- The Anstruther
died in New York in 1953. Her ashes are buried beside her
father in the family grave at St. John The Evangelist
Church, in Whitchurch.
Her father, Harry
Torrens Anstruther, whom she adored, died in 1926 which
is when this memorial stone (See the 1926 picture
below) was first brought from his native Scotland
and set here in the tranquility of the Buckingham
Some years after her
father's death, Jan Struther wrote a moving vignette
about him which was originally published as if she was
writing about an uncle. This forced editorial deceit has
recently been corrected by her son, Robert Maxtone
Graham, and may now be read in full on this site.
|The picture on the left
(1926) is provided by courtesy of Wilma van
Stratum - the God-daughter (and a relative) of
Babs Anstruther. The photogrph records the
arrival of the block of Scottish granite before
it was set as the memorial stone. The group is
standing at the corner in the churchyard adjacent
to the spot where H.T. Anstruther was - and where
now other family members are also - buried.
the picture - Babs Anstruther, Douglas
Anstruther - son of Harry Anstruther and brother
of Joyce - (right) Lady "Mab" (Mabel)
Wormald (Babs' mother) and, possibly, far right,
Else Grootenhuis (née Wormald) a favourite first
cousin of Babs Anstruther - both born in the same
year, 1901 - and mother of the photograph's
owner, Wilma van Stratum.
is equally possible that the third woman is Joyce
- 1926 -
Henry (Harry) Torrens Anstruther, her
- 1932 -
A.F.C.A. - Adrian Fagus Campbell
Anstruther. (Age 15), her
nephew by her brother's first marriage.
- 1953 - Joyce
Placzek (Maxtone Graham) - née
- 1956 -
Douglas Tollemache Anstruther, her
- 1961 -
Jean Dionis Drew-Smythe - née
niece by her brother's second marriage.
- 1981 -
Evelyn Mabel (Babs) Anstruther - née
Wormald., her sister-in-law by her
brother's second marriage.