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Offline Mum2randa

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Surname KRETMEER
« on: Sunday 11 February 18 21:02 GMT (UK) »
Hi all, I am trying to find out how the wife of my Great Uncle came to be nursing in Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1948
Her name was Martha Kurzus but appeared to use her Mother`s Maiden Name of Kretmeer, indeed, her Father`s name is not on her 2nd Marriage Certificate, just the name of her Mother, Milisa Kurzus - nee Kretmeer.
She married a chap called William Barr in Lanarkshire in 1948. He died in 1957 and the following year she married my Great Uncle Philip Young, who, at the time, was in the Black Watch Regiment of the Army.
Martha always told the family she was Belgian, but her surname doesn`t really confirm that.
I have also searched the Nursing Registers for the UK for that time period, but haven`t as yet come up with anything.
Does anyone know of any reason why a young woman from Europe would be in Scotland nursing around the early to mid 40`s? Were nurses in short supply in the UK  at that time and recruited from the continent? If anyone has any suggestions as to where we may find some answers, I would be very grateful.

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Re: Surname KRETMEER
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 13 February 18 10:06 GMT (UK) »
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Re: Surname KRETMEER
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 13 February 18 10:36 GMT (UK) »
Many thanks for the reply - it gives us a further avenue to explore. I don`t think it likely she was a nurse in WW11 - her marriage cert to my G. Uncle says she was 31 in 1958 - so she would have been born around 1927 - too young to have been Nursing in the war..
Yes, I did think that Kretmeer may have been incorrect and there are a number of variations on the name that it could be...Kreitmeyer for one.

On with the search.

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Re: Surname KRETMEER
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 15 February 18 01:15 GMT (UK) »
Was William also a soldier and stationed in the British occupation zone after the war. He could have brought her back from there.

Kreitmeier sounds like Kretmeer pronounced by English speakers. There are all the different spellings  - mayer, -mair, -mey(e)r etc.

Good luck, Peonie