|Birth: ||Dec., 1869|
|Death: ||Jun. 25, 1937|
Singer, Philanthropist. She was the daughter of Albert Baxter Cunningham and Martha Minerva Tharp Cunningham, both born in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. She was the founder of the "Not Forgotten" association. She was educated at the Convent of Notre Dame, Baltimore, before training as a singer in Europe. She made her debut as a soprano soloist in the coronation concert of Edward VII in 1901, and then made concert tours of England, Ireland and The United States. She then presented regular "matinees musicales" at Claridges Hotel, London, from 1910 until 1912. During World War I she undertook charity and canteen work, and in 1919, while visiting her local hospital, she was horrified by the number of wounded ex servicemen she found there, apparently forgotten by their country only a year after the end of the war. This inspired her to set up the "Not Forgotten" association, with the intention of providing entertainment and recreation for injured ex-servicemen. The association went on to enterain the wounded of later conflicts and today entertains over 9000 people every year.
Her brother was Atkins Buie Cunningham # 106021100.
Albert Baxter Cunningham (1846 - 1915)
Martha Minerva Tharpe Cunningham (____ - 1915)
Founder of the "Not Forgotten" association. Greatly beloved by thousands of ex-servicemen disabled in the Great War for her lifelong devotion to the task of easing their pain and suffering by administering comfort, good cheer and entertainment, and proving to them that a grateful nation had not forgotten.
Greater London, England
Created by: js
Record added: Mar 10, 2009
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