When the scribble A.D.T. appeared on a prescription pad in a Welsh General Practitioner's dispensary, a miner was given Any Damn Thing - usually a small bottle of Rose Water. It was a private and sympathetic signal between dispenser daughter and doctor father, allowing the patient to claim a day of relief from "going down the pit". Their clandestine operation originated in the 1920s, before the demise of the Welsh coal-mining industry, and remained a secret, untold and unknown by anyone until it was exposed in the 1980s. And with the exposure of this one secret, a whole series of revelations was brought to light, telling the tale of a truly remarkable woman, Marjorie Thomas Henry (1891-1988). This new biography by Canadian author and distant relative of Marjorie Thomas Henry reveals the details of her interesting and varied life. She was the eldest of five children born to a doctor and his wife in Hirwaun, a colliery town near Merthyr Tudful in the Cynon Valley. After her repressed, bleak childhood, she was sent to a finishing school in Germany and then studied at the University of Rennes. While in France she fell in love with a young law student and they got engaged.
During the First World War she worked as a volunteer nurse in a military hospital in France where she witnessed first-hand the atrocities and casualties of war. After the war she broke off her engagement and returned home to a tedious and mundane daily round in Hirwaun and tried to help her parents come to terms with the loss in war of her brother, Geoff.