Miss Marta Cunningham, founder of The Not Forgotten Association, was born in New Orleans in the United States. She was educated at the Convent of Notre Dame in Baltimore and received vocal training from some of the best singing teachers in Europe.
Her first appearance as a soprano soloist was in the Coronation concert for King Edward VII at the Crystal Palace in August 1901. This was followed by performances in oratorio and tours of England, Ireland and America.
From 1910 to 1912 she established regular ‘matinees musicales’ at Claridge’s Hotel in London and during WWI she was active in charity and canteen work in the East End.
Marta continued her work for the Association until her death in 1937: she is buried in west London.