Florence Alexandra Breed (1902-1980), daughter of Mary Emma's half-brother Stephen Walter Breed (1873-1921), married William Clements (1896-1950) in 1933. William had received a serious facial wound, where his his lower jaw was destroyed, in 1916 during the Great War.
In response to the horrific facial injuries sustained by many soldiers during the Great War of 1914-18, a hospital devoted to facial repairs was developed at Frognal House, Sidcup (later Queen Mary’s Hospital) in 1917, where Dr. Harold Gillies pioneered new techniques of plastic surgery. More than 11,000 operations were performed there on over 5,000 men. A number of local women married the soldiers who were treated there, including Florence and her sister Lilian.
[photograph courtesy: The Harold Gillies Archive]