Not on the Newmarket War Memorial
Killed by Enemy Action on 18th February 1941
Gertie was born in Freckenham in 15th February 1899 (Mildenhall Q1-1899 4A:885), daughter of Samuel and Sarah Ann RAYNER (née PLUMMER).
1901 census...Age 2, she was at Elms Road, Freckenham with her father Samuel RAYNER  horse keeper; her mother Sarah Ann ; sisters Laura , Bertha , Angelina and Emily ; brothers Ernest  and Edwin . All were born in Freckenham.
1911 census...Aged 12, she was at Rectory Farm, Freckenham with her parents; brothers Ernest John  domestic stable groom, Edwin James  farm labourer, Arthur William  and Frederick Walter ; sister Emily .
Her father died in 1912 and brother Edwin James died in France on 22nd May 1916. see here
She married in William Henry HUTCHINSON in 1930 (Mildenhall Q2-1930 4A:2381).
In the 1939 register she was at Fairfax House, Mildenhall with her husband William H [12-2-1899] a solicitor's managing clerk (Bendall's). With them were her widowed mother Sarah A RAYNER [11-2-1862] and 3 lodgers.
She died at Sturgess, Hairdressers, Eaton House, High Street, Newmarket
It was her first visit to this hairdressers since the birth a few months earlier of her daughter Dianne (later Mrs SIMPKINS)
Gertie as a teenager
Gertie and the baby (Dianne) mentioned in "One afternoon in February"
What was left of Eaton House, Sturgess' Hairdressers on 3rd floor
Maybe her headstone can still be found but as you can see from the photo, the cemetery is badly neglected
Gertie is buried in Mildenhall, Kingsway Cemetery
click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details