Letter from a Founder Member

Joyce MaxwellI write to you as a Founder Member of this Association. When we began the War Widows’ Association of Great Britain we were a small group of fourteen women, smarting under a great sense of injustice.

Our pension was fully taken into account by the Inland Revenue when assessing us for tax purposes and clawed back from our wages, and we had decided that enough was enough. The War Widows’ Pension at that time, I might add was never enough to support a family, except in the meagrest of fashions.

From that tiny and frail beginning we have become a national Association, with a Royal Patron, respected and recognised, and with quite a bit of clout. But, and it is a big but, those of us widowed by the Second World War are all becoming old, and we need you, with your youth and vigour, if our Association founded with so much effort, is to survive to serve your generation as well it has now served mine.

Our committee, of which I am one, are fully aware of the problems of the younger widow and are determined to help you overcome them.

If we are to continue as a national Association of some importance with the influence and know how to put your wishes and views across, we need your support on our committee and as our regional organisers, able and eager to take over the reins when we lay them down.

Will you do that please?

Joyce Maxwell

Joyce remained an active member and supporter of the War Widows’ Association until her death in November 2007.