The Life and Times of Mary Attenborough (1896-1961)
Mary's own story is here revealed and given value in its own right, not merely as 'the wife of .' or 'the mother of .'. This remarkable woman deserves her own place in history. Mary Clegg was a spirited young woman from a liberal, non-conformist background in the East Midlands, the daughter of a head teacher and pioneering educationalist. He believed not just in the value of a broad education, but also in the importance of a stimulating learning environment. When Mary married one of her father's former teaching staff, effectively relinquishing the chance of an independent career for herself, she focused on supporting her husband's career and nurturing her three sons. However, Mary's innate vitality could not be constrained by 'domestic tasks' alone. As war loomed again during the 1930s Mary's humanitarian instincts were given full rein as she quite literally rescued and saved young lives, innocent victims of warped political ideologies in Europe.