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Gurney Journey: Florence Munnings


Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878-1959), Portrait of Florence Munnings, at sundown (1912),

Florence Carter-Wooden and Sir Alfred Munnings married in 1912, however the marriage ended tragically.

“When not in pursuit of the Zennor hunt, Munnings was in demand elsewhere, travelling up and all the way down to London and Suffolk after their marriage. Florence, left in Cornwall, was uncared for. Her friendship with a younger captain within the Monmouthshire Regiment, Gilbert Evans, drew nearer in these years – to the purpose in April 1914 when he realized the potential seriousness of their rising affection and determined that his solely recourse was to depart England by becoming a member of a Royal Engineers Survey of Nigeria. Amid suspicions that she was pregnant by Gilbert, she took her personal life on 24 July 1914. Munnings thereafter left Cornwall, and by no means talked about her once more.”

Quote from Christie’s through the At Sunnyside weblog


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