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Post-war WorkShe then joined Lady Paget’s Mission to Czechoslovakia for six months and on her return journey to England she was asked to help refugees in Poland. Back in London she established the British Committee for Relief in Poland with Lena Ashwell as Chair and her friends Cicely Hamilton and Beatrice Harraden on the Committee. Then Grace Vulliamy returned to Poland for five years. It was here that, in her words, ‘she was adopted by’ Misha, a little Russian boy. She worked in prisoner of war camps, women’s camps and simultaneously ran several orphanages, including a seaside home for children. The government gave her a railway carriage which she could attach to any train going in any direction to enable her to do her humanitarian work efficiently and which she used as her office and home.The railway carriage supplied by the Polish GovernmentHer association with Save the Children Fund, launched on 19 May 1919, can be traced back to 1921, but was probably earlier. She became a member of Council in 1925 and remained on Council until 1930, when she is listed as Vice-President. This title was changed to Honorary Vice-President in the 1933 Annual Report, and she continued to be listed, with others, in this office, in subsequent annual reports into the 1950s, so it is likely that this was a life roleFrom 1936 there was civil war in Spain and refugees began to pour into neighbouring countries and beyond. In 1938, Quakers started work in Spain. Miss Vulliamy set up a canteen for wounded and worn-out men with the National Joint Committee.In 1937 Miss Vulliamy settled in South Africa where she founded another relief organization, CAFDA, the Cape Flats Distress Association. This was resuscitated after World War 2 and on their website is attributed to another person. So are people written out of history. Grace Vulliamy died in 1957. One obituary summed her up thus: ‘Her compassion was not of the stodgy and over-emotional kind which merely felt sorry in the face of suffering, but … immediately set about the most practical remedial measures …’
Chapter 1: Introduction and Who was Grace Vulliamy and what kind of person was she?Chapter 2. Her war work – Women’s Emergency Corps.Chapter 3.‘Last lap from Nurse Cavell’ Grace, Edith Cavell and Escaped PrisonersChapter 4. Helping the Quakers help Refugees Chapter 5. Civilian Prisoner ExchangeChapter 6. Military Prisoner ExchangeChapter 8. ConclusionHome Page