COLCHESTER: General Military Hospital, Sobraon Barracks

THE GENERAL MILITARY HOSPITAL

Sobraon Barracks, Colchester, Essex

The Military Hospital, Colchester. Postally used 1905. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.

The Military Hospital, Colchester. Postally used 1905. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.

Colchester’s General Military Hospital (which stood within the Sobraon Barracks site) was built in 1896 – it replaced a 20 hut complex.   The Barracks were named after an 1846 battle in the Punjab.  During peacetime, the hospital treated about 221 patients in eight traditional wards and various side rooms.   I will, more often than not, refer to the hospital as ‘Colchester Military Hospital’ because I grew up knowing it by this name.

At the outbreak of the First World War, the Colchester Military Hospital was classed as a ‘UK Home Central Hospital’.    Central Hospitals admitted servicemen direct from disembarkation.

In May 1915, King George Hospital (Ilford) became an approved military hospital with 56 beds – together with its neighbour ‘Valentines Mansion’.    Both were affiliated with the Colchester Military Hospital and provided 137 beds (119 of which were for military use).   Also affiliated, in 1917, were 240 beds at Whipps Cross Hospital.

Military Hospital, Colchester. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.

Military Hospital, Colchester. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.

Local Voluntary Auxiliary Hospitals, that had become established when the war began, were also affiliated to the General Hospital in Colchester.  In a ‘1917 Home Hospitals’ list, there were 60 Auxiliary Hospitals in the region “under” the Colchester Military Hospital – of which, 20 were within a 22 mile radius of Colchester.

In August 1917, patients from the Military Heart Hospital in Hampstead were moved to the General Military Hospital in Colchester. The latter hospital then became known as the ‘Military Heart Hospital, Colchester’ – and beds increased from 150 to 700.  The functioning of the site as a ‘Military Heart Hospital’ is another subject entirely and an acquaintance is researching this independently.

The following facts, which have been gleaned from ‘Sir Thomas Lewis: Pioneer Cardiologist and Clinical Scientist’ by Arthur Hollmann, are worth including.   Thomas Lewis was a cardiovascular disease specialist – a “pioneer cardiologist and clinical scientist”.  He worked at the Military Heart Hospital in Hampstead and, then, the ‘General Military Hospital’ or ‘Military Heart Hospital’ in Colchester – being awarded with the CBE in January 1920 and knighted the next year, in recognition of his services.  He died 17 March 1945.

Heart services, and the aforementioned Thomas Lewis, moved from the Military Heart Hospital in Hampstead because the hospital had become too small by 1917.  The ‘Military Heart Hospital’ in Colchester admitted 150 patients a week and, in total, treated 8000 soldiers.

A few months after U.S.A. entered the war in April 1917, American officers were sent to Colchester for training.   Each officer stayed for two months, with six under training at any one time.  By the end of 1917/beginning of 1918, “the American officers were indispensable to the work of the Heart Hospital” because of the shortage of British medical officers.

Thomas Lewis devised a plan that decreased a hospital stay to six weeks.  That said, by mid-1918, the ‘Military Heart Hospital’ in Colchester had an admission waiting list of 379 and the number was increasing.   An American who worked at Colchester was one Harold Ensign Bennet Pardee = See 1st/Front Row No. 22 : Mystery Gentleman.

The hospital is also mentioned within the book ‘Britain and the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic: A Dark Epilogue’ by Niall Johnson.   Following on from describing how one of the first reports of large-scale influenza infection in Britain (July 1918) was when “nearly 1000 of 3000 German prisoners of war were reported to be ill” in a camp in Hampshire, the author wrote “Towards the end of 1918, a further report mentioned that at Colchester Military hospital a further twenty-eight German prisoners had died ….”

In the late 1950’s, the hospital began accepting civilian patients.   My father found himself a patient there on two occasions.    As I recall, there was strictly no more than two visitors per bed; strictly-adhered-to visiting times; and strictly no sitting on a bed!  The Hospital was demolished c1995 and ‘Abbey Field View’ housing development now stands on the hospital and barracks site.

No official archived records for the Colchester General Military Hospital have been found.  The internet is playing a key part in identifying staff members and patients.   Some named patients can be found at the end of this chapter.


Military Hospital, Colchester. Card postally used 1909. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.

Military Hospital, Colchester. Card postally used 1909. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.


Friday 16 October 1914, Chelmsford Chronicle

“MORE WOUNDED AT COLCHESTER.

Another party of wounded from the front, numbering 2 officers and 101 non-commissioned officers and men, arrived at Colchester on Sunday.  They were conveyed to the Garrison Hospital in motor cars lent by residents, and in two ambulance vans.  The Mayor (Ald. Wilson Marriage) again took some of the wounded in his car.  Among the corps represented were the R.F.A., the Suffolk Regiment, the South Wales Borderers, and the Northumberland Fusiliers.   Stretcher cases were numerous.  Many of the patients smiled cheerfully, and waved their hands in return to the greetings of the crowd.  One man grasped a tobacco pouch, a pipe and a box of matches; several had cigarettes behind their ears. 

On Wednesday evening fifty military invalids from Netley arrived at the Garrison Hospital, Colchester.” 


Saturday 31 October 1914Essex Newsman

BELGIAN WOUNDED at COLCHESTER.

“About 120 wounded Belgian arrived at Colchester on Monday.   Over 50 of them were stretcher cases.   They were given a hearty reception, and were removed to the Military Hospital in motor cars.     All the men were suffering from severe wounds, but were cheerful. 

Thirteen officers and 48 N.C.O.’s and men, wounded during the fighting in Flanders, arrived at the Garrison Hospital, Colchester, on Tuesday.   Most of the sufferers belonged to the King’s Royal Rifles.

The 13 officers were all stretcher cases.    Another batch was taken to Clacton.”


Friday 06 November 1918, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

BELGIAN OFFICER DIES AT COLCHESTER.

Another contingent of wounded, numbering about 50, and including several Germans, arrived at Colchester on Sunday, and were conveyed to the Garrison Hospital.  Two or three of the wounded were Colchester men, and one of them—Pt. Baker—was at one time conductor on the Colchester tramways, but afterwards joined the G.E.R. Police, and was stationed at Ipswich.

A young Belgian officer, only 19 years of age, about 6ft. 2in. in height, died at the Garrison Hospital on Saturday.  His leg had been badly hurt by shrapnel, and the limb had to be amputated, septic poisoning having set in.  The funeral took place at Colchester on Monday with full military honour.  The coffin, which was of polished oak, was placed on a gun carriage, and covered with the Belgian flag.  The 10th Batt. Royal Fusiliers (Lord Roberts’ Regiment) supplied the firing party and band.  Several English and Belgian officers acted as bearers. Dean Bloomfield officiated, assisted by the Rev. Father Clark.  The inscription on the coffin was: “Sous Lieut. Baudour, 24th Infantry, Belgian Army: died Oct. 31st, 1914, aged 19 years. R.I.P.”  Wreaths were sent by Mrs. De Hochepied Larpent (Lexden) and by five Belgian officers.”


Friday 06 November 1918, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

“The funerals of two members of the Expeditionary Force, who died in the Garrison Hospital at Colchester on Sunday from wounds received at the front, took place with military honours at the Cemetery on Tuesday.  One of the deceased was Gunner Finch, 23, of E Battery, R.H.A., but the other’s identity was unknown.  A photograph of the latter soldier was taken, and his coffin-plate bore the inscription, “Unknown, died of wounds, Nov. 1st, 1914.”


Staff at The General Military Hospital, Colchester, Essex, England: July 1918. Courtesy/© Heather Anne Johnson.

Staff at The General Military Hospital, Colchester, Essex, England: July 1918. Courtesy/© Heather Anne Johnson.

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July 1918: Staff at General Military Hospital, Colchester. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.

July 1918: Staff at General Military Hospital, Colchester. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.


On 11th April 1919, the Chelmsford Chronicle mentioned the General Military Hospital in its article headed [sic]:

HYLANDS HOSPITAL. Splendid Record of Good Work”:

There has been little publicity accorded to the splendid work performed by Hylands Auxiliary Military Hospital, Chelmsford, during the war, but its record thoroughly deserves fame.  The Hospital has just been “demolished.”  Here are a few facts and figures concerning its deeds : 

Opened 14th August, 1914. Received Local Sick from the South Midland Division, 20th August, 1914.  Passed through over 500 cases. Received Overseas Patients, October 23rd, 1914.  Passed through 59 Belgians and 901 British; total, 960. Average residence of each patient, 70 days.  Operations performed, 160.  These fell away very much towards the end of the war, as so much operating was done in France. 

At the opening, the staff were assisted by V.A.D.’s provided by Detachments Essex 4 and 46.  After a few months these had to undertake service elsewhere, and probationers were employed to fill their places.  The staff consisted of : 5 trained nurses, 5 probationers, 2 orderlies, and 2 wardmaids. 

On receiving Expeditionary Force case, the Hospital laid itself open to take all the heaviest cases from the Middlesex War Hospital, Clacton-on-Sea, and the General Military Hospital, Colchester, and men with terrible injuries have been successfully treated.  Only one convoy was received direct.”


Military Hospital, Colchester – from Abbey Field. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.

Military Hospital, Colchester – from Abbey Field. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.


Ward No. 7, Colchester Military Hospital. Courtesy of Colchester Medical Society.

Ward No. 7, Colchester Military Hospital. Courtesy of Colchester Medical Society.


A ward at the Colchester Military Hospital. Date unknown. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.

A ward at the Colchester Military Hospital. Date unknown. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.

A ward at the Colchester Military Hospital. Date unknown. Collage Close-Ups 1.

A ward at the Colchester Military Hospital. Date unknown. Collage Close-Ups 1.

A ward at the Colchester Military Hospital. Date unknown. Collage Close-Ups 2.

A ward at the Colchester Military Hospital. Date unknown. Collage Close-Ups 2.



LIST OF PEOPLE KNOWN TO HAVE WORKED AT COLCHESTER MILITARY HOSPITAL: if a British Red Cross card exists for a person, a link is displayed at an individual’s profile [dates in () refer to Colchester Military Hospital length of service]:-

AGER, Miss Norah Katherine (5.11.1917-8.5.1918.V.A.D. General nursing & ward duties. Military Heart Hospital)

ALLEN, Miss Julie (4.4.1918 to 4.4.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nursing)

ANDERSON, Mrs. Rosamond Eileen (26.10.1918-? General Service member.  Clerk duties)

AUSTIN, Miss Majory Florence (21.4.1916-7.5.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Cook)

AUTY, Miss Mary Lisette (14.2.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

BAGGS, Miss Edith Esther (13.8.1917-2.2.1919. V.A.D. work)

BAINBRIDGE, Miss Mary (1.4.1919-19.5.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

BALL, Miss Carola Arnett Catherine (8.1.1917-19.5.1919+  J.W. V.A.D. Dispenser)

BARKER, Miss Faith (?9.1916-2.1918. F/T for 18 months. V.A.D. Nursing duties)

BARKER, Miss Margaret C. (17.12.1917-27.5.1919+  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

BARLOW, Miss Constance (3.2.1917-3.9.1917.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

BARNETT, Miss Norah (5.11.1917-5.5.1918.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

BARRY, Miss E. (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R Staff Nurse. “valuable services rendered” mention 16 August 1918.  Q.A.I.M.N.S.R Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class, 16 February 1920, London Gazette)

BATES, Captain John Vincent (Royal Army Medical Corps)

BELL, Mrs. Ida Cecily (10.3.1917-3.9.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Cook)

BENNETT, Miss M. (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. “valuable services rendered” mention 16 August 1918)

BENNITT, Mrs. Dora Charlotte (2.1.1919-22.5.1919 at least. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Military Heart Hospital)

BERESFORD, Miss Hilda (10.02.1917 to 10.09.1917.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

BIGGS, Miss Florence Hilda Lily (11.2.1919-23.5.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Clerk)

BISHOP, Mrs. Cecilia (4.1916-7.7.1919+ F/T Clerk for 18 months; then Laboratory Assistant)

BISHOP, Miss Emily M. (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class 23/2/17, mention 02 March 1917)

BLAKE, Miss Mabel (23.1.1918-13.3.1919. General Service V.A.D. Assistant Cook. Military Heart Hospital)

BLENCOWE, Mrs. Hannah Windlow (06.03.1917 to 06.05.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

BLYTH, Miss Violet Elsie (7.7.1917-24.5.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Clerk)

BONALLO, Miss Marjorie H. (11.5.1916-26.8.1919+ Dispenser)

BOND, Miss Olive Clara (29.10.1918-7.7.1919+ General Service V.A.D. Clerk)

BOWLES, Miss A. A. (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. “valuable services rendered” mention 16 August 1918)

BRACEWELL, Miss Bertha Adela (?-1.1.1919.  Nursing V.A.D.)

BRAMPTON, Miss A. (V.A.D. Nurse. “valuable services rendered” mention 16 August 1918)

BROWN, Miss Hilda May (27.7.1918-29.5.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

BROWN, Miss Sarah Ann (28.11.1917-27.8.1919. Matron. Royal Red Cross.  Awarded a Bar to the Royal Red Cross 11 April 1919)

BROWNE, Miss Margaret Turton (V.A.D. Nurse.  “valuable services rendered”  16 August 1918)

BRUNNING, Mrs. Florence Ruth (4.8.1918-29.5.1919+  General Service Member. F/T Officers Cook)

BUCKLE, Mrs. Matilda (1916-29.5.1919+  Special Service Member. Cook Storekeeper).

BUTLER, Miss Mary Elizabeth (2.5.1917-2.12.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

CAREY, Mrs. Ann (10.12.1917-11.05.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Kitchen Help. Military Heart Hospital)

CARRUTHERS, Miss Kathleen (4.1918-7.1918.  S.J.A.B. [St. John Amb. Brig.] V.A.D. Nurse. Canadian)

CARTER, Miss Helen Muriel (12.4.1918-12.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Canadian)

CHANCE, Miss Josephine (25.3.1915-? V.A.D. Nursing duties)

CHAPLIN, Miss May Emily (Nursing & General work)

CLARKE, Miss Margaret C. (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. Awarded R.R.C. 2nd Class 23/2/17, mention 02 March 1917)

CLEMENTS, Miss Selina Margaret (21.5.1918-21.11.1918.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

COLE, Miss Gladys Louise (29.12.1917-14.6.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

COLLIS, Miss Mary Millicent (6.1915-8.1916.  British Red Cross V.A.D. Special Probationer)

COOPER, Miss Ethel Mary (17.9.1917-17.2.1919+ V.A.D. Nurse)

COOPER, Miss Ida (22.9.1917-21.3.1918. Special Service Probationer. South African)

COOPER, Miss Mary Elizabeth (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Asst. Matron 8/12/15 -27/09/17.  Awarded R.R.C. 2nd Class 23/2/17)

COTTON, Miss Annie Hughes (21.1.1918-? General Service Cook. Military Heart Hospital)

CRAIG, Mrs. Marie (1.10.1917-23.8.1919. General Service V.A.D. Clerk)

CRAIG, Miss Violet Mary (26.6.1916-23.10.1919+ General Service V.A.D. Clerk)

CRAIG, Miss Vera Gertrude (now Denney) (17.9.1918-23.10.1919+ General Service V.A.D. Clerk)

CROOK, Miss Helen (5.1918-3.6.1919+ J.W.V.A.D. Nurse. Colchester Military Hospital & the Military Heart Hospital)

CROSS, Miss Doris (V.A.D. Nursing. “Colchester Auxiliary Military Hospital” – perhaps General Military Hospital in Colchester?)

DAVIES, Miss Gladys Dorothy (28.11.1918-11.12.1918.  V.A.D. Nurse)

DAVIES, Mr. Robert Roland (21.9.1914-? Nursing Orderly)

DENORE, Miss Gertrude (5.1916-7.5.1919+ V.A.D. Clerk)

DEXTER, Miss Katherine Bailey (3.4.1918-2.7.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

DICKIN, Mr. Edward Percival (1916-1917, part of. Captain R.A.M.C.)

DICK-MARTIN, Miss Alexandra Marjorie (12.11.1917-12.5.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

DICKSON, Miss Jane Kathleen (11.10.1917-11.6.1918. V.A.D. Acting Staff Nurse)

DISBERY, Miss Lilian Beatrice (22.9.1917-22.10.1917. Nursing)

DUPREY, Miss Annie (18.11.1918-31.12.1918? 3 White Service Bars)

ELLISON, Miss Annie (23.9.1916-28.6.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

EVERITT, Miss Minnie (8.1.1918-8.2.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

EVERSON, Miss Edith May (5.8.1916-22.12.1919. General Service V.A.D. Storekeeper)

FAULCONER, Miss E. Marjorie (2.4.1918-22.4.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

FELGATE, Miss Dorothy Enid (28.10.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service Member – Clerical)

FERGUSON, Miss Monica Machin (Deceased) (11.11.1918-21.11.1918/Died. V.A.D. Nurse)

FORD, Miss Blye (1.11.1017-2.11.1918. Special Service. Cooking)

FOREMAN, Mrs. Amelia (23.6.1916-1.1917. Nurse – also working at Ipswich Military Hospital)

FORSTER, Miss Evelyn (6.1916-10.1916. “Colchester”. V.A.D. Nurse)

FORWARD, Miss Sarah (8.1918-22.5.1919+ Parlour Work, Sisters Mess)

FULTON, Miss Bella (8.1917-8.5.1919+ Clerk)

GADD, Miss Irene Bingham (16.4.1916-26.10.1918. General Service member.)

GALLWEY, Miss Jeannette Phillis (11.7.1917-14.1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

GARNETT, Miss Brenda (V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Rivercourt & Extension Hospital, Maldon)

GIBBS, Miss Eva (13.6.1915-? Special Service member. Nursing)

GIBBS, Miss Winifred (4.7.1918-12.6.1919+ V.A.D. Nurse)

GLENDINNING, Miss Florence Lousia (1.11.1918-? V.A.D. Nursing duties)

GOODRICH, Miss Jessie. G. (14.8.1916-16.12.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

GREENFIELD, Miss Ethel (12.11.1917-12.6.1919.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

GROVE, Miss Ivy M. (11.1.1919-11.7.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

HAMILTON, Miss Sarah (?-23.6.1919+ V.A.D. Nursing)

HAMILTON, Miss Sarah Jane (20.9.1917-?4.1919.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Ipswich Mil. Hosp.)

HAYNES, Miss May Barbor (4.1916-8.1918.  Dispenser)

HAYWARD, Miss Annie Agnes (16.5.1918-5.8.1919+ V.A.D. Nursing)

HENDRIE, Mrs. Lucy (9.1915-11.1915. V.A.D. Nurse)

HOBKIRK, Miss Dorothy Margaret (Asst. Nurse, Spec. Probationer Nurse. R.R.C. 2nd Class 9/4/19, mention 11.04.19)

HODGES, Miss Hilda Victoria (? V.A.D. Nursing)

HODGSON, Miss Rachel (? V.A.D. Nursing)

HOWARD, Miss O. (Special Probationer.  “valuable services rendered” mention 10 March 1917)

HOWELL, Miss Laura Gibson (10.1917-5 weeks. V.A.D. Nursing)

HUBBARD, Miss Edith (28.10.1918-? V.A.D. Nurse)

HUDSON, Miss E. (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Staff Nurse. “valuable services rendered” mention 10 March 1917)

HUNT, Mrs. Lily (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. Awarded R.R.C. 2nd Class

INGALL, Miss Mary Charlotte (2.1916-29.5.1919.  Asst. Dispenser)

JAMES, Mrs. Nellie (26.10.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service Member.  Telephonist)

JONES, Miss Elsie May (14.7.1917-27.8.1918.  J.W. V.A.D. Assistant Cook)

JARDINE, Miss Amelia Esther (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class, 16 February 1920, London Gazette)

LARBALASTIER, Miss Marie (13.8.1916-1.12.1916.  V.A.D. Nurse – contracted T.B. during service)

LAWFORD, Miss Dorothy (9.1917-2.1919. Head Cook. Section Leader)

LAWRIE, Miss Amelia Ogilvie (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class 24/10/17, mention 02 Nov. 1917)

LEWIS, Miss Gertrude G. (8.1916-5.12.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

LILLEY, Miss Evelyn Gladys (29.10.1918 -29.5.1919+ General Service. Storekeeper)

LISTER, Miss Daisy (2.1917-4.1917.  V.A.D. Nursing member)

LOCKE, Miss Esther (24.07.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member.  Assistant Cook)

LOFTHOUSE, Miss Claudine Muriel (20.3.1919-19.8.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. South African)

LILEAS, Miss May Lorraine (20.10.1915-29.5.1919+ General Service. Head Clerk, Steward’s Office)

LUCAS, Miss Caroline Mary (3.8.1917-30.11.1917.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

LUCAS, Miss Ninette Mary (Spec. Mil. Probationer Asst. Nurse. RRC 2nd Class, 16 Feb. 1920, London Gazette)

MacKERDY, Miss M. G. (Special Probationer. “valuable services rendered” mention 26 October 1917)

MACMAHON, Miss Norah Ryan (22.11.1916-8.1.1917.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Ipswich Military Hospital)

MARK, Mrs. Amelia (25.7.1916-21.3.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

MASON, Miss Phyllis (1.2.1917-1.2.1918. Special Service member. V.A.D. Nurse)

MAYNE, Miss Mary Elizabeth (12.2.1919-25.8.1919.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

MAXTON, Miss M. M. Maxton  (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. “valuable services rendered” mention 10 March 1917)

McARDLE, Miss Pearl (20.3.1919-9.9.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

McCLEW, Miss Minnie Ellen (Special Probationer)

MEAD, Miss Kathleen Laura (13.9.1917-22.9.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

MELLISS, Miss Joan (27.4.1918-26.11.1918.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

MILDRED, Miss Emily Jane (“Military work”, “Colchester”.  Matron duties)

MOLYNEUX, Miss Ethel A. (2.8.1917-14.10.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

MORPHEY, Miss Lilian Susan (7.1.1917-6.6.19. J.W. V.A.D. Clerk)

MORRISON, Miss Kathleen (1.1.1918-30.6.1919.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

MORTON, Mrs. Clara Jane  (27.10.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member.  Storekeeper)

MOSES, Miss Helen (29.11.1917-30.11.1918.  J.W. V.A.D.  Nurse. Trained X-Ray Assistant)

MOSS, Miss Mabel Barbara (19.11.1917-19.06.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

MULBERRY, Miss Nellie (17.9.1917-3.8.1919.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

MUNSON, Miss Gladys Ellen (19.6.1916-22.12.1919. General Service V.A.D. Clerk/Telephonist. Married Stanley Parker Bird)

MUNTZ, Miss Mavis (Cook.  Also at Earls Colne Red Cross Hospital)

MURPHY, Miss Beatrice (1 month, whole time)

NEWBURY, Mr. Robert (Nursing Orderly)

NORRIS, Miss Evelyn Foxley (24.10.1916-25.3.1917. Nurse in Military Hospitals)

O’REILLY, Miss Elizabeth Marion (21.3.1916-21.5.1919.  J.W. V.A.D. Dispenser)

OSBORNE, Miss Annie (Q.A.I.M.N.S. Staff Nurse, Royal Red Cross 2nd Class)

PANNETT, Miss Kate (14.10.1914-31.12.1918. Nurse)

PARDEE, Harold E. B. (American Medical Officer)

PARKINSON, Miss Jessie Gertrude (3.1918-5.1918. Gen. Service member. Section Leader. Head Cook)

PARMENTER, Miss Hilda Mary (2.11.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service. Clerical (Surgical Div. Office)

PARSONS, Miss Mabel Lydia (11.4.1916 to 14.8.1916.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Clerk)

PARTNER, Miss Priscilla (24.2.1919-24.3.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

PERKIN, Mrs. Dora Dearne (10.12.1918 – 23.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

PETTY, Miss Ethel May (22.8.1916-3.8.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

PHILLIPS, Mrs. Winifred (02.05.1917-02.06.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

PIM, Miss Martha Eliza (11.03.1919-1.10.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

PINE, Miss Margaret Muriel (22.1.1919-4.4.1919. British Red Cross V.A.D. Nurse)

PLANE, Miss Gladys May (29.04.1918-29.5.1919+ Clerk)

POOLE, Miss Rosamund (4.1918-19.5.1919+ V.A.D. Nurse – St. John Ambulance Brigade)

PRICE, Miss Kathleen Kora (12.10.1917-12.5.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

PURKISS, Miss Alice Emma (18.10.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member. Storekeeper)

PURKISS, Mrs. Dora May (29.10.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member. Storekeeper)

QUICK, Miss May (21.12.1917-8.3.1918. V.A.D. Nurse. Military Heart Hospital)

RAMAGE, Miss Margaret (5.1.1918-17.4.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

RANDALL, Miss Kathleen Mary (2.11.1918-6.10.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

RANDS, Miss Edith (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class 24/10/17)

RANKIN, Dr. Egbert Guernsey (American citizen. Civil Medical Practitioner. M.D.)   

RAYFIELD, Mrs. Alice Dixon (2yrs 3mths. V.A.D. Nurse)

REID, Miss Maud Gwendolen (16.05.1916-16.06.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Clerk)

RENTYSCH, MIss Maude Mary (31.8.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member. Dispenser Assistant)

REYNOLDS, Miss Bessie Lillian (24.3.1919-8.10.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

RICKWORD, Miss Barbara May Bevan (9.1914-3.1919. V.A.D. Cook. Also worked at ‘Gostwycke’)

ROBERTS, Miss Penelope Grace (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class 9/4/19)

ROACH, Sister (See more for Sister Roach under Gerald Albert Miller, within ‘Patients’)

ROBERTS, Miss Penelope Grace (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class 9/4/19)

SAGE, Mrs. Mabel Emily (22.7.1916-29.5.1919+ Special Services member. Cook. Storekeeper.  Also at Woodhouse Hospital, Gt. Horkesley, Essex)

SALE, Miss Kathlyn Gertrude (28.5.1917 to 29.9.1917+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Clerk)

SALT, Miss Amy (16.9.1916-8.1917. V.A.D. Nursing under Joint Committee)

SAVORY, Miss Gladys R. (5.8.1916-6.4.1919. Probationer. Surgical and Medical Nursing)

SAVOURY, Miss Ethel (11.1916-? General Service member.  Wards. Office)

SEARLES, Miss Elsie Mary (23.3.1916-24.6.1919+ V.A.D. Asst/Head Cook)

SEABORN, Miss Melissa  (7.1916?-1919. J.W. V.A.D. Commandant & C.O.’s Secretary. Awarded the Order of Hon. Serving Brother of St. John of Jerusalem and Red Cross Medal in 1922)

SHERWOOD, Miss Winifred Maree (18.03.1919-20.10.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

SHIRLEY, Lady Joan (V.A.D. Nurse)

SHORT, Miss Mabel Elizabeth (28.09.1916-28.10.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

SINDALL, Miss Dora M. (8.1916- 6.3.1917. V.A.D. Nurse – Surgery & Housework)

SLADE, Miss Mabel (V.A.D. member)

SMITH, Miss Kathleen (1¼ yrs. V.A.D. member)

SMYTH, Miss Kathleen Inez (30.4.1918-30.4.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

SOLE, Miss Lucy Sarah (V.A.D. member. Cook; nursing; ward)

SOMERSET, Miss Charlotte (14.8.1916-1.12.1916. V.A.D. member)

SORRELL, Miss Clara (1914-1917. V.A.D. member)

SORSBIE, Miss Mary Catherine (10.1914-12.1918. V.A.D. Nurse. Also at ‘Gostwycke’ & Essex County Hospitals plus St. Martin’s House – all in Colchester)

SPARROW, Miss Marion Louise (14.8.1916-6.12.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

SPARROW, Miss Marion (V.A.D. Nurse)

SPINDLER, Miss Phyllis (2.12.1918-3.8.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

STAINES, Mrs. Thyra Everett (12.1917-2.1918. V.A.D. member)

STAPLES, Mrs. Ethel Gladys (11.10.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member. Assistant Cook)

STEBBINGS, Mrs. Dora (10.12.1918-? V.A.D. Nurse)

STEVENS, Miss Frances E.M. (11.5.1918-3.2.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

STEVENS, Miss Gladys L. Stevens  (Q.A.I.M.N.S. Acting-Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class 23/2/17)

STEVENS, Dr. Harold Wentworth (American citizen. 1st Lieutenant Royal Army Medical Corps. M.D.)   

STUART, Miss Jane Andrina Millar (Q.A.I.M.N.S. Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class 24/10/17)

SUTHERLAND, Miss Evelyn (3.1916-24.6.1919+ V.A.D. Assistant Cook)

TAYLOR, Miss Dorothea M. Taylor  (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Acting Matron. R.R.C. “valuable services rendered” 10 March 1917).

TAYLOR, Mrs. Margaret (Mrs. Charles) (Quartermaster)

THORNLEY, Miss Margaret Ethel (1.11.1918-1.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Assistant Cook)

TODD, Miss Edith (18.3.1919-31.10.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

TRICKETT, Miss Rachel (V.A.D. Nurse)

TURNER, Miss Mary (V.A.D. Q.A.I.M.N.S.)

TURTLE, Miss Jessie (14.8.1816-10.3.1917.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

TYERMAN, Miss Emily (16.01.1919-03.05 1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

UPSON, Miss Emma Elizabeth (12/08/1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member. Clerical)

VARROW, Mrs. Beatrice Ethel (11.1916-30.4.1919+ V.A.D. Clerk)

WADE, Miss Mary Louisa (13.5.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member. Clerical)

WALFORD, Miss Elizabeth (Dispenser. Also worked at Dovercourt Military Hospital)

WALLER, Miss Hilda May (9.11.1918-29.5.1919+ General  Service member. Clerical Registar’s Office)

WALSH, Mrs. Miriam (nee Wyatt) (4.1915 -7.1915.  V.A.D. Nursing)

WALTER-SMITH, Miss R. (Special Probationer)

WARDEN, Miss Cissy Alice (16.6.1916-24.9.1918+ General  Service V.A.D. Telephonist/Clerk)

WARREN, Miss Gladys (V.A.D. member. Housework)

WATSON, Mrs. Sybil (29.11.18-11.12.1918. V.A.D. Nursing)

WEBB-JOHNSTON, Miss Kathleen (1.5.1918-22.11.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

WELLER, Miss Connie (4.3.1919-8.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Dispenser)

WEST, Miss Gertrude Mary (17.10.1916-08.11.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Also at Dovercourt)

WEST, Miss Gladys Evelyn (25.12.1918-24.3.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

WHEELER, Miss Evelyn Mary (2.11.1918-4.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

WHITE, Miss Flossie Hilda (8.9.1917-10.9.1919+ V.A.D. Register Clerk & Typist)

WHITE, Miss Mary Gladys (25.10.1916-1.1917. General Service member.  V.A.D.)

WILD, Miss Stella (5.5.1916-1.6.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Dispenser)

WILKINSON, Miss Gladys Mary (11.01.1919-15.11.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

WILLIAMS, Miss Arvida Blodwen (7.12.1917-8.1918. V.A.D. In wards & general duties)

WILSON, Miss Helen Marjorie (30.4.1918-30.4.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

WOODWARD, Miss Clara Elizabeth (30.10.1917-30.10.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at East Suffolk & Ipswich Hospital)

WOOSNAM, Miss Gwyneth (5.3.1918-29.5.1919+ V.A.D. Officer. Dispenser)

WOOLNOUGH, Miss Clara Emily Mary (23.11.1914-31.5.1916. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Broadwater Auxiliary Hospital, Ipswich and in France)

WRIGHT, Miss Norah Sandford (27.12.1916-26.10.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Clerk)

Royal Army Medical Corps Comic Card. Courtesy/© of Heather Anne Johnson.

Royal Army Medical Corps Comic Card. Courtesy/© of Heather Anne Johnson.



PROFILES

AGER, Miss Norah Katherine (5.11.1917-8.5.1918.V.A.D. General nursing & ward duties. Military Heart Hospital)

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ADDRESS: Seaclose, Hythe; COUNTY: Kent; SERVICE FROM: 14/07/1915; SERVICE TO: Still Serving; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: No. 4 military hospital Reading – Military Heart Hosp. Colchester; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/07/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: £20; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: General nursing & ward duties; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No.4 Military Hosp. (Redlands) Reading from July 14 1915 to October 14 1917. Military Heart Hospital Colchester. November 5 1917 – May 8th 1918. 4th London General Hospital Sept 23 1918 -; COMMISSION: Berkshire V.A.D.50.


ALLEN, Miss Julie/a (4.4.1918 to 4.4.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: Vadheim, Myrtlefield Park, Belfast; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 32; SERVICE FROM: 01/08/1917; SERVICE TO: 04/04/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/08/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 04/04/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Londonderry Military Hospital 1.8.17 to 1.3.18 Military Hosp: Colchester 4.4.18 to 4.4.19; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Belfast /48.

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ADDRESS: 88 Myrtlefield Park, Belfast; SERVICE FROM: 08/1917; SERVICE TO: still serving; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Derry Mil one year Gen. Mil. Hospital Colchester 4.4.18 still serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: £20; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: Belfast V.A.D. 48.


ANDERSON, Mrs. Rosamond Eileen (26.10.1918-29.5.1919.General Service member.  Clerk duties)

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ADDRESS: 96 Military Rd, Colchester; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 26/10/1918; SERVICE TO: Still Working; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: none; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 26/10/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 31/6; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Working; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerk; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round. General Military Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: Essex /2.


AUSTIN, Miss Majory Florence (21.4.1916-7.5.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Cook)

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ADDRESS: 2 Thurleigh Mansions, Wandsworth Common. S.W; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 25; SERVICE FROM: 21/04/1916; SERVICE TO: 07/05/1916; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 21/04/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 07/05/1916; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Colchester Military Hospital; COMMISSION: Herts/2.


AUTY, Miss Mary Lisette (14.2.1919-20.5.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Nottage Court Porthcawl; COUNTY: Glam.; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 32; SERVICE FROM: 02/08/1915; SERVICE TO: Present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: T.P.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/08/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 20-5-19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Tooting military 2-8-15 – France military 12-10-15 – Portsmouth 5th South Gen Military 6-2-17 – France military 19-6-17 – Colchester (military 14-2-19; DEPARTMENT: JW.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Kent 34.

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ADDRESS: 17 Rokeley Avenue, Redland, Bristol; SERVICE FROM: 11/10/1914; SERVICE TO: the present time; HOSPITAL: The Bevan, Sandgate; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914;PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: No; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: Yes; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: From Oct 11th 1914 To May 28th 1915 Bevan Military Hospital (Sandgate) From August 11th 1915 To October 11th 1915 Tooting Military Hospital From October 12th 1915 to Novr. 12th 1916 France 56 General, A.P.O.S.II B.E.F From Febry 5th 1917 To June 18th 1917 No 5 Sthn General, Portsmouth From June 19th 1917 To July 1st 1918 France, 56 General, A.P.O.S. II B.E.F. Now working at General Military Hospital, Colchester; COMMISSION: Kent 34 V.A.D.


BAGGS, Miss Edith Esther (13.8.1917-2.2.1919. V.A.D. work – “Essex County Military Hospital” may mean that Edith worked in the ‘Netley Huts’ at Essex County Hospital, Colchester?)

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ADDRESS: Beesle Garth, Devonshire Rd, Totley Rise, Sheffield; SERVICE FROM: 13/08/1917; SERVICE TO: 02/02/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/08/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: None; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/02/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: None; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. work; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Essex County Military Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: W.R. Yorks. 108.


BAINBRIDGE, Miss Mary (1.4.1919-19.5.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Walton House, Warrington; COUNTY: Lancs; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 32; SERVICE FROM: 31/08/1915; SERVICE TO: present 19.5.19; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 31/08/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: A.N; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving 19.05.19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital Malta 31.8.15 to 10.4.16 Frensham Hill Military Hosp Farnham 1.7.16 to 1.4.19 transferred to Military Hospital Colchester 1.4.19; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Cheshire/48.


BALL, Miss Carola Arnett Catherine (8.1.1917-19.5.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Dispenser)

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ADDRESS: Harewood Place Rickmansworth Herts; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 22; SERVICE FROM: 08/01/1917; SERVICE TO: still serving 19.5.19; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Dispenser; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/01/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving 19.5.19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D.; COMMISSION: Dorset 26.


BARKER, Miss Faith (?9.1916-2.1918. F/T for 18months. V.A.D. Nursing duties)

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ADDRESS: Poplar Terrace, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: General Military Hospital Colchester, full time 18 months in France from March 1918 & still serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil at Witham; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: Usual rates; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Part time at V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 500; COMMISSION: Essex.


BARKER, Miss Margaret C. (17.12.1917-27.5.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 2a Market Palce Grantham; COUNTY: Lincs; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 37; SERVICE FROM: 03/06/1916; SERVICE TO: 20/05/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T. O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/06/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Serving 20-5-19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital France Transferred to Colchester Military Hospital 17.12.17 to present; DEPARTMENT: JW V.A.D; COMMISSION: Lincs 12.


BARLOW, Miss Constance (3.2.1917-3.9.1917.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Holmleigh Chellaston Nr Derby; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 22; SERVICE FROM: 03/02/1917; SERVICE TO: 03/09/1917; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/02/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/09/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Colchester Military Hosp; DEPARTMENT: JW.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Derby 12.


BARNETT, Miss Norah (5.11.1917-5.5.1918.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Mill End, Henley-on Thames; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 23; SERVICE FROM: 05/11/1917; SERVICE TO: Present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/11/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 20-5-19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Colchester (Military) 5-11-17 to 5-5-18 4th London General Denmark Hill (Military) 23-9-18 to Present; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Oxon 48.


BARRY, Miss E. (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R Staff Nurse. “valuable services rendered” mention 16 August 1918.  Q.A.I.M.N.S.R Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class, 16 February 1920, London Gazette)

Chelmsford Chronicle – Friday 16 August 1918:  “NURSES’ SERVICES RECOGNISED.

The names of the following ladies have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable nursing services rendered in connection with the war:- …  Barry, Staff Nurse Miss E., Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Military Hospital, Colchester.”

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 16 FEBRUARY, 1920. War Office, 16th February, 1920.

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to award the Royal Bed Cross to the undermentioned Ladies in recognition of their valuable nursing services in connection with the War: — AWARDED THE ROYAL RED CROSS.   2nd Class. …  Miss Elizabeth Barry, Sister, Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Mil. Hpl., Colchester.”


BATES, Captain John Vincent (Royal Army Medical Corps).

Born 1892 (registered 1st Quarter) Stroud Green, London, Middx.  Son of Croydon-born Walter Sidney Bates (Asst. Secretary, Insurance Company) and his Australian wife Kate (Catherine Margaret E. Bush).

1901 Census:      12 Ravenscroft Park Road, South Mimms, Herts. 9 yrs old.

1911 Census:      23 Windsor Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth.  Medical Student.

See more at 1st/Front Row No. 40: https://militaryhospitalcolchester1918.wordpress.com/home/1st-row-1918-colchester-military-hospital/


BELL, Mrs. Ida Cecily (10.3.1917-3.9.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Cook)

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ADDRESS: Iwigworth Court, nr Gloucester; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 25; SERVICE FROM: 10/03/1917; SERVICE TO: 29/01/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: J.J.6; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/03/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: with; DATE OF TERMINATION: 29/01/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hosp. Colchester 10.3.17 – 3.9.17 Durhain House } Aux Hosp: Clongh Hill } 15.10.17 – 29.1.18 Middlesex } DEPARTMENT: JW V.A.D; COMMISSION: Gloucester 32.


BENNETT, Miss M. (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. “valuable services rendered” mention 16 August 1918)

Chelmsford Chronicle – Friday 16 August 1918: “NURSES’ SERVICES RECOGNISED.

The names of the following ladies have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable nursing services rendered in connection with the war:- …  Bennett, Sister Miss M., Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Military General Hospital, Colchester.”


BENNITT, Mrs. Dora Charlotte (2.1.1919-22.5.1919 at least. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Military Heart Hospital)

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ADDRESS: Tolesfield House, Partridge Green; COUNTY: Sussex; SERVICE FROM: 06/06/1916; SERVICE TO: Present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: PTO; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/06/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving 22.05.1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: June 6th 16 – July 26th 16 . Mil. Hos. Devonport Aug 4th 16 -Trans- 2 w. London Mil. Hos. Chelsea Ap 10th 17 – Nov 26th 18. 14th Gen.Mil.Hos.France Jan 2nd 19 – to present Mil. Heart Hos. Colchester; DEPARTMENT: JWVAD; COMMISSION: London 198.

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ADDRESS: 10 Cromwell Road S.W.5; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/06/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing member Military Hospitals; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Enrolled 17.11.15 Dec 1915, Salford Mil: Hos: Manchester July 1916. 2nd Lon: Gen: Hos: April 1917. 14th Gen: Hos: BEF. France until Nov 1918 Jan 1919. Mil: Heart Hos: Sobraon Barack, Colchester, for about 3 months; COMMISSION: London L/198; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 scarlet stripe.


BERESFORD, Miss Hilda (10.02.1917 to 10.09.1917.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: The Mount, School Road, Moseley, Birmingham; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 21; SERVICE FROM: 10/02/1917; SERVICE TO: Present 22/05/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/02/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 22/05/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital, Colchester 10/02/17 to 10/09/1917, New Zealand Hospital Cosford (Military) 21/01/1918 to present; DEPARTMENT: J. W. V. A. D; COMMISSION: Worcester /88.


BIGGS, Miss Florence Hilda Lily (11.2.1919-23.5.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Clerk)

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ADDRESS: Langham Moor Colchester; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 18; SERVICE FROM: 15/01/1918; SERVICE TO: Still serving 23/05/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: J.W.V.A.D; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 15/01/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: with; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 23/05/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: P.T.O; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hsp Catterick Yorks 15.1.18 2.1.19 Transferred Colchester Mil Hsp 11.2.19 at present; COMMISSION: Essex 8.

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ADDRESS: The Moor Langham Colchester; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 15/01/1918; SERVICE TO: 19/03/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: from 15th Jan 1918 to 11th Feb 1919 as Clerk at Military Hospital Catterick Cam* Yorkshire; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. G/S; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/02/1919; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working March 1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: at rate of 31/6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: as Clerk. at Sobraon Military Hospital, Colchester; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; COMMISSION: Essex 8.


BISHOP, Mrs. Cecilia (4.1916-7.7.1919+ F/T Clerk for 18 months; then Laboratory Assistant)

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ADDRESS: 124 Westcombe Hill, Blackheath, London S E.; SERVICE FROM: 04/1916; SERVICE TO: Still working; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Colchester Military Hospital; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 20 sh/ 26 sh; RANK AT TERMINATION: Lab Asst; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: 44 sh per week; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerk at laboratory for 18 months, after Laboratory Assistant; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; COMMISSION: Essex 48.


BISHOP, Miss Emily M. (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class 23/2/17, mention 02 March 1917)

Friday 02 March 1917Chelmsford Chronicle:  “NURSES HONOURED. 

The King has been pleased to award the Royal Red Cross decoration to the undermentioned ladies in recognition of their valuable services in connection with the war:- … ROYAL RED CROSS, 2nd CLASS.  Miss E. M. Bishop, Sister, Civilian Hospital, Reserve Military Hospital, Colchester.”


 

BLAKE, Miss Mabel (23.1.1918-13.3.1919. General Service V.A.D. Assistant Cook. Military Heart Hospital)

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ADDRESS: Horton-cum-Studley, nr. Oxford; SERVICE FROM: 23.1.18; SERVICE TO: 13.3.19.; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: VAD GSS; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 23/01/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 26 pounds / year; RANK AT TERMINATION: VAD GSS; DATE OF TERMINATION: 13/03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: 26 pounds / year; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Assistant Cook; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Heart Hospital, Colchester; COMMISSION: County of Oxford. Reserve. R/Oxford.


BLENCOWE, Mrs. Hannah Windlow (06.03.1917 to 06.05.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 25 Gerald Street, Benwell , Newcastle-on-Tyne; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 25; SERVICE FROM: 06/03/1917; SERVICE TO: 04/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/03/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 04/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital Colchester 06/03/1917 to 06/05/1918 Queen Mary’s Military Hospital Whalley 01/10/1918 to 04/199; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D.; COMMISSION: Northumberland / 72; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 Scarlet Efficiency Stripe 3.4.18.


BLYTH, Miss Violet Elsie (7.7.1917-24.5.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Clerk)

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ADDRESS: High House, Horningtoft, Elmham; COUNTY: Norfolk; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 28; SERVICE FROM: 07/07/1917; SERVICE TO: Present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/07/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Colchester Military Hospital; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D. COMMISSION: Norfolk Reserve.

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ADDRESS: High House Horning Toft, Elmham; COUNTY: Nfk.; SERVICE FROM: 07/07/1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/07/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clinical; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: General Service Military Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: Norfolk.


BONALLO, Miss Marjorie H. (11.5.1916-26.8.1919+ Dispenser)

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ADDRESS: Devonshire Hospital Buxton; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 24; SERVICE FROM: 11/05/1916; SERVICE TO: 26/05/1919 present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Dispenser; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/05/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; DATE OF TERMINATION: 26/08/1919 still serving; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hosp: Colchester On front ‘retd, 7/4/19, gone away’; DEPARTMENT: J. W. V.A.D.; COMMISSION: Derby/26.


BOND, Miss Olive Clara (29.10.1918-7.7.1919+ General Service V.A.D. Clerk)

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ADDRESS: 14 North Hill, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 29/10/1918; SERVICE TO: Still serving; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Y.M.C.A. Sobraon Military Hospital, Colchester; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. G.S; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 29/10/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 31/6; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. G.S; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: 31/6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerical; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; COMMISSION: Essex.


BOWLES, Miss A. A. (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. “valuable services rendered” mention 16 August 1918)

Chelmsford Chronicle – Friday 16 August 1918:  “NURSES’ SERVICES RECOGNISED.

The names of the following ladies have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable nursing services rendered in connection with the war:- …  Bowles, Sister Miss A. A., Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Military General Hospital, Colchester.”


BRACEWELL, Miss Bertha Adela (?-1.1.1919.  Nursing V.A.D.)

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ADDRESS: 14 North Hill, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 29/10/1918; SERVICE TO: Still serving; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Y.M.C.A. Sobraon Military Hospital, Colchester; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. G.S.; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 29/10/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 31/6; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. G.S.; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: 31/6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerical; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; COMMISSION: Essex.


BRAMPTON, Miss A. (V.A.D. Nurse. “valuable services rendered” mention 16 August 1918)

Chelmsford Chronicle – Friday 16 August 1918:  “NURSES’ SERVICES RECOGNISED.

The names of the following ladies have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable nursing services rendered in connection with the war:- … Brampton, V.A.D. Nurse Miss A., Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Military General Hospital, Colchester.”


BROWN, Miss Hilda May (27.7.1918-29.5.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Photographers, Newport , Salop; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 22; SERVICE FROM: 27/07/1918; SERVICE TO: 29/05/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 27/07/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 29.5.19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital, Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Staffs Reserve.


BROWN, Miss Sarah Ann (28.11.1917-27.8.1919. Matron. Royal Red Cross.  Awarded a Bar to the Royal Red Cross 11 April 1919).

Born 25 May 1875 Liverpool, Lancashire.  Daughter of ?

1901 Census:   ?

1902-1905:     Training at the West London Hospital, Hammersmith, London – Staff Nurse & Night Sister duties.

1906, Sept-     Night Sister at Bradford Royal Infirmary (1½ years)

1908-1910:     Assistant Matron at Bradford Royal Infirmary (2½ years)

1911 Census:   Hospital Matron, West Suffolk General Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk (100 beds).

1910-1915:      Matron, West Suffolk General Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk Left 04 Sept).

1915, 10.11:     As Matron of Auxiliary Hospital, Nethercourt, Ramsgate: Accepted to serve for the War Department.

1915, 12.11:    “Joined for duty” at Colchester.

1915, 28.11:    Signed to serve for the War Department. Next of Kin given as “The Rev. James Blackburn Brown, St. James Vicarage, (Lower) Darwen, Lancashire. (Brother). Q.A.I.M.N.S.Reserve service at Colchester Military Hospital.

1915, 14.12:     Notification of “readiness to embark on the Hospital Ship Britannic as duty as Matron”.

1915, 22.12:     Transferred Hospital Ship ‘HS Britannic’

1916, 19.04:     Became Matron at Dartford Hospital.

1917, 23.02:     Awarded the Royal Red Cross 1st Class.

1919, 09.04:     Awarded a Bar to her Royal Red Cross 1st Class:

Chelmsford Chronicle, 11th April 1919:  “RED CROSS “MENTIONS.”

The names of the undermentioned have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War by the Chairman of the Joint War Committee of the British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John of Jerusalem in England for valuable services rendered in connection with the establishment, organization, and maintenance of Hospitals:- Awarded a Bar to the Royal Red Cross. – Miss Sarah Ann Brown, R.R.C. Matron, General Mil. Hosp., Colchester.”

1917, 13.11:    Signed ‘Renewal of (Q.A.I.M.N.S.) Contract’.

1917, 28.11:    Transferred as Matron to Colchester Military Hospital – after Dorothea M. Taylor.

1919, 27.08:    Demobilised from duty as Matron at Colchester Military Hospital. 

See more at 1st/Front Row No. 33: https://militaryhospitalcolchester1918.wordpress.com/home/1st-row-1918-colchester-military-hospital/


BROWNE, Miss Margaret Turton (8.1917-8.1918. V.A.D. Nurse.  “valuable services rendered”  16 August 1918. Mentioned in Dispatches)

Born 1874.  Baptised 21 June 1874, St. Mary’s, Lewisham, Kent.  Daughter of Chelsea-born Mercantile Clerk/Hotel Owner Marcus Alexis Septimus Browne (1835-1903) and his wife J[e]anie Mattewson Borman (1838-1895).

1881 Census:     7 Clapham Road, Wandsworth, London.  “6” years old. At a small (private?) school.

1885, 10 Jan:    Mother admitted to Metropolitan Licensed House (Lunatic Asylum) at Peckham.

1891 Census:     Fair Oak, Liberty Lane, Chertsey, Surrey.  Living, along with sister Florence, with Retired Army Major cousin Augustus & his wife Fanny Davies; 2 visitors; 1 Governess; & 3 servants.

1895, 29 Dec:     Mother died at Metropolitan Licensed House (Lunatic Asylum) at Peckham.

1901 Census:      Covent Garden Hotel, Covent Garden, London.  With “Hotel Proprietor”/widower father; Hotel Manager brother (born Egypt/Suez); 14 members of staff; & 8 “visitors”.

1911 Census:       Heather Brae, Maybury Hill, Woking, Surrey.  Living with sister Florence Augusta; plus 1 servant. Living on “Private Small Means”.

Chelmsford Chronicle – Friday 16 August 1918: “NURSES’ SERVICES RECOGNISED.

The names of the following ladies have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable nursing services rendered in connection with the war:- …

Turton-Browne, V.A.D. Nurse Miss M., Military General Hospital, Colchester.” 

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ADDRESS: West Ellla, Heath House Lane, Woking; SERVICE FROM: 01/1915; SERVICE TO: present time Feb 1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Uncertain; DATE OF TERMINATION: still working Feb 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Red Cross Annexe R.S.C.H. Guildford Jan to May 1915 No.20 General Hospital, France June 1915 Sick Leave May – July 1917 Military Hospital, Colchester Aug 1917 to Aug 1918 Sick Leave until Oct 1918 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge Oct 1918 to Present Time Feb 1919; COMMISSION: Surrey /6 Aug 1914; HONOURS AWARDED: 2 Scarlet Eff. Stripes. 2 chevrons. Mentioned in Despatches 26.8.18.

1942, 12 June:    Margaret died; “of Home Park Lane, Fareham, Hampshire”.

Margaret T. Browne’s Headstone, Municipal 2 Cemetery, Addlestone, Surrey. Courtesy/© http://www.gravestonephotos.com/

Margaret T. Browne’s Headstone, Municipal 2 Cemetery, Addlestone, Surrey. Courtesy/© http://www.gravestonephotos.com/


BRUNNING, Mrs. Florence Ruth (4.8.1918-29.5.1919+  General Service Member. F/T  Officers Cook)

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ADDRESS: 36 Gilberd Rd, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 04/05/1918; SERVICE TO: still working; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/05/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 24/-; DATE OF TERMINATION: still working; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Officers Cook; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: General Military Hospital Colchester Essex Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round; COMMISSION: Essex / 2nd.


BUCKLE, Mrs. Matilda (1916-29.5.1919+  Special Service Member. Cook Storekeeper).

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ADDRESS: St George Mile End Colchester; HOSPITAL: Woodhouse, Great Horkesley; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: although in V.A.D. Essex 46 most of the work was done as special service member at Colchester General Military Hospital; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 18/-; DATE OF TERMINATION: 22/07/1916 still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: 32/6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cook Storekeeper; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Woodhouse Hospital (handwritten) Gt Horkesly Colchester Working in Hospital at opening October 1914. Working as Special Service Member at Colchester General Military Hospital, Since 1916 Still Serving; COMMISSION: Essex.


BUTLER, Miss Mary Elizabeth (2.5.1917-2.12.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 60 Herongall Road Wanstead Park E. 12; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 32; SERVICE FROM: 02/05/1917; SERVICE TO: 02/12/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/05/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: with; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/12/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Colchester (Military); DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D.; COMMISSION: Essex 64.


 CARDER, Miss E.L. (10.1917-4.1921+ F/T V.A.D. Laboratory Assistant)

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ADDRESS: 79. Wimpole Road. Colchester & District Laboratory. Colchester; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving 4-1921; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Laboratory Asst.; WHOLE OR PART TIME: “Whole”; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Served at District Laboratory & Military Hosp Colchester. Badge No. 25443; COMMISSION: NORFOLK.


CAREY, Mrs. Ann (10.12.1917-11.05.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Kitchen Help. Military Heart Hospital)

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ADDRESS: No 6 Bedford Road, Kempston, Bedford; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 43; SERVICE FROM: 14/08/1916; SERVICE TO: 11/05/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: kitchen Help; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/08/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/05/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Herne Bay Military Hospital 14:8:16 to 14:8:17 Military Hospital Colchester. 10:12:17 11:05:18; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Bedford / 4.

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ADDRESS: 6 Bedford Rd. Kempston; SERVICE FROM: 14/08/1916; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Herne Bay Military. Military Heart Hosp. Colchester 11.12.17; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/08/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Gov. allow; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Assistant cook

WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; COMMISSION: Bedfordshire.


CARRUTHERS, Miss Kathleen (4.1918-7.1918.  S.J.A.B. [St. John Ambulance Brigade] V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Annandale, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; SERVICE FROM: 29/02/1916; SERVICE TO: 07/1918

HOSPITAL: Gifford House, Roehampton; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 29/02/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Nurse; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1916 Gifford House Aux: Hospital Roehampton S.W. 1917 Feb: 29-1916 to March 20 1917 on the land 1918 Military Hospital. Colchester. April – July 1918 Returned Canada see letter under London; COMMISSION: S.J.A.B. London 96.

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ADDRESS: Annandale. Kingston . Ontario. Canada; SERVICE FROM: 29/02/1916; SERVICE TO: 07/1918; HOSPITAL: Gifford House, Roehampton; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 29/02/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 07/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: VAD Nurse; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1916 Gifford House Aux: Hospt Roehampton 1917 29/02/1916 – 20/03/1917 1918 Military Hospital. Colchester April 1918 Returned Canada 1918 July; COMMISSION: S.J.A.B. LONDON /96.


CARTER, Miss Helen Muriel (12.4.1918-12.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Canadian)

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ADDRESS: 424 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 23; SERVICE FROM: 12/04/1918; SERVICE TO: 12/05/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/04/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/05/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Sobraon Military Hospital, Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Ottawa Cent: N.D.32.


CHANCE, Miss Josephine (25.3.1915-? V.A.D. Nursing duties)

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ADDRESS: Crofton Nr. Carlisle; HOSPITAL: Salonica, Stanmore ; Chadwick R.C. School, Carlisle; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/03/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: unpaid; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/01/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: unpaid; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: usual nursing duties; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part about 96 hours per month

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: enrolled 1.1.14. This member was seconded for service to Military Hospital. Colchester. then Military HP. Croydon. (6 months) then hospital Ship then Military Hospital Salonica from which she returned December 1918. Has also worked at Chadwick Aux HP. Carlisle; COMMISSION: Cumb. VAD. 6.


CHAPLIN, Miss May Emily (Nursing & General work)

Born 1892 Stanway, Colchester, Essex.  Daughter of Suffolk-born Gardener Charles W. Chaplin and his Lexden-born wife Charlotte A. (nee Lawrence)

1901 Census:      London Road, Stanway, Essex. Living with parents; brother; and maternal grandmother.

1911 Census:       Ebenezer Cottage, London Road, Stanway, Essex.  Living with parents and older brother. Occupation: Laundress (as her mother was).

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ADDRESS: Ebenezer Cottage, London Rd, Stanway COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 10/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1918; HOSPITAL: Woodhouse, Great Horkesley; Stanway Rectory, Stanway; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: 1 pound; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing and General work; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 140 and whole time for 2 weeks for which I received the above sum; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Raund Dressings Strekwood Street, Colchester Gen Duty Stanway Red Cross Hospital pd interper Duty Woodhouse Red Cross Hospital pd interper Duty Colchester Military Hospital; COMMISSION: Essex.


CHESSHIRE, Miss Lucy Kathleen (16.5.18-21.11.18. J.W. V.A.D.  Nurse )

Born  1888 France (British Subject). Daughter of Birmingham-born “Clerk in Holy Orders” Howard Smith Chesshire and his Devon-born wife Lucy Elizabeth.

1901 Census:      St. Mary’s Hall, School for Clergymen’s Daughters, Eastern Rd, Brighton, Sussex.  Pupil.

1911 Census:      Chiselborough Rectory, Stoke under Ham, Somerset.  With parents; 2 sisters (either born in France or Cheshire); plus 1 Cook and Parlour Maid.

N.B. Lucy also had 3 brothers, born France (Le Havre?).  One brother, Clergyman Howard Stanley, went to Canada.  When Howard enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 27 September 1917, he was living at St Matthews Church, Quebec – he survived the war.

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ADDRESS: Chiselborough Rectory Stoke-under-Ham; COUNTY: Somerset; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 29; SERVICE FROM: 22/03/1917; SERVICE TO: 21/11/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 22/03/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Without; DATE OF TERMINATION: 21/11/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No 1 Red Cross France JC. 22-3-17 to 24-3-18. Colchester (Military) 16-5-18 to 21-11-18; DEPARTMENT: JW. VAD; COMMISSION: Somerset 4.


CLARKE, Miss Margaret C. (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. Awarded R.R.C. 2nd Class 23/2/17, mention 02 March 1917)

Friday 02 March 1917Chelmsford Chronicle:  “NURSES HONOURED. 

The King has been pleased to award the Royal Red Cross decoration to the undermentioned ladies in recognition of their valuable services in connection with the war:- … ROYAL RED CROSS, 2nd CLASS. Miss M. C. Clarke, Sister, Q.A.I.M.N.S. Reserve, Military Hospital, Colchester.”

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CLEMENTS, Miss Selina Margaret (21.5.1918-21.11.1918.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Ashfield Lodge Cootehill; COUNTY: Cavan; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 31; SERVICE FROM: 20/10/1915; SERVICE TO: 21/11/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 20/10/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 21/11/1918;ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: France (Military) 26-10-15. 26-5.16 Belfast (Military). 5-7-16 . Trans Malta (Military) 24-9-16 . -9-17. Colchester. (Military. 21-5-18 – 21-11-18; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Cavan – 2.


COLE, Miss Gladys Louise (29.12.1917-14.6.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 14 Chichester Street Chester; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 32; SERVICE FROM: 29/12/1917; SERVICE TO: Present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 29/12/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 14-6-19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Colchester (Military); DEPARTMENT: JW. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Cheshire Res.


COLLIS, Miss Mary Millicent (6.1915-8.1916.  British Red Cross V.A.D. Special Probationer)

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ADDRESS: Hartshill Close, Stoke-on-Trent; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Special Probationer; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 16/06/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £25 per annum; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. M.L.S; DATE OF TERMINATION: 16/10/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: £25 per annum; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole Time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Member of B.R.C.S. = 8 yrs -. Worked as a V.A.D. from 1914 – 1918 – Work in the army nursing Service 3 yrs – Service. Colchester Military Hospital June 1915 – August 1916 H.M.H.S. ” Wandilla” – August 1916 – May 1917. H.M.H.S. Llandovery Castle – May 1917 – July 1917. 29th G.H. Salonica July 1917 – June 1918. ( Leave ) Q. A. I. M.H. for Sick Sisters. Vincent Sq. S.W.1. August 1918 – Oct. 1918; COMMISSION: 32 Staffs.


COOPER, Miss Ethel Mary (17.9.1917-17.2.1919+ V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: “Greystone” Seymour Road Bolton; COUNTY: Lancashire; HOSPITAL: Blair, Bromley Cross, Bolton; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Nursing 1/2 days in Gen. Hospt. Bolton Aug Sept & Oct 1914, also VAD Hospt for 6 months “Blairs” Hospital Bromley Cross Bolton; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: VAD nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 19/06/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20 per an; RANK AT TERMINATION: VAD nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: £20 per an; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The best available details have been given. See letter 22/5/19. Joined for military service 17 June 1915 resigned 20 Nov 1916 at Queen Mary’s Military Hospital, Whalley Lancs. Rejoined 17 Sept. 1917 at Gen: Military Hospital Colchester & am still serving [signed] E M Cooper V.A.D. 17-2-19; COMMISSION: E. Lancs.


COOPER, Miss Ida (22.9.1917-21.3.1918. Special Service Probationer. South African)

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ADDRESS: 244, Selbourne Street, Bloemfontein O.F.S. S.Africa; SERVICE FROM: 06/10/1916; SERVICE TO: 15/09/1917; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Colchester Military Hospital; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/10/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: voluntary; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 15/09/1917; PAY AT TERMINATION: voluntary; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: full time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Posted as probationer Weir Red X Hosp, Balham 6.10.16 to 15.9.17 Posted as S.S. probationer, Colchester Miitary Hosp 22.9.17 Transferred to Imperial S.African Detachment 22.3.18; COMMISSION: V.A.D. L / 42 London.


COOPER, Miss Mary Elizabeth (8.8.1914-6.1915: Q.A.I.M.N.S.R.  Sister and 8.12.1915 -27.09.1917: Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Assistant Matron at Colchester’s General Military Hospital.  Awarded Royal Red Cross 2nd Class 23.2.1917).

Born 06 September 1884 Chester-le-Street, Durham.  Baptised 19 October 1884 Chester-le-Street.  Daughter of Northumberland-born Gardener/Coachman Matthew Cooper and his wife Barbara (nee Watson).

1891 Census:  Park Villa Lodge, Long Benton, Northumberland. “6”. With parents and siblings.

1901 Census:  Hospital, Chester-le-Street, Durham. “16”. Housemaid/Servant.

1907:              Commenced training at Westminster Hospital – 1907 to 1911.

1911:               Finished training.

1911 Census: ?

1914, 05.08:   Enlisted into the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve. (QAIMNSR Posts held:- Sister; Assistant Matron; and Matron).

1914, 08.08:   Started as Q.A.I.M.N.S.R.  Sister  at Colchester Military Hospital.

1915, 07.01:   Commenced post of Acting Sister on board the Hospital Ship ‘Valdivia’.

1915, 09.12:   Promoted to/Commenced post of Assistant Matron, Colchester Military Hospital. 

1917, 23.02:   Awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class, whilst at Colchester Military Hospital.  

1917, 28.09:   Promoted to/Commenced post of Matron, at Grantham Military Hospital.

1919, 27.09:   Demobilised at Grantham Military Hospital.

1918, 22.06:   The British Journal of Nursing.  Page 435:   General Sir E. H. H. Allenby, G.C.M.G., K.C.B., General Officer Commanding-in-chief, Egyptian Expeditionary Force, mentioned the following trained nurses, V.A.D. probationers, British Red Cross and other women workers in a recent dispatch to the Secretary of State for War:-

QUEEN ALEXANDRA’S IMPERIAL MILITARY NURSING SERVICE RESERVE.

… Cooper, Sister Miss M. E.; …”

1919, 09.08.        HONOURS  FOR  NURSES. The King held an investiture in the Quadrangle of Buckinghan Palace on July 31st …  … The King has awarded the Royal Red Cross to the under-mentioned ladies in   recognition of their valuable nursing services in connection with the war:-  …  …  Royal Red Cross.   FIRST CLASS  … Miss M. E. Cooper, ARRC, Matron, Military Hospital, Grantham; …”

1919, 27.09:        Demobilised whilst working at Grantham Military Hospital.

1921:     Found applying for overseas’ service with The Overseas Nursing Association (Imperial  Institute, London S.W.7).


COTTON, Miss Annie Hughes (21.1.1918-? General Service Cook. Military Heart Hospital)

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ADDRESS: Liverpool House, Denbigh; SERVICE FROM: 27/12/1917; SERVICE TO: Still Serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook G.S; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/11/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Grantham Mil Hosp. Dec 27th 1917 Colchester Heart Mil H. Jan 21st 1918 Rosina I. Pellington Denbigh R; Nov 11th 1919; COMMISSION: Denbigh R.


CRAIG, Mrs. Marie (1.10.1917-23.8.1919. General Service V.A.D. Clerk)

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ADDRESS: Sobraon Military Hospital, Colchester; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. G.S; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/10/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 27/6; RANK AT TERMINATION: Clerk; DATE OF TERMINATION: 23/08/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: 34/6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerical. Sobraon Mil. Hosp; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; COMMISSION: Essex.


CRAIG, Miss Vera Gertrude (now Denney. 17.9.1918-23.10.1919+ General Service V.A.D. Clerk)

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ADDRESS: Sobroan Military Hospital, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 17/09/1918; SERVICE TO: still serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. GS; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/09/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 81/6; RANK AT TERMINATION: Clerk; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: 82/6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerk, Sobroan Mil. Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; COMMISSION: Essex.


CRAIG, Miss Violet Mary (26.6.1916-23.10.1919+ General Service V.A.D. Clerk)

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ADDRESS: Sobraon Military Hospital, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 26/06/1916; SERVICE TO: Still serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. G.S; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 26/06/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 20/-; RANK AT TERMINATION: Clerk; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: 36/6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerical, General Mil: Hosp. Colchester; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; COMMISSION: Essex.


CROOK, Miss Helen (5.1918-3.6.1919+ J.W.V.A.D. Nurse. Colchester Military Hospital & the Military Heart Hospital, Colchester)

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ADDRESS: 116 Chorley New Rd, Bolton; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 30; SERVICE FROM: 14/05/1918; SERVICE TO: Present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/05/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mil: Heart Hospital, Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D.; COMMISSION: E. Lancs: 32.

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ADDRESS: 116 Chorley New Road, Bolton; SERVICE FROM: 16/11/1914; SERVICE TO: Present time; HOSPITAL: Blair, Bromley Cross, Bolton; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Kersley Convalescent Home & Blairs Hospital Bromley Cross; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing whole Time; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole Time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Gt. Lever Bolton Kersley Convalescent Home Nov. 1914 – Feb. 1915 Blairs Hospital, Bromley Cross, Bolton Feb. 1915 – Mar 1918 Sobraon Military Hospital, Colchester May 1918 – present date; COMMISSION: E. Lancs. 32 Div.; HONOURS AWARDED: long service medal.


CROSS, Miss Doris (V.A.D. Nursing. “Colchester Auxiliary Military Hospital” – perhaps General Military Hospital in Colchester?)

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ADDRESS: Red Hill, Beaumaris; SERVICE FROM: 11/1915; SERVICE TO: Still serving; HOSPITAL: Woolton Auxiliary Hospital; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: None until the last 9 months when she went into Military Hospital is now getting £20 a year; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Woolton Auxilary Military Hospital, Liverpool Colchester Auxilary Military Hospital Berrington War Hospital, Shrewbsury King George’s Hospital, London; COMMISSION: Anglesey VI.


DAVIES, Miss Gladys Dorothy (28.11.1918-11.12.1918.  V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 14 Rochester Terrace, Camden Road, N10; SERVICE FROM: 11/1918; SERVICE TO: 12/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: American War Hospital, Paignton; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A. Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £22.10 per an; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A. Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: £22,10 per an; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: American War Hospital, Paignton Colchester Military Hospital 28 November 1918 – 11 December 1918 N.B. This member’s service cannot be recorded fully as the Member did not wish to be posted by the Red Cross; COMMISSION: Devon R. 104.


DAVIES, Mr. Robert Roland (Army Private. Nursing Orderly)

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ADDRESS: Froncyyllte Llangollen; SERVICE FROM: 21/09/1914; SERVICE TO: Still serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Private; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 21/09/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Warrant; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing Orderly; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Froncyyllte Bryn Tirion Pen-y-Graig Llangollen Correct Address per Query List Services given at General Mil: Hosp: Colchester Essex Military Hosp: Homehurst Essex and Gen: Mil: Hosp: Silver St, Edmonton N. Note-Address on front card is written several times then ‘Per Query list’ & ‘See over for correct address’ written beside it. And in red ink – ‘X These addresses may not be correct address on query list is muddled’; COMMISSION: Chirk Div Glamorgan.


DENORE, Miss Gertrude (5.1916-7.5.1919+ V.A.D. Clerk)

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ADDRESS: Military Hospital – Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 05/1916; SERVICE TO: Still serving; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Usual allowance; RANK AT TERMINATION: Clerk; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital – Colchester – whole time & pay; COMMISSION: Berkshire V.A.D. 68.


DEXTER, Miss Katherine Bailey (3.4.1918-2.7.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Grosvenor House. North Finchley. N.12; SERVICE FROM: 00/11/1915; SERVICE TO: 00/11/1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 21/11/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. (nurse.); DATE OF TERMINATION: 00/11/1917; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: 2 years. Ewen Hall Hospital, Barnet; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 3,350. Pto; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: From Ap. 3rd 1918 – July 2nd 1918. whole time at Colchester Military Hospital; COMMISSION: V.A.D. Herts 50.


DICKIN, Mr. Edward Percival (part of 1916-1917. Captain R.A.M.C.)

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ADDRESS: 51 High St. Brightlingsea; COUNTY: Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Captain R.A.M.C; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/06/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Captain R.A.M.C; DATE OF TERMINATION: 24/06/1916; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1916 to 1917: Military Hospital, Colchester General Hospital, Tigne Malta; COMMISSION: Essex.


DICK-MARTIN, Miss Alexandra Marjorie (12.11.1917-12.5.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 35 Morningside Park Edinburgh; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 29; SERVICE FROM: 24/09/1916; SERVICE TO: 27/01/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 24/09/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 27/01/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Malta Military 24:9:16 – 6:17 Colchester Military 12:11:19- 12:5:18 Purfleet Military 21:11:18 – 29:11:18 Holborn Mitcham Military 14:12:18 – 27:1:19; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Edinburgh 10.


DICKSON, Miss Jane Kathleen (11.10.1917-11.6.1918. V.A.D. Acting Staff Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Ardmore, Ballygowan; COUNTY: Co. Down; SERVICE FROM: 11/05/1915; SERVICE TO: 11/06/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/05/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: See other side; RANK AT TERMINATION: Acting Staff Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/06/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: £20 a year; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Ward work incl. Dressings and Operating Theatre; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: From 11th May, 1915 to 11th June 1917 at Lord Dunleath’s War Hospital – no pay. From 11th Oct 1917 till 11th June 1918 at General Military Hospital, Colchester pay £20 per annum. Contracted diphtheria in latter hospital and had to give in resignation; COMMISSION: Down; HONOURS AWARDED: Two stripes.


DISBERY, Miss Lilian Beatrice (22.9.1917-22.10.1917. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: 13, Furze Hill Rd. Mutley, Plymouth; SERVICE FROM: 09/1917; SERVICE TO: 10/1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 22/09/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 22/10/1917; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Service rendered at:- Colchester Military HP; COMMISSION: DEVON 16 R.


DODD, Mrs. Emma Mary (11.9.1917-31.12.1919+ Cook)

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ADDRESS: Rose Cottage Caldecote Cambridge; SERVICE FROM: 11/09/1917; SERVICE TO: Still Serving; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: none; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/09/1917; RANK AT TERMINATION: Cook; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Serving; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Ist. Eastern General Hospital. Cambridge. {Crossed through} Military Hospital Sobraon Barracks Colchester; COMMISSION: Cambs Reserve.


DUPREY, Miss Annie (18.11.1918-31.12.1918? 3 White Service Bars)

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ADDRESS: “Elmhurst” Bycullah Pk. Enfield; SERVICE FROM: 02/09/1915; SERVICE TO: 31/12/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: (Under Devonshire House & War Office) from Nov:18th 1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/10/1915; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: nursing duties

WHOLE OR PART TIME: 7952 hrs; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Nursing member. General Military Hospital. Edmonton. Transferred to Sobraon Mil: Hos: Colchester. Nov: 18th 1918. 3. White Service Bars. V.A.D 60 Middlesex enfield Det: Reg: W:O: Sept: 2nd 1915 {Date of Engagement – Date of Engagement in hospital}; COMMISSION: Enfield 60. Middx; HONOURS AWARDED: Nil P.T.O.


ELLISON, Miss Annie (23.9.1916-28.6.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 3 Ivydene Villas, Escourt Street, New Bridge St, Hull; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 23; SERVICE FROM: 23/09/1916; SERVICE TO: Present 28.6.19; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 23/09/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: with; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 28.6.19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Colchester Military; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: E.R. Yorks 52.


ELLISON, Mrs. Jessie Alice (1915-29.5.1919+ Voluntary Worker)

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ADDRESS: 3 Queens Road, Colchester; CHARACTER: P.T.O; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: voluntary worker; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: voluntary worker; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: I have roughly speaking only worked with Essex II Detachment V.A.D. for about 4 months starting with the work at St Martins & at Gostwyck Red X Hospital the first few months of the war. Since then I have entirely devoted my time to the Military Gen. Hospital Colchester helping in any way that I could; COMMISSION: Essex.


EVERITT, Miss Minnie (8.1.1918-8.2.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 67 Rayne Road, Braintree; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 41; SERVICE FROM: 06/11/1916; SERVICE TO: 01/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Ravenhill Red Cross Hospital, Rugeley; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/11/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/01/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 6.11.16 – 7.12.17 Mil Hos. 5th. N. Gen Leicester 8.1.18 – 8.2.18 Mil Hos. Colchester 2.3.18 – 1.1.19 Mil Hos. Ravenhill Rugeley; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D.; COMMISSION: Middlesex. 54.

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ADDRESS: 67 Rayne Rd, Braintree; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Ravenhill Red Cross Hospital, Rugeley; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Leicester War Hospital 1 yr; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/03/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: No; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: For 3 months; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: [whole time] 3696 hrs; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: at “Ravenhill” Red Cross Hospital Rugeley Staffs; COMMISSION: Staffs.


EVERSON, Miss Edith May (5.8.1916-22.12.1919. General Service V.A.D. Storekeeper)

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ADDRESS: 23 Lisle Road, Colchester; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 05/08/1916; SERVICE TO: Still serving; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Over; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/08/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1.0.0; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1.13.6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Storekeeper; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital Colchester.  In the pack stores from Aug. 5th.1916 to present date; COMMISSION: Essex.


FAULCONER, Miss E. Marjorie (2.4.1918-22.4.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Tenements: Bedmond Nr. King’s Langley; COUNTY: Herts; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 33; SERVICE FROM: 08/10/1915; SERVICE TO: 22/04/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/10/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 22/04/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wandsworth Military 8-10-15 -12-15. Herne Bay Military 14-7-16 Trans. H.M.H.S Brittanic 9-16 Trans. France Military 27-5-17 Trans. Norton Manor Auxiliary 2-10-17 to 11-10-17. Colchester Military 2-4-18 to 22-4-18; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Herts 34.


FELGATE, Miss Dorothy Enid (28.10.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service Member – Clerical)

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ADDRESS: Fair View, 68 Bergholt Rd. Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 28/10/1918; SERVICE TO: Still working; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: nil; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 28/10/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1.11.6; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: 1.11.6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerical; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: General Military Hospital, Colchester. Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round; COMMISSION: Red Cross Essex 2.


FERGUSON, Miss Monica Machin (Deceased) (11.11.1918-21.11.1918/Died. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 26 Woodlands Rd, New Southgate, London N.11; SERVICE FROM: 07/10/1918; SERVICE TO: 21/11/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/10/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 21/11/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nurse; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 07.10.18. 1st S.G.H. Birmingham 11.11.18. Mil. Hos. Colchester 21.11.18 – Died; DEPARTMENT: Norfolk Reserve; COMMISSION: Norfolk Military.


FORD, Miss Blye (1.11.1017-2.11.1918. Special Service. Cooking)

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ADDRESS: Bear & Castle Hotel, Marlborough; SERVICE FROM: 02/1917; SERVICE TO: Still working; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: {After Engagements} Military Hos: Colchester – 1.11.’17 to Nov, 31 1918. Since in France; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sp: Service Wilts.12; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 29/02/1917; RANK AT TERMINATION: Cook; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/11/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cooking ; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 450 in HP 286 in Workroom; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Marlborough 29/2/17 to 1/11/17 Colchester 1/11/17 to 2/11/18 France 2/11/18 to date B.R.C.S. Workroom, Marlborough – Jan. 1916 to June 1917; COMMISSION: Marlborough Red Cross Hospital WILTS/12; HONOURS AWARDED: V. W. Badge and Certificate for Needlework.


FOREMAN, Mrs. Amelia (23.6.1916-1.1917. Nurse – also working at Ipswich Military Hospital)

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ADDRESS: Mulberry Tree Farm, Copford, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 23/06/1916; SERVICE TO: 08/1917; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 23/06/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £24.0.0; DATE OF TERMINATION: 21/02/1917; PAY AT TERMINATION: 26.10.00; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nurse in Military Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time & one month whole time in Manchester; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Colchester Military Hospital – 8 months Ipswich Military Hospital – 8 months Manchester Military Hospital – (1 month); COMMISSION: Essex Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round.


FORSTER, Miss Evelyn (6.1916-10.1916. “Colchester”. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Woodhill, Crowthorne; COUNTY: Berks; SERVICE FROM: 11/1914; SERVICE TO: 09/1917; HOSPITAL: Heatherside Auxiliary Military, Crowthorne ; Wellington College, Shropshire; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Malta – Dartford – Colchester – Heatherside, Wellington College; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing members; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 15/09/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: No 18 General Hospital, France; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Nov 4 1914 to Sept 1915 – Heatherside Mil. Hospital. Sept 1915 to March 1916 – Malta. April 1916 to June 1916 – Dartford. June 1916 to Oct 1916 – Colchester; COMMISSION: Berkshire V.A.D 16.


FORWARD, Miss Sarah (8.1918-22.5.1919+ Parlour Work, Sisters Mess)

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ADDRESS: Chard; COUNTY: Somerset; SERVICE FROM: 22/12/1915; SERVICE TO: Still serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 22/12/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: £19 a year; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Storekeeper & Parlour work; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 22/12/15 to 22/5/16 H.Q. Exeter Store Keeping. No pay Aug 1917 Still serving Sister’s Mess. Military Hos. Colchester Parlour work £19 yearly; COMMISSION: Somerset.


FULTON, Miss Bella (8.1917-8.5.1919+ Clerk)

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ADDRESS: Drumlamph. Castledawson; COUNTY: Co. Derry; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: none; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/10/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 33/6 per week; DATE OF TERMINATION: Duration of War; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Pay department of Civil Subordinates; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Present engagement with General Military Hospital, Colchester, Essex. Per Query List. Served in Military Hospital, from Aug 1917 and is Still Serving; COMMISSION: Londonderry.


GADD, Miss Irene Bingham (16.4.1916-26.10.1918. General Service member)

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ADDRESS: 7 Lansdowne Square, Rosherville, nr Gravesend; COUNTY: Kent; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 21; CHARACTER: Excellent; SERVICE FROM: 11/1914; HOSPITAL: Rosherville Hotel, Gravesend; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: see back of Card; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 22/11/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 35/6; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Nov. 1914 to Dec. 1915 at Rosherville VAD .HP. Kent – Voluntary service 16. Apr. 1916 to 26 Oct. 1918 at General Military HP. Colchester. Paid service 26 Oct. 1918 to 22 Nov. 1918 at Devonshire House (for Overseas). Paid service BRITISH RED CROSS SOCIETY & ST. JOHN AMBULANCE MAY 21 19{illegible} Stamp on front of card – The Queens Hospital, Commandant 20 May 1919; CERTIFICATE NO: 6451.

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ADDRESS: 7 Lansdowne Square, Rosherville, nr Gravesend; COUNTY: Kent; SERVICE FROM: 10/09/1914; SERVICE TO: still serving; HOSPITAL: Rosherville Hotel, Gravesend; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 22/11/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 35/6. per week; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerical; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 10-8-14 to 15-11-14 Quartermaster, Central Stores for V.A.D. HP’s. 15-11-14 to 4-12-15 Quartermaster, Rosherville V.A.D. Hospital, Gravesend 16-4-16 to 26-10-18 Clerk, General Military Hospital, Colchester. 26-10-18 to 22-11-18 At Devonshire House, on draft for Salonica; COMMISSION: Kent 92.


GALLWEY, Miss Jeannette Phillis (11.7.1917-14.1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

Born 1884 in Waterford, Ireland.  Daughter of Waterford-born Merchant/J.P. William Joseph Gallwey and his Yorkshire-born wife Frances Kate Trelawner (nee Davies).

1891 Census:      26 Circus [Mews], Walcot, Bath, Somerset.  At maternal grandparents’ home (Clergyman Edward and Phiillis Davies); parents; 1 brother; 2 sisters; plus 3 servants of the household.

1901 Census:      26 Circus [Mews], Walcot, Bath, Somerset.  At maternal widowed grandmother’s home (Phiillis Davies); mother Frances; plus 5 servants of the household.

1911 Census:      Church Road, Tramore, Waterford.  With parents; 1 sister; plus 4 servants.

1916, 14 June:    Became a British Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment nursing member.

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ADDRESS: Rockfield, Tramore; COUNTY: Co. Waterford; SERVICE FROM: 14/06/1916; SERVICE TO: 14/01/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/06/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20.0.0; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 14/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £22.10.0; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing till 30.11.18. Then Matron’s Office till 14.1.19; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Joined No 25 General Hospital. B.E.F. France 14.6.16. Posted to Military Hospital Colchester 11.7.17. after sick leave from France. Resigned appointment 14.1.19; COMMISSION: British Red Cross Society & Order of St John, Joint War Committee, Leinster, Munster & Connaught; HONOURS; AWARDED: 2 Scarlet Efficiency Stripes 14.7.17. & 14.7.18.

1929, 3Q:             Married Bernard Edward O’Neill-Power in Waterford, Ireland.

1948,13 Feb:       Jeannette died, Wicklow, Ireland.

1958,13 Apr:       Husband Bernard Edward O’Neill-Power died in Greystones, County Wicklow.


GARNETT, Miss Brenda (V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Rivercourt & Extension Hospital, Maldon)

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ADDRESS: 5 Ribblesdale Avenue, Clitheroe; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; HOSPITAL: Ellerslie Auxiliary Hospital, Public Hall, Blackburn; Didsbury Lodge, Didsbury, Manchester; Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £20; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: At Ellerslie Aux Hospital, Blackburn (4 weeks) At Didsbury Lodge, Manchester At Military Hosp., Colchester At London (War Pensions Office) At Riverscourt Hosp, Maldon, Essex At No 2 New Zealand Hosp, Walton-on-Thames; COMMISSION: E. Lancs 94.

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ADDRESS: 5 Ribblesdale Avenue, Clitheroe; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 19; SERVICE FROM: 28/07/1917; SERVICE TO: 20/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 28/07/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 20/01/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rivercourt (Aux:) Hosp: Maldon 28.07.1917 – May 1918 N. Z. Hosp: Walton-on-Thames 18.06.1918 – 20.01.1919; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: E. Lancs: 94.


GIBBS, Miss Eva (13.6.1915-? Special Service member. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: “Hill Side” Stansted; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 13/06/1915; SERVICE TO: Still serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Ord. Mem; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/05/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: S S Mem; RANK AT TERMINATION: Ord. Mem; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: S S Mem; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing (S.S. Mem); WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: (signed) Nellie Morgan Commandant L/224 30.4.19; COMMISSION: Colchester Military Hospital London.


GIBBS, Miss Winifred (4.7.1918-12.6.1919+ V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 22 Tavistock Rd., Bayswater W 11; COUNTY: London; SERVICE FROM: 04/07/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/07/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20 p.a; RANK AT TERMINATION: member; DATE OF TERMINATION: still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: £22.10.0; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: General Military Hosp. Colchester Renewal of Contract; COMMISSION: London/250.


GLENDINNING, Miss Florence Lousia (1.11.1918-? V.A.D. Nursing duties)

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ADDRESS: Island House, Greenisland, Co Antrim, Ireland; COUNTY: Co Antrim; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Gen. Military Hospital, Colchester, Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/11/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20 per annum; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D.Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: at present not known; PAY AT TERMINATION: £20 per annum; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing duties in ward; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Gen Mil Hospital, Colchester; COMMISSION: Belfast V.A.D. 48.


GOODRICH, Miss Jessie. G. (14.8.1916-16.12.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Candor, Whitehale Rd., Colwyn Bay. N. Wales; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 37; SERVICE FROM: 16/05/1916; SERVICE TO: 10/05/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 16/05/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 10/05/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dartford Military 16.5.16 to 14.8.16 Colchester Military 14.8.16 to 16.12.16 France Military 5.4.17 to 10.5.19; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Caernarvonshire 12.


GREENFIELD, Miss Ethel (12.11.1917-12.6.1919.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 70 Everton Road, Endcliffe Sheffield; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 32; SERVICE FROM: 12/11/1917; SERVICE TO: 12/06/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/11/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/06/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Colchester Military; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: W Yorks Res.

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ADDRESS: 70 Everton Road. Endcliffe, Sheffield; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/11/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20 per an; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D;DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: £22 /10s; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: WR Yorks Reserve Det.


GROVE, Miss Ivy M. (11.1.1919-11.7.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 109 Dorset Road Bexhill-on-Sea; COUNTY: Sussex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 24; SERVICE FROM: 17/08/1916; SERVICE TO: Present 11-07-1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/08/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving 11-07-19; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: P.T.O;ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Birmingham 1st Southern General Military 17-8-1916 Trans. Malta Military 23.919.16 Trans. Salonica Military 26-7-1917 Trans. Colchester Military 22-1-1919; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Sussex 38.


HAMILTON, Miss Sarah (?-23.6.1919+ V.A.D. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: 2 Vicars Hill Armagh Ireland; COUNTY: Co. Armagh; CHARACTER: 2 efficiency stripes; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/07/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20 Per annum; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: £22.10 Per annum; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole Time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital Fernon Park Stockport Military Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: Monaghan.


HAMILTON, Miss Sarah Jane (20.9.1917-?4.1919.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Ipswich Mil. Hosp.)

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ADDRESS: School House Glashlough; COUNTY: Co Monaghan; SERVICE FROM: 01/07/1916; SERVICE TO: 06/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: PTO; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/07/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 06/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Manchester Military 1.7.16 – 1.8.17 Colchester Military 20-9-17 Ipswich Military 5.19 – 6.19; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Monaghan 2.


HAYNES, Miss May Barbor (4.1916-8.1918.  Dispenser)

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ADDRESS: Hampstead-Great Moor, Stockport; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Dispensery at Colchester Military Hospital Ap 1916 to Aug 1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Dispenser; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/04/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 28/- week; RANK AT TERMINATION: Dispenser; DATE OF TERMINATION: 04/08/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: 45/- week; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Dispenser; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 467 at Sir R. Pendlebury Aux Hospital Stockport Nov 1914 to Ap 1915; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Cheshire Branch May Haynes left Colchester on account of her sister’s very serious illness. She was required at house and has not worked since. Cheshire 60; COMMISSION: Cheshire/60.


HAYWARD, Miss Annie Agnes (16.5.1918-5.8.1919+ V.A.D. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: 86 Francis St Leeds; HOSPITAL: Allerton Auxiliary Military Hospital, Leeds; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: 3rd L.G.M. Hosp. Wandsworth Common; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/09/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: Continuing; PAY AT TERMINATION: Yes; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole Time Total 27y. 10 mths 3 wks; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Sept. 3. 1915 – Nov: 24 1917. at 3rd. London Gen: Hosp: (left for 6 mths rest, by Doctors orders) May 16th. 1918 – Continuing at Colchester Military Hosp. Allerton House Auxiliary Hospital. Chapel Allerton. Leeds. ? Total 27 y. 10 mths & 3 wks; COMMISSION: W.R. 78 York.


HENDRIE, Mrs. Lucy (9.1915-11.1915. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Pine Dell, Ipswich Road, Norwich; SERVICE FROM: 11/1915; SERVICE TO: 01/1918; HOSPITAL: Town Close Lodge, Newmarket Road, Norwich; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Colchester M. Hosp. 09 to 11/1915. Town Close Lodge 1916 to 1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: N.M; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 1916 to 1918. 5850 hrs 09.1915-11.1915 whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 09/1915 to 11/1915 Mil. Hos. Colchester 11/1915 to 01/1918 V.A.D. Hos. Town Close, Norwich; COMMISSION: Norfolk 64.


HOBKIRK, Miss Dorothy Margaret (Asst. Nurse, Spec. Probationer Nurse. R.R.C. 2nd Class 9/4/19, mention 11.04.19).  Born 1890 Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland.  Daughter of Northumberland-born Ship Owners’ Manager David Thomas Hobkirk & his wife Amelia Annie Millican.

1891 Census:  11 Moor View, Jesmond, Northumberland. With parents, siblings, grandmother plus 2 servants.

1901 Census:  72 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne. With widowed father, siblings & 4 servants,

1911 Census:  Ramlé, Adderstone Crescent, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne. With father, step-mother, siblings & half-siblings plus 5 servants.

1919,11.04:    Royal Red Cross 2nd Class: Asst. Nurse, Spec. Probationer Nurse.

9 April 1919.  SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE: Miss Dorothy Margaret Hobkirk, Asst. Nurse, Spec. Probationer Nurse, Gen. Mil. Hosp., Colchester.

11 April 1919  Chelmsford Chronicle, 11th April: “RED CROSS “MENTIONS.”

The names of the undermentioned have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War by the Chairman of the Joint War Committee of the British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John of Jerusalem in England for valuable services rendered in connection with the establishment, organization, and maintenance of Hospitals:- Awarded the Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class— Miss Dorothy Margaret Hobkirk, Asst. Nurse, Spec. Probationer Nurse, Gen. Mil. Hosp.Colchester”

1959,08.06:    Death in Kingston-upon-Thames “Spinster …. of 9 Poplar Grove, New Malden, Surrey”.


HODGES, Miss Hilda Victoria (? V.A.D. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: “Foxhill”, Beech Lanes, Birmingham; SERVICE FROM: 17/05/1915; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: 1/5 Northern Gen. Leicester. At present Gen. Military Hospital Colchester; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D.; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/05/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing V.A.D.; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: County Director B’ham & (part) Worcs., 91, Charlotte Street, Birmingham Voluntary Aid Detachment Date Oct 30 1919; COMMISSION: Worcestershire.


HODGSON, Miss Rachel (? V.A.D. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: 33 Musgrave Street Penrith; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/03/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Unpaid; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 15/12/1915; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: VAD Nurse. Penrith Auxiliary Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 1526; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Joined the VAD on its registration Dec 28th 1911. Dec: 1915 went on special service to 1st Northern Gen. Hospital Newcastle – on – Tyne. after six months went to France. Now working in Military Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: Cumberland VAD 14.


HOWARD, Miss O. (Special Probationer.  “valuable services rendered” mention 10 March 1917)

10 March 1917, Essex Newsman: “MORE NURSES HONOURED.  The following additional ladies have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the war:- … Howard, O., Special Probationer, Military Hospital, Colchester.”


HOWELL, Miss Laura Gibson (10.1917-5 weeks. V.A.D. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: 9 Arthurdon Rd, Brockley, S.E.4; SERVICE FROM: 17/04/1917; SERVICE TO: Still engaged; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: 4 months at 3rd. London General Hosp. Wandsworth in April 1917. and 5 weeks at General Military Hosp. Colchester in Oct 1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 27/05/1918;  PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £22-10; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: Until Demobolization; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing Member; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole also 126 hrs voluntary; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Bermondsey Military Hospital. “Special Service” (still on regular duty) Side 1: Date of Engagement – ‘April 17th. 1917.’ written above ’27 May 1918′; COMMISSION: Lewisham 238 London.


HUBBARD, Miss Edith (28.10.1918-? V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Not known at present; SERVICE FROM: 12/1915; HOSPITAL: Swanton House, Ashford ; St. George’s Hall Hospital, Willesden Lane, N.W; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/1915; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: VAD Nurse; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part-time 894 hours in /15 to /16. Worked since King George’s Hos. London; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dec 1915 Swanton Hse. V.A.D. Hos. Sept 1916 St George’s Hospital London 28.10.18 Colchester; COMMISSION: Norfolk Aux. & Military.


HUDSON, Miss E. (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Staff Nurse. “valuable services rendered” mention 10 March 1917)

10 March 1917, Essex Newsman:  “MORE NURSES HONOURED.  The following additional ladies have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the war:- …

Hudson, E., Staff Nurse, Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Military Hospital, Colchester.”


INGALL, Miss Mary Charlotte (2.1916-29.5.1919.  Asst. Dispenser)

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ADDRESS: 16 The Avenue, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: Still working; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Asst Dispenser & Comt of Essex/2; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/02/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 28/ per week; RANK AT TERMINATION: Asst Dispenser & Comt of Essex/2; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Asst. Dispenser in Colchester Mil. Hosp; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division. Miss Round. From Aug 1914 to Jan 1916 worked voluntarily from time to time a month or fortnight at a time at various work. At S. Martin’s House in attendance on the men who had been vaccinated, and at Gostwyke {sic} Hospital, etc, etc. From Feb 1916 onwards been working at General Military Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: Essex / 2.


JAMES, Mrs. Nellie (26.10.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service Member.  Telephonist)

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ADDRESS: 35 Constantine Road, C olchester; SERVICE FROM: 26/10/1918; SERVICE TO: Still working; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S.Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 26/10/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 31/6; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Telephonist; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole Time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: General Military Hospital, Colchester; COMMISSION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round. Red Cross 2nd. Essex.


JONES, Miss Elsie May (14.7.1917-27.8.1918.  J.W. V.A.D. Assistant Cook)

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ADDRESS: Yew Tree Lane, Blackheath, Birmingham; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 22; SERVICE FROM: 14/07 /1917; SERVICE TO: 19/05/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Asst. Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/07/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: with; DATE OF TERMINATION: 19/05/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 14.7.17 – 27.8.18 Military Hosp. Colchester 11.10.18 – 19.5.19 Military Hosp. Ripon; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: B’ham Res.


JARDINE, Miss Amelia Esther (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class, 16 February 1920, London Gazette)

1920, 16 Feb:      SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 16 FEBRUARY, 1920.

War Office, 16th February, 1920.  His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to award the Royal Bed Cross to the undermentioned Ladies in recognition of their valuable nursing services in connection with the War: — AWARDED THE ROYAL RED CROSS.   2nd Class. Miss Amelia Esther Jardine, Sister, Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Mily. Hpl., Colchester.”


LARBALASTIER, Miss Marie (13.8.1916-1.12.1916.  V.A.D. Nurse – contracted T.B. during service)

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ADDRESS: Walmer House, St Aubin’s Road, Jersey; SERVICE FROM: 01/1915; SERVICE TO: Present Date; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: nursing member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 1. no 2. yes 3. Yes; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: (see other side ); WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1. Jany 1915 to Present Date. member V.A.D. Jersey. 2 2. Nov 1. 1915 to Augt 13th 1916. Lower Southern Hosp. Dartford 3. Augt 13. 1916 to Dec 1st. 1916 Military Hospl Colchester Dec 1916. Invalided, suffering from Tuberculosis contracted on duty & sent to Sanatorium at Penmaenmawr, Nth Wales; COMMISSION: V.A.D. Jersey. 2.; HONOURS AWARDED: Silver Badge – “Disabled”.


LAWFORD, Miss Dorothy (9.1917-2.1919. Head Cook. Section Leader)

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ADDRESS: Downhills Southborough Tunbridge Wells; HOSPITAL: Henley Park Military Hospital, near Guildford (Aldershot Command); PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: at Henley Park Guildford & No 1 New Zealand General Hospital Brockenhurst; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Section Leader; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/09/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £45 per year; RANK AT TERMINATION: Section Leader; DATE OF TERMINATION: 14/02/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £45 per year; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Head Cook; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Full time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Jan 1916 to June 1916 Henley Park Hos; Guildford Aug 1916 to Aug 1917 New Zealand Hos: Brockenhurst Sept 1917 to Feb 1919 Military Hos: Colchester; COMMISSION: Hants 200 Hampshire.


LAWRIE/LAURIE, Miss Amelia Ogilvie (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class 24/10/17, mention 02 Nov. 1917).  Born c1889 Montrose, Forfarshire, Scotland.  Daughter of Kincardineshire-born James Laurie and his wife Elizabeth.

1891 Census:  1 Queen Street, Montrose, Forfarshire. With parents and siblings. “1”.

1901 Census:  1 Queen Street, Montrose, Forfarshire. With maternal grandparents. (Family split/no mother found).

1911 Census:  Whitechapel Infirmary, Vallance Road, London E.  Nurse.

1917,02.11:     Royal Red Cross 2nd Class – Sister Q.A.I.M.N.S.Reserve, General Military Hospital, Colchester.

2nd Nov 1917, Chelmsford Chronicle: “ROYAL RED CROSS FOR ESSEX NURSES.

The King has awarded the Royal Red Cross to the undermentioned ladies of the nursing services in recognition of their valuable service in connection with the war:- …  To be Associates, Royal Red Cross (2nd Class).  Miss Amelia O. Lawrie, Sister, Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Gen. Mil. Hpl., Colchester.”

1924:                01 February.  Outward Passenger: out of London to Singapore. With Mr. & Mrs. P. Laryan? “Crown Agents”.  ‘Crown Agents’ are professional people appointed by the government.


LEWIS, Miss Gertrude G. (8.1916-5.12.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Riverdale, Bradford on Avon; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 37; SERVICE FROM: 02/10/1915; SERVICE TO: 06/10/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/10/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 06/10/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Malta Military 2.10.15 to 6.16 Dartford Military 5.6.16 Trans Colchester Military 8.16 to 5.12.16 France Military 6.4.17 to 6.10.18; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D.; COMMISSION: Wilts 52.

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ADDRESS: 2 Junction Road, Bradford on Avon; COUNTY: Wilts; SERVICE FROM: 02/1915; SERVICE TO: 10/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: yes; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D; DATE OF TERMINATION: 10/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: yes; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Wards; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This member never worked at Bradford on Avon Hosp. Trowbridge Red Cross Hosp’l Ap. 1915 – Aug. 1915. Military Hosp, Malta Sept 1915 – Ap. 1916. Dartford War Hosp. June 1916 – December 1916. Colchester Military Hosp. June 1916 – December 1916. 26th General Hosp, France April 1917 – October 1918 83rd General Hosp, France April 1917 – October 1918 Stamped:- Bradford-on-Avon Auxiliary Red Cross Hospital Mary W. Skrine, Asst: Commandant; DEPARTMENT: V.A.D. Wilts 52; COMMISSION: Wilts.


LILLEY, Miss Evelyn Gladys (29.10.1918 -29.5.1919+ General Service. Storekeeper)

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ADDRESS: 20 Morten Road, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 29/10/1918; SERVICE TO: Still working; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 29/10/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 24 Shillings; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Continuing; PAY AT TERMINATION: 31s-6d; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Storekeeper; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round. General Military Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: Essex 2nd.


LISTER, Miss Daisy (2.1917-4.1917.  V.A.D. Nursing member)

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ADDRESS: Fen Ditton; COUNTY: Cambs; SERVICE FROM: 02/1917; SERVICE TO: 14/1917; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Colchester Military Hospital; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: April ’17 for work at Colchester Hospital; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Surgery & housework at Shelford Red X Aux: Hospital, Cambs; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time, alternate weeks whole; COMMISSION: Cambs 14.


LOCKE, Miss Esther (24.07.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member.  Assistant Cook)

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ADDRESS: Holly Cottage, Wendling; COUNTY: Norfolk; SERVICE FROM: 24/07/1918; SERVICE TO: Still working; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G. S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 24/07/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 24/-; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: 24/-; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Assistant Cook; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Raund General Military Hospital, Colchester; COMMISSION: Essex/2.


LOFTHOUSE, Miss Claudine Muriel (20.3.1919-19.8.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. South African)

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ADDRESS: Fern Villa, Pretoria, S. Africa; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 28; SERVICE FROM: 17/08/1917; SERVICE TO: present 29.8.19; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/08/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: with; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving 29.8.19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Salonica Military 17.8.17 Trans Colchester Military 20.3.19; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: S. African Imperial; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 Scarlet Efficiency stripe 2.10.19.


LILEAS, Miss May Lorraine (20.10.1915-29.5.1919+ General Service. Head Clerk, Steward’s Office)

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ADDRESS: 63 Pownall Crescent, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 20/10/1915; SERVICE TO: Still working; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 20/10/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 26/- (£1-6-0; RANK AT TERMINATION: Head Clerk; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: 42/-3 £2-2-3; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Head Clerk, Stewards’ Office; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: General Military Hospital, Colchester, Essex Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round; COMMISSION: Essex 2.


LUCAS, Miss Caroline Mary (3.8.1917-30.11.1917.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Castle Precinct Lewes; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 37; SERVICE FROM: 30/10/1916; SERVICE TO: 30/11/1917; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 30/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/11/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Croydon War Hosp. Military 30-10-16 – 3.8-17- Colchester Mil Hosp. 3-8-17 – 30-11-17; DEPARTMENT: J.W.VAD; COMMISSION: London 40; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 Scarlet Stripe 1-17-17.


LUCAS, Miss Ninette Mary (Spec. Mil. Probationer Asst. Nurse. RRC 2nd Class, 16 Feb. 1920, London Gazette).

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 16 FEBRUARY, 1920. War Office, 16th February, 1920.

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to award the Royal Bed Cross to the undermentioned Ladies in recognition of their valuable nursing services in connection with the War: —  AWARDED THE ROYAL RED CROSS.   2nd Class. … Miss Ninette Mary Lucas, Spec. Mil. Probationer Asst. Nurse, Mily. Hpl., Colchester.”


MacKERDY, Miss M. G. (Special Probationer. “valuable services rendered” mention 26 October 1917)

This may be MARY GILCHRIST MacKIRDY  Born c1881 Rothsay, Buteshire, Scotland.

Daughter of Glasgow-born Master Mariner John M(a)cKirdy and his wife Isabella Colts nee Dobbie).

1891 Census:  Humber Road, Greenwich. With parents (father “Retired Master Mariner” and siblings.  “7”.  3 servants.

1901 Census:  5 Westcombe Park Road, Greenwich.  With parents (father “Marine Superintendent”) & siblings. “17”. 1 servant.

1911 Census:  62 Coleraine Road, Westcombe Park, Blackheath/Greenwich,London S E.  With Widowed mother & 2 sisters.  No occupation given for Mary.  1 servant.

1917, 26.10:     “valuable services rendered” –  Special Probationer, General Military Hospital, Colchester.

Friday 26 October 1917, Chelmsford Chronicle: “WOMEN’S WORK FOR THE WOUNDED.

NURSES’ SERVICES RECOGNISED. The undermentioned are included in a long list of those who have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the war:- … Mackerdy, Miss M. G., Spec. Prob., Gen. Military Hospital, Colchester.”

Mary married Robert S. Underwood in 1st Quarter of 1925.

Mary (“of 28 Park Road, Bexhill, Sussex. Widow”) died 20 April 1958 St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.


MACMAHON, Miss Norah Ryan (22.11.1916-8.1.1917.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Ipswich Military Hospital)

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ADDRESS: 28 Prinrose Mansions Battersea Park. S.W; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 25; SERVICE FROM: 01/07/1916; SERVICE TO: 04/02/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/07/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 04/02/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Ipswich Military Hp. 1.7.16 Transferred Colchester Military Hp 22:11;16 to 8.1.17 Salonika Military Hp 18.8.17 to 4.2.19; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: London / 122.

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ADDRESS: 28 Primrose Mansions S.W.11; HOSPITAL: Salonica, Stanmore; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: 1.7.16 to 1.2.17 Ipswich & Colchester Mil Hospitals; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: S.S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 18/08/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing 43rd Gen. Hos. Salonica; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Full time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mil: Hos: Ipswich 1.7.16 to 1.2.17 43 Gen Salonica 18.8.17 to 7.2.19; COMMISSION: London.


MARK, Mrs. Amelia (25.7.1916-21.3.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Mulberry Tree Farm, Copford, W. Marks Tey; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 35; SERVICE FROM: 25/07/1916; SERVICE TO: 19/09/1917; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/07/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 19/09/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: General Military Hospital Colchester 25:7:16 to 21:3:17 2nd Western General HP. 20:8:17 to 19:9:17; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex /66.


MASON, Miss Phyllis (1.2.1917-1.2.1918. Special Service member. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 8 Chandos Rd, Cricklewood N.W.2; SERVICE FROM: 09/09/1915; SERVICE TO: Still working; HOSPITAL: Rosslyn Lodge, Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: S.S. Member L/150; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/09/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20 etc as usual; RANK AT TERMINATION: S.S. Member L/150; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Nurse (see over); WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: From 9.9.15 to 2.4.16 St. Ignatius Hospl. Malta From 1.2.17 to 1.2.18 Mil. Hosl. Colchester From 1.10.18 still working Albert Hall Mil. Hos. Nottingham M.J. Cutbush, Comdt. In holiday has often worked at Rosslyn Lodge Auxiliary Military Hospital, Hampstead N.W. {Initials}; DEPARTMENT: L/150; COMMISSION: London /150; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 Red Eff. Stripe.


MAYNE, Miss Mary Elizabeth (12.2.1919-25.8.1919.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Aughnamallagh House, Monaghan; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 28; SERVICE FROM: 09/02/1917; SERVICE TO: 12/08/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/02/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: with; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/08/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Catterick Camp Military 9:2:17 9:9:18 Colchester Military 12:2:19 Trans Denmark Hill Military 26:8:19. 3:8:19; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: City of Dublin 4.

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ADDRESS: Aughnamallagh House; COUNTY: Monaghan; SERVICE FROM: 09/02/1917; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: none; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/02/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Catterick Camp. Sobraon Military Hospital. Colchester; COMMISSION: Monaghan.


MAXTON, Miss M. M. Maxton  (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. “valuable services rendered” mention 10 March 1917)

10 March 1917, Essex Newsman: “MORE NURSES HONOURED.  The following additional ladies have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the war:- … Maxton, M. M., Sister, Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Military Hospital, Colchester.”


McARDLE, Miss Pearl (20.3.1919-9.9.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: c/o Mrs Maxwell, Polkerriss, Radlett; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 32; SERVICE FROM: 17/08/1917; SERVICE TO: 09/09/1919 PRESENT; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/08/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/09/1919 still serving; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Salonika Military Hospital 17.08.1917 Transferred to Military Hospital, Colchester. 20.03.1919; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: London /250; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 Efficiency Stripe17.09.1918.


McCLEW, Miss Minnie Ellen (Special Probationer.  “valuable services rendered” mention 10 March 1917) (Special Probationer. Attached Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class 24/10/17, mention 02 November 1917)

10 March 1917, Essex Newsman: “MORE NURSES HONOURED.  The following additional ladies have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the war:- … McClew, M., Special Probationer, Military Hospital, Colchester.”

2nd Nov 1917, Chelmsford Chronicle: “ROYAL RED CROSS FOR ESSEX NURSES.

The King has awarded the Royal Red Cross to the undermentioned ladies of the nursing services in recognition of their valuable service in connection with the war:- … To be Associates, Royal Red Cross (2nd Class). Miss Minnie E. McClew, Spec. Prob., attd. Q.A.I.M.N.S., Gen. Mil. Hpl., Colchester.”


MEAD, Miss Kathleen Laura (13.9.1917-22.9.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 77 Parrock Street, Gravesend; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 25; SERVICE FROM: 13/09/1917; SERVICE TO: Present 22:9:19; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/09/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 22:9:19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Colchester Military Side 1: ’22:9:19′; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Kent Res. T.F.A.


MELLISS, Miss Joan (27.4.1918-26.11.1918.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Hill Cottage, Duppas Hill Terrace, Croydon; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 27; SERVICE FROM: 27/04/1918; SERVICE TO: 26/11/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 27/04/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: with;DATE OF TERMINATION: 26/11/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Colchester Military HP; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D.; COMMISSION: Kent Res.


MILDRED, Miss Emily Jane (“Military work”, “Colchester”.  Matron duties)

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ADDRESS: Cumberland Villas, Middlesborough; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Matron. Royal Bath Hospital Harrogate 150 beds Matron. St John V.A.D Hospital Southport 300 beds; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Matron; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Hospital Matron; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Has been doing Military work from Dec 1914 to Dec 1918 at Harrogate Hospital, Colchester, Mansfield District Hospital – Matron’s Duties; COMMISSION: Mansfield Genl. Notts.


MOLYNEUX, Miss Ethel A. (2.8.1917-14.10.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 19 St Augustine’s Avenue, South Croydon; COUNTY: Surrey; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 32; SERVICE FROM: 09/06/1916; SERVICE TO: 17/10/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: PTO; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/06/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 17/10/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: France Military 7:6:16 Trans Croydon Military 14:4:18 Trans Colchester Military 2:8:17 14:10:17 Fargo Military 19:4:18 17:10:18; DEPARTMENT: JWVAD; COMMISSION: London 82.


MORPHEY, Miss Lilian Susan (7.1.1917-6.6.19. J.W. V.A.D. Clerk)

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ADDRESS: Langford Hall, Langham, Nr Colchester; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 18; SERVICE FROM: 07/01/1917; SERVICE TO: 06/06/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/01/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With;DATE OF TERMINATION: 06/06/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Colchester Military; DEPARTMENT: JW. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex 48.


MORRISON, Miss Kathleen (1.1.1918-30.6.1919.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Worlington Lodge, Mildenhall; COUNTY: Suffolk; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 30; SERVICE FROM: 11/09/1915; SERVICE TO: 30/06/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT:11/09/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/06/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Egypt Military 11.9.15 – 5.11.17 Colchester Military 1.1.18 – 30.06.19; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: London 12; HONOURS AWARDED: 2 Scarlet Efficiency 27.9.17.


MORTON, Mrs. Clara Jane  (27.10.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member.  Storekeeper)

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ADDRESS: 59 Wickham Road, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 27/10/1918; SERVICE TO: Continuing; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: none; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 27/10/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 24/-; RANK AT TERMINATION: G.S. Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: Continuing; PAY AT TERMINATION: 31/6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Storekeeper; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Raund. General Military Hospital, Colchester; COMMISSION: Essex / 2.


MOSES, Miss Helen (29.11.1917-30.11.1918.  J.W. V.A.D.  Nurse. Trained X-Ray Assistant)

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ADDRESS: Fenton, Beckenham; COUNTY: Kent; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 36; SERVICE FROM: 19/08/1916; SERVICE TO: 30/11/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 19/08/1916;  RANK AT TERMINATION: X Ray Assist.; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/11/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: P.T.O; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dover Military 19:8:16 – 31:10:16 Colchester Military 29:11:17 – 30:11:18 Side 1: ’23:9:19′; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Kent 86.

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ADDRESS: 22 Copers Cope Road Beckenham; COUNTY: Kent; SERVICE FROM: 10/1914; SERVICE TO: 11/1918; HOSPITAL: Christ Church Schools, Beckenham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained X-Ray Assist.; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 24/11/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 34/6 per week; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained X-Ray Assist.; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/11/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: 39/6 per week; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Radiography, care of apparatus. Dark room work. Assisting at operations etc; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time Duty hours 9 a.m. to 5 to 9.30 p.m &. ½ day Sunday. 2 years at Christ Church Hosp. Beckenham. Nursing voluntary 1 Month Dover (Declined to sign on) Trained as masseuse with 3 weeks consent of of Red Cross Dec 1916 to June 1917 Med: Elec: June 17 to July 17 X-Ray work. June 17 to Nov 17. Voluntary; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: From: Oct.1914 Nursing at own V.A.D. Kent 86 to Aug.1916 also Oct 5th.1916 to Nov 30.1916 From Dec 6th.1916 R. National Orthoepaedic Hospital Training as Masseuse. I.S. T.M. & Medical Elec. to June 1917 June.1917 X-Ray work at Bethnal Green Military Hospital (took Red X Course in Aug. 1917) to Oct.1917 Oct.1917 X-Ray work Colchester Military Hospital Colchester, appointed Nov24.1917 served to 30.11.1918 (Took full charge when Head was on leave); COMMISSION: Kent 86 X-Ray Colchester Kent.


MOSS, Miss Mabel Barbara (19.11.1917-19.06.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: St Albans House, St Albans Av, Bournemouth; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 30; SERVICE FROM: 19/11/1917; SERVICE TO: 19/06/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 19/11/1917; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 19/06/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: P.T.O; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Sobraon Military Hospital Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Hants Res.


MULBERRY, Miss Nellie (17.9.1917-3.8.1919.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Spring Cottage, Wilberface Road, Sandgate; COUNTY: Kent; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 20; SERVICE FROM: 17/09/1917; SERVICE TO: 03/08/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/09/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/08/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Herts/34.


MUNSON, Miss Gladys Ellen (19.6.1916-22.12.1919. General Service V.A.D. Clerk/Telephonist)

Gladys (“Bunny”) was born on 13 November 1897 in Bangor, North Wales. Eldest daughter of Little Bentley, Essex-born Mariner Charles Frederick Munson and his Brightlingsea-born wife Emma Jane (nee Ruffell).

1901 Census:      54 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex. With mother; one sister; & maternal Grandmother.

1911 Census:      9 Duke Street, Brightlingsea, Essex.  With parents and four sisters (“… my father wanted five sons …”).

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ADDRESS: 21 Canterbury Rd, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 19/06/1916; SERVICE TO: Still serving; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Telephonist, N.T. Exchange, Brightlingsea; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 19/06/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1 – 0 – 0; RANK AT TERMINATION: G.S. V. A. D; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1 – 19 – 3; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerk (Telephonist for 2 years after enlisting); WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital Colchester “Gone away 04/08/1921” on front of card; COMMISSION: Essex.

1921, 1Q:            Gladys married Colchester-born Stanley Parker Bird, in the Registration District of Hendon, Middlesex.  While she was working at the Military Hospital, Gladys lodged at 21 Canterbury Road, Colchester.  In the 1911 Census, Stanley was living at 9 Granville Road, Colchester.  The two properties were only about a 7 minute walk apart – perhaps they came across each other because they lived so close to each other.  Stanley was a “Civil Servant Student” in 1911 … perhaps they even came across each other at the Hospital?

1984:                  Gladys, as Mrs. Bird, was interviewed as part of an Oral History project (2 reels’ worth): http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80007178.  She describes her experiences of working as a V.A.D. at the Colchester Military Hospital – a very interesting interview.

1987, 31 Jan:     Husband Stanley “of 70 Ossulton Way London N2” died.

1994, 11 Sept:     Gladys “of 70 Ossulton Way London N2” died.


MUNTZ, Miss Mavis (Cook.  Also at Earls Colne Red Cross Hospital)

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ADDRESS: Tiddington House, Stratford on Avon; SERVICE FROM: 12/1917; SERVICE TO: 01/1919

HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Military HP. Colchester; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/12/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 24/01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cooking at Red X HP. Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: [whole time] Resident. Whole time; COMMISSION: Essex.


MURPHY, Miss Beatrice (1 month, whole time)

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ADDRESS: 39 Victoria Road, Romford; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1915; SERVICE TO: 10/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Thirteen months at Napsbury War Hospital (whole time), one month; Colchester Military Hospital (whole time); RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Ord: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 10/- per week; RANK AT TERMINATION: Ord: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 10/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: 10/- per week; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing & general duties at Romford Auxiliary Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time (600 hrs.); ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Did voluntary work at Romford Auxiliary Hospital; COMMISSION: Essex 108 V.A.D; HONOURS AWARDED: Red Stripe, White Stripe.


NEWBURY, Mr. Robert (Nursing Orderly)

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ADDRESS: 17 Trafalgar Terrace, Ystrad, Rhondda; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1916; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Private; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/12/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 1/6 pr day; RANK AT TERMINATION: Private; DATE OF TERMINATION: 27/12/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: 1/6 pr day; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing Orderly; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital, Aylesbury Military Hospital, Bedford Military Hospital, Colchester Military Hospital, Felixstowe [Against address:] Gone Away 24/10/21; COMMISSION: Ystrad, Rhondda, Glamorgan.


NORRIS, Miss Evelyn Foxley (24.10.1916-25.3.1917. Nurse in Military Hospitals)

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ADDRESS: The Deanery, York; HOSPITAL: Oulton Hall (Officers’ Hospital), Leeds; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: 6 months in No. 14 Stationary Hospital B.E.F. 7 months No. 25 General HP. B.E.F. 6 months Colchester; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/08/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nurse in Military Hospitals. Quartermaster in Aux: Hospital for Officers; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital Quartermaster to Oulton Hall Officers HP. Nr Leeds. No. 14 Stationary HP: – 5/8/15 to 2.2.16 No. 25 General HP: 2/2/16 to 5/9/16 Colchester Military HP: 24/10/16 to 25/3/17 Oulton Hall Officers HP: 4/8/18 Still serving; COMMISSION: Yorkshire. 54th. West Riding V.A.D. Detachment.


O’REILLY, Miss Elizabeth Marion (21.3.1916-21.5.1919.  J.W. V.A.D. Dispenser)

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ADDRESS: 26 Kathleen Rd, Lavender Hill, S.W; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 35; SERVICE FROM: 12/1915; SERVICE TO: Present 27:9:19; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Dispenser; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 27:9:19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Portsmouth 12-15 Trans. Colchester Military 21:3.16 Trans. Chisledon Camp Military 22:5:19. Side 1: ‘27.9.19 ‘ ‘Cert Rtd unknown 26/5/20’ ‘re-issued -/12/21’ Permanent Address – ‘6 Filmer House, Filmer Road, Fulham’ crossed through ‘Cert Rtd unknown 30-12-21’ Side 2: ‘c/o Mrs. Bamber, Lithgow, N.S.W. Australia’; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: London 154.


OSBORNE, Miss Annie (Q.A.I.M.N.S. Staff Nurse, Royal Red Cross 2nd Class, 3/3/19 (probably at Colchester at the time of her award, though RRC for service in Mesopotamia). Went on to serve during WW2.


PANNETT, Miss Kate (14.10.1914-31.12.1918. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Highgate Hawkhurst; SERVICE FROM: 14/10/1914; SERVICE TO: 31/12/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/19/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 31/12/1918; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 7137; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Side 2 Now doing duty at Military Hos. Colchester. Still serving 156 written above the word Hos.; COMMISSION: Kent.


PARDEE, Harold E. B. (American Medical Officer) 

See more at 1st/Front Row No. 22: https://militaryhospitalcolchester1918.wordpress.com/home/1st-row-1918-colchester-military-hospital/


PARKINSON, Miss Jessie Gertrude (3.1918-5.1918. Gen. Service member. Section Leader. Head Cook)

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ADDRESS: Croft Vicarage, Wainfleet; COUNTY: Lincolnshire; SERVICE FROM: 03/1916; SERVICE TO: 05/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Have since worked at Auxiliary Hosp. from Oct. 7th 18 to Mar 3rd 19 whole time; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Section Leader; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/03/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 25/-per week; RANK AT TERMINATION: G.S. Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 25/04/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: 25/-per week; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Head Cook; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Raund. Colchester Gen. Military Hospital from March 1918 – May 1918. Lincoln Auxiliary Hospital as a voluntary worker from Oct. 1918 to March 1919; COMMISSION: Essex/2; HONOURS AWARDED: Two service stripes & Cooking Proficiency Badge (Red X).


PARMENTER, Miss Hilda Mary (2.11.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service. Clerical (Surgical Div. Office)

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ADDRESS: Delwyn, Kirby Cross; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 02/11/1918; SERVICE TO: Still working; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G. S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/11/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1.11.6; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: 1.11.6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerical (Surgical Division Office); WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole Time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round. General Military Hospital, Colchester; COMMISSION: Red Cross Essex 2.


PARSONS, Miss Mabel Lydia (11.4.1916 to 14.8.1916.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Clerk)

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ADDRESS: Sedgeford, King’s Lynn; COUNTY: Norfolk; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 28; SERVICE FROM: 11/04/1916; SERVICE TO: 08/04/1919; HOSPITAL: Prince Edward Home, Hunstanton; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/04/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: with; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 08/04/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military HP Colchester 11.4.16 to 14.8.16 Military HP Brighton (Kitchener) 23.9.16 to 7.11.17 4th Southern Gen. HP Plymouth (military) 4.12.17 to 25.1.18 Prince Edward Home Hunstanton Norfolk (auxiliary) 8.4.18 to 8.7.18 Military HP Aylesbury 16.11.18 to 8.4.19; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Norfolk/30.

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ADDRESS: Sedgeford, Kings Lynn; SERVICE FROM: 11/04/1916; HOSPITAL: Prince Edward Home, Hunstanton; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/04/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; DATE OF TERMINATION: 07/04/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 11.4.16 Military Hos: Colchester. 23.9.16 – 20.9.17 Kitchener Hos. Brighton. 4.12.17 4th S.E.H Plymouth 8.5.18 – 8.8. 18 Prince Edward Home, Hunstanton. 16.11.18 – Military Hos: Aylesbury; COMMISSION: Norfolk/30 Military.

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PARTNER, Miss Priscilla (24.2.1919-24.3.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 26 Hereford Road, Wanstead; COUNTY: Surrey; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 26; SERVICE FROM: 01/01/1917; SERVICE TO: 24/03/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/01/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With;DATE OF TERMINATION: 24/03/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Woking Military 1:1:17 Trans. Malta Military 20:8:18 1:19 Colchester Military 24:2:19 24:3:19 Side 1: ’29:9:19′; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex 56.


PERKIN, Mrs. Dora Dearne (10.12.1918 – 23.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse) http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=military+colchester&page=10&id=237093&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Loddon, Norwich; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 23; SERVICE FROM:21/06/1915; SERVICE TO: 23/05/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: pto; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 21/06/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 23/05/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 21.6.15 – 12.7.16 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge 10.12.18 – 23.5.19 Colchester Military Hospital; DEPARTMENT: JWVAD; COMMISSION: Norfolk 84.


PETTY, Miss Ethel May (22.8.1916-3.8.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Eversleigh, Canterbury Road, Leighton N.E.; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 23; SERVICE FROM: 22/08/1916; SERVICE TO: 03/08/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 22/08/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: with; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military HP. Colchester Side 1: ‘4/10/19’; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: London / 110.


PHILLIPS, Mrs. Winifred (02.05.1917-02.06.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 32 Stanley Street Tunstall; COUNTY: Staffs; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 33; SERVICE FROM: 02/05/1917; SERVICE TO: 02/06/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/05/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With;DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/06/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Colchester Military; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Staffs 104.


PIM, Miss Martha Eliza (11.03.1919-1.10.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Penlee, Maghull, Liverpool; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 34; SERVICE FROM: 27/06/1916; SERVICE TO: present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: JW VAD; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 27/06/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 1.10.19; WHOLE OR PART TIME: PTO; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rec’d 11 Nov 1919 27.06.16 to 29.01.18 – Devonport Military Hospital 03.04.18 to 13.08.18 – Bagthorpe Military Hospital 11.03.19 – – Colchester General Military Hospital; COMMISSION: West Lancashire 70.


PINE, Miss Margaret Muriel (22.1.1919 – 4.4.1919. British Red Cross V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 15 Bishop’s Mansions Fulham Palace Road, S.W.6; SERVICE FROM: 04/10/1916; SERVICE TO: still serving 03.1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/10/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £22.10.per an; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: £22.10 per an; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: 9 months home service. 18 months active service. Both in Military Hospitals; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Oct 4th 1916 – April 30, 1917 – 2nd. Eastern General Hospital, Brighton April 30 1917 – July 1917 25 General Hospital B.E.F. France July 1917 – October 12, 1918 55 General Hospital B.E.F. France Jan. 22nd. 1919 – April 4th, 1919 Central Military Hospital Colchester; DEPARTMENT: Sussex/40 B.R.C.S; COMMISSION: Sussex 40 B.R.C.S.


PLANE, Miss Gladys May (29.04.1918-29.5.1919+ Clerk)

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ADDRESS: 74 North Station Road, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 29/04/1918; SERVICE TO: Still working; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: GS Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 29/04/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 27/6; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: 32/6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerk

WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole Time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rec’d 29 May 1919 Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round General Military Hpl. Colchester; COMMISSION: Essex 2.


POOLE, Miss Rosamund (4.1918-19.5.1919+ V.A.D. Nurse – St. John Ambulance Brigade)

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ADDRESS: Brecqhou, Manor Road, High Barnet; COUNTY: London; SERVICE FROM: 03/04/1916; SERVICE TO: still serving; HOSPITAL: Gifford House, Roehampton; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/04/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Nurse; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1916 Gifford House Aux: Hospt. Roehampton, S.W. April 3 1916 – March 20 1917 Home for Belgian Babies, Cromwell Road, S.W. 1917 Land worker 1918 Military Hospital, Colchester April 1918, still serving 1919; COMMISSION: LONDON/96 S.J.A.B.


PRICE, Miss Kathleen Kora (12.10.1917-12.5.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 38 Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Ireland; COUNTY: Co. Dublin; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 24; SERVICE FROM: 12/10/1917; SERVICE TO: 12/05/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/10/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/05/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Co. Dublin 34.


PURKISS, Miss Alice Emma (18.10.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member. Storekeeper)

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ADDRESS: 37 Hamilton Rd, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 18/10/1918; SERVICE TO: Still working; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 18/10/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1.4.0; RANK AT TERMINATION: G.S. Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: Continuing; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1.11.6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Storekeeper; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round General Military Hospital, Colchester; COMMISSION: 2nd Essex.


PURKISS, Mrs. Dora May (29.10.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member. Storekeeper)

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ADDRESS: 181 Butt Road, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 29/10/1918; SERVICE TO: Still working; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 29/10/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 24 shillings; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Continuing; PAY AT TERMINATION: 31s-6d; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Storekeeper; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round General Military Hospital, Colchester; COMMISSION: Essex 2nd.


QUICK, Miss May (21.12.1917-8.3.1918. V.A.D. Nurse. Military Heart Hospital)

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ADDRESS: Langton – 38 Polsloe Rd, Exeter; SERVICE FROM: 01/1915; SERVICE TO: Still Serving (Ap. 1919); HOSPITAL: V.A. Hospital, No. 2, Exeter; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 30/01/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20 per an.; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: £35 per an.; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Service rendered at: No. II Sect: Exeter War Hosp: 30th Jan 1915 – 30th Mar 1916 Kitchener’s Military Hosp: Brighton 6 Ap. 1916 – 20 Oct 1916 Transferred to 29th General Hosp: Salonica – – Nov 1917 Colchester Military Heart Hosp: 21 Dec 1917 – 8 Mar 1918 1st Southern General Hosp. Birmingham 9 Mar 1918 – 9 Sep 1918 W.R.N.S. Officer’s Hostel, Devonport 24 Oct 1918 – Still serving Ap. 1919; COMMISSION: Devon 10.


RAMAGE, Miss Margaret (5.1.1918-17.4.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 18 Nansen Street, Belfast; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 26; SERVICE FROM: 05/01/1918; SERVICE TO: 17/04/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/01/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: 17/04/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Colchester Military; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Belfast 48.


RANDALL, Miss Kathleen Mary (2.11.1918-6.10.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=military+colchester&page=11&id=171292&forwards=true

ADDRESS: The Bower. Navestock Side. Brentwood; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 29; SERVICE FROM: 29/08/1918; SERVICE TO: Present 6:10:19; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 29/08/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 6:10:19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Australian Harefield. Military 29:8:18. 28:10:18. Colchester Military 2:11:18; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex 12.


RANDS, Miss Edith (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class 24/10/17, mention 02 November 1917).  This may be EDITH MARY RANDS  Born 1878 Binbrook, Lincolnshire. Registered 4th Quarter.

Daughter of Lincolnshire-born Wheelwright Thomas Rands and his wife Elizabeth.

1881 Census:  Market Square, Binbrook, Lincolnshire. Living with parents and siblings. “2”.

1891 Census:  Market Square, Binbrook, Lincolnshire. Living with parents and siblings. “12”.

1901 Census:  8 Shelby Court, Chelsea, London.  Cook for Barrister Charles Workman and family. “22”.

1911 Census:  The Chestnuts, Sackville Street, Grimsby.  Staying with Aunt and cousins. Occupation: School Nurse, with the Grimsby Education Authority. “32”.

1917,02.11:    Royal Red Cross 2nd Class – Sister Q.A.I.M.N.S.Reserve, General Military Hospital, Colchester.

2nd Nov 1917, Chelmsford Chronicle:  “ROYAL RED CROSS FOR ESSEX NURSES.

The King has awarded the Royal Red Cross to the undermentioned ladies of the nursing services in recognition of their valuable service in connection with the war:- … To be Associates, Royal Red Cross (2nd Class).  Miss Edith Rands, Sister, Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Gen. Mil. Hpl., Colchester.”

1960,28.05:    Death, The General Hospital Grimsby … “of 18 Elm Road, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire”.

Edith never married.


RANKIN, Dr. Egbert Guernsey (American citizen. Civil Medical Practitioner. M.D.)     

Born 19 July 1856 Queens, New York, U.S.A.  Son of New York-born Merchant James Murdoch Rankin and his wife Anna Evelina Schenck.

1910 Census:      7th Avenue, New York, U.S.A.  Occupation: Physician in General Practice plus 2 servants.

1918:                    Civil Medical Practitioner, General Military Hospital, Colchester, England.  (http://homeoint.org/books2/ww1/personaldata.htm)

1920 Census:      58th Street, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.

1922:                     Death November 25, 1922.  Buried in Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.

See more at 1st/Front Row No. 42: https://militaryhospitalcolchester1918.wordpress.com/home/1st-row-1918-colchester-military-hospital/  


RAYFIELD, Mrs. Alice Dixon (2yrs 3mths. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: c/o Mrs Rubin, 60 Nightingale Lane. Clapham common S.W; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: 13 mos Croydon War Hospital. 2yrs 3mo Colchester Military Hospital. Pensioners Hospital Netley, joined Nov 1st 1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 29/09/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: £22.10 at present; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing member; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time completed 3 years; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: I have not done any service previous to being called up. Det:170; DEPARTMENT: Det 170; COMMISSION: London/70.


REID, Miss Maud Gwendolen (16.05.1916-16.06.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Clerk)

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ADDRESS: 346 Ravenhill Road, Belfast; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 30; SERVICE FROM: 16/05/1916; SERVICE TO: 14/09/1917; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 16/05/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 14/09/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Colchester Military HP 16.05.1916 to 16.06.1916 Transferred to: No. 2 Northern Gen: HP. Leeds (Military) 16.07.1916 to 11.08.1916 No. 2 New Zealand HP Walton-on-Thames (Aux) 20.04.1917 to 03.05.1917 Chester War HP (Military) 29.05.1917 to 14.09.1917; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Antrim/20.


RENTYSCH, MIss Maude Mary (31.8.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member. Dispenser Assistant)

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ADDRESS: “Kilbroney”, Week St Mary, via Holsworthy; COUNTY: N. Cornwall; SERVICE FROM: 31/08/1918; SERVICE TO: Still working; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Dispenser Assistant; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 31/08/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 38/6; RANK AT TERMINATION: G.S. Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: 42/-; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Dispenser (Assistant); WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: General Military Hospital, Colchester; COMMISSION: Lexden & Winstree Divion, Miss Round. Essex/2.


REYNOLDS, Miss Bessie Lillian (24.3.1919-8.10.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 39 Head Street, Halstead; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 23; SERVICE FROM: 15/07/1918; SERVICE TO: Present 08/10/19; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 15/07/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: with; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Serving 08/10/19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military HP Lewisham 15.7.18 to 15.2.19 General Military HP Colchester 24.3.19; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex Reserve.


RICKWORD, Miss Barbara May Bevan (9.1914-3.1919. V.A.D. Cook. Also worked at ‘Gostwycke’)

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ADDRESS: 38 Wellesley Road, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 09/1914; SERVICE TO: 03/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: MIlitary Hospital, Colchester; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Cook; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Cook; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: at Gostwycke Hospital Colchester + Military; COMMISSION: Essex/92 V.A.D.


ROBERTS, Miss Penelope Grace (Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class 9/4/19)

Born c1886 Farnham, Surrey  (Named after paternal Irish grandmother).  Daughter of Irish-born parents: Royal Artillery Lieutenant Colonel Francis and his wife Ellen Beresford.

1891 Census:  2 Salisbury Road, Hove, Sussex.  Living with parents (father retired) and siblings plus 3 servants.

1901 Census:

1904,13.03:     Adult Baptism at St. Mary’s Church, Wimbledon.

1911 Census:  51A Bow Road, Tredegar House, Harley College E.  Pupil. Hospital Nurse in Training.

Post WW1:      Often travelled to British Columbia, Canada – visiting her brothers.

1919,11.04:    Royal Red Cross 2nd Class – Sister Q.A.I.M.N.S.Reserve, General Military Hospital, Colchester. 

11 April 1919, Chelmsford Chronicle:  “RED CROSS “MENTIONS.”

The names of the undermentioned have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War by the Chairman of the Joint War Committee of the British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John of Jerusalem in England for valuable services rendered in connection with the establishment, organization, and maintenance of Hospitals:-  Awarded the Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class—  Miss Penelope Grace Roberts, Sister, Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Gen. Mil. Hosp., Colchester.” 

1943,31.12:    Death, registered in Bournmouth, Hampshire.  Died whilst serving in Q.A.I.M.N.S.   Listed in the UK WW2 Roll of Honour.

Penelope never married.


SAGE, Mrs. Mabel Emily (22.7.1916-29.5.1919+ Special Services member. Cook. Storekeeper.  Also at Woodhouse Hospital, Gt. Horkesley, Essex)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=military+colchester&page=12&id=182356

ADDRESS: St George, Mile End, Colchester; HOSPITAL: Woodhouse, Great Horkesley; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Although in VAD Essex 46 most of the work was done as Special Services member at Colchester General Military Hospital; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 22/07/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Cook Storekeeper; DATE OF TERMINATION: continuing [see “Details”]; PAY AT TERMINATION: 18/- 31/6; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Woodhouse Hospital, Gt Horkesley, Colchester [Dates from front of card:] 22 July 1916 to 15 June 1917 8 Oct 1918 continuing; COMMISSION: Essex.


SALE, Miss Kathlyn Gertrude (28.5.1917 to 29.9.1917+. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Clerk)

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ADDRESS: 162, Victoria Street, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 18; SERVICE FROM:

28/05/1917; SERVICE TO: 28/02/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 28/05/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 28/02/1919;ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 28.5.17 to 29.9.17. Military Hospital, Colchester. Trans 29.9.17 to 30.9.17 1st Southern General, B’ham. 11.3.18 to 30.12.18. Cannock Chase Hosp. Rugeley. 18.1.19 to 28.2.19 Military Hospital, Tooting; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Stafford/32.

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ADDRESS: 162 Victoria St, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent; COUNTY: Staffs; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Military Hosp. Colchester, Mil Hosp Cannock Chase, Military Hosp. Tooting London; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/1917; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Serving; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerk + Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; COMMISSION: Staffs.


SALT, Miss Amy (16.9.1916-8.1917. V.A.D. Nursing under Joint Committee)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=military+colchester&page=12&id=182697&forwards=true

ADDRESS: 184 Jarrom St, Leicester; SERVICE FROM: 09/1916; SERVICE TO: present date; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Army rate; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: Army rate; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing under Joint Committee; WHOLE OR PART TIME: full time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 16/9/16 – Aug 1917 – Colchester Military Hospital Aug 1917 – present date – Egypt (location unknown; COMMISSION: VAD Leicester/8.


SAVORY, Miss Gladys R. (5.8.1916-6.4.1919. Probationer. Surgical and Medical Nursing)

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ADDRESS: Emberton House, Newport Pagnell; SERVICE FROM: 05/08/1916; SERVICE TO: 06/03/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Probationer; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/08/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20 per an; RANK AT TERMINATION: Probationer; DATE OF TERMINATION: 06/03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £20-10 per an; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Surgical & Medical Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole Time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Gen. Military Hospital Colchester Essex; COMMISSION: Bucks. 50; HONOURS AWARDED: Two Red Cross “Efficiency” Stripes.


SAVOURY, Miss Ethel (11.1916-? General Service member.  Wards. Office)

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ADDRESS: Emberton House, Newport Pagnell; SERVICE FROM: 11/1916; SERVICE TO: 1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Military Hospital Colchester & now St Johns Hospital, Etaples France; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G. Service Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Paid; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Wards then in office; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Still in France; COMMISSION: V.A.D. Bucks 48.


SEABORN, Miss Melissa  (7.1916?-1919. J.W. V.A.D. Commandant & C.O.’s Secretary. Awarded the Order of Hon. Serving Brother of St. John of Jerusalem and Red Cross Medal in 1922)

See ‘Colchester War Memorial Souvenir’) General Service Superintendant, Colchester Military Hospital. One of “only 6 ladies in the kingdom” to possess medals for camp cookery.  Passed for scientific post in medical laboratory in France, 1918.

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ADDRESS: Mill House, Greenstead, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 19/08/1914; SERVICE TO: still serving; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Richmond & Colchester Mil. Hospitals,/General Service Superintendancy; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Comdt; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 19/08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Comdt. & Dir. Secty; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Secretary, Treasurer & Comdt; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 52 hrs wkly; COMMISSION: Essex. 

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?fname=melissa&sname=seaborn&id=185525&backwards=true

ADDRESS: Mill House, Greenstead, Colchester; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 48; SERVICE FROM: 07/02/1916; SERVICE TO: 28/06/1916; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/02/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 28/06/1916; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Richmond Mil. Hosp; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex 48.


SEARLES, Miss Elsie Mary (23.3.1916-24.6.1919+ V.A.D. Asst/Head Cook)

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ADDRESS: 99 Ware Road, Hertford; COUNTY: Herts; SERVICE FROM: 24/10/1914; SERVICE TO: still Working; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Asst. Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 24/10/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Head Cook; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: 31/6 per week; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Superintending a Military Hospital Kitchen; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: I worked at the V.A.D. Hospital Hertford as Asst Cook from Oct 24th 1914 to March 22nd 1916. On March 23rd 1916 I reported at the Military Hospital Colchester as Asst Cook pay 23/-per week. On April 26th 1918 I was made Head Cook at the above Hospital pay 31/6 per week and am still working here. E.M. Searles; COMMISSION: Essex Working Herts / 2.


SHERWOOD, Miss Winifred Maree (18.03.1919-20.10.1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=ipswich+mil&id=188353&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Playford, Ipswich; COUNTY: Suffolk; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 27; SERVICE FROM: 24/09/1916; SERVICE TO: Present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 24/09/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 20/10/1919 still serving; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 24/09/1916 – 01/06/1917 Mil. Hos., Malta Trans. 01/06/1917 – 18/031919 Mil. Hos., Salonica Trans 18/03/1919 – Present Mil. Hos., Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: London/22; HONOURS AWARDED: 2 Scarlet Efficiency Stripes. 24.10.18.


SHIRLEY, Lady Joan (V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 35 Victoria Road London S.W; HOSPITAL: Stamford Red Cross Hospital, Dunham Massey; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: York Military Hospital. Colchester Military Hospital; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 30/05/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 20/08/1917; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Full time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Stamford Hospital Dunham Massey Hall Altrincham Queen Alexandra’s Probationer; COMMISSION: Cheshire Branch.


SHORT, Miss Mabel Elizabeth (28.09.1916-28.10.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Tanoo, Warlingham; COUNTY: Surrey; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 33; SERVICE FROM: 28/09/1916; SERVICE TO: 28/10/1916; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 28/09/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 28/10/1916; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 28.09.1916 to 28.10.1916 Military Hospital, Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Surrey 88.


SINDALL, Miss Dora M. (8.1916- 6.3.1917. V.A.D. Nurse – Surgery & Housework)

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ADDRESS: The Elms. Great Shelford Cambs; SERVICE FROM: 05/1915; SERVICE TO: 08/1916; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/05/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 05/08/1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Surgery of housework; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 2380; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Shelford Red Cross Hospital August 6th 1916, went to Colchester Military Hospital to March 6th 1917 Then went to 24th General Hospital France on Aug 23rd 1917 till Aug 23rd 1918; COMMISSION: Cambs 14.


SLADE, Miss Mabel (V.A.D. member)

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ADDRESS: “Froxfield”, Eversholt; COUNTY: Beds; SERVICE FROM: 24/07/1915; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: 4t. N. Gen Lincoln, Colchester Military; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 24/07/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Gov. allow; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; COMMISSION: Bedfordshire.


SMITH, Miss Kathleen (1¼ yrs. V.A.D. member)

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ADDRESS: Meadowside. Slades Hill. Enfield; COUNTY: Middlesex; SERVICE FROM: 09/1915; SERVICE TO: Still serving; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Cairo (Nasrich Military Hospital) 2 1/4 yrs. Colchester (Sobraon Military Hospital) 1 1/4 yrs; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/09/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: (Home Service) £22. 12. 6; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 3-6-19; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing. V.A.D. Member; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: V. A. D. 52 Middlesex. Enfield; COMMISSION: Middx. 52; HONOURS AWARDED: 2 Red Effiency Stripes.


SMYTH, Miss Kathleen Inez (30.4.1918-30.4.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 10 Eaton Square, Monkstown; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 26; SERVICE FROM: 03/05/1917; SERVICE TO: 30/04/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/05/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/04/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 3rd London General Military 3:5:17 3:12:17 Colchester Military 30:4:18 30:4:19; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Dublin 10.


SOLE, Miss Lucy Sarah (6 months. V.A.D. member. Cook; nursing; ward)

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ADDRESS: Sawley Road, Long Easton; SERVICE FROM: 05/1915; SERVICE TO: 28/02/1919; HOSPITAL: Red Cross VAD Hospital, Trent College, Long Eaton; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: nil; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Ordinary member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Ordinary member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 28/02/1919;PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cook first, afterwards Nursing & Ward; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 5487; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: with interval of 6 months at Colchester. Still Serving. Acted as Cook first transferring later to Ward duties in order to qualify for services forward. Posted to Colchester Military Hospital. Contracted diphtheria there and resigned.  Again joined us here in our work. Signed: Catherine J. Hickling Commandant. Long Eaton V.A.D. Hospital’; COMMISSION: Derbyshire.


SOMERSET, Miss Charlotte (14.8.1916-1.12.1916. V.A.D. member)

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ADDRESS: The Rectory, Crickhowell; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: Still Serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/08/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: ₤20 -; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Serving in France; PAY AT TERMINATION: £30-0-0; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: 172 weeks in Military Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time over {100 hours – crossed through}; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Three years in Military Hospitals of which two years were spent in France. 120 hrs at R.C. Bureau Crickhowell Whole time at Dartford War Hosp. Nov 1/15 – Aug 14/16 Whole time at Colchester Military Hosp. Aug 14/16 to Dec 1/16 Whole time at 26 Gen. Hosp. B.E.F. France Mar 23/17 – still there; COMMISSION: Brecon.


SORRELL, Miss Clara (1914-1917. V.A.D. member)

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ADDRESS: Crabtree Gt.Bentley, Colchester; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1912; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Military Hospitals, 1914-17; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1915-1917 Manchester Military Hospital Invalided out. Discharged; COMMISSION: Essex.


SORSBIE, Miss Mary Catherine (10.1914-12.1918. V.A.D. Nurse. Also at ‘Gostwycke’ & Essex County Hospitals plus St. Martin’s House – all in Colchester)

Born 1859 Rochester, Kent. Daughter of Newcastle-born parents – Vicar Robert Sorsbie and Mary Anne.

1861 Census:  Rochester Cathedral Precinct. Living with parents (father “Precentor at Rochester Cathedral”); and 2 servants.

1871 Census:  Vicarage, Sutton Valance, Kent. With parents; 3 brothers; 3 sisters; Patenal Spinster Aunt Catherine; Governess; 3 servants.

1881 Census:  Trinity Rectory, Ramsgate, Kent. With parents; 5 sisters; Paternal Spinster Aunt Catherine; 1 visitor; and 2 servants.

1901 Census:  ?

1909:                Electorial Register: 1 Queen’s Crescent, Hampstead, Camden.

1911 Census:

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ADDRESS: 53 Culver Street, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 10/1914; SERVICE TO: 12/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Voluntary Nursing Member; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 500 hrs approx; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round. S.Martins House helping with the men who had been vaccinated Gostwycke Hospital Essex County Hospital General Military Hospital, Colchester Odd hours at different times when required & health permitted; COMMISSION: Essex /2; HONOURS AWARDED: Service Member B.R.C.S.

1949, 1 April:  Died in Bournemouth (“of 49 Queen Mary-avenue, Moordown, Bournemouth”).  Mary never married.


SPARROW, Miss Marion Louise (14.8.1916-6.12.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Northcote, Whyteleafe; COUNTY: Surrey; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 28; SERVICE FROM: 16/05/1916; SERVICE TO: 19/03/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: PTO; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 16/05/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Without; DATE OF TERMINATION: 19/03/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 16.5.16 – Military Hosp. Dartford. transferred 14.8.16 – 6.12.16. Military Hosp. Colchester. 20.3.17 – 19.3.19. Military Hosp. France. No more information; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Surrey 88; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 Scarlet Efficiency Stripe. 20.6.18.


SPARROW, Miss Marion (V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Northcote, Warlingham; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1919; HOSPITAL: Detention Military Hospital, Warlingham ; Burntwood, Caterham; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Croydon General, Dartford, Colchester, France; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: yes; DATE OF TERMINATION: not finished; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Full time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Worked at Warlingham & Burntwood Croydon general Dartford Colchester France; COMMISSION: V.A.D.Surrey.88.


SPINDLER, Miss Phyllis (3.12.1918-3.8.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Lavender Cottage, Cookham Dean; COUNTY: Berks.; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 24; SERVICE FROM: 02/01/1918; SERVICE TO: 03/08/1919; HOSPITAL: Uppingham Auxiliary Hospital, Uppingham; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/01/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Without; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/08/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 2.1.18 – 16.1.18 Military Hosp Uppingham 2.12.18 – 3.8.19. Military Hosp Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Berks Res 70.

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ADDRESS: Lavender Cottage, Cookham Dene; COUNTY: Berks.; SERVICE FROM: 07/1917; SERVICE TO: still serving; HOSPITAL: Devonshire Lodge Auxiliary Red Cross Hospital, Reading ; Uppingham Auxiliary Hospital, Uppingham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/07/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £ 20 per annum; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: £ 20 per annum; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: (see other side); WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: July 14th 1917 Devonshire Lodge V.A.D. Hospital. Reading transferred Oct:8th 1917 to Redlands War Hospital. Reading transferred Jan:2nd 1918 to V.A.D. Hospital Uppingham transferred Jan:30th 1918 to American Women’s Hospital Paighton transferred Aug: 26th 1918 to Red Cross Hospital Netley transferred Dec:3rd 1918 to Military Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: Berkshire V.A.D. Reserve.


STAINES, Mrs. Thyra Everett (12.1917-2.1918. V.A.D. member)

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ADDRESS: Charney, Wantage; COUNTY: Berks; SERVICE FROM: 03/1916; SERVICE TO: Present date; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: army rate; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: army rate; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: (see over); ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: March 1916 – Aug 1916 Kitchener Hospital, Brighton Sept 1916 – Nov 1917 Military Hospital Egypt Dec 1917 – Feb 1918 Colchester Military Hospital Mch 1918 – Sept 1918 – 1st S Gen Hospital Birmingham Nov 1918 – Present date – Exeter War Hospital Parkside, Saffron Lane, Leicester is crossed through; COMMISSION: Leicester/26.


STAPLES, Mrs. Ethel Gladys (11.10.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member. Assistant Cook)

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ADDRESS: 22 Mrytle Grove, Colchester[ COUNTY: Essex[ SERVICE FROM: 11/10/1918; SERVICE TO: still working; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/10/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 24/-; DATE OF TERMINATION: still working; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Assistant Cook; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round. General Military Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: Essex / 2n.


STEBBINGS, Mrs. Dora (10.12.1918-? V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Beccles Road, Loddon, Norfolk; SERVICE FROM: 11/1914; SERVICE TO: 09/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part Time. 2016 hrs; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Did 1 year Cambridge between June 1915 & Nov 1916. (Whole) 21.6.15 1st E. Gen, Hospital, Cambridge 10.12.18 Colchester Military Hospital; DEPARTMENT: Norfolk 84; COMMISSION: Military Norfolk VAD 84.


STEVENS, Miss Frances E.M. (11.5.1918-3.2.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: White House, Eynsham; COUNTY: Oxon; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 30; SERVICE FROM: 10/07/1916; SERVICE TO: 03/02/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/07/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/02/1919;ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Kitchener Brighton Military 18.7.16 Trans Salonica Military 8.17 Trans Colchester Military 11.5.18 3.2.19; DEPARTMENT: JWVAD; COMMISSION: Oxon 24; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 Scarlett Efficiency Stripe 16.8.17.

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ADDRESS: White House Eynsham; COUNTY: Oxon; SERVICE FROM: 04/1911; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None. Joined Detachment May 1911; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Prob. Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/11/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Prob. Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 05/02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Hospitals: 16 Bruton St V.A.D. Hosp. London. Kitchener Hosp: Brighton. 43rd Gen. Hospital M.E.F Salonika. Military Hosp: Colchester; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Joined the Detachment as Cook in 1911. Employed as probationer, nursing orderly ( unpaid) from Nov: 7th 1914 to Apr: 30th 1915 at Lady Evelyn Mason’s Hospital for Officers 16 Bruton St. Mayfair W. Appointed probationer Nurse at Kitchener Hospital, Brighton July 10th 1916, left with staff for Salonica Oct 20th 1916 & app’ted to 43rd Gen: Hosp’l on Nov 1st. Sent home by Medical Board in Jan 1918. App’td Military Hpl. Colchester May 11th 1918. Discharged, unfit for further Mil’y Service by Medical Board at Colchester Feb 5th 1919. F.E.M. Stevens V.A.D. {Three Periods of Service on Date of Engagement & Termination} 7.11.14 to 30.4.15. 10.7.16 to 1.1.18. 11.5.18 to 5.2.19; DEPARTMENT: 24. Oxford; COMMISSION: Oxon.


STEVENS, Miss Gladys L(Q.A.I.M.N.S. Acting-Sister. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class 23/2/17)

Friday 02 March 1917,  Chelmsford Chronicle: “NURSES HONOURED.  The King has been pleased to award the Royal Red Cross decoration to the undermentioned ladies in recognition of their valuable services in connection with the war:- … ROYAL RED CROSS, 2nd CLASS.  Miss G. L. Stevens, Act. Sister, Q.A.I.M.N.S., Military Hospital, Colchester.”


STEVENS, Dr. Harold Wentworth (American citizen. 1st Lieutenant Royal Army Medical Corps. M.D.)   

Born 16 June 1883 Saco, Maine, U.S.A.   Son of Maine-born Mill Cloth Inspector Charles Stevens and his wife Della Frances Ricker (Fannie).

1900 Census:   205 (218) Ferry Road, Saco, York, Maine.  “16 yrs” old.  With parents & Sister.

1918, 16.05.    Attached to Sobraon Military Hospital, Colchester, England.    

See more at 1st/Front Row No. 24: https://militaryhospitalcolchester1918.wordpress.com/home/1st-row-1918-colchester-military-hospital/


STONE, Miss Matilda Anne (1.1.1918-2.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 20 Juxon Street, Oxford; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: VAD; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/01/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Joined up at Military Hospital Sobraon Barracks Colchester on the 1st Jan 1918, served 13 months there & now I am still serving at the Royal Naval Hospital Gillingham; DEPARTMENT: 8/Oxford; COMMISSION: Oxford 8.


SUTHERLAND, Miss Evelyn (3.1916-24.6.1919+ V.A.D. Assistant Cook)

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ADDRESS: 43 St Barnabas Rd, Cambridge; SERVICE FROM: 24/10/1914; SERVICE TO: Still serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Asst Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 24/10/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Asst Cook; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: 28/-; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: I worked in the Hertford V.A.D. Hospital from Oct 24th 1914 to March 1916. Then I came to Colchester Military Hospital & am still working; COMMISSION: Herts/2.


TAYLOR, Miss Dorothea M. (Acting Matron. Q.A.I.M.N.S. & Royal Red Cross 1st Class & Bar. “valuable services rendered” 10 March 1917).  Born 29 November1873 Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.  Daughter of Elgin-born M.D./G.P. William Taylor and his wife Jessie Burnett.                                                                                                                                                                       

1881 Census:   67 York Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian.  Living with parents, siblings plus 3 servants.

1891 Census:   ?

1901 Census:   Dundee Royal Infirmary, Dundee, Angus.  Hospital Nurse.

1903,10.07:      Joined the Q.A.I.M.N.S.

1904,18.11:      Promoted to Sister.

1907,01.01:      Began serving in Khartoum, Sudan – for one year (this service counted as 2 years).

1910,12.08:      Began Sick Leave “30 days”, until 10.09.1910.

1910,11.09:      Placed on Sick Leave “3 months”, until 10.12.1910.

1910,21.09:      “Left Egypt”.

1910,03.10:      Admitted to ‘Millbank’ Hospital.

1910,11.12:       Commenced employment at Alexandra Military Hospital, Cosham, Hampshire – Sick Leave over.

1911 Census:   Alexandra Military Hospital, Cosham, Hampshire.  Occupation: Sister/Sick Nurse.

1914,08.08:     Promoted to Acting Matron.

1914,10.01:     Transferred to Colchester Military Hospital.

1916,14.01:      Awarded the Royal Red Cross 1st Class – Sister/Temp. Matron.

January 22, 1916. The British Journal of Nursing: HONOURS AND REWARDS. His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned Honours and Rewards for distinguished service in the field, and for valuable services in connection with the War.

ROYAL RED CROSS DECORATION. FOR VALUABLE SERVICES IN CONNECTION WITH THE WAR.  (FIRST CLASS.)

QUEEN ALEXANDRA’S IMPERIAL MILITARY NURSING SERVICE:- … Miss D. M. Taylor (Sister, temp. Matron) …

17 March 1917, Essex Newsman: “MORE NURSES HONOURED.  The following additional ladies have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the war:- … Taylor, D. M., R.R.C., Acting Matron, Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Military Hospital, Colchester.”

1917,22.11:    Left post of (Acting) Matron at Colchester Military Hospital.

1917,08.12:     Departed for Italy via Boulogne, to be ‘Acting’ “Principal Matron, Italy”.

1918,09.11:     Commenced employment as Acting Matron at Officers Hospital, Scarborough.

1918,09.12:     Sick in hospital.   Due to a “motor accident” – had “persistant ill health” after this.

1919,29.04:    Light Duties at the War Office. “Between April, 1919 to May, 1923 Miss D.M. Taylor was never really in good health, suffering constantly from neuritis and headaches.

1920,06.11:     Bronze Medal Della Salute Publica Italy : “Sister Dorothea Matilda Taylor R.C.C., Q.A.I.M.N.S.”  Read Dorothea’s account of her time in Italy:  http://www.scarletfinders.co.uk/153.html

01 January 1921:  On January 1st the following honours were announced : ROYAL RED CROSS. The King has awarded the Royal Red Cross to the following :- Bar to the Royal Red Cross.- Miss Dorothea Matilda Taylor, R.R.C., Acting Principal Matron, Q. A.I.M.N.S.

01 January 1921: The British Journal of Nursing – “NEW YEAR’S HONOURS. Women received very little recognition in the New Year’s Honours this year, but there have been such showers of Royal Red Crosses and Orders during and since the war that very few war workers remain undecorated.” 

1921,31.01:    Promoted to rank of Matron.

1921,01.04:    Matron at the Military Hospital, Chatham.

1922,24.07:    Matron at the Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

1923,27.05:    Sick in Hospital and Sick Quarters until 29.06.1923.

1924,14.12:    Ceased employment at Alexandra Hospital.  Invalided out.  Total service: 22 years 159 days. “On account of ill health contracted on active service”.

1928,11.10:     Death “of Swanston Cottage, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft”.  Dorothea never married.

The British Journal of Nursing.  NOVEMBER, 1928

“It is with much regret that we record the death of Miss D. M. Taylor, late Matron, Q.A.I.M.N.S., daughter of the late Dr. William Taylor and sister of Dr. W. Macrae Taylor, consulting Physician, Edinburgh, who died on October 11th, after a few days’ illness.

 Miss Taylor was trained at Dundee Royal Infirmary, and was appointed to Q.A.I.M.N.S. on July 10th, 1903. She served in Ireland, Egypt, and at Cosham.   On the outbreak of war she did Acting Matron’s duties at home, and in 1917 went out to Italy as Acting Principal Matron.  

Later she served for two years at the War Office, and on receiving her substantive promotion to Matron was posted to the Military Hospital, Chatham, and afterwards transferred to Cosham, where she served until she was placed on retired pay on account of ill-health due to active service in December, 1924. 

Miss Taylor was the recipient of the following honours, The Royal Red Cross and Bar, Della Salute Publica (Bronze) and M.I.D.          

Miss Taylor was an exceptionally capable woman, with wide administrative experience, and deep sympathy will be felt for her relatives in their bereavement.”

[N.B.    M.I.D. = Mentioned in Despatches]


TAYLOR, Mrs. Margaret (Mrs. Charles) (Quartermaster)

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ADDRESS: 18 Cowley Street Westminster. London; SERVICE FROM: 02/1917; SERVICE TO: 08/1917; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Colchester Military Hospital; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Quartermaster; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1917; RANK AT TERMINATION: Quartermaster; DATE OF TERMINATION: 08/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Quartermaster at Shelford Red X Aux: Hos: Camb; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole; COMMISSION: Camb 14.


THORNLEY, Miss Margaret Ethel (1.11.1918-1.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Assistant Cook)

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ADDRESS: 7, Richmond Road, Littleham, Exmouth; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 37; SERVICE FROM: 04/06/1917; SERVICE TO: Present 1:11:19; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/06/1917; RANK AT TERMINATION: Ass. Cook; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving: 1:11:19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Warrington Military 4.6.17 – 15.4.18. Birmingham Military 1.10.18 – 31.10.18. Colchester Military 1.11.18 – 1.5.19. Dartford Military 11.10.19; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Devon 38.

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ADDRESS: 7 Richmond Road, Littleham Cross, Exmouth; SERVICE FROM: 12/1914; SERVICE TO: Still serving ( Ap. 1919); HOSPITAL: Budleigh Salterton V.A. Hospital, Serai, Budleigh Salterton; V.A. Hospital, No. 5, Exeter; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse & Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/12/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse & Cook; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: £20 per an.; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing & Cooking; WHOLE OR PART TIME: [Whole] 1) 18 mths [part time] 2) 504 hrs; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Service rendered at:- V.A. Hp. Budleigh Salterton – 10½ months (Cook) No. 5 Exet:. Exeter War Hp. – Fortnight Red X Hosp: Torquay – 7½ months (Cook) Lord Derby’s Military Hosp: Warrington – 10½ months (Nurse) Birmingham – – 1 month – then transferred Colchester – Still serving – Ap. 1919; COMMISSION: Devon 38.


TODD, Miss Edith (18.3.1919-31.10.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 27 Vernon Road, Leeds; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 26; SERVICE FROM: 13/10/1915; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/10/1915; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 13.10.15 to trans 1st Western General Liverpool. 9.16 Trans Malta Military. 2.3.17 Trans Leeds Military. 4.17 Trans Salonica Military. 18.3.19 Trans Colchester Military. to 31.10.19. 29.11.19 Whipps Cross Convalescent Home Auxiliary; DEPARTMENT: J .W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: W.R. Yorks/122.


TRICKETT, Miss Rachel (V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Guy’s Hospital, London; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/10/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 14/11/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Nurse in Military Hospital Lancashire & in Salonica. Now training at Guys; WHOLE OR PART TIME: full time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: at:- Queen Mary’s Military Hosp Whalley Lanc. H.M.H.S. ‘Aquitania’ Sutton Veny Military Hosp. Warminster, Wilts. B.E.F. Salonica 42nd Gen: Hosp. & Convalescent Camp for Sisters 28th General Hospital Sobraon Military Hosp. Colchester, Essex; COMMISSION: Cheshire Branch. Ches/118.


TURNER, Miss Mary (V.A.D. Q.A.I.M.N.S.)

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ADDRESS: 190 High St, Bloxwich, Walsall; SERVICE FROM: 11/05/1915; SERVICE TO: 18/09/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/05/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D; DATE OF TERMINATION: 18/09/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £27.10; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Q.A.I.M.N.S; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No 14th Stationary Hosp. B.E.F. No 3 General Hosp. B.E.F. Aux Hosp. Melton Mowbray Military Hosp. Norwich Military Hosp. Colchester Resigned owing to sickness 17.1.17 rejoined during that time I was at the Aux.Hosp. 17.10.17. Melton Mowbray from 11.5.17 – 28.7.17; COMMISSION: Staffs 46 V.A.D.


TURTLE, Miss Jessie (14.8.1816-10.3.1917.  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Kirkmead, Woodford; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 37; SERVICE FROM: 14/08/1916; SERVICE TO: 10/03/1917; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/08/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 10/03/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 14.8.16 to 10.3.17 Military Hospital, Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex/6.

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ADDRESS: Kirkmead, Woodford Green; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1919; HOSPITAL: Hanover House, Woodford Green; Ormonde House, Buckhurst Hill; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: no Colchester Military Hospital; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member VAD; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: no; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member VAD no; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: no; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing Member; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 5,350; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hanover House Hosp: Woodford Wells Ormonde House Hosp: Buckhurst Hill; COMMISSION: B.R.C.S. Essex.


TYERMAN, Miss Emily (16.01.1919-03.05 1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 98 Hill Terrace, Middlesbrough; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 31; SERVICE FROM: 03/01/1916;; SERVICE TO: 03/03/1919; HOSPITAL: Salonica, Stanmore; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/01/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/03/1919

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 3rd Northern General Sheffield 03.01.1916 transferred Military Hospital Salonica 20.04.1917 transferred Military Hospital Colchester 16.01.1919 to 03.05 1919; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: North Riding Yorkshire 76; HONOURS AWARDED: 2 Scarlet efficiency stripes 19.08.1919.


UPSON, Miss Emma Elizabeth (12/08/1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member. Clerical)

Emma lived in Hamilton Road, Colchester.  Did she work at the Military Hospital’s “Extension” in her road sometimes perhaps?

This is probably Emma: Born 1894/5 Rivenhall, Essex (birth registered 1Q 1895.  Daughter of Rivenhall-born Farmer Robert Upson and his Norfolk-born wife Elizabeth (nee Walton).

1901 Census:     34 & 34a Cargill Street, Wandsworth. With maternal Uncle Herbert Walton (Grocer’s Assistant; mother; and one older sister, Ellen.

1911 Census:      Boarstye Farm, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex. Wife parents; three brothers; three sisters; and two “single” Upson Uncles.

1939:                  32 Hamilton Road Colchester, along with her widowed mother and her sister Gladys Martha.

1976, 25 Jan:      Emma Elizabeth Upson “of 32 Hamilton Road Colchester” died.

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ADDRESS: 32 Hamilton Rd, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 12/08/1918; SERVICE TO: Still working; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: none; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/08/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 31/6; DATE OF TERMINATION: still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: 31/6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerical; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round. General Military Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: Essex/2.


VARROW, Mrs. Beatrice Ethel (11.1916-30.4.1919+ V.A.D. Clerk. Also worked at the Military Hospital’s “Extension” in Hamilton Road, Colchester)

1891 Census:      Quay Street, Wivenhoe. With parents; three sisters; one General Domestic Servant; and a Yarmouth, Norfolk-born Shipwright lodger Robert Bolingbroke.

1901 Census:      New Town, Wivenhoe. “Draper’s Assistant”. With parents and four sisters.

1911 Census:      2 Westbourne Grove, Terrace Bayswater, Paddington W. “Assistant. Mantles. Drapery”. With sister Annie. Employed (and housed) by Messrs. Whiteley Limited – an early department store).

1913, 2Q:             Married Sudbury, Suffolk-born George Ernest Varrow (Lexden District – Wivenhoe?)

1917, 18 Feb:      Husband Royal Engineer Sgt. Sapper George Ernest Varrow died in the No. 6 General  Hospital at Rouen, France (aged 29). He is buried in Plot O. V. I. 5 in the St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.

1948, 5 Mar:       Beatrice Ethel Varrow “of The Firs Wivenhoe Essex widow” died.

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ADDRESS: Hamilton Villa, Wivenhoe; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 23/03/1916; SERVICE TO: 30/04/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 23/03/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 20/- week; RANK AT TERMINATION: Head Clerk; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: 42/6 week; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerical work at Hamilton Rd HP. Colchester; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: March 23rd. 1916 to Nov: 11th. 1916 at Fort Pitt Military HP. Chatham Kent. Transferred to General Military Hospital Colchester Nov: 1916 Side 2: ‘still serving there’ crossed through.


WADE, Miss Mary Louisa (13.5.1918-29.5.1919+ General Service member. Clerical)

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ADDRESS: 14, Orchard Road Colchester.; SERVICE FROM: 13/05/1918; SERVICE TO: Still working; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S.Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/05/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 24/-; RANK AT TERMINATION: G.S.Member; PAY AT TERMINATION: 32/6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerical; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round. General Military Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: Essex.


WALFORD, Miss Elizabeth (Dispenser. Also worked at Dovercourt Military Hospital)

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ADDRESS: 235 Maldon Rd, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 10/1915; SERVICE TO: Present Date; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Dispenser at Stoke on Trent War Hospital during April 1916 Dispenser at Dovercourt Mility. Hospital from June 1916 to July 1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Dispenser at Colchester Mility. Hosp; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/08/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 38/6 weekly; RANK AT TERMINATION: Dispenser at Colchester Mility. Hosp; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: £2.2.0 weekly; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Dispenser; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round; COMMISSION: Essex 44.


WALLER, Miss Hilda May (9.11.1918-29.5.1919+ General  Service member. Clerical Registar’s Office)

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ADDRESS: Ivy Cottage, Bergholt Road, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 09/11/1918; SERVICE TO: Still working; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G. S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/11/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 31s/6d;; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: 31s/6d; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerical Registar’s Office; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round. General Military Hospital, Colchester; COMMISSION: Red Cross Essex 2.


WALSH, Mrs. Miriam (nee Wyatt) (4.1915 -7.1915.  V.A.D. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: The Manor House, Storrington, Pulborough; COUNTY: Sussex; SERVICE FROM: 12/09/1914; SERVICE TO: 04/1915; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/09/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/10/1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: April 1915 – July 1915 Military Hospital (Colchester) August 1915 – September 1915 24 General – (Etaples) B.E.F. July 1916 – October 30th 1916 BRC Hospital Netley; COMMISSION: Sussex London Hospital (Whitechapel).


WALTER-SMITH, Miss R. [A] (Special Probationer. Attd. Q.A.I.M.N.S.R.“valuable services rendered”. 26 Oct. 1917 & 16 Aug. 1918 Chelmsford Chronicle)   [N.B. “Attd.” = attached to …]

Special Military Probationer.

1911 Census:  ?

26 October 1917, Chelmsford Chronicle:  “WOMEN’S WORK FOR THE WOUNDED.

NURSES’ SERVICES RECOGNISED.  The undermentioned are included in a long list of those who have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the war:- … Walter-Smith, Miss R., Spec. Prob., attd. Q.A.I.M.N.S., Gen. Mil. Hosp., Colchester.”

16 August 1918, Chelmsford Chronicle:  “NURSES’ SERVICES RECOGNISED.

The names of the following ladies have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable nursing services rendered in connection with the war:- …  Walter-Smith, Special War Prob. Miss R., General Hospital, Colchester.”

1961-1967:      1 Cambridge Cottages, Salcombe Road, Sidmouth, Devon.  (British Phone Books).


WARDEN, Miss Cissy Alice (16.6.1916-24.9.1918+ General  Service V.A.D. Telephonist/Clerk)

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ADDRESS: Athelstan Road Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 16/06/1916; SERVICE TO: Still serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: VAD GS Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 16/06/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 36/6; RANK AT TERMINATION: Clerk; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: 36/6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Telephonist and clerk Colchester Mil Hosp; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; COMMISSION: Essex.


WARREN, Miss Gladys (V.A.D. member. Housework)

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ADDRESS: Essendene, Caterham; SERVICE FROM; 1914; SERVICE TO: 1919; HOSPITAL: 27, Berkeley Square ; Burntwood, Caterham ; Detention Military Hospital, Warlingham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Housework; WHOLE OR PART TIME: [part time] 1071 Full time also 6 mos at Mrs. Salisbury Jones Hos: for Officers 27 Berkeley Sqr. & Sisters’ Mess – Military Hosp: Colchester; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Worked at Warlingham Burntwood 27 Berkley Sq. & Military Hosp: Colchester; COMMISSION: V.A.D. Surrey 88.


WATSON, Mrs. Sybil (29.11.18-11.12.1918. V.A.D. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: 22 Thoresby St. Hull; COUNTY: Yorks; SERVICE FROM: 21/10/1918; SERVICE TO: 11/12/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 21/10/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/12/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing’ WHOLE OR PART TIME: Full Time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 21.10.18 2nd N G H. Leeds. 29.11.18 Mil: Hos. Colchester. 11.12.18 Withdrawn; DEPARTMENT: Norfolk Reserve; COMMISSION: Norfolk Military.


WEBB-JOHNSTON, Miss Kathleen (1.5.1918-22.11.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Cricklewood, East Sheen; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Surrey 128; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 22/01/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £200 year; DATE OF TERMINATION: 22/11/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nurse; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Jan 22 ’16 – July 1 ’17 St Georges Hosp. Malta July 1 ’17 – Dec 18 ’17 64 Gen: Hosp. Salonica Dec: 18 ’17 – Feb 27 ’18 28 Gen: Hosp. Salonica May 1st 18 – Nov 22 ’18 Gen: Military Hosp. Colchester A.N. Badge cancelled on resignation; COMMISSION: Surrey; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 W. S.C. No. 556, 3 blue chevrons, 2 F.A., 2 H.N., 2 yrs A, 2 red stripes, 1 P.B.N. see over.


WELLER, Miss Connie (4.3.1919-8.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Dispenser)

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ADDRESS: 59 Hatherley Road, Sidcup; COUNTY: Kent; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 26; SERVICE FROM: 08/05/1917; SERVICE TO: Still serving 12.11.19; HOSPITAL: Royal Victoria Auxiliary Hospital; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Dispenser; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/05/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 12.11.19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Written Side 2 08/05/1917 to transf. Military Hospital, Weymouth 04/03/1919 to trans. Sobraon Military, Colchester 08/1919 to present Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Kent/62.


WEST, Miss Gertrude Mary (17.10.1916-08.11.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Also at Dovercourt)

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ADDRESS: Melrose, Ingatestone; COUNTY: Kent; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 21; SERVICE FROM: 17/10/1916; SERVICE TO: 23/02/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P. T. O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/10/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 23/02/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 17. 10. 1916 – 08. 11. 1916 Military Hospital Colchester. 23. 01. 1917 – 23. 02. 1919 Military Hospital Dovercourt; DEPARTMENT: J. W. V. A. D; COMMISSION: Essex 102; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 Scarlet Effiency Stripe. 23. 2.18.


WEST, Miss Gladys Evelyn (25.12.1918-24.3.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: The Cottage, Sutton Park Nr Guildford; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 21; SERVICE FROM: 08/12/1916; SERVICE TO: Present 13.11.19; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 18/12/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: Present 13.11.19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 18.12.16 – 18.1.17. Military Hosp. Canterbury. 22.5.17 – 22.12.17. 4th Lond. Gen. Mil. Hosp. Denmark Hill. 1.3.18 – 1.9.18. Orthopaedic Mil. Hosp. Shepherd’s Bush. 24.9.18 King George Mil. Hosp. transferred 25.12.18. – 24.3.19. Mil. Hosp. Colchester – 22.9.19 – Mil. Orthopaedic Hosp. Shepherds Bush; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Surrey 24.


WHEELER, Miss Evelyn Mary (2.11.1918-4.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 10 High Street, Colchester; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 19; SERVICE FROM: 02/11/1918; SERVICE TO: 04/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/11/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: 04/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 2.11.18 to 4. 19 Military Hospital, Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J. W. V. A. D; COMMISSION: Essex/2.


WHITE, Miss Flossie Hilda (8.9.1917-10.9.1919+ V.A.D. Register Clerk & Typist)

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ADDRESS: 25, Albert Terrace. Old Road, Laira. Plymouth; SERVICE FROM: 08/09/1917; SERVICE TO: Still serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Register Clerk & Typist; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/09/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1:14:3 per week; RANK AT TERMINATION: Register Clerk & Typist; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1:14:3 per week; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerical & typing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Service rendered at:- Sobraon Military HP. Colchester; COMMISSION: Devon 16 R.


WHITE, Miss Mary Gladys (25.10.1916-1.1917. General Service member.  V.A.D.)

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ADDRESS: St Brelade’s; COUNTY: Jersey; HOSPITAL: Fir Grove Hospital, Eversley, Winchfield; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 15/01/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Yes; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Jersey 4 VAD; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Feb. 3 1916 to Aug. 1916 Wool Military Hospital Oct. 25 1916 to Jan. 1917 Colchester Mil. Hospital Jan. 1917 to Apl. 1917 Eversley Aux Hospital Aug. 16 1918 to 1918 Nov. 1 1918 – still serving at R.F.C. Hosp. 37 Bryanston Square, London W; COMMISSION: Jersey.


WILD, Miss Stella (5.5.1916-1.6.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Dispenser)

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ADDRESS: Trevone Cottage, Shenfield; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 23; SERVICE FROM: 05/05/1916; SERVICE TO: 01/06/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: PTO; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Dispenser; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/05/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/06/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Cert. Retd. Gone away 07/07/21 05/05/1916 to 01/06/1918 Military Hospital, Colchester; DEPARTMENT: JW VAD; COMMISSION: London/116.


WILKINSON, Miss Gladys Mary (11.01.1919-15.11.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 7 Cypress Villas, Garforth, Nr Leeds; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 23; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: PTO; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/05/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving 15.11.19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 17.05.15 – 22.10.17 Military Hospital Dover trans 22.10.17 – 06.01.19 Military Hospital Egypt trans 01.01.19 -11.01.19 Military Hospital Sutton Veny trans 11.01.19- present Military Hospital, Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D.; COMMISSION: W. R. Yorks. 46; HONOURS AWARDED: Mentioned in despatches 5.5.17.

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ADDRESS: 7 Cyprus Villas, Garforth, Nr. Leeds; COUNTY: Yorkshire; SERVICE FROM: 17/05/1915; SERVICE TO: Not demobilized; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Service rendered at Military Hosp. Dover & at Sutton Veny & Colchester; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/05/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20 per annum; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: £30 1916 – 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Full time – Military Hospitals Nurse; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; COMMISSION: West Riding Yorks. V.A.D. 46; HONOURS AWARDED: 1916 Mentioned.


WILLIAMS, Miss Arvida Blodwen (7.12.1917-8.1918. V.A.D. In wards & general duties)

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ADDRESS: Mellin Cwm, Beulah. Garth – S.O., Brecknock; SERVICE FROM: 07/12/1917; SERVICE TO: 08/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/12/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20-00; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D; DATE OF TERMINATION: 28/07/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: £20-00; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: In Wards & Gen.; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time nearly 8 months; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: at General Military Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: Brecon.


WILSON, Miss Helen Marjorie (30.4.1918-30.4.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Prospect House, Sunridge; COUNTY: Kent; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 25; SERVICE FROM: 31/08/1917; SERVICE TO: 30/04/1919; HOSPITAL: Temple Newsam, Leeds; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 31/08/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/04/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 31.8.17 to 24.11.17 Temple Newsom [sic], Leeds. 30.4.18 to 30.4.19 Military Hospital, Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Cornwall/72.


WOODWARD, Miss Clara Elizabeth (30.10.1917-30.10.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 260 Spring Road, Ipswich; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 22; SERVICE FROM: 17/02/1917; SERVICE TO: 19/11/1919 still serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/02/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 19/11/1919 Still serving; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 17. 2.17 to 16. 9.17 1st Southern General Birmingham 30.10.17 to 30.10.18 Military Hospital Colchester 4.12.18 to 5.1.19 4th Northern General Lincoln. 6. 2.19 to trans Military Hospital Bagthorpe 25. 4.19 to present Kitchener Hospital, Brighton; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Suffolk/24.

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ADDRESS: 260 Spring Road Ipswich; SERVICE FROM: 10/05/1916; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: See over; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/05/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: Yes; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Nurse; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 10.5.16 to 30.1.17 East Suffolk Hospital Ipswich 17.2.17 to 17.9.17 1st Southern General Hospital Birmingham 30.10.17 to 30.10.18 Colchester Military Hospital 4.12.18 to 4.1.19 4th Northern General Hospital Lincoln 12.1.19 to 11.2.19 Bagthorpe Military Hospital (West bridgeford) 12.2.19; COMMISSION: Suffolk /24; HONOURS AWARDED: 2 Red stripes.


WOOLNOUGH, Miss Clara Emily Mary (23.11.1914-31.5.1916. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Broadwater Auxiliary Hospital, Ipswich and in France)

Born 1890 (birth registered 3Q) Nacton, Suffolk.   Daughter of Marlsford-Suffolk-born Shepherd Frederick Woolnough and his Kings Lynn-Norfolk-born wife Clara (nee Bunting)

1891 Census:    13 Levington Road, Nacton, Suffolk.  With parents; paternal grandmother; 1 brother; and 1 cousin (Maggie Woolnough).

1901 Census:    Levington P.O., Nacton, Suffolk. With parents (father: shepherd) and brother.

1911 Census:    Post Office, Levington, nr. Ipswich.  With Shepherd father; Sub-Postmistress mother; 1 cousin (Maggie Woolnough); and a boarder.

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ADDRESS: Livington, Nr Ipswich; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 25; SERVICE FROM: 31/05/1916; SERVICE TO: 07/03/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 31/05/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 07/03/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 31-5-16 to 9.10.18 Mil. Hos. France. Trans. 9.10.18 to 7.3.19 Mil. Hos. Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Suffolk/84; HONOURS AWARDED: 2 Scarlet Efficiency Stripes 22-10-17. Mentioned in Despatch 25-5-18.

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ADDRESS: Levington, nr. Ipswich; SERVICE FROM: 23/11/1914; SERVICE TO: 25/03/1919; HOSPITAL: Broadwater, Belstead Road, Ipswich; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: 3.5.12 East Suffolk Hospital; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 23/11/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 25; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D; DATE OF TERMINATION: 25/03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nursing; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Broadwater Hospital Ipswich Nov 23rd 1914 25th General Hospital B.E. F. France 31.5.16 No 1 General Hospital B.E. F. France No 6 Stationery Hospital B.E.F. France No 74 General Hospital B.E.F. France Colchester ? returned 25.3.19 Total service 4 years 2 months; COMMISSION: Suffolk /84; HONOURS AWARDED: Mentioned in Dispatches.

Clara became friends with V.A.D. Nurse Gertrude Unwin at Broadwater – after their service there, they served in France together.  Clara’s health deteriorated during her service in France and she returned to England – to work at Colchester Military Hospital.   Her health never recovered.

1952, 25 Oct: “Clara Emily Mary otherwise Clara Mary otherwise Clara of The Post Office Levington Suffolk spinster died 25 October 1952 at Borough General Hospital, Ipswich …”. 

Much more interesting information about Clara Woolnough and Gertrude Unwin can be discovered in the book ‘Postcards from the Front 1914-1919’ by Kate J. Cole and here, on Kate Cole’s Blog: http://www.essexvoicespast.com/


WOOSNAM, Miss Gwyneth (5.3.1918-29.5.1919+ V.A.D. Officer. Dispenser)

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ADDRESS: Rye Corner Welholme Road Grimsby; SERVICE FROM: 05/03/1918; SERVICE TO: Still working; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Officer; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/03/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 38/6; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Dispenser. Mil. Hosp. Colchester; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dispensary Gen. Military Hospital Colchester Essex; COMMISSION: London/116.


WRIGHT, Miss Norah Sandford (27.12.1916-26.10.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Clerk)

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ADDRESS: 3 Ballyholme Terrace, Bangor, Ireland; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 32; SERVICE FROM: 27/12/1916; SERVICE TO: 26/10/1917; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 27/12/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 26/10/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 27.12.16 to 26.10.17 Military Hospital, Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Co. Down/58.



PATIENTS AT COLCHESTER MILITARY HOSPITAL

CYRUS CLARENCE ALLSOPP – Colchester Military Hospital Australian patient

Cyrus Clarence Allsopp. Left: 1916, 19 yrs old. Right: Seated, Cheltenham Mil. Hospital patient c1918/19. Courtesy/© of Julie & Terry Preston.

Cyrus Clarence Allsopp. Left: 1916, 19 yrs old. Right: Seated, Cheltenham Mil. Hospital patient c1918/19. Courtesy/© of Julie & Terry Preston.

Australian Cyrus Clarence Allsopp was only 19 years old when he became Private 2029 in the Australian Imperial Forces.   After receiving gun shot wounds to his left thigh and left side (probably near Messines, Belgium), Cyrus was admitted to Colchester Military Hospital on 4 June 1917.  After spending seven months recuperating, Cyrus returned to his Battalion on 9 February 1918 – only to need further treatment in Colchester Military Hospital, a few weeks after promotion to Lance Corporal on 16 April 1918.  At the end of August 1918, another wounding to the left wrist and hand necessitated treatment in Cheltenham Military Hospital.  Cyrus was not discharged until January 1919.

Read much more about Cyrus Clarence Allsopp here:  https://tpr76797.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/lance-corporal-cyrus-clarence-allsopp-australian-imperial-forces/


MENTIONS OF COLCHESTER

IN AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPERS DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR

An interesting selection courtesy of http://trove.nla.gov.au/ (Nat. Library of Australia)

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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954) Friday 15 January 1915 p 7 Article [sic]:

SPLENDIDLY FIT.” THE KING’S PRAISE.  The King, dressed in the khaki of a staff officer in the field, spent some hours recently with his soldiers in training at Colchester. His visit must have had a special personal interest, for the King was able to meet on the Braiswick golf links the Sandringham Company of the Norfolk Territorials, which is almost entirely composed of men from his own estate. They were the best part of a hundred young fellows in khaki, whose faces were familiar to King George – farm hands, farmers, gamekeepers, artisans, household servants, and so on – for naturally Sandringham has yielded to the colours an unusually large proportion of its manhood. Even so the Sandringham estate men who have joined the new army wore not included. 

“I should have been sorry to have missed them. They look splendidly lit,” the King remarked, after taking the salute when the men marched past. 

All the troops on parade were Territorials – the 4th and 6th Norfolks and the 5th Suffolks, under General Inglefield, who had to answer a great many searching questions put by the King about food and quarters.

Four thousand were under inspection, and they made a Uno picture as they swung by to the tune of “Tipperary,” which the King must know by now quite as well as the rank and file of his army. 

Returning to Colchester station to take train for Woodbridge, his Majesty fell in with a number of wounded on their way to convalescent homes from the local military hospitals, and had a few words with several, asking where they had fought and how they were progressing.

At Woodbridge the King inspected the Essex Yeomanry and Essex Field Artillery.”


The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929) Wednesday 3 November 1915 p 8 Article Illustrated [sic]:

THE LATE PTE. F. E. COLLINS.  Miss A. Klopper, of Gilberton; received news on Saturday that Pte. Frank Collins had died of sickness in the Gibraltar Hospital. Mr. Collins was an employee of the Municipal Tramways Trust prior to his enlisting.   He was born in Colchester, England, and was 26 years of age on the date of his .death.  He left South Australia a signaller to the 6th Reinforcements, 10th Battalion.”


Mentions of Braintree; Braiswick; Coggeshall; Colchester; Harwich; Kelvedon; & Witham in The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931) Tuesday 23 February 1915 p 7 Article [sic]:

BOMBS ON ENGLAND NO DAMAGE DONE BY THEIR EXPLOSION.  …

A German aviator on Sunday flew over the county of Essex and dropped bombs on Braintree, Colchester, and Coggeshall.  The explosions did practically no damage, although the windows of one house were broken, some furniture was injured, and a kitchen was wrecked.   The bombs were evidently powerful, for “big holes were made in the ground where they fell. …  …  

AVIATORS BUSY / BRITAlN ATTACKED / BOMBS AT BRAINTREE.  LONDON, February 22.

A German aeroplane last night passed over England, and the aviator dropped an incendiary bomb in a field near Braintree, a market town in the Maldon division of Essex, on the Great Eastern Railway, 11 miles north-north-east of Chelmsford, which is only 26 miles north-east by east of London. 

The same aviator dropped another bomb a mile further away, but in both cases the explosives proved harmless.  Another bomb was dropped in the garden of a residence at Colchester, a town on the River Colne, in Essex, 52 miles north east of London. The explosion shattered the windows of an adjoining house and damaged the furniture. … …  

COGGESHALL ATTACKED. LONDON, February 22.

Three bombs were dropped near Brain tree and one at Coggeshall, a town in the Maldon division of Essex, 5i miles east by south of Braintree and two miles from Kelvedon railway-station. The Coggeshall bomb, when it burst, tore a hole in the ground 8 ft. in diameter and 2 ft. deep. The aeroplane, when it was last seen, was moving towards Harwich, the chief port of trade with Denmark and Holland, which is 16 miles east by north of Colchester. …  … 

A KITCHEN WRECKED. LONDON, February 22, 6 a.m.

The aeroplane made its appearance above Braintree at &30 p m. on Sunday. It was travelling from the direction of London and proceeded to Colchester, where the aviator dropped a bomb close to a cottage occupied by soldiers near the barracks. When it exploded the bomb gave off dense fumes and fragments of the bomb wrecked the kitchen of the cottage.  A hole 5 ft. in diameter was made in the ground, and pieces of shrapnel were found at a distance of 250 yards. …  … 

LOCALITIES AFFECTED.

Essex is a maritime county on the south-east of England, bounded on the north by Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, on the east by the North Sea, on the south by the River Thames, and on the west by Middlesex and Hertfordshire. 

Braintree is a village on the River Blackwater, six miles north-west of Witham Junction, and 44½ miles north-east of London by rail.   It was once a seat of the bishops of London.   It has a weekly market, is the seat of silk and crape manufactures, and has a population of 6,000 people. 

Colchester is on the south bank of the River Colne, and has a population of25, 000.    It is of great antiquity. It was the Camelodunum of the Romans, the Colnecaester of the Saxons, and a favorite stronghold of the Danes.   The Roman walls are almost entire, and Roman remains are plentiful.  The castle of the 12th century has the largest Norman keep in England.  It is the centre of a large agricultural district, and is the site of many manufactures. Its port and suburb, Hythe, is 15 miles from the sea. 

Coggeshall, which consists of Great and Little Coggeshall, is six miles east of Braintree and 44½ miles north-east of London.  Its history goes back to the time of the Romans, and it has manufactories of silk, velvet, and isinglass.* 

Harwich is on the south side of the River Stour at its confluence with the Orwell, 21 miles north-east of Colchester and 70 miles north-east of London. The population is about 6,000.   Its port is one of the best and safest on the east coast. It has been a place of note for 1,000 years, and it was called Harwich by the Saxons. There are shipbuilding and other works at Harwich.”

*N.B. Isinglass is a substance obtained from the dried swim bladders of fish. It is a form of collagen used mainly for the clarification of wine and beer. It can also be cooked into a paste for specialized gluing purposes.


The Sydney Stock and Station Journal (NSW : 1896 – 1924) Friday 7 January 1916 p 3 Article[sic]:

HIS YARN.  Wounded soldier (in hospital): ‘Soon me ribs’ll grow together once again, and then they’ll have me out o’ this and send me back to what they calls ‘light duty.’  Back to Aldershot or Salisbury Plain or Colchester. I don’t want none o’ that. I’d rather go back to the front again — to draw me second ration.  They ain’t so rigimental at the front. They don’t mess a man about so much. . . There’s more peace for a man out there at the front.’  — ‘Kitchener Chaps,’ by A. Neil-Lyons.”


Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918) Monday 13 March 1916 p 3 Article [sic]:

A DUMB SOLDIER RECOVERS SPEECH.  Another instance of a dumb soldier recovering his speech is recorded, this time from Colchester Military Hospital.   Private Wood, of the Buffs, was brought there suffering from shock and severe injuries sustained through being buried in a wrecked trench.    He had altogether lost the power of speech, and all efforts to restore it were futile. At length it was decided to send for his mother, who lives at Doncaster, in the hope that her unexpected appearance might have some effect.  When Mrs. Wood arrived she was ushered quietly into the ward, and took up a stand at the foot of her son’s bed.  After looking hard at his visitor for some time, Wood got excited and at length called out ”’Mother! Mother!”  Now he is able to converse fairly freely.    He explained that he was in deep distress and had tried his utmost to articulate, but could not utter a word.”


Eastern Districts Chronicle (York, WA : 1877 – 1927) Friday 29 September 1916 p 3 Article [sic]:

A YORK SOLDIER WOUNDED. A FEW INTERESTING PARTICULARS.  Private L. H. Inkpen, of the 28th Battalion, writes as follows from the Military Hospital, Colchester (Eng.), under date August 19:- Well, here I am with a wound in the foot and several flesh wounds on the body, in fact Fritz sprinkled me all over from foot to shoulders, but some are very slight, and they need to be too. It happened on the 4th of August as we were going into the front line to take up position at about 9 p.m. for a scrap. But your humble got one in the foot a few yards from our destination and had to stop, bandage, and try to get back to the first-aid station, but with no luck!  In the darkness and owing to the cut-up state of the position (Pozieres) I got absolutely bushed amongst shell-holes, for there is not a yard square of this position but what is torn and churned up by ‘shell fire, so it will give you an idea of what bombardments are like in France.   Absolutely bushed, and not a human voice even to be heard—nothing but the scream of shells and whistling of bullets, and a shell-hole for protection.  Next morning broke only to bring more trouble, as almost as soon as daylight appeared a shrapnel pellet smacked me just under the short rib, which as you may guess snatched my wind, as well as giving me a nasty wound (flesh). Fortunately it did not go through. By this time I was pretty well fagged out, but this was not all, as during the day I got peppered with small pellets from a Minnie-werfer.  Still no aid and not able even to crawl very far before becoming exhausted.   

A solid bombardment continued from that afternoon till the next morning, and I was just about done when at about 8 o’clock I raised myself with the help of a tree root and looked round, and to my enjoyable surprise I could see a stretcher party pretty close by, whom I signalled to by waving my steel helmet, and at last I experienced the comfort of a ministering angel in reality.   Down to the first-aid station per stretcher, dressed and onto motor ambulance and off to dressing station, thence to clearing station where the surgeons operated on the foot and removed sundry shrapnel from my frame. Now August 7.  On board the hospital-train down 1 to Boulogne, two days here and across the channel to Dover, and from thence to Colchester. I will be glad when I can get away to our own convalescent camp which I am afraid will not be just yet…  It opens one’s eyes to see the wounds of some of the poor chaps about these places. Something awful and you would wonder how on earth they manage to patch some up.  I have not seen anything of England yet as I am unable to take walks. Regards to all friends in York.”


Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954) Tuesday 3 October 1916 p 2 Article [sic]:

SERGEANT W. F. DOE.  Sergeant W. F. Doe, son ex-Alderman B. J. Doe; who was reported wounded some time ago, is now reported as being in the Colchester Hospital, England. Sergeant Doe was wounded in one foot, which has been amputated.”


Warracknabeal Herald (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Friday 17 November 1916 p 3 Article [sic]:

PTE. GARDINER GETTING ON WELL. Pte. R. J, Gardiner, writing from the General Hospital, at Colchester, England, on September 24th, stated that he was getting on well, and expected to be shifted to the Australian Convalescent Home, at Uxbridge.   He says the Germans sent over another lot of Zeppelins the night previous to writing, and he believes they went back three short. One came down about three miles away, and he could hear the aircraft guns going all night.   The wounded were to be taken out to inspect it.   In a later letter Pte. Gardiner stated that he had been removed to the Australian Home, which was a very nice place, and the people were most kind.  They came round in motor cars and took the wounded out driving.  One place visited was Westminster.”


Eastern Districts Chronicle (York, WA : 1877 – 1927) Friday 17 November 1916 p 2 Article [sic]:

PERSONAL.  News to hand this week from Private L. H. Inkpen, who was peppered with shrapnel by the Huns at Pozieres in August last.  He is still at Colchester Hospital, and at time of writing thought the medicos had an idea that there  were still some stray bits of lead or useless bone splinters about his anatomy.”


Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 – 1954) Tuesday 21 November 1916 p 6 Article [sic]:

TASMANIAN CASUALTIES.  A letter received by Miss S. Tucker, of “Heazlemere,” Scottsdale, from a friend in Colchester, England, mentions having made friends with a Tasmanian soldier named Jones, from Launceston, where he was in an ironmonger’s business.  They met him in a hospital, where they took him some “Couriers,” a “Sydney Mail,” some postcards of Launceston, and some smokes. They found the patient quite convalescent, and able to relate quite a lot of experiences.  He had seen service in Egypt, had spent seven hot, weary mouths in Gallipoli, and then went to France, where he was slightly wounded in the battle of the Somme.  He got mixed up with a lot of English troops, which explains why he was brought to Colchester.  When the letter was written (September 24) he was off to a convalescent home at Epsom.”


Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918) Friday 1 December 1916 p 2 Article and Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Thursday 7 December 1916 p 9 Article [sic]:

SERGEANT G. CROSS.  Extracts from letters received from Sergeant Geo. Cross, of Armadale, Melbourne, wounded, in the great advance of the Somme, dated Colchester Military Hospital, 25/9/16:-

“Again I have been in bed for 14 days, and had a wretched time from the gas attack. Yesterday I cabled home, and I guess when you heard the results you were delighted.   I have been marked up for home, probably Christmas together.  Can you imagine it?    The climate here does not agree with me.   I shall send a photo, soon as possible, so prepare yourself for a complete wreck.” 

Under date of 5/10/16, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Sergeant Cross wrote:-

“I know what a cruel disappointment this will mean to you.   Two days ago I arrived here, and have now been marked up for 14 days’ leave, so I suppose France will see me again for Christmas.   I would willingly go through it again if it were the means of returning the breadwinners to their children.    During the months I was in France I often thought life had given me many pleasant memories.   Then why am I here, where my life is not worth a halfpenny, and where at any moment a violent death may come to me?   The agony of death is really nothing; the mere giving up of life is a little thing but the thought of losing home ties and all that is dear to me in this world gives me the fierce desire to live.    Then for why am I here?   You see it is for the good things of life and the retention of those good things that I must risk my life.   Nothing can be gained in this queer world without payment, and it is now I am squaring the account.   Still, it seems unfair that I should pay for the natural and rightful things of life when so many thousands refuse to pay.   But no doubt they will pay in loss of respect, insults, and the everlasting stigma of that unbearable word ‘Shirker!’ “


The Maitland Weekly Mercury (NSW : 1894 – 1931) Saturday 2 December 1916 p 7 Article [sic]:

WOUNDED IN FRANCE. STRUGGLE WITH A HUN. ZEPPELIN RELICS. LETTER FROM BOMBARDIER STORM.

Bombardier W. Storm, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Storm, of West Maitland, writing to his parents from the Schools Military Hospital, Colchester, Essex, under date October 8, says: – “I am still here, but I think I will be getting shifted to London any day now.  There is a chance of my getting through this awful war yet.   I have gone through a lot, but it was God’s wish, I often think, that I was to live.  I can hardly realise myself being alive after the thousands of tons of lead and iron that had gone past me without having fatal results. It’s only a dream, thank God. I have the noise of the gun out of my ears, now and sleep 0.K.  The only trouble is the heart.   My wounds are all healed, and I can get along tip top with a stick. My right leg is still a little stiff from a bayonet wound.  It I also trembles when I sit down. I think a nerve is severed, but I am hoping for the best. They may send me home for six months leave. I have had no letters for three and a half months.”   

On October 10, Bombardier Storm writes:- Received your welcome letters to-day. They have been a long time looking them up.  I got quite a number from you, also from mother, Ethel and Lydia. I am leaving hospital to-morrow morning for Dartford, near London.  I will have a good time there. It is a home for wounded Australians. I believe it only accommodates 50 of us. If they don’t send me home on six months’ leave I shall be there for two months.  If they think me fit I suppose I will have to fight again. I am not the same old Bill Storm now you knew. My nerves are gone. I was always brave enough to face death, but the strain has told on me.  My wounds have healed splendidly, but my heart has not.  I was talking to Frank Walsh, at Etaples, in France, two months ago. He was looking well and had not been to the front up to that time. The noise of the guns in battle is something terrific. I often wonder where my gun is – perhaps, in the hands of the Germans, but I hope not.  I was working my gun from a large shell hole in front of the trench.  I had to go there to reach their trenches with the shells. The infantry charged and took the trenches. I was busy with my gun when a Hun tackled me.  He got his bayonet in my thigh, and before he had time to pull it out I shot him with my revolver.  I am now here in England to think over it.   I have just come back after looking at the Zepp which was downed five miles from Colchester by the British anti-aircraft guns. What a huge ship it is – as large as the boat I left Australia on.  I am enclosing two small pieces of it — all aluminium. 

Writing from No. 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, Kent, on Oct. 13, to his mother, Bombardier’ Storm says:-‘I received a letter from you last week which was lying at the base some time.  Fancy you only getting two letters from me since I enlisted. I wrote many from France and sent you a nice card soon after I got wounded the first time in Bois Gremier, France.   I bought the card in Armentieres, and one tor Lydia at Erquimgham.  I hear that both places have since been razed to the ground.  When we left Armentieres for the Somme, shells were setting fire to it.  When we got to Albert it was the same. I was wounded a second time in the trenches at Contal Maison, near Albert, and opposite Pozieres.  The villages you hear of us taking back are simply a heap of bricks, with German dead lying everywhere – that is after our artillery is finished with it.  Out of our battery of eight guns and 70 men on the Somme only 11 are surviving to-day.  It is the most dangerous game in the army. With the aid of glasses the enemy can see our shells leave the guns, and you can see them in the air with the naked eye.  He then gets his artillery on to us, and big stuff at that, because he knows as well as we do the damage the mortars do. If he takes us prisoner he has no mercy for us. It means certain death. I don’t know what they intend to do with me. They shift me from one hospital to another. I am now in our own at last. I left Colchester the other day. Arriving at Liverpool street we were met by some nice people who gave us cigarettes and fruit. We went in motors to another station, by train to Epsom, and came back through the tube to another station.  Then we caught train to Dartford, 15 miles from London, and here l am just as I left France— no better.’”

[N.B. Storm, William Milton; Service number 2016; 18 Infantry Battalion – 1 to 13 Reinforcements (May 1915 – June 1916); Place of embarkation: Sydney.   Ship embarked on: HMAT Runic A54]


The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 – 1954) Monday 11 December 1916 p 6 Article[sic]:

TASMANIAN CASUALTIES. SOME PERSONAL NOTES.  News has been received from Mrs. Harrison that her husband, Corporal P.H. Harrison, who enlisted in Hobart, was killed in action on November 5.  Corporal Harrison enlisted over 12 months ago, and had been serving in France and Belgium for some time.  He was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Harrison who has been killed in action.  Their eldest son, William, who enlisted with Corporal Harrison, is at present seriously ill in Colchester Hospital, England.”


Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918) Thursday 14 December 1916 p 8 Article [sic]:

SICK SOLDIERS.  Mr. Lionel Lee has received a letter from the Defence department – saying that his son Private S. A. Lee, has been admitted to the Colchester Military Hospital, suffering from trench feet.    Private Lee has been in France since last March.”


Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Thursday 21 December 1916 p 9 Article [sic]:

SICK SOLDIERS.  Mr. Lionel Lee has received a letter from the Defence department stating that his son, Private S. A. Lee, has been admitted to the Colchester Military Hospital, suffering from trench feet.  Private Lee has been in France since last March.”


The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954) Friday 12 January 1917 p 8 Article [sic]:

IN HOSPITAL. PRIVATE H.A. DICKMAN.   Mr. W. Dickman of Moore Park has been informed by the military authorities that his youngest son, Private H.A. Dickman, of the 30th Battalion, was admitted to the Military Hospital, Colchester, England, suffering from trench feet.”


The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Saturday 13 January 1917 Edition: DAILY. p 4 Article [sic]:

CORPORAL A. R. ROBERTS.  Mrs A. Roberts, of 76 Josepths St. Ballarat East, has received word that her son, Corp A. R. (Bert) Roberts, of the 8th Battalion, has been reported wounded in the left leg, and admitted to the Colchester Military Hospital.”


Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954) Tuesday 16 January 1917 p 2 Article [sic]:

IN BROKEN HILL. PRIVATE GEORGE GILBERT AGAIN WOUNDED.  Mr. G. B. Gilbert, Frieberg Hotel, Railway Town, has received report from the Base Records Office that his son, Private George C. Gilbert, was wounded (second occasion) and admitted to the Colchester Military Hospital (England) on January 1, with gun-shot wound to right thigh.”


Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) Thursday 18 January 1917 p 5 Article [sic]:

DISTRICT CASUALTIES. ILL. PRIVATE McCRACKEN:- Mr. T. McCracken, of Steel-street, Hamilton, has received intimation that Private T. A. McCracken has been admitted to Colchester Military Hospital, suffering from trench feet.”


St Arnaud Mercury (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Wednesday 14 February 1917 p 3 Article [sic]:

CASUALTIES.  The Barkly correspondent of the “Avoca Mail” says:- Private Will Cheesman, 39th Battalion, is lying severely wounded (gunshot wound through chest) in France, Private Charles Marshall, also 39th Battalion, wounded (by a gunshot wound through the right arm) Is in Colchester Hospital, England.”


The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Wednesday 9 May 1917 Edition: DAILY. p 4 Article [sic]:

SERGEANT R. B. RAMAGE.  Mr W. Ramage has received word from the Defence Department that his son Sergt R. B. Ramage, is in the Colchester Military Hospital, England, suffering from gunshot wound in the right thigh, received on the 18th April.”


Stawell News and Pleasant Creek Chronicle (Vic.:1914 – 1918) Saturday 9 June 1917 p 3 Article [sic]:

WOUNDED IN THE NECK.  Mr. R. Phillips,” Doctor’s Creek, has ascertained that his son, Private Bert, Phillips, who was previously reported wounded, is suffering from slight gun-shot wounds in the neck, and is an inmate of the Colchester Hospital, England.”


Gippsland Farmers Journal (Traralgon, Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Friday 22 June 1917 p 4 Article and Traralgon Record (Traralgon, Vic. : 1886 – 1932) Friday 22 June 1917 p 3 Article [sic]:

ON THE WAY TO THE FRONT. TRAINING IN ENGLAND.  Notes from England. AN AUSTRALIAN’S IMPRESSIONS.  Following are extracts from a letter received last week from Sapper 0. G. Pettit, of the 7th Engineer Reinforcements.   It is dated from Brightlingsea training camp 1-4-17. and runs as follows: 

“Again I am able to write before leaving for “shell-land,” as I believe there is a mail for Australia in a few days, though we cannot definitely ascertain on account of the procedure of advertising the departure of overseas mails being cut out.   I am glad to say I am still keeping well. The weather during the past month has been mortifying and I think we’ve had a sample of everything known to an English winter.  One day will be cold and wintry with heavy sleet driving in all directions, and the next fierce gales will crop up which pierce one to the bone.  Then we get just a glimpse of a spring day, with the birds beginning to harbinger its arrival, and the sun struggling through a heavy mist of fog.  Such are the days which have made me glad in anticipation of the approaching summer months, but such thoughts have been time and again subjected to disappointment, when the next few hours bring the frost and snow, and, worse than all ,the old easterly winds, which I have said penetrate to the very bones.  

Today is a typical Saturday half holiday, one which damps the spirits of the most ardent, especially when trips have been arranged by the troops to various neighbouring places, such as Clacton on Sea, which is only twelve miles distant, and is one of the most popular and fashionable sea side resorts in England. Fancy visiting such parts in this weather!   Yet there have been days delightfully mild, when the sea side would not be at all out of place.  March is now over (the severest known for many years in England) so surely spring will come at last, with all its raptuious enchantments.  From the slight indications I have seen I can quite imagine how delightful this season of the year must be in this hemisphere and the lengthening of the days is already most striking.  I believe in the summer-time it is twilight up till nine or ten at night!  Under ordinary conditions this must be a great country, and I’ve often thought that if it were possible to transfer England, with all its industrial and commercial wealth, to Australia, whose possibilities as a country are so immense, what a wonderful and world-predominating and self-supporting nation we would be.  The more I see of the vastness of England’s industrial productions and commerce the more I think what wonderful prospects lie before young Australia, and though perhaps we will not live to see the day (or probably the next generation) it will most assuredly rank as the greatest country in the world. That is, of course, providing the administration of affairs is alright. But I’m simply speaking from a natural productive point of view.    

At the present time things are very bad in England.  I’ve seen young lads, just barely 18, frail and delicate looking, being marched off to barracks to undergo a training which l venture to say will prove too strenuous to a large majority of them.   Now I see they are pressing the medically unfit or the best of them into service and the cry is still for more and yet more men!  Where are they going to get them from is the question which presents itself, when already the country is taxed to its utmost? Why, in our own cases, we have hundreds who are absolutely unfit for service but under the stress of the situation are being utilised in many ways instead of being sent back home where their labor will be of more service in the development of their country.   This is a question which will have to be faced by the authorities as it is neither fair to the young fellows, who have become incapacitated through their noble endeavours to help the Motherland nor to the country which sent them. 

Then, again, the seriousness of the situation is brought forcibly home by the shortage of food caused, we are led to believe, by the U boat menace.   When on a visit to Colchester, a fairly large city not far from here, last week I wondered at a large crowd that thronged the street in front of a certain shop and blocked the thoroughfare for quite a time.  The shoving and jostling for positions was just as you might see at a football match or something of the sort, so I became quite interested in the throng and the cause of all the excitement.  ln fact I joined in myself thinking there must be some startling objective.   But you can quite imagine my surprise when two or three waggons arrived on the scene with potatoes!   Then there was a general rush for this scarcest of all commodities.   I wondered if such a shortage would ever be the lot of those fortunate ones in Australia, and whether if such were the case more value would be placed on the, at times, rather despised spud.  Fancy paying a shilling per lb. for them here, and then only a very limited quantity can be obtained. But if things keep going on in this same manner the people will be lucky to see any at all shortly. 

Every imaginable plot of available land in park and other places is being cultivated for the production of potatoes, and in one instance I saw where a tennis court had been ploughed up for the cultivation of this valuable article!   And yet there seems to be any amount of privately owned property going to waste. But, this, I presume, is owned by the aristocracy, who prefer to help their country in this manner rather than throw it open for the raising of necessary productions for the hungry people!    Much dissatisfaction exists in the food line and the pinch is being felt all over.  What the state of things will be in another 12 months if war continues I’m half afraid to think of.   At all events, I don’t want to be here to sample it!   But if conditions of living are so bad here, what must they be in Germany, with the increased vigilance of the British blockade?     A further instalment of this interesting and informative letter will appear in our next issue.”

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Gippsland Farmers Journal (Traralgon, Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Tuesday 26 June 1917 p 3 Article and Traralgon Record (Traralgon, Vic. : 1886 – 1932) Tuesday 26 June 1917 p 4 Article [sic]:

ON THE WAY TO THE FRONT. (By Sapper O. G. Pettit)   (Continued).

I mentioned in a previous part of this letter, that I visited Colchester, a fair sized city of about 45, 000 inhabitants, just 10 miles from here. I made the trip per bicycle, as the roads in this part are specially adapted for that means of travel.    Colchester is supposed to be the oldest town in England, dating back to the eighth century. It is notable in later history for the memorable siege of Colchester, during the civil war between the Royalists and Parliamentarians in 1648. The old castle, a fine sample of the old Roman fortress, and used afterwards in   the siege I have just mentioned, stands on a prominent part in the heart of the city, and has been preserved and beautified by the formation of picturesque gardens round about it, which have been named ” Castle Park.”  At a spot not far from the rear of the castle, a pillar of stone marks the place where, after the victory by the Parliamentarians, the two Royalist leaders (Captains Sir Charles Lucas and Sir Geo. Leslie) were led out and shot by order of Sir Thomas Fairfax as traitors to the people’s struggles against the Stuart despotism. I could not gain admission to the interior of the castle, which was a great disappointment, as having seen the outside of this old historical building, with all its wonderful workmanship in the art of defence, I was naturally curious to know what was hidden behind its massive walls.  Roman walls of a wonderfully built character, run for miles round this interesting old city, but they are in parts falling into ruin, chiefly by pure vandalism, I found, and steps are being taken to preserve these sacred relics of the ancient Roman days. 

In Brightlingsea, a church, dating back, I believe, to the eleventh century, is a landmark known all over the district, and is also a fine sample of early ecclesiastical architecture. It stands to-day as sound and intact as ever, but is used only in cases of funerals or marriages. The towns burial grounds are attached to this imposing old edifice, and many tombstones there date back as far as the 15th and 16th centuries. Tennyson’s brother is buried there, his resting place being marked by a plain towering cross, with simply the name, age and date of death inscribed upon it. The first day after arrival I was one of a complimentary escort to the funeral of a naval sub-lieutenant (a late resident of the town) who was a victim to one of the Hun’s inhuman atrocities. The event was one of much sadness, as a widow and little child were left un provided for, practically friendless in the world. The cortege moved of, with a firing party of naval men marching with reversed arms, the military escort bringing up the rear. As the procession approached the church, the bell in the old tower rang out its mournful toll for the dead, and as the church yard was reached these solemn tones were added to by the huge pipe organ, whose massive notes rumbled out the thrill of the funeral march. The service in the grand old edifice was most interesting to me, and as I sat thus within its precincts, I wondered whether amid all the generations the sacred building has seen come and go, such another scene as this, with its horrible war-time memories, had ever been experienced.  

I have been receiving home papers more regularly of late, and notice in an issue of the “Herald” an unusual (if nothing else) controversy as to the merits and demerits of Australian soldiers marrying English girls. We had a military wedding the other day (in fact, two or three have taken place since I’ve been here) when an Anzac D.C.M. winner was married to a nurse who had attended him while lying wounded in hospital.    

By-the-Bye, a sample of the postal authorities expedition came to hand on Thursday, March 29, in the shape of a cablegram despatched somewhere in December. So the cable must have gone for a tour round the world before reaching its destination. I sent another one on March 14, but have heard nothing yet, and suppose a reply will be here when I’m in France.   

The weather is still most unsettled, and the equinoctial gales have set in with a vengeance. We had a snowstorm the other day, with flakes as big as half-crowns, and the heavy wind that was blowing gave me the nearest approach I have yet seen to a blizzard. It was sufficient to give me a good idea, and I’m quite satisfied to let it stop at that. I see by the papers that Ted Cobbledick and young Miller are amongst the latest war victims. It is terrible when you think that the country is being bled of its young manhood in such a cruel manner. Many other of the boys I know in Frankston and Healesville have gone under.  

We have about completed our training here, which consisted of trench digging, rivetting, bridge building, bomb throwing, barb wire entanglements (very unpleasant to handle), mining, etc., though on account of the length of our school we have been rushed through many items. We had to walk about three miles each way every day to the mining fields and ford, where our training was carried out, so we had physical exercise as well. Night work was also included in the syllabus, and with the wind howling and snow falling on several occasions, our experiences in this department were no one too pleasant, but memorable.”


The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Saturday 13 October 1917 Edition: DAILY. p 7 Article [sic]:

SERGEANT G. A. LAVARS.  Mrs M. E. Lavars, Otway Street, has been officially notified that her son, Sergt G.A Lavars, has admitted to the General Military Hospital, Colchester England, suffering from gunshot around left thigh, severe.”


The Bombala Times (NSW : 1912 – 1938) Friday 2 November 1917 p 6 Article [sic]:

PERSONAL.  Pte. Edgar Wright, of Tombong, was admitted to the Colchester military hospital,   England, on the 8th October, suffering with gun-shot wound in the face.”


Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) Friday 2 November 1917 p 5 Article [sic]:

WOUNDED.  PRIVATE BOWMAN.-Mrs. H. Bowman, of Cleary-street, Hamilton, has received word that her son, Private J. Bowman, has been admitted to the Essex County Hospital, Colchester, suffering from a severe gunshot wound of the left leg.”


Northern Times (Newcastle, NSW : 1857 – 1918) Tuesday 6 November 1917 p 5 Article [sic]:

ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL.  Mrs. R. Brokmann, of Narara Road, Adamstown, has been advised by the officer in charge of Base Records that her son, Private T. Brokmann has been reported as having been admitted to Colchester General Military Hospital.”


The Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1875 – 1929) Saturday 10 November 1917 p 8 Article [sic]:

LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS.  Mr. Michael Moriarty, of the Railway, Hotel, Rockhampton, is in receipt of the following telegram from the Base Records Office:— ‘Now reported Private Sydney Moriarty admitted Colchester Military Hospital, England. 8th October, gunshot wounds left groin.”


Riponshire Advocate (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Saturday 17 November 1917 p 3 Article [sic]:

FOR THE EMPIRE.  Mrs. Geo. Nothnagel, of Beaufort, has received advice from her sister-in-law, Mrs Harold Pimblett, of Sydney, that she was informed on 12th inst. by the base records office that her husband, Pte. Harold Pimblett, was admitted to Essex County Hospital, Colchester, England, on Oct. 14th, suffering from a severe gunshot wound on the face.  Mrs Pimblett had previously heard from a comrade of her husband’s that he had been wounded.  Pte. Pimblett was also wounded some months ago.”


Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 – 1940) Tuesday 27 November 1917 Edition: EVENING p 4 Article [sic]:

CASUALTIES.  Mr. and Mrs. James Southwell of “Heywood”, Hall, have received word from the military authorities that their son L. Corpl. Aubrey V. Southwell was admitted to the General Military Hospital, Colchester, England, on the 20th October, suffering from severe gunshot wound in right thigh.”


The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 – 1950) Saturday 1 December 1917 p 11 Article [sic]: 

LOCAL SOLDIERS NEWS.  Mrs. Woodward, of ‘Gungalma’, Water Street, who had four sons at the front and is herself energy personified in local patriotic matters, received two advices last week of casualties to her boys.  On Wednesday word came that her son Roy – the latest of the family to enlist, and who left last January and  reached the firing-line at the end of August has received gunshot wounds in the right arm, and was removed to Colchester Hospital, England, on October 19.  On the following day (Thursday), Mrs. Woodward received a cable that Lce. Cpl. Harry Woodward – who sailed on October 12, 19.10, and has been in the firing line since April has been wounded ‘mild,’ the cable stated. Mrs. Woodward has one boy, Walter, home wounded, and another, Herbert, is escort-corporal in England.”


The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Saturday 8 December 1917 Edition: DAILY. p 7 Article [sic]:

PRIVATE T. C. GALVIN.  Mrs. Galvin, of 37 Eastwood Street, been further advised that her son. Pte T. C. Galvia. has been admitted to the Colchester Military Hospital, England, suffering from gunshot wound to the right foot.”


Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 – 1940) Tuesday 11 December 1917 Edition: EVENING p 2 Article [sic]:

GOULBURN AND THE WAR. PTE. J. A. PIGGOTT.   PTE. J. A. PIGGOTT:  Mrs. Hoare, of Sloane Street, received word on Saturday that her son, Pte. J. A. Piggott, was admitted to Colchester Hospital, England, on Nov. 19, suffering from trench fever. Mrs. Hoare has also received a second cable intimating that another of her sons, Bombardier D.M. Piggot, was admitted to Richmond Hospital, England, on Nov. 15, suffering from a gunshot wound to the right thigh.  As before reported, he was also gassed.”


Rutherglen Sun and Chiltern Valley Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Friday 14 December 1917 p 3 Article [sic]:

WOUNDED.  Mr. and Mrs. E. Withers have received word their son, Gunner B. Withers, has been admitted to the Colchester Hospital, Colchester on 11/11/17 suffering from gunshot wound in the arm and leg.”


Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) Monday 17 December 1917 Edition: DAILY. p 6 Article [sic]:

MILITARY ITEMS.  Mrs. J. C Millar, of Ipswich and Fairney View, has received further word that her son, Pte. A. Millar, has been admitted to Colchester Hospital, England, suffering, from shell shock.”


Examiner (Launceston, Tas.: 1900 – 1954) Friday 11 January 1918 p 3 Article [sic]:

ROLL OF HONOUR.  Gunner A. W Freiboth, writing to his parents at St. Patricks River from the military hospital at Colchester on November 19, reports himself doing well, and able to get up for a while each day.  He is enjoying the best of food and treatment, and the sisters are indeed “angels of mercy”.    The Red Cross, he adds, is doing fine work.  He had hardly got into the hospital when a lady came round desiring to know if he wanted anything, and bringing notepaper, shaving kit, cigarettes, and a host of other things.   They change French money, give concerts and motor rides, as well as hot drinks and chocolate on the trains and stations.   It is a good thing, he says, and worth support from those at home.   Gunner Freiboth was “gassed” in Flanders.    Mr. and Mrs. Frelboth have received a very complete and interesting diary from their son.”


Shepparton News (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Thursday 17 January 1918 p 3 Article [sic]:

PTE. M. J. HANNAN.  Mrs. Hannan, Ashenden Street, Shepparton, now of Bendigo, has received word from the Defence department that her son, Pte. M. I. Hannah, A.I.F., was admitted to the Colchester Military Hospital, England, on December 11, suffering from trench feet.”


The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Saturday 19 January 1918 Edition: DAILY. p 4 Article [sic]:

PRIVATE R. KELLY.  Mrs E. Kelly, of 15 Skipton Street, has been advised that her son, Pte R. Kelly, was admitted an 6th January to the Colchester Military Hospital, gassed.”


St Arnaud Mercury (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Saturday 26 January 1918 p 3 Article [sic]:

CASUALTIES.  Mr. Wm. Torney, of Carapooee West, has been officially notified that his brother, Private H. Torney, was admitted to Colchester Military Hospital on 6th January suffering from gunshot wound in the leg. Private Torney is attached to the 1st Pioneer Battalion.” 


The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 – 1954) Wednesday 13 February 1918 p 7 Article [sic]:

WAR CASUALTIES.  Mrs. Cecil Carter, Northam, has been notified by the military authorities that her husband, Sergeant Cecil Carter, was admitted into the Colchester Military Hospital on January 6, suffering from gunshot wounds in the back.”


Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 – 1954) Monday 15 April 1918 p 6 Article [sic]:

LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS.  Advice has been received from the Base Records Office, Melbourne, that Corporal Norman Richardson has been admitted to the Colchester Military Hospital suffering from appendicitis.”


Kalgoorlie Miner (WA : 1895 – 1950) Friday 19 April 1918 p 3 Article [sic]:

SIGNALLER GOODALL. The Base Records Office has advised Mr. and Mrs. Goodall, of 8 Outridge Terrace, that their son, Signaller R. G, Goodall, was admitted to Colchester Military Hospital, England, on March 29, suffering from a severe fracture of the left fore-arm.”


The Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1875 – 1929) Saturday 20 April 1918 p 14 Article [sic]:

LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS.  Advice has been received from the Base Records Office, Melbourne, that Corporal Norman Richardson has been admitted to the Colchester Military Hospital suffering from appendicitis.”


Daily Observer (Tamworth, NSW : 1917 – 1920) Monday 22 April 1918 p 1 Article [sic]:

TAMWORTH CASUALTIES.  Mrs. Jack Hawley, Dungowan, has been informed that her husband Private J. Hawley, 1st Battalion, has been admitted to the General Military Hospital, Colchester, England, suffering from gunshot wounds in legs.”  


Western Argus (Kalgoorlie, WA : 1916 – 1938) Tuesday 23 April 1918 p 14 Article [sic]:

SIGNALLER GOODALL.  The Base Records Office has advised Mr. and Mrs. Goodall, of 8 Outridge Terrace, that their son, Signaller R. G. Goodall, was admitted to Colchester Military Hospital, England, on March 29, suffering from a severe fracture of the left fore-arm.”


Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 – 1954) Tuesday 23 April 1918 p 3 Article [sic]:

HOSPITAL CASES.  On Saturday Mr. and Mrs. D. Peebles, of Sassafras, were advised that their son, Private B. Peebles, had been admitted to Colchester Military Hospital, England, suffering from a gunshot wound in the finger (mild), received, while fighting in France.” 


Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Thursday 25 April 1918 p 8 Article [sic]:

NEWS OF SOLDIERS. Gunner A. C. D. Thomas, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, son of Mr. H. D. Thomas, shire engineer, Heathcote, has been admitted to the Colchester Military Hospital, suffering from gas poisoning.” 


Clunes Guardian and Gazette (Vic.:1918 – 1918) Tuesday 7 May 1918 p 2 Article [sic]:

THE HONOR ROLLMrs. Gillespie has received word that her son, Gillespie, has wounded in France.  He is in Colchester Hospital, England, suffering from a gun-shot wound in the thigh.”


Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) Wednesday 8 May 1918 p 5 Article [sic]:

WOUNDED.  PRIVATE SHERIDAN.–Mrs. T. Sheridan of Donald-street, Hamilton, has been notified that her son, Private P. W. Sheridan, has been admitted to Colchester Military Hospital. England, suffering from gunshot wound in the left foot.” 


Daily Observer (Tamworth, NSW : 1917 – 1920) Saturday 11 May 1918 p 7 Article [sic]:

SOLDIERS OF THE NORTH.  Mrs. C. Davis, Armidale Road, has been further notified that her son is still an inmate of the Colchester Military Hospital, England, suffering from shell shock and gas, and is progressing favorably.”


Lang Lang Guardian (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Saturday 11 May 1918 p 3 Article [sic]:

PRIVATES C. AND F. KEIGHERY.  Mr and Mrs Keighery, of Lang Lang, received a cable on April 13 that Private Chris. Keighery was admitted to Colchester Hospital, England, on March 31, suffering from gunshot wounds in the right loin.   He was in business in Lang Lang, and volunteered, sailing for the field of battle on August 16,101(5. He was attached to the 8th Machine Gun Company, and was engaged in dangerous work. We hope the young soldier (says a Dandenong contemporary). who was educated at Dandenong State School, is not very seriously wounded, and will soon be back in the family circle at Lang Lang. His younger brother, Private Frank Keighery, of the 24th Battalion, 6th Infantry Brigade, sailed for Gallipoli on May 8th, 1915, and was killed at Lonesome Pine on September 11th of the same year, at the early age of 21. He was the first boy to volunteer from Lang Lang, and we are pleased to say was engaged on the “Lang Lang Guardian” when he set such a good example to those who have shown the white feather.  Under the pen name of “Heron” he contributed many interesting items to the Nature Notes in ” The Argus,” and of his voyage to his doom he wrote several descriptive articles to ” The Guardian”.   He was a musician of some ability as well as a fighting man, who bravely fought and fell on the fatal heights of Gallipoli.”


Western Argus (Kalgoorlie, WA : 1916 – 1938) Tuesday 21 May 1918 p 7 Article [sic]:

TRENCH FEVER.  Mrs. R. W. Chinnick, of 75 Dugan Street, has received word from the Base Records Office that her son, Ernest Gordon Clyde, was admitted on April 13 to the Colchester Military Hospital, England, suffering from trench fever. His brother, Mr. William Aitchison, is a resident of Kalgoorlie.”


The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 – 1919) Monday 27 May 1918  p 3 Article [sic]:

ROLL OF HONOR.  Sir. R. Lee, of East Launceston, has been advised by the Defence Department that his son. Tom Lee, has been admitted  been into hospital in Colchester suffering from wounds in the arm.”


Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918) Thursday 30 May 1918 p 6 Article and Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Thursday 6 June 1918 p 21 Article [sic]:

NEWS OF SOLDIERS.  Mrs. Garland, of Harp and Shamrock Hotel, has been notified that Pte. J. (Sam) 0’Connor, 57th Battalion, has been admitted to the Colchester Military Hospital, Colchester, England, suffering from gunshot wounds in the face and hands.


The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 – 1954) Saturday 1 June 1918 p 7 Article [sic]:

WAR CASUALTIES.  Mrs. E. A. Gray, 8 Chat late of Simpson-street, West Perth, has received word that her son. Driver J. W. Gray, has been admitted to Colchester Military Hospital, England, suffering from gunshot wounds. “


The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929) Monday 10 June 1918 p 6 Article [sic]:

WOUNDED SOLDIERS.

Mrs. Hall, Tynte-street, North Adelaide, has been notified that her husband, Pte. Ernest N. Hall, is suffering from gunshot wound in chest and is in Colchester Hospital, England. He enlisted from Port Augusta in October, 1916.”


Molong Express and Western District Advertiser (NSW : 1887 – 1954) Saturday 6 July 1918 p 12 Article [sic]:

CUDAL.  News came through on Wednesday that Private J. E. McGrath was wounded during June.  This is the second time that this warrior has been wounded. His brother, B. J. McGrath, is lying in Colchester Hospital   (England), severely wounded about the head, back, and shoulders.  Another member of the family, Vin. McGrath, answered the final call last year.  Our sympathy for the mother is far beyond words.”


Toodyay Herald (WA : 1912 – 1954) Saturday 6 July 1918 p 2 Article [sic]:

WAR CASUALTIES. Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Kyred of Wattening, have been notified that their son, Pte. C. E, Kyred has been admitted to Colchester Military Hospital, England, suffering from gunshot wounds, and right ankle fractured.”


The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954) Friday 12 July 1918 p 6 Article [sic]:

MINYIP.  Mrs. Rabl of Boolite, has just received word that her brother Private W. Vanderfeen, who has recently been reported ill in France after 6 months in the trenches there, has been transferred to Colchester Military hospital, England.”


Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) Thursday 18 July 1918 p 4 Article [sic]:

ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL.  Advice has been received from Base Records Office that Lance-Corporal W.P. Munro has been reported admitted to Colchester Military Hospital, England, suffering “from multiple gunshot wounds penetrating the chest.”


The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural and Mining Advocate Thursday 8 August 1918 [sic]:

INTERESTING SIGHTS In Colchester.

Following are extracts from a letter dated June 10, from Sapper J. B. Moulton, of Albury, who is in the Colchester Military Hospital, Essex, England, suffering from injuries to his hand : —   

I have been here nearly a fortnight now.    To-day is Sunday so there will be plenty of people to see the different patients.   I often go down town and walk through many little lanes.  One is called ‘Lion Walk.’  It is strange to walk about and see the names of the different inns and shops.   I noticed the Red Lion Inn, and the Greyhound and noticed on the sign of a tobacconist shop, ‘Ye Olde Tobacco Shoppe’.   One could easily get lost in Colchester, for there are so many lanes and streets and alleys.  The main street has a double-decked car running along, and there are a few ‘busses about.   This is one of the oldest towns in England; has two very old castles and St. Botolph’s Priory.   These places were built by, or in the time of the Romans.   

The walls of Colchester are very old, and grass is growing over some parts of them.   I even saw a tree growing on one of the corners on top of the wall.    I went inside one day and the first thing I saw was an old-fashioned corn-grinding mill, made perhaps, over a thousand years ago.   It consists of two flat stones and cogs made from oak.   The handle was still in position and the mill could still be worked.    The stones turned in opposite direction to one another.  On our right hand side were the dungeons whore tortures were committed.   I could not go down to see there for they were closed for the time being.     

I went upstairs though, up a winding stair, built of solid sandstone, and the steps were not worn out either.  There were tiles in the wall, sand and flint-stones.   Scientists for years have been trying to find out the composite parts of this mortar.     It is solid and holds better even than ours does to-day.   When I reached the first storey I looked around me and saw several other people looking at curios in the museum.   I felt somewhat relieved, as little ‘somethings’ were making a race course of my spinal column, for every-thing seemed so eerie and I could hear the echo of my own foot fall against the other end of the wall.   I went along further and saw the oldest and most interesting relics I have ever seen yet. Old Roman coins, iron razors, surgical instruments, tweezers, probes, scissors, needles and other things.    

I went on into another room, where were bronze statues, broken pieces of glass with beautiful patterns on them, swords, and even old-fashioned guns, an Egyptian mummy and a ‘mummied’ cat- This cat has a history attached to it — as well as a tail.  It was believed to have been found in the castle between the walls, where it had got stuck whilst trying to catch a mouse. It was rescued and ‘mummied’.   There are old spinning wheels, and axes, and many other things.    In the middle of the Castle there is a square of ground, 30ft square, and long grass was growing there.   Try to imagine that the centre was the place where all the dwelling took place and the great feasts were held !  I could not gain admission to the second storey of the Castle.    I am going to take a walk down to St. Botolph’s Priory and have a look through it.


Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1857 – 1918) Saturday 3 August 1918 p 7 Article [sic]:

THE LATE PTE. S. E. BARCLAY.  Mrs. H. Barclay, of 50 Maud-street, has received information that her son, Pte. S. E. Barclay, 45th Battalion, died in the Military Hospital, Colchester, England, on April 11th, from gunshot wounds in the neck. He was accorded a military funeral. The coffin was draped with the Union Jack, and surmounted with a beautiful wreath.   A gun carriage was supplied by R.F.A., Colchester, and a firing party, buglers, and pall-bearers by the 52nd Gordon Highlanders. Prior to the interment a service was conducted by Chaplain Middleton in the Colchester Chapel. This information, which was forwarded from the officer in charge of base records, adds that the grave will be turfed immediately, and an oak cross erected by the A.I.F.   Administrative Headquarters of the A.I.F., London, were represented at the funeral.”


Cootamundra Herald (NSW:1877 – 1957) Tuesday 20 August 1918 p 3 Article [sic]:

JUGLONG.  Mr. and Mrs. Butt, of Jugiong road, have again received word from: Base records that their son, Pte. J. A. Butt, has been wounded (gunshot) in the left shoulder and right arm, and is in Colchester Hospital, Eng.”


The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW : 1894 – 1939) Tuesday 3 September 1918 p 4 Article [sic]:

WAR CASUALTIES. WOUNDED.  Mr. G. Cridland, of 168 Elgin Street, West Maitland, has received word that his son, Pte. F. G. Cridland, has been has boon admitted to Colchester Military Colchester, England, suffering from gunshot wound in the left leg, severe.  He was employed at Dimmocks Ltd. before enlisting.”


The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929) Thursday 12 September 1918 p 8 Article [sic]:

WOUNDED SOLDIERS.  Dvr. W. Horace Bone, husband of Mrs. Bone of Lily Street, Goodwood; admitted to Colchester Hospital, suffering from internal fracture (fourth occasion).”


Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 – 1940) Thursday 19 September 1918 p 2 Article [sic]:

WOUNDED.  Mrs. W. Randall; Grafton-street, has received word from Base records that her son, Lance-Corp. L. A. Randall, has been admitted to Essex County Hospital, Colchester, England suffering from gas (classed as wounded), severe.


The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 – 1954) Tuesday 8 October 1918 p 7 Article [sic]:

WAR CASUALTIES.  Mrs. Black of No. 9 Diver-street, Claremont, has been notified by the Base Records that her husband, Private T. Black has been wounded the fifth occasion, and is now in the Colchester Military Hospital, England.” 


Warrnambool Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Thursday 17 October 1918 Edition: DAILY. p 3 Article [sic]:

HEROES AT THE FRONT GUNNER PULHAM.   Mr. and Mrs. Pulham of Panmuir have received a notification from an officer in charge of Base Records to the effect that their son Gunner A.J. Pulham, of the 12th Army Field Artillery Brigade, had been admitted to the Colchester Military Hospital, England, on the 30th of September, suffering from gunshot wound in the left ankle (severe).”


Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918) Wednesday 23 October 1918 p 3 Article [sic]:

NEWS OF SOLDIERS.  Mr. W. A. Stone, Young-street. Long Gully, has been informed that his eldest son, Sapper Alex. Stone, of 2nd Tunnelling Company, was admitted on 3rdOctober to Colchester Military Hospital, suffering from gunshot wound in his head. The injury was stated as being mild. Sapper Stone enlisted in June 1915, and was previously gassed whilst fighting in France.”


Upper Murray and Mitta Herald (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Thursday 31 October 1918 p 2 Article [sic]:

NEWS OF SOLDIERS.  Mr. James Wood, of George’s Creek, has been advised that his son, Private A. J. Wood, of 5th Machine Gun Battalion, was admitted to Colchester Military Hospital, England, on 3/10/18, suffering from gunshot wound in left buttock (mild).”


The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate (NSW : 1892 – 1954) Tuesday 5 November 1918 p 2 Article [sic]:

OUR SOLDIERS.  Mrs. H. W. Mylchreest received word by cable on Thursday that her husband is in Colchester Military Hospital, Eng land, sneering from a mild attack of diphtheria.”


Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) Saturday 7 December 1918 p 7 Article [sic]:

DISTRICT CASUALTIES. FURTHER REPORTED.  SAPPER WHEATLEY. — Mrs. F. H. Wheatley, of Alexandra-street, Kurri Kurri, has been advised that her husband, Sapper F. H. Wheatley, has been admitted to Colchester Military Hospital, England, suffering from a crushed finger.”


The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 – 1954) Friday 29 November 1918 p 7 Article [sic]:

WAR CASUALTIES.  Mrs. A. Williamson, of Alexander-road, Freemantle, has been notified that her husband. Sapper Arthur Williamson has been admitted to the Colchester Military Hospital, England, suffering from influenza.”


Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) Tuesday 10 December 1918 p 5 [sic]:

DISTRICT CASUALTIES ILL.  SAPPER RICHARDS. Mrs. Richards of 44 McMichael Street, Maryville, has received word that her son, Sapper John Richards, has been admitted to Colchester Military Hospital, suffering from bronchitis. He sailed with the 5th Railway Unit.”


The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 – 1954) Saturday 25 January 1919 p 7 Article [sic]:

WAR CASUALTIES.  Mrs. Pearson, of Murray Street, has received word that her husband was admitted to the General Military Hospital, Colchester England, on November 25, and a private cable message announcing that her son, Private S. W. Pearson, is on his way home.”



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