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Witham: Woman donates war-time teddy bear to museum
9:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
A 68-year-old teddy bear brought back from war-time Germany has been presented to the Anglian Regiment Museum by a member of the Witham History Group.
The teddy bear was presented to Ian Hook, the museum curator, during a talk on “My Father’s War”, by Angela Kilmartin, 71, of Blunts Hall Drive, Witham, who spoke about her father, Frank Mendham, who spent six years serving in the Territorial Army during the Second World War between 1939 and 1946.
“The talk was packed, people loved it, we had to add extra chairs,” said Mrs Kilmartin, who had previously donated an archive of her father’s memorabilia from the war to the museum.
“My father brought home from the war a pair of nylons for my mother, a bar of soap and the German teddy bear for me.
“The teddy bear has lost its stuffing, has a flat nose and is bald from where I decided to give it a hair cut as a child but is so precious.
“I decided to donate him as I thought he would make a very good focal point for children looking at the archive. He belongs with the rest of my father’s memories.”
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