage isn’t for me.’
I did have a relationship with someone you know; it was during the war.
“He was killed like many others who went to France.’
“What was his name?’
“George Martin; he wanted to marry me before he went off to war; I told him to come back to me and then we would be married when the war was over.’
“Do you regret not marrying him Ellen?’
“Yes I do.’ But things got complicated.’
“How do you mean?’
“When I get to know you better I will tell you Muriel.’ Come I will show you the kitchen.’
George Martin, the son of Margaret and James Robert a miner in the Battlehill Colliery in Wallsend. He had a promising career as a journalist he went to college where he studied English literature.’ He was working for the Daily Telegraph when the war began and joined up as a war correspondent. His brother Robert joined his father down the pit and even though he wanted to join up he was told that he was needed to work the mines until the war was over. In December 1914 there was a gas explosion during a shift and James Robert Martin was among the fourteen men who lost their lives. In June the following year Margaret Martin died during a routine operation to remove a kidney stone.
Bridgewater Cottage was left to George his younger brother that annoyed Robert; he was the eldest son and he thought that his father would have left the cottage to him. His father always favoured his younger brother because he was the academic in the family and was always talking about him to all of his work mates. Robert had to sit and listen as he told his friends how his son was over in France reporting on the war and that all the stories that were in the newspapers were down to his son. When George came home on leave his father made a big show of him he took him to the local pub where he again had to listen to his father boast about his son.
George Martin started walking out with Ellen Forrester after meeting her at the Oxford in Newcastle. George was a very good ballroom dancer he liked to show off his skills on the dance floor and caught the attention of Ellen who was out with two school friends. Ellen was very clever; she worked for an accountant in the town.
George and Ellen hit it off right away they were of the same intellect. Both were ambitious and wanted to get on in the world.