EARLS COLNE: Red Cross V.A.D. Hospital

EARLS COLNE RED CROSS V.A.D. HOSPITAL

York Road, Earls Colne

Earls Colne Village Hall, during its time as a V.A.D. Hospital. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.

Earls Colne Village Hall, during its time as a V.A.D. Hospital. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.

Robert Hunt, a millwright who had settled in Earls Colne in 1824, can be credited with the expansion of Earls Colne during the 19 century.  Initially, he had a workshop beside the Baptist Church but, as his work increased, his business became the well-known ‘Atlas Works’.  It was renowned for good quality farm machinery.   Rueben, Robert’s son, took charge in 1855 and it became a company which exported all over the world.

Like many philanthropist business owners of the time, the company provided housing for some of its ever-increasing establishment of workers. By 1915, the workforce had grown to nearly 300 and the company had built 120 houses.   (Source: Earls Colne Heritage Museum) 

At the outbreak of WW1, the Village Hall (which had been given to the parish in 1912 by Reuben Hunt, in return for the closure of a footpath which ran through the ‘Atlas Works’ site) was converted into a Voluntary Aid Detachment auxiliary hospital – under the auspices of the British Red Cross.

There is a very informative and great pictorial section about Earls Colne and its “Village Hall Hospital” during the First World War within the website of the Earls Colne Heritage Museum www.echm.org.uk.

The local East Essex Hunt visiting staff and soldiers at the Earls Colne Red Cross V.A.D. Hospital. c1917. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.

The local East Essex Hunt visiting staff and soldiers at the Earls Colne Red Cross V.A.D. Hospital. c1917. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.

Friday 12 June 1914Chelmsford Chronicle:  [Halstead & Earls Colne V.A.D.s]:  “HALSTEAD.  At Halstead there was a muster of about 50 members of E. Company of the Territorial Force, and several members of the Essex Yeomanry, under the command of the Commanding Officer, C. A. Gould, of Barnes.  The other officers on parade were Lieut. C. S. Wink, of the R.A.M.C., and Sergt.-Instr. Cramp.  There were also present about 40 nurses of the V.A.D. from Halstead, Earls Colne (under Miss Martin, daughter of General Martin), Gosfield and High Garrett (under Miss D. Courtauld), Pebmarsh (under Mrs. Dickinson), and about 20 men, of the Halstead and Earls Colne Detachment (under Messrs. A. Harrington and G. Basham).   The whole of the units of the V.A.D. were under the command of Mr. H. Massingham, of Earls Colne.  The parade was inspected by Col. Deacon, D.L., Commandant of the Essex Yeomanry.  Mr. H. B.  Dickinson, of Pebmarsh, the High Sheriff of Essex, was among those present.—Col. Deacon, in a brief address, said he should have pleasure in forwarding an excellent report to the Earl of Warwick, both in respect to numbers and efficiency.  The Halstead Town Band, under the leadership of Mr. E. W. French, A.C.V., then headed the procession to St. Andrew’s Church, where the service was conducted by the Rev. C. A. B. Allen, curate.  Mr. F. A. Valzey, J.P., read the lesson.  After the service, the procession marched to Sloe House, where the carious units were entertained to tea on the lawn by Colonel Deacon.”

Friday 17 July 1914, Chelmsford Chronicle:  EARLS COLNE.  RED CROSS.—The Earls Colne members (9 Essex) of the Red Cross Society, under the command of Mr. H. Massingham, and the Red Cross nurses, under Miss Heyworth, held a field day on Saturday at Colne Place, the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Grimston.  Major Kiddle, R.A.M.C., Colchester, carried out the inspection and complimented all on the efficiency and smartness displayed.”

Friday 21 August 1914Chelmsford Chronicle: “WAR NEWS IN BRIEF.   … … About fifty of the employees of Mr. Reuben Hunt, J.P., at the Atlas Works, Earls Colne, have been called away by the war.   The greatest proportion are either Army Reservists or members of the Territorial Force. …”

Friday 13 November 1914Chelmsford Chronicle:  EARLS COLNE.  Proposals are on foot for the Village Hall to be fitted up as a Red Cross hospital.” 

Friday 18 February 1916, Chelmsford Chronicle:  ESSEX RED CROSS SOCIETY.  LIST OF WAR HOSPITALS AND WORK DONE IN THE COUNTRY.  THE HOSPITALS. … … EARLS COLNE.—Another room had been added here, bringing up the total of available beds to 45. …”

Two surviving Earls Colne Red Cross V.A.D. Hospital Cards. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Two surviving Earls Colne Red Cross V.A.D. Hospital Cards. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

LIST OF PEOPLE KNOWN TO HAVE WORKED AT EARLS COLNE RED CROSS HOSPITAL.

There is no doubt that not all the people who assisted in the running of this establishment have been discovered within official records and, thus, they remain unnamed here.   If a British Red Cross card exists for a person, a link is displayed at an individual’s profile (dates in () refer to Earls Colne Red Cross Hospital service).  Where a service card image appears, it is because that card is not available to view online:-

ADAMS, Miss Isabel Mary (2.1915-11.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

ADAMS, Miss Pauline (5.1915-6.1916. V.A.D. Nurse)

ARCHER, Miss Frances (1.1.1916-15.5.1919+ Quartermaster)

ARNOLD, Grace (16.2.1916-15.4.1916. Trained Nurse.  Joint War Committee)

ATKINSON, Miss Mary Kathleen (8.6.1916-22.6.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Cook)

BARNARDISTON, Miss Cecil Laura (J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Essex County Hospital, Colchester)

BARNARDISTON, Miss Gertrude Elisabeth Frances (V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at E.C.H., Colchester)

BELL, Mrs. M. A. (1.5.1917-1.12.1917. V.A.D. Nurse)    

BONNER, Miss Winifred (24.9.1916-1.11.1918.  V.A.D. Nurse)

BRADHURST, Miss Christine (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24.  7.4.1917-18.1.1919. General Service Probationer. Earls Colne Red Cross Hospital. Entertaining soldiers and arranging concerts etc.)

BROWN, Lillias M.B. (nee Waugh) (13.4.1918-24.4.1918. Trained Nurse/Sister. Joint War Committee)

de BUY, Miss J.M. (2.1915-? Trained Nurse)

CAHILL, Mary (12.1.1918-24.1.1918. Non-VAD. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

CARTWRIGHT, Miss Dora Lilian (12.12.1916-9.1.1917. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

CLAYTON, Flora (20.12.1915-19.1.1916. Trained Nurse)

COOKE, Mrs. Sarah (1.11.1914-13.10.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

CROCKER, MissMabel Emma (24.1.1918-6.2.1918. Trained Nurse.  Awarded the Mons Star)

DAVIES, Miss Lottie (24.4.1915-4.6.1915. Lady Superintendent. Day Sister. [and Thorpe-leSoken])

DAVIS, Mr. Kenneth (6.4.1915-9.11.1915. V.A.D. Whole Time Orderly)

DEAN, Dorcas Gurney (8.11.1916-?13.11.1916. Trained Nurse)

DICKINSON, Mrs. Emily Frances (1914. Helped to equip Earls Colne Hospital. Also Commandant at ECH)

DU BUISSON, Miss Helen Mary (5.1918-9.1918. V.A.D. Nurse & Trained Masseuse)

DURANT, Miss Irene Mary (6 weeks. V.A.D. Nurse)

DYKE, Miss Ethel Frances (7.10.1916-4.11.1916. Part Time Nurse)

FEWS, MissELIZA JANE(Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee – J.W.V.A.D. Trained Nurse Department)

FREELAND, Agnes Mary (10.9.1918-22.1.1919. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

FULTON, Miss Eileen Hope (11.1914-Spring?1916: 18 months continuously.  Nursing)

FULTON, Miss Maud Elizabeth Amy (8.1914-1916. Nurse)

GEAR, Miss DAISY (31.1.1916-15.2.1916. Trained Nurse. Trained Nurse Department)

GOOD, Miss Emily/Emilie Kate (29.11.1915-?31.1.1916. Trained Nurse.  Joint War Committee. Trained Nurse Department)

HAMMOND, Miss Cecily (31.12.1916-19.1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

HANSSON, Allgotina Bernadina Carolina  (4.12.1915-16.12.1915. Trained Nurse. Trained Nurse Department)

HART, Miss Rebecca Mary Ann (17.1.1918-28.1.1919. J.W.V.A.D. Head Cook)

HARTWELL, Victoria Matilda (11.1.1915-?6.12.1915.  Trained nurse. Joint War Committee)

HAUCHETT, Mrs. Daisy (3.12.1916-18.1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

HAWKINS, Mrs. Helen Constance (8.1914-11.1914. Nurse)

HEYWORTH, Miss Thyra Halgerda (13.11.1914-22.2.1919. Commandant of Earls Colne Hospital)

HILL, Mrs. Flora (8.1915-11.1918. V.A.D. Work Party/Needlework)

HOOPER, Miss R. E. (Trained Nurse/Sister. Joint War Committee) This could be Trained Nurse Miss Rose Emma Hooper.

HUNT, Miss Lily (7.1917-1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

HUNT, Mrs. Winifred (1.10.1916-30.11.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

JOHNSON, Miss Constance Mary (12.6.1918-28.1.1919. J.W.V.A.D.  Cook)

JOHNSON, Miss Daphne M. (1915-1917. V.A.D. Nurse)

JOHNSON, Miss Edith (6.6.1918-24.1.1919. General Service work)

JOHNSON, Miss Victoria (16.6.1918-11.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

KEELING, Miss Phyllis (17.9.1916-23.1.1919. General Service work)

KEELING, Miss Sybil (1.11.1914-23.1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse & General Service)

KNIGHT, Mrs. Mary Frances (General Service V.A.D. ?Cook)

LA NAUZE, Miss Ellen (18.9.1917-2.1.1918. J.W.V.A.D. Nurse. Awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal for her service overseas)

LACY, Miss Emily Marion (7.1917-9.1917. Quartermaster)

LAW, Ethel (2.12.1915-16.2.1916. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee. Trained Nurse Department)

LINCOLN, Emilie (24.8.1915-2.12.1915. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

LINSELL, Miss Agnes Mary (6.1916-10.1916.  V.A.D. Nurse. Sweeping/Dusting/Helping with Dressings.  Also worked at Wethersfield Red Cross Hospital)

MacKENZIE, Mrs. Emily Mary (May 1918. Asst. Cook)

MANN, Miss Maggie (19.11.1916-24.1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

MARCHANT, Miss Hilda (17.4.1918-12.1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

MARSH, Miss Sylvia (9.1915-12.1917. V.A.D. Nurse)

MARTIN, Miss (?“Daughter of General Martin”) Who is she?

McCALLUM, Miss Alison Kellie (16.5.1915-8.2.1916. V.A.D. Nurse)

McHARDIE, Miss Mildred (V.A.D. Nurse.  Also worked at Essex County Hospital, Colchester)

McHARDY, Miss Mildred Mary Philomena (V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at E.C.H., Colchester)

MECHI, Miss Florence (9.1917-1.1919. Casual Worker)

MORGAN, Miss Georgina Maude (14.7.1916-15.8.16. J.W.V.A.D. Nurse)

MUNTZ, Miss Mavis  Christian Phyllis (? – ? V.A.D. Cook. Also worked at Colchester Military Hospital)

NEWBERY, Grace (31.1.1916-19.6.1917. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

OMOND, Miss Alice Frances (8.1914-4.1916. V.A.D. Cook)

OMOND, Miss Edith Margaret (11.1914-6.1915. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Essex County Hospital)

PEEL, Miss Violet Ellen Antoinette (5.4.1917 to 14.5.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

PICK, Miss Constantia (28.11.1915-18.1.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

RAY, Miss K. (Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

RAYMOND, Miss Ellen Gertrude (1914-1918. Probationer Nurse. Also worked at Essex County Hospital)

RAYMOND, Miss Nellie (24.4.1915-14.7.1918. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Essex County Hospital)

ROBERTSON, Miss F. M. (Nurse. Joint War Committee)

RUGGLES-BRISE, Miss Octavia (Nov. 1916, 1 month. V.A.D. member)

RUNNACLES, Mrs. Grace (19.6.1915-19.11.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

RUTHERFORD, Miss Elspeth (08.1915-01.1919. V.A.D. Nursing member)

SANDON, Miss Ivy (3.1.16. 7.2.16. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

SCOTT, June (nee McKinie) (19.6.1917-6.7.1917. Trained Nurse. ?Joint War Committee)

SHOOLBRED, Mrs. Eleanor Mary  (9.6.1918-19.1.1919.  Masseuse. Also Commandant at Greenstead Hall, Greenstead Green, Halstead)

SHOOLBRED, Miss Mary (9.6.1918-24.1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

SMYTH, Miss Kathleen Jane (14.7.16 14.2.17. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

SPARROW, Mrs. Cecily Mabel (V.A.D. Nurse. Joint War Committee. Trained Nurse Department)

STANBRIDGE, Mrs. Doris Muriel (1.11.1917-24.6.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Cook)

STRINGER, Mrs. Delphine (3.1.1916-10.6.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

SYDAL, Ada (9.1.1917-30.6.1917. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee. Trained Nurse Department)

TAYLOR, Mrs. Edith (30.6.1917-12.1.1918. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

TAYLOR, Miss Edith Margaret (30.6.1917-12.1.1918. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)       

TAYLOR, Miss Nora (Trained Nurse, ?via British Red Cross)

TWAMLEY, Miss Hannah Frances Eileen (1915-1916. V.A.D. Nurse [Cook in France])

TWELVES, ELIZA = is this Elizabeth Deborah Twelves?  (24.4.1918-1.1.1919. Trained Nurse. J.W.C.)

WALLS, Miss Dorothy (1.1918-9.1918? V.A.D. Nurse)

WALLS, Miss Elizabeth (1.1918-9.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

WARTERS, Miss Marion Davidson (16.5.1917-16.8.1917. J.W. V.A.D.)

WEATHERUP, Margaret Blow Wallace (4.7.1916-18.7.1916. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

WOOD, Miss Hermione Ethel (02.01.1918 to 30.01.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at ‘Singholme’, Walton-on-Naze)

WRAY, Miss Charlotte C. (Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee. Trained Nurse Department)

WYLIE, Miss Eleanor Mary (13.12.1915 – 1.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)


The Village Hall Red Cross Hospital, Earls Colne. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.

The Village Hall Red Cross Hospital, Earls Colne. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.


ADAMS, Miss Isabel Mary (2.1915-11.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=adams&page=16&id=819

ADDRESS: The Cottage, Halstead; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 02/1915; SERVICE TO: 11/1918; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: none; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: none; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: none; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing V.A.D; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part, 1569 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Earls Colne Essex; COMMISSION: Essex Auxiliary Hospital.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=adams&page=16&id=820

ADDRESS: The Cottage, Halstead; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 07/1916; SERVICE TO: 09/1918; HOSPITAL: St. Anselm’s, Walmer; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Nursing member, at V.A.D. Hospital, Earl’s Colne, Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: None; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing V.A.D; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part, 382 hours; COMMISSION: St Anselms, Walmer, Essex.


ADAMS, Miss Pauline (5.1915-6.1916. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=adams&page=23&id=933

ADDRESS: The Cottage Halstead; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 05/1915; SERVICE TO: 06/1916; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: none; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: no; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 06/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: no; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Earls Colne Red X Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 322 hrs; COMMISSION: Earls Colne, Essex.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=adams&page=23&id=934

ADDRESS: The Cottage, Halstead; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 00/07/1915; SERVICE TO: 00/07/1915; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Earls Colne. Red X. Hospital; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: No; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 07/1915; PAY AT TERMINATION: No; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at the Grange War Hospital Deal; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 28 hrs; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Grange Deal; COMMISSION: Essex.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=adams&page=23&id=935

ADDRESS: The Cottage Halstead; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 07/1916; SERVICE TO: 09/1916; HOSPITAL: St. Anselm’s, Walmer; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Earls Colne Essex. Grange War Hospital Deal. St. Anselms Walmer Kent; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: No; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: No; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: General Service Walmer Canadian War Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 12 hrs; COMMISSION: Walmer Canadian War Hospital Essex.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=adams&page=23&id=936

ADDRESS: The Cottage, Halstead; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 07/1916; SERVICE TO: 09/1918; HOSPITAL: St. Anselm’s, Walmer; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Earls Colne, Essex. The Grange War Hospital, Deal; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: no; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: no; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing. Making Dressings etc: St. Anselms, Walmer, Kent; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time. 341 hrs; COMMISSION: St Anselms, Walmer, Essex.


ARCHER, Miss Frances (1.1.1916-15.5.1919+ Quartermaster)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=archer&page=5&id=5088

ADDRESS: Linnet House, Southgate, Bury S Edmunds; SERVICE FROM: 01/01/1916; SERVICE TO: present time; HOSPITAL: Red Cross Hospital, Northgate Street, Bury St. Edmunds ; Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Northgate Red + Hospital & Newmarket ditto; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: member for cooking duty; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/01/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: None; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: None; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Quartermaster of Hospital at Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Northgate Red + Hospital Newmarket Red + Hospital Colne VAD Hospital, Essex; COMMISSION: Suffolk /18; HONOURS AWARDED: ” Mentioned ” for service. 3 W.S. Bars.


ARNOLD, Grace (16.2.1916-15.4.1916. Trained Nurse.  Joint War Committee)

Birth registered 4Q 1886 Camberwell, London.  Born in Peckham, London.  Daughter of Pimlico-born Commericial Traveller Charles Fearnley Arnold and wife Jessie Anna.

1911 Census:  ‘Montreal’, Forest Hill Rd, Camberwell (living with brother & his family).  Occupation: Sick Nurse.

Service Card for Grace Arnold. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Grace Arnold. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Grace Arnold. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Grace Arnold. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

1916, 26 Feb:      The British Journal of Nursing:  “Joint War Committee.  The following Sisters have been deputed for duty in Home Hospitals:– … Red Cross Hospital, Earl’s Colne, Essex.—Miss G. Arnold and Miss C. C. Wray.”

1918, 26 Jan:       Grace married Henry O’Connell at St. Peter’s Church, Eltham, Lewisham.

1947, 25 Apr:      Grace (of 21 Aymer Road, Hove, Sussex) died – death registered in Hove, Sussex.


ATKINSON, Miss Mary Kathleen (8.6.1916-22.6.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Cook)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=atkinson&page=13&id=7278

ADDRESS: The Vicarge, Rostrevor; COUNTY: Co Down; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 31; SERVICE FROM: 08/12/1917; SERVICE TO: 20/02/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/12/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 20/02/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Birmingham 1st Southern Gen: Mil: Hosp: 8:12:17 to 7:6:18. Fulham Mil: Hosp: 21:8:18 to 20:2:19; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D.; COMMISSION: Down 44.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=atkinson&page=13&id=7279

ADDRESS: The Vicarage, Rostrevor; COUNTY: Co. Down; SERVICE FROM: 08/06/1916; SERVICE TO: 07/07/1918; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Red X Hospital Earls Colne, Essex from June 8 – 22 1916 – Cook – Unpaid U.V.F. Hospital, Bann Vale Gilford Sept 21 – Dec 30 1916 – Cook – £15 per an; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Commandant; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 21/08/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £25 per an; DATE OF TERMINATION: 25/02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing – Fulham Mil. Hospital London; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Nursing £25 per an. During each engagement whole time was served; COMMISSION: Co. Down. 2/1 Southern Genl. Hospital, Birmingham.


BARNARDISTON, Miss Cecil Laura (J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Essex County Hospital, Colchester)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=barnardiston&id=11629&first=true

ADDRESS: The Cottage, Woodbridge; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 52; SERVICE FROM: 30/11/1916; SERVICE TO: 30/04/1917; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 30/11/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Without; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/04/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: France J.C.; DEPARTMENT: JW.V.A.D.; COMMISSION: Essex 20.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=barnardiston&id=11630

ADDRESS: The Cottage, Woodbridge; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Canteen worker in No. 7 Convalescent Camp. France. Nov. 31- /16 – Feb 1 1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: Dec/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: Feb/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nurse until Nov. 1916 then Canteen Worker; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time 2765; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Earls Colne V.A.D. Hospital. Essex. Essex County Hospital. Colchester. Canteen Work in Boulogne; COMMISSION: Essex.


BARNARDISTON, Miss Gertrude Elisabeth Frances (V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at E.C.H., Colchester)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=barnardiston&id=11632

ADDRESS: The Cottage Woodridge; COUNTY: Suffolk; SERVICE FROM: 00/11/1914; SERVICE TO: 00/12/1916; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/11/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D; DATE OF TERMINATION: 22/12/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time about 3000 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Earls Colne V.A.D. Hospital. Essex. Essex County Hospital, Colchester. Sudbury. VA.D. Hospital. Suffolk; COMMISSION: Essex – 20.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=barnardiston&id=11633

ADDRESS: The Cottage, Woodbridge; COUNTY: Suffolk; SERVICE FROM: 11/1915; SERVICE TO: 03/1917; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Sudbury Needlework; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 144 Appro.; COMMISSION: Suffolk.


BELL, Mrs. M. A. (1.5.1917-1.12.1917. V.A.D. Nurse) 

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=bell&id=15787

ADDRESS: Hay House, Earls Colne, Essex; SERVICE FROM: 01/05/1917; SERVICE TO: 01/12/1917; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/05/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/12/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red X Hp. Earl’s Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 348; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Served every afternoon when required during that period; COMMISSION: Essex.


BONNER, Miss Winifred (24.9.1916-1.11.1918.  V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=bonner&page=2&id=22450

ADDRESS: The Terrace Earls Colne; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 24/09/1916; SERVICE TO: 01/11/1918; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 24/09/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 16/10/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red X HP. Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 2779; COMMISSION: Essex.


BRADHURST, Miss Christine (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24.  7.4.1917-18.1.1919. General Service Probationer. Earls Colne Red Cross Hospital. Entertaining soldiers and arranging concerts etc.)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=bradhurst&id=25190&first=true

ADDRESS: Rivenhall Place, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 05/1917; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Service; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: nil; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: General Service work at Red X HP Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time 1148; COMMISSION: Essex.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=bradhurst&id=25191&last=true

ADDRESS: Rivenhall Place, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 07/04/1917; SERVICE TO: 18/01/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Entertaining wounded soldiers & arranging concerts etc. Hon. Sec. Rivenhall War Savings Association and Food Control. Over; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Probationer; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/04/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 18/01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: General service in Wards, Kitchen, and stores; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No more information; COMMISSION: Essex.


BROWN, Lillias M.B. (nee Waugh) (13.4.1918-24.4.1918. Trained Nurse/Sister. Joint War Committee)

Born c1870 Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.  Daughter of Stirlingshire-born Merchant Ship Captain James Balderston Waugh and wife Annie.

Service Card for Lillias M. B. Brown (nee Waugh). ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Lillias M. B. Brown (nee Waugh). ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Lillias M. B. Brown (nee Waugh). ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Lillias M. B. Brown (nee Waugh). ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=brown&page=50&id=29450

ADDRESS: c/o Post Office, New Primrose, Germiston, Transvaal, S. Africa; HOSPITAL: V.A. Hospital for Officers, Bigadon, Buckfastleigh; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Chernwood Forest, The Orchards, W. Loynborough, Leigh Kent. Tewkesbury. Hunstanton earls Colne, essex. Stowbridge; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 19/08/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/08/1918; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Service rendered at:- V.A. Hosp: Buckfastleigh – 19th Aug. 1918 – 30th. Aug. 1918 (Officers); COMMISSION: DEVON.


CAHILL, Mary (12.1.1918-24.1.1918. Non-VAD. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

Born c1888

Service Card for Mary Cahill. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Mary Cahill. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=cahill&id=34853

FORENAME: Mary; SURNAME: Cahill; ADDRESS: Cahirbollane, Kilnaboy Co. Clare, Ireland; COUNTY: Co. Clare; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 26 years; SERVICE FROM: 09/01/1917; SERVICE TO: 18/01/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/01/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1.1.0 pwk; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 18/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1.4.10 pwk; DEPARTMENT: T.N. Dept; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=cahill&id=34854

FORENAME: Mary; SURNAME: Cahill; ADDRESS: Not Known; HOSPITAL: Rosslyn Lodge, Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Refer to Joint War Committee; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sister; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/12/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £64 per annum; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sister; DATE OF TERMINATION: 08/01/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: £64 per annum; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Sister at Rosslyn Lodge, Auxiliary Military Hospital, Hampstead N.W.; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole Time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: M.J. Cutbush, Commandant 10.1.19 Rosslyn Lodge Auxiliary Military Hospital Hampstead N.W.; COMMISSION: London 150.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=cahill&id=34855

FORENAME: Mary; SURNAME: Cahill; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; King’s Western Auxiliary Hospital, Bristol; Rosslyn Lodge, Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Wimborne, Earls Colne, Essex. Oswestry. Kings Weston, Bristol, Hampstead (Rosslyn Lodge) Kingswood Pk, Tunbridge Wells; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/08/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/11/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Non V.A. Det. Member Services rendered at: V.A. HOSPITAL Sidmouth – 1st. Aug. 1918 – 30th. Nov. 1918; COMMISSION: DEVON.


CARTWRIGHT, Miss Dora Lilian (12.12.1916-9.1.1917. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

Born c1869 Chester, Cheshire. Daughter of Westminster-born Solicitor & Attorney John Postlethwaite Cartwright & wife Fanny Jewell.  Sisters Rosa, Dora & Mary L. found at a private school in 1881 Census – Anerley Road, Penge, Surrey. Mother Fanny Jewell (nee Binning) died in 1884.

1901 Census:  The Royal Sea Bathing Hospital, Margate, Kent.  Occupation:  Nurse.

1916, 23 Dec:      The British Journal of Nursing:  “JOINT WAR COMMITTEE.  Home Hospitals.   The following Sisters have been deputed for duty in the Home Hospitals:-  … Red Cross Hospital, Earl’s Colne, Essex – Miss D.L. Cartwright.”

Service Card for Dora Lilian Cartwright. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Dora L. Cartwright. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of British Red Cross.

A postcard held for Dora Lilian Cartwright. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

A postcard held for Dora L. Cartwright. ©/Permission to reproduce courtesy of British Red Cross.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=cartwright&page=2&id=37778

FORENAME: Dora Lilian; SURNAME: Cartwright; ADDRESS: Silver How, West Cliff Gardens, Bournemouth, N; SERVICE FROM: 06/09/1916; SERVICE TO: 09/01/1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: T.N.; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/09/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/01/1917; DEPARTMENT: T.N.Dept; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.

Dora died in 1947 (death registered in the District of Crewe, Cheshire) – she never married.


CLAYTON, Flora (20.12.1915-19.1.1916. Trained Nurse)

Born c1890

1915, Jan&Feb:   The British Journal of Nursing: 01st January 1916 & 05 February 1916 issues:  “Joint War Committee. Home Hospitals. The following Sisters have been deputed for duty in the home hospitals:-  …   V.A.D. Hospital, Earl’s Colne, Essex. — Miss F. Clayton. …”

Service Card for Flora Clayton. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Flora Clayton. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of British Red Cross.

Service Card for Flora Clayton. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Flora Clayton. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

N.B. “For misconduct at Hospital”

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=clayton&page=4&id=43235

FORENAME: Flora; SURNAME: Clayton; ADDRESS: 163 Mornington Rd Leytonstone N.E; SERVICE FROM: 20/12/1915; SERVICE TO: 09/01/1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: T.N; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 20/12/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: T.N; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/01/1917; DEPARTMENT:  T.N; COMMISSION: T.N.


COOKE, Mrs. Sarah (1.11.1914-13.10.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=cooke&page=17&id=47694

ADDRESS: Mornington, York Road, Earls Colne; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 01/11/1914; SERVICE TO: 13/10/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/11/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 13/10/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red X HP, Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 2050; COMMISSION: Essex.


CROCKER, Miss Mabel Emma (24.1.1918-6.2.1918. Trained Nurse.  Awarded the Mons Star)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=crocker&page=2&id=52273

FORENAME: Mabel Emma; SURNAME: Crocker; ADDRESS: 39 Royal Avenue Chelsea S W; HOSPITAL: Blair, Bromley Cross, Bolton ; Massandra, Weymouth; Langston Towers Hospital, Havant ; Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; Balmoral Red Cross Hospital, Llandudno ; Studley Court, Stourbridge ; Oakley Manor (St. John), Shewsbury; Parc Wern Red Cross Officers’ Hospital, Swansea; New Court, Cheltenham; Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital, Parc Howard, Llanelly ; Old Mansion House, Cardiff ; V.A. Hospital, No. 5, Exeter; Foye House Red Cross Hospital, Leigh Woods, Bristol (and Annexe, Leigh Woods, Bristol); ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Date :7.10.1915 No: 3213 Telephone : 1500 Kensg’t Next of Kin:& Permanent address: H Crocker Esq, Ravenswood. Denvilles’ Havant. Hant. Qualifications: Experience: The Infirmary Eastville, Bristol 1908 – 1911. Charge nurse at training school 7 mons. Private nursing at Rosemeryon Weston s/Mare 1908 – 1909. Present Occupation: Charge Nurse at Chard, & Staff Nurse at Paignton Cott Hosp. Feb – May 1914. Private nurse at Royal Avenue. Foreign Languages: French Inoculated: Dec 1914 Nationality: English Salary: Yes No. of Badge: No. of Brassard: 11-10-15 Blair Hosp Bromley X Bolton 1-12-15 Red X Hosp Massandra, Weymouth, JC. 16-12-15 Aux. Mil. Hosp. Oakley. Manor, Shrewsbury JC. reports not good 3.4.16 Parc Wern Aux Hosp. Swansea JC 16.5.16 VAD Hosp New Court Cheltenham JC. 27.6.15 Red X Hosp. Parc Howard. 8.8.16 Old Mansion House Cardiff J C. 5.12.16 V.A. Hosp Shoreham near Sevenoaks 20.1.17 No 5 Military Hosp. Exeter Hosp J. C. £50 Bal Leaving 12/5/17 80 Marine Parade [rest of line illegible] 2.6.17 Bannerleigh Red X Hosp Leigh Woods, Bristol leaving 16.12.17 4.12.17 Langston Towers, Havant, leaving 22.1.18 24.1.18 Red X Hosp Earls Colne Essex leaving 6.2.18 20.2.18 V.A. Hosp The Balmoral leaving 6.8.18 7.8.18 Hague ord A.M. Hosp. Cobham Surrey 18.11.18 19.11.18 Studley Court Red X H. Stourbridge The penultimate line; “Demobilised 1.3.19” is crossed through. The final line: “8.2.19 Highfield Hall, Southampton” is crossed through.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=crocker&page=2&id=52283

FORENAME: Mabel Emma; SURNAME: Crocker; ADDRESS: 97 Sefton Park Road, Ashley Down, Bristol; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 31 years; SERVICE FROM: 11/10/1915; SERVICE TO: 05/05/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/10/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1. 1. 0 pwk; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 05/05/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1. 4.10 pwk; DEPARTMENT: T.N. Dept; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=crocker&page=2&id=52284

FORENAME: Mabel Emma; SURNAME: Crocker; ADDRESS: 97 Sefton Park Rd, Ashley D’n, Bristol; SERVICE FROM: 11/10/1915; SERVICE TO:  Indefinite; HOSPITAL: V.A. Hospital, No. 1, Exeter ; Foye House Red Cross Hospital, Leigh Woods, Bristol (and Annexe, Leigh Woods, Bristol); Studley Court, Stourbridge ; Old Mansion House, Cardiff; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Exeter War. Hosp: No 1, Jan 1917 to May 1917 Bristol. Bannerleigh Leigh Woods from May 1918 to Dec. 1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sister; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/02/1919; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £64-12- -; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sister; DATE OF TERMINATION: Indefinite; PAY AT TERMINATION: £64-12- -; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Sisters; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Old Mansion House Aux: Hosp Cardiff From Aug 1916 Dec 1916 Aux Hosp: Buxton From Feb: 1918 to Aug 1918 Studley Court Aux Hosp: Stourbridge Nov: 1918 to Feb: 1919; COMMISSION: Hants; HONOURS AWARDED: Mons Star.

2 February 1918, British Journal of Nursing [sic]:  “Joint War Committee.  The following Sisters have been deputed for duty in Home Hospitals:– …  Red Cross Hosp., Earl’s Colne, Essex.–Miss M. Crocker. …”


DAVIES, Miss Lottie (24.4.1915-4.6.1915. Lady Superintendent. Day Sister. [and Thorpe-leSoken])

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=davies&page=40&id=57145

ADDRESS: Institute of Nursing Sisters 4 Devonshire Square Bishopsgate London; HOSPITAL: Village Hall, Biddenden; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: April 24. 1914 to June 4 – 1915 – Earls Colne & Thorpe -le -Soken, Essex till II Biddenden V.A.D. Hospital; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Lady Suprintendant; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 20/09/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 1½ Guineas weekly; DATE OF TERMINATION: 31/10/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: 1½ Guineas weekly; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Day Sister in Charge & Lady Superintendent; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Biddenden Hospital. Kent; COMMISSION: Kent 102.


DAVIS, Mr. Kenneth (6.4.1915-9.11.1915. V.A.D. Whole Time Orderly)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=davis&page=18&id=57760

ADDRESS: 9 Victoria Rd Romford; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 06/04/1915; SERVICE TO: 09/11/1915; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: orderly; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/04/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 12/- per week; RANK AT TERMINATION: VAD; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/11/1915; PAY AT TERMINATION: 12/- per week; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Orderly, Red Cross Hospital Earls Colne Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; COMMISSION: VAD 51 Essex.


DEAN, Dorcas Gurney (8.11.1916-?13.11.1916. Trained Nurse)

Birth registered in 2Q 1861.   Born in Sprowston, Norwich, Norfolk.  Daughter of Norfolk-born parents: Shoemaker John Dean and Shoebinder wife Eliza.

1881 Census:  10 Ennis Road, Hornsey, Middlesex.  Occupation: Domestic Servant to the Brook family.

1891 Census:  ?

1901 Census:  Royal Free Hospital, Grays Inn Road, St. Pancras, London.  Occupation: Hospital Sister.

1911 Census:  42 Mansfield Road, South Croydon, Surrey (Heasman Household).  Occupation: Trained Sick Nurse.

Service Card for Dorcas Gurney Dean. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Dorcas G. Dean. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=dean&id=58908

FORENAME: Dorcas G.; SURNAME: Dean; ADDRESS: 12 Watford Villas, Battersea Park SW; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 54 years; SERVICE FROM: 21/04/1915; SERVICE TO: 25/01/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: trained nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 21/07/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1.1.0 pwk; RANK AT TERMINATION: trained nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 25/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1.4.10 pwk; DEPARTMENT: T.N. Dept.; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.

Dorcas (of ‘The Lawns’, 1 Christchurch Road, Norwich) died 19 Jan 1951 in Norwich, Norfolk – she never married.


de BUY, Miss J.M. (2.1915-? Trained Nurse)

1915, 27 Feb: The British Journal of Nursing:  “Joint War Committee.  The following Nurses have been deputed for duty in Home Hospitals:– … Red Cross Hospital, Earl’s Colne, Essex.—Miss J.M. de Buy. …” 


DICKINSON, Mrs. Emily Frances (1914. Helped to equip Earls Colne Hospital. Also Commandant at ECH)

Mrs. Emily Frances Dickinson.1918. Shown as Commandant of the Netley Huts, Essex County Hospital, Colchester. Courtesy/© Colchester Medical Society.

Mrs. Emily Frances Dickinson.1918. Shown as Commandant of the Netley Huts, Essex County Hospital, Colchester. Courtesy/© Colchester Medical Society.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=dickinson&page=3&id=61027

ADDRESS: Pebmarsh; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 04/03/1914; SERVICE TO: Still serving; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Commandant; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Commandant; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Commandant Essex County Hospital Colchester; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Helped to equip Hospital in Aug 1914 which as afterwards closed. She worked in Earls Colne V.A.D. Hospital – afterwards 1915 at Essex County Hospital as Commandant & during the interim as Lady Superintendent – & up to War Commandant of the Military Sector. 04.03.1919; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: M.B.E.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=dickinson&page=3&id=61028

ADDRESS: Le Mote, Pebmarsh; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Vice President; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Vice President Lexden & Winstree Division Essex Voluntary Aid Organisation; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: M.B.E.

See more in the chapter: COLCHESTER: Essex County Hospital, Lexden Road.


DU BUISSON, Miss Helen Mary (5.1918-9.1918. V.A.D. Nurse & Trained Masseuse)

Helen Mary du Buisson was born in 1896, at Farnham, Surrey.  She was baptized on 30 May 1896, at St. Andrew’s parish church, Farnham – the entry gave the family home address as “Glenhir Llandebie South Wales”.  She was a daughter of Barrister-at-Law Arthur Edmund du Buisson and his wife Helen Letitia (nee Beynon).  After the War, Helen Mary de Buisson trained as a surgeon.

1901 Census:      47 Victoria Road, Kensington, London.  “4” years old.  Living with “Retired Barrister – J.P.” father; mother; and the following “Domestic” servants: Cook; Parlourmaid; 2 Nurses; Housemaid.  Next door, at No. 46: Butler Henry Webster; Housekeeper Mrs. Webster; and their son and daughter.

1911 Census:      ?

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=Buisson&id=64477

ADDRESS: Glynhir, Llandebie; SERVICE FROM: 12/1915; SERVICE TO: 06/1916; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Carmarthen Red X Hosp, Lady Onslow Hosp Claudon, Guildford Hosp. Endell St. Mil. Hosp. Red X Hosp. E. Colne Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Masseuse; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Nurse & Trained Masseuse; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: “ June 7th 1916 to June 17th 1916 at Red X Hosp. Carmarthen ” Aug. 1916 to Oct. 1916 at Guildford Red X Hosp. Annexe ” Feb. 1918 to Apr. 1918 at Gudell St. Military Hosp. London ” May 1918 to Sept 1918 at Red X Hosp. Earls Colne, Essex Part Time (73 hours) at Carmarthen Whole Time at all other Hospitals G.J. Stepney Gulston Commandant; COMMISSION: Carmarthen/8 at Lady Onslow Red X Hosp.Claudon.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=Buisson&id=59279

FORENAME: H.L.; SURNAME: de Buisson; ADDRESS: Glynhire, Llandebie, S. Wales; SERVICE FROM: 05/07/1915; SERVICE TO: 23/10/1916; HOSPITAL: 24, Park Street, W1; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/07/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: None; DATE OF TERMINATION: 23/10/1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 466 hrs; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Seconded to London 46 to work at 24 Park St. 1915 July 5 Aug 5th. 1915 Clock House Hos. 1915 Aug 6th. Sept 6th. 1915 St Thomas’ Hospital. Mrs. de Buisson has not replied to any enquiries. (No further information obtainable); COMMISSION: V.A.D. London L/48.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=Buisson&id=31437

FORENAME: H.L. de; SURNAME: Buisson; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: See de Buisson Mrs H.L.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=Buisson&id=31438

FORENAME: Helen Mary du; SURNAME:               Buisson; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: See du Buisson Miss Helen Mary.

1925:                     Medical Directory entry: “DU BUISSON, Helen Mary, Swiftsden, Hurst Green, Sussex—M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P. Lond. 1923.”

1928, 3Q:             Mary married Edward Francis Twining (St. George Hanover Square Registration District). Son of the vicar of St Stephen’s, Rochester Row, London. The couple had two sons: See https://www.revolvy.com/page/Edward-Twining

1930:                     Medical Directory entry: “TWINNING, Helen Mary, Ferney Close, Hartley Wintney, Hants.

—M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P. Lond. 1923, D.P.H. 1924; (Kings Coll.)”

1975, 7 Nov:       Lady Mary Helen Twinning died at Nairobi Kenya.


DURANT, Miss Irene Mary (6 weeks. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=durant&id=65710

ADDRESS: 5 Woodlands Rd, Tyndall’s Park, Bristol; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 24; SERVICE FROM: 07/04/1916; SERVICE TO: -/05/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/04/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 05/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Kitchener’s Hosp Brighton 07.04.1916 Trans Salonica 20.10.1916 – 05.1918; DEPARTMENT: JW VAD; COMMISSION: Somerset 126; HONOURS AWARDED: Scarlet Efficiency Strip 7.5.17.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=durant&id=65711

ADDRESS: 5 Woodland Rd, Tyndall’s Park, Bristol; SERVICE FROM: 11/1916; SERVICE TO: Still serving; HOSPITAL: Ashton Court Red Cross Hospital, near Bristol; Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Earl’s Colne, Essex 6 weeks, Kitchener Hospt. Brighton 6 months, Ashton Court Gen. 28th General Hospl. Salonica, 20 months; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: VAD Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: VAD Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: April 1919 still serving; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: date-stamped: Ashton Court Hospital 11 May 1919 Date of Termination has: Feb 26th, 1919″ crossed through; COMMISSION: Somerset 126; HONOURS AWARDED: Roll honourable service.


DYKE, Miss Ethel Frances (7.10.1916-4.11.1916. Part Time Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=dyke &id=66131

ADDRESS: 9 York Gardens Clifton Bristol; HOSPITAL: Beaucroft, Wimborne ; Ashton Court Red Cross Hospital, near Bristol; Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; Bruce Cole Hospital, Whitehall; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: see over; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/02/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: (Honorary); PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time – except where X; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1915 Feb:11 – Mar.30 Homeopathic Hos. Bristol (military wards) July 10 – July 30 Bishops Knoll Hos. Bristol (2nd Southern General Hosp.) Aug. 21 (538 hours) – Nov 9X Bishops Knoll Hos. Bristol (2nd Southern General Hosp.) 1916 May 13 – May 30 Acton Hos: Military ward June 26 – Sept 11 Red X Hos: Earls’ Colne. Oct 7-Nov 4X. Dec .-Jan 3X. Bruce Cole Hos:Bristol 1917 Feb:11- Ap:1X } (355hrs) . Ap:1- Ap:25. May 13-June 25. Sept 21-Nov 8. Dec 29-Mar.23 1918 Ashton Court Hos. Bristol. 1918 Mar 27 – Ap.16 Beaucroft Red X Hos: Wimborne July 16 – Nov.12 Ashton Court (includes 18 days sick leave) 1919 Feb.16 St Dunstans Regents Pk; COMMISSION: Bristol 4.


FEWS, Miss ELIZA JANE (Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee – J.W.V.A.D. Trained Nurse Department)

11 December1915, British Journal of Nursing [sic]:  “Joint War Committee.  The following Sisters have been deputed for duty in Home Hospitals:– … V.A .D. Hospital, Earl’s Colne, Essex.–Miss E. F. Fews … …”

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=fews+&id=74023&first=true

ADDRESS: 14 Clifton Road, Weston-super Mare; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 51 years; SERVICE FROM: 04/12/1915; SERVICE TO: 17/01/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/12/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1.1.0. pwk; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 17/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1.4.10 pwk; DEPARTMENT: T.N. Dept; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=fews+&id=74024&last=true

ADDRESS: 14 Clifton Road, Weston-super Mare; SERVICE FROM: 04/12/1915; SERVICE TO: 17/01/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: No; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sister; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/12/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1.1.0 Per Week; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sister; DATE OF TERMINATION: 17/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1.1.0 Per Week; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Trained Nursing Sister; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: QUARRY PLACE AUX. MIL. HOSPITAL, SHREWSBURY. SHROPSHIRE VOLUNTARY; COMMISSION: Shropshire.


FREELAND, Agnes Mary (10.9.1918-22.1.1919. Trained Nurse. ?Joint War Committee)

Birth 1Q 1868, registered in Lewisham, London.  Born Lee, London.  Daughter of Coggeshall-born Solicitor Parker William Freeland and wife Jessie Rosa Margaret.

1901 Census:  St. Thomas’ Hospital, Lambeth, London.  Occupation:  Hospital Nurse.

1911 Census:  ‘Valetta’ (Convalescent Home, 9 rooms), Willoughby Park Terrace, Yelverton, S. Devon.  Occupation: Sick Nurse (Assistant Head).  Ran the ‘Valetta Convalescent Home’ with Eliza Twelves.

Service Card for Agnes Mary Freeland. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Agnes M. Freeland. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of British Red Cross.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=freeland&id=79136&first=true

ADDRESS: at The Mount, Yarmouth; COUNTY: Isle of Wight; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 43 years; SERVICE FROM: 10/09/1918; SERVICE TO: 25/01/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/09/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1.0.0. p.wk; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 25/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1.0.0. p.wk; DEPARTMENT: T.N. Dept; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.

N.B. Agnes was one of three people named in the Probate Notification for Eliza Twelves (who had also worked at Earls Colne VAD Hospital).  Agnes and Eliza trained together at the St. Thomas’ Hospital (Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London) and obviously became life-long friends.

Agnes (of 49 Mulgrave Road, Sutton, Surrey) died 9 Oct 1953, death registered in Surrey – she never married.


FULTON, Miss Eileen Hope (11.1914-Spring?1916: 18 months continuously.  Nursing)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=fulton&id=80348

ADDRESS: Henry Grove, Sudbury; COUNTY: Suffolk; SERVICE FROM: Autumn /14; SERVICE TO: Spring 15; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: none; DATE OF TERMINATION: Spring 1915; PAY AT TERMINATION: none; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: In shifts. Worked continuously for 18 Months; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Worked in Earls Colne Red Cross Hospital as nurse; COMMISSION: Essex.


FULTON, Miss Maud Elizabeth Amy (8.1914-1916. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=fulton&page=2&id=80360

FORENAME: Maud Elizabeth Amy; SURNAME: Fulton; ADDRESS: Henny Grove, Sudbury; COUNTY: Suffolk; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: Still serving; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Part time work Earls Colne Essex V.A.D Hospital 1914-1916; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/03/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £25 per an; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing V.A.D at Salisbury Plain & 14 General B.E.F. France; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time No. Record kept of Total No. of Hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: From Aug:1914 – 1916 worked off & on at Earls Colne V.A.D Hospital – no pay. Then went to Salisbury Plain for whole time & was paid. Previous engagement Aug 1914 – 1916 Part time; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Mentioned in Despatches 1917.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=fulton&page=2&id=80359

FORENAME: Maud; SURNAME: Fulton; ADDRESS: Henry Grove, Sudbury; COUNTY: Suffolk; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 30; SERVICE FROM: 17/03/1916; SERVICE TO: 20/03/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/03/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 20/03/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 17.03.1916 – 08.1917 Mil. Hos. Fargo Trans. 23.08.1917 20.03.1919 Mil. Hos. France; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D.; COMMISSION: Essex 20.


GEAR, Miss DAISY (31.1.1916-15.2.1916. Trained Nurse. Trained Nurse Department)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=gear&id=82524

FORENAME: Daisy; SURNAME: Gear; ADDRESS: Nurses Institute, 26 Lansdowne Rd, Croydon, S.E.; SERVICE FROM: 26/05/1915; SERVICE TO: 31/01/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 26/05/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1-1-0 p wk; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 31/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1-4-10 p wk; DEPARTMENT: T. N. Dept; COMMISSION: T. N. Dept.


GOOD, Emily Kate [Emilie] (29.11.1915-?31.1.1916. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee.  Trained Nurse Dept.)

Birth registered 2Q 1873 Hopesay, Shropshire.   Daughter of Veterinary Surgeon William Good & wife Jane.

1881 Census:  Galton Arms Hotel, Ludford, Shropshire.  With parents & siblings. “7” years old.

1891 Census:  6  Shop House, Varteg, Torfaen, Monmouthshire.  Servant to Grocer & his family.

1901 Census:  21 Corve Street, Ludlow.  With widowed mother & siblings.  District/Sick Nurse.

1911 Census:  Warneford House (Hospital), Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.  Nurse in Charge.

Service Card for Emily Kate Good. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Emily Kate Good. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Emily Kate Good. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Emily Kate Good. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Emily Kate Good. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Emily Kate Good. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=good&page=2&id=86223

FORENAME: Emily Kate; SURNAME: Good; ADDRESS: 21, Corve Street, Ludlow; SERVICE FROM: 02/02/1915; SERVICE TO: 05/06/1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: T.N.; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/02/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 05/06/1917; DEPARTMENT: T.N. Dept; COMMISSION: T.N.Dept;

1957, 12 July:      Emily Kate Good died at Ludlow, Shropshire – she never married.

Emily Kate Good died 12 July 1957 Ludlow, Shropshire – she never married.


HAMMOND, Miss Cecily (31.12.1916-19.1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=hammond&id=94994

ADDRESS: The Vicarage, Earls Colne; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 31/12/1916; SERVICE TO: 19/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 31/12/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 19/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red X HP Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1381; COMMISSION: Essex.


HANSSON, Allgotina Bernadina Carolina  (4.12.1915-16.12.1915. Trained Nurse. Trained Nurse Dept.)

Born c1888 Malmo, Sweden. Daughter of Peer Hansson & ?

1911 Census:      Victoria Hospital for Children, Tite Street, Chelsea. “Hospital Nurse”.

Service Card for Allogotina Bernadina Carolina Hansson. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Allogotina Bernadina Carolina Hansson. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Allogotina Bernadina Carolina Hansson. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Allogotina Bernadina Carolina Hansson. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=hanson&page=5&id=95920 N.B. this link may change to https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=hansson&page=5&id=95920 IF a mistake ref BRC web listing is amended.

FORENAME: Allgotina; SURNAME: Hansson; ADDRESS: 18 Dorset Square NW; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 27; SERVICE FROM: 23/09/1915; SERVICE TO: 16/12/1915; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: TN; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 23/09/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 16/12/1915 DEPARTMENT: TN Dept; COMMISSION: TN Dept.

1917, 05 Sept:    Allgotina married Lawrence Hartshorne Jeans (Lieutenant, Royal Navy) at Christ Church, Marylebone, London.  In 1919, the birth of a Jeans child (with a mother’s maiden name of Hanson) was registered in Marylebone.

1982, 29 Nov:     Allgotina died at Canford Cliffs, Poole.  (Husband Lawrence died in 1937).


HART, Miss Rebecca Mary Ann (17.1.1918-28.1.1919. J.W.V.A.D. Head Cook)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=hart&page=12&id=98785

FORENAME: Rebecca Mary Ann; SURNAME: HART; ADDRESS: 4 Kingsbury Rd., Balls Pond Rd., Islington; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 34; SERVICE FROM: 17/07/1918; SERVICE TO: 28/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Head Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/07/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; RANK AT TERMINATION: Head Cook; DATE OF TERMINATION: 28/01/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Earl’s Colne Red Cross Hsp Essex; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Lon. 200.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=hart&page=12&id=98786

FORENAME: Rebecca Mary; SURNAME: HART; ADDRESS: 4 Kingsbury Rd., Balls Pond Rd., Islington N 1; SERVICE FROM: 17/07/1918; SERVICE TO: Still working; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/07/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes £45p.a; RANK AT TERMINATION: member; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: Yes £45p.a; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cook; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Earls Colne Red X Hosp Essex; COMMISSION: London (cook) L/250 [from front].

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=hart&page=12&id=98787

FORENAME: Rebecca; SURNAME: HART; ADDRESS: Colne Priory, Earls Colne; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 07/1918; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £35 per annum; RANK AT TERMINATION: Cook; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £35 per annum; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cooking at Red X HP Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Resident Whole time; COMMISSION: Essex.


HARTWELL, Victoria Matilda (11.1.1915-?6.12.1915.  Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

Birth registered 2Q 1875 Cromer, Norfolk.  Daughter of Bristol-born Coast Guard 1871/Instructor Seaman 1881 William Robert & Yorkshire-born wife Sophia.

1881 Census:  29 William Street, Talbots Estate, Grays, Essex.  “5” years old, with her mother & siblings.

1891 Census:  11 York Place, Marlebone, London.   Improver/Dressmaker.    (Dressmaking business – Live-In).

1901 Census:  4 Ridgway, North Wimbledon, London.  Lodger.  Occupation:  Hospital Nurse.

1911 Census:  106 Kings Rd, Camden Town, St Pancras.  Nurse at L.C.C. Invalid School (Workhouse).

1915, 16 Jan:       JOINT WAR COMMITTEE :  The British Journal of Nursing:   “Home Hospitals.  The following nurses have been sent out to Home Hospitals during the past week:-  …  Earl’s Colne, Essex – Miss Hartwell.”

Service Card for Victoria Matilda Hartwell. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Victoria M. Hartwell. ©/Permission to reproduce courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Victoria Matilda Hartwell. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Victoria M. Hartwell. ©/Permission to reproduce courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Victoria Matilda Hartwell. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Victoria Matilda Hartwell. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Victoria Matilda Hartwell died 23 May 1953 Wandsworth, London – she never married.


HAUCHETT, Mrs. Daisy (3.12.1916-18.1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=hauchett&id=95293

ADDRESS: Highbury, Earls Colne; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 03/12/1916; SERVICE TO: 18/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/12/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 18/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red X HP. Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1765; COMMISSION: Essex.


HAWKINS, Mrs. Helen Constance (8.1914-11.1914. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=hawkins&page=5&id=100209

ADDRESS: Glebelands. Glebe Path. Mitcham.; COUNTY: Surrey; SERVICE FROM: 10/1911; SERVICE TO: 11/1914; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1911; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1914; PAY AT TERMINATION: None; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing Duties; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Resigned membership of Detachment on Marriage. Earls Colne V.A.D. Hospital. Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


HEYWORTH, Miss Thyra Halgerda (13.11.1914-22.2.1919. Commandant of Earls Colne Hospital)

Born 1873 Risca, Monmouthshire.  Daughter of Lancashire-born Lieut. Col. 3rd Welch Regt; J.P.; Company Director Lawrence Heyworth and his Madras, India-born wife Rosina Kate (nee Mortimer).

1881 Census:      Risca, Monmouthshire, Wales.  At home with parents; 5 sisters; 1 brother; 1 Governess; and 4 servants.

1891 Census:      Ormsby Hall, South Ormsby, Lincolnshire. At home with parents; 4 sisters; maternal grandmother; and 7 servants.

1901 Census:      241 Cromwell Road, Kensington, London. At home with parents; and 6 servants.

1911 Census:      Colne Priory, Earls Colne, Essex.  “Halgerda”. At home with widowed mother; 2 sisters; and 7 servants.

1917, 26 Oct:    Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:  “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:-  … Heyworth, Miss T. H., Comdt., Earls Colne Aux. Hosp. …”

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=heyworth&page=2&id=104058&last=true

ADDRESS: Colne Priory. Earls Colne; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 13/11/1914; SERVICE TO: 21/02/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: none; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Commandant; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/11/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Commandant; DATE OF TERMINATION: 21/02/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Matrons Duties; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: ‘Mention’.

1963, 19 Apr:      Thyra Halgerda “of Hawkwood Manor, Sible Hedingham ” died at Hillside, Gt. Cornard.


HILL, Mrs. Flora (8.1915-11.1918. V.A.D. Work Party/Needlework)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=hill&page=18&id=105168

ADDRESS: Holfield Grange Coggeshall; SERVICE FROM: 08/1915; SERVICE TO: 11/1918; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Organiser of Coggeshall Work Parties; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 300. Hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Also instructed Invalided Soldiers in needlework at the Red Cross Hospital Earls Colne from October 1917 to January 1919. No. Registered Number to Working Party; COMMISSION: Essex.


HOOPER, Miss R. E. (Trained Nurse/Sister. Joint War Committee).  This could be Trained Nurse Miss Rose Emma Hooper (Trained Nurse Dept.), although no mention of Earls Colne is made on her Service card.

1916, 7 Oct:         The British Journal of Nursing:  “JOINT WAR COMMITTEE:  Home Hospitals.   The following sisters have been deputed for duty in Home Hospitals:-  … Red Cross Hospital, Earl’s Colne, Essex – Miss R. E. Hooper …”

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=hooper&page=6&id=109541

FORENAME: Rose Emma; SURNAME: Hooper; ADDRESS: 1 Denbigh Road Ealing W; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 43 yrs; SERVICE FROM: 28/09/1916; SERVICE TO: 04/05/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 28/09/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1.1.0 pw; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 04/06/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1.4.10; DEPARTMENT: T.N.D.; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.


HUNT, Miss Lily (7.1917-1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=hunt&page&id=113741

ADDRESS: Park Lane, Earls Colne; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 07/1917; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/1917; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Casual Worker & afterwards Nursing at Red X HP, Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time approximately 600; COMMISSION: Essex.


HUNT, Mrs. Winifred (1.10.1916-30.11.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=hunt&page&id=113852

ADDRESS: Meadowcroft, Earls Colne; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 01/10/1916; SERVICE TO: 30/11/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/10/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/11/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red X H. Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 856; COMMISSION: Essex.


JOHNSON, Miss Constance Mary (12.6.1918-28.1.1919. J.W.V.A.D. Cook)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=johnson&page=11&id=119602

ADDRESS: Moylena Lisburn; COUNTY: Co. Antrim; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 29; SERVICE FROM: 12/06/1918; SERVICE TO: 28/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/06/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Without; DATE OF TERMINATION: 28/01/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Aux Hos. Earl’s Colne. Essex; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Belfast Res. 48.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=johnson&page=11&id=119601

ADDRESS: Colne Priory, Earls Colne; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 06/1918; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/06/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Cook; DATE OF TERMINATION: 24/01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cooking at Red X HP Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Resident whole time; COMMISSION: Essex.


JOHNSON, Miss Daphne M. (1915-1917. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=johnson&page=11&id=119613

ADDRESS: 52 Circus Road St. Johns Wood, London; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1917; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Earls Colne Hospital & at Manor House Hospital, Golders Green; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: These dates are inclusive of work & only on duty 9 months here & there, during which whole time was worked; COMMISSION: London / 2.


JOHNSON, Miss Edith (6.6.1918-24.1.1919. General Service work)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=johnson&page=14&id=119650

ADDRESS: Balham House, Halstead; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 16/06/1918; SERVICE TO: 24/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: none; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Service; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 16/06/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: General Service; DATE OF TERMINATION: 24/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: General Service work at Red Cross Hp. Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time: 1792; COMMISSION: Essex.


JOHNSON, Miss Victoria (16.6.1918-11.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=johnson&page=48&id=120191

ADDRESS: Balham House, Halstead; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 06/1918; SERVICE TO: 11/1918; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 16/06/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red X HP. Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: [whole time] Resident Whole Time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Side 1: ’26th. July 1920.’; COMMISSION: Essex.


KEELING, Miss Phyllis (17.9.1916-23.1.1919. General Service work)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=keeling&page=3&id=123861

ADDRESS: Priory Cottage, Earls Colne; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 17/09/1916; SERVICE TO: 23/01/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Service; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/09/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: General Service; DATE OF TERMINATION: 23/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: General Service work at Red X HP. Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time, 1475; COMMISSION: Essex.


KEELING, Miss Sybil (1.11.1914-23.1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse & General Service)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=keeling&page=3&id=123867&last=true

ADDRESS: Priory Cottage, Earls Colne; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 01/11/1914; SERVICE TO: 23/01/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: nil; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing member ;DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/11/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 23/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing and general service at Red X Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time, 3409; COMMISSION: Essex.


KNIGHT, Mrs. Mary Frances (General Service V.A.D. ?Cook)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=knight&page=16&id=127790

ADDRESS: Carbes , 29 Kendrick Road , Reading; SERVICE FROM: 05/1917; SERVICE TO: 03/1919; HOSPITAL: Oakwood VAD Hospital Chigwell; Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: at Red cross Hospital Earls Colne Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: VAD; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: yes; RANK AT TERMINATION: G. S. Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: yes; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Head Cook at Oakwood Hospital Chigwell; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; COMMISSION: Essex 1821.


LA NAUZE, Miss Ellen (18.9.1917-2.1.1918. J.W.V.A.D. Nurse. Awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal for her service overseas)

Born 5 August 1893, in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.  A daughter of Thomas Storey La Nauze and Edith Emma (nee Derring) and a grand-daughter of Thomas Tessier La Nauze, Reverend / Rector of St Peters, Templeport, Cavan.  Ellen’s brothers George and William were both killed in 1915.

Ellen was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal for her Voluntary Aid Detachment War service overseas during World War One – with the Joint War Committee of the British Red Cross & Order of St. John (1.2.1917-1.8.1917 & 10.1.1918-20.6.1918).

1901 Census:      Vesey Place, Kingstown, Dublin. Aged “7”.At the home of Widower Dr. Robert M. Tagert, with widowed mother Edith La Nauze (“Adopted Child” of Robert); older brothers Thomas, Charles and George; older sister Anna; younger brother William; 2 Visitors; 3 “Domestic Servants”; and a “Hospital Nurse”.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=nauze&id=129013

FORENAME: Ellen; SURNAME: La Nauze; ADDRESS: Hollywood, Glenealy; COUNTY: Co. Wicklow; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 23; SERVICE FROM: 01/02/1917; SERVICE TO: 20/06/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: House member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/02/1917; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 20/06/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 01.02.17 – 01.08.17 Mil Hos. France, No. 1 18.09.17 – 02.01.18 Aux Hos. Earls Colne, Essex 10.01.18 – 20.06.18 Hotel Christol, France in pencil on front: under Date of Termination: 18.12.17; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: London 206.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=nauze&id=129014

FORENAME: Ellen; SURNAME: La Nauze [“(Mrs. John Burn)”]; ADDRESS: Tudor House , Richmond; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/02/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1.8.17 to England; DEPARTMENT: Duchess of Westminster Hospital; COMMISSION: Hon .R. Coventry. Personnel; CERTIFICATE NO: 11821.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=nauze&id=129015

FORENAME: Ellen; SURNAME: La Nauze; ADDRESS: Hollywood, Gleneally; COUNTY: Co. Wicklow; SERVICE FROM: 04/08/1916; SERVICE TO: 29/12/1916; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: junior Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/08/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: junior Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 29/12/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing in 1st Line Hospl.; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Service in Clandon 1st Line Hospital; COMMISSION: Surrey.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=nauze&id=129016

FORENAME: Ellen; SURNAME: La Nauze; ADDRESS: Hollywood, Glenealy; COUNTY: Wicklow; SERVICE FROM: 12/1915; SERVICE TO: 07/1916; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 07/1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: I.W.H.S. Sub Depot Worker; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time, 118; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hospital Supplies Operation Sponges. Flat Dressings etc. British Red Cross Society & Order of St. John, Joint War Committee, Leinster, Munster & Connaught. COMMISSION: Rathdrum Wicklow.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=nauze&id=158509&last=true

FORENAME: Ellen; SURNAME: La Nauze; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: See La Nauze Miss Ellen.

1918:     Married John Southerden Burn at Rathdrum, Ireland. The couple had three children: Joan Stacey Burn; Heather Southerden Burn; and John Francis Burn.

1982, 26 June:    Ellen died at Richmond upon Thames.  Buried at Templeport Cemetery, Cavan.


LACY, Miss Emily Marion (7.1917-9.1917. Linen Maid)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=lacy&id=128379

ADDRESS: Laverstock House, Salisbury; SERVICE FROM: 07/1917; SERVICE TO: 01/11/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Earls Colne, Essex V.A.D; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Quartermaster; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/11/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Voluntary; RANK AT TERMINATION: Quartermaster; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/11/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Voluntary; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Quartermaster at Newton Red Cross Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Quartermaster at Newton Red Cross Hospital November 1917 – 1November 1918 Linen maid at Earls Colne Hospital, Essex. July 1917 to September 1917. – Newton Red Cross Hospital, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne; COMMISSION: Dorset 12.


LAW, Ethel (2.12.1915-16.2.1916. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee. Trained Nurse Department)

Born 12 September 1882 Morley, Yorkshire.  Daughter of Cloth Finisher James Law & wife Mary.

1901 Census:      1 Imperial Terrace, Armley, Leeds, Yorkshire. Occupation:  Cloth Weaver (Probably at Armley Mills).  With parents and siblings – every person working in the cloth trade.

1911 Census:      Sculcoates Infirmary, East Riding Yorkshire.  Occupation:  Probationer Nurse.

Service Card for Ethel Law. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Ethel Law. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Ethel Law. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Ethel Law. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=law&page=3&id=130365

ADDRESS: Imperial Terrace, Upper Frimley, Leeds; COUNTY: Yorks; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 30; SERVICE FROM: 28/09/1915; SERVICE TO: 12/04/1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: T.N.; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 28/09/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: T.N.; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/04/1917 DEPARTMENT: T.N.; COMMISSION: T.N.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=law&page=3&id=130366

HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Mere, Wilts. Earl’s Colne, Essex. Cirencester; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 20/03/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: yes; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/04/1917; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Service rendered at VA Hospital, Newton Abbot 20.3.1916 to 12.4.1917; COMMISSION: Devon Non VAD Detatchment Member.


 LINCOLN, Emilie (24.8.1915-2.12.1915. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

Birth registered 1Q 1889 Gilston, nr Harlow, Hertfordshire.   Daughter of Bricklayer Edward Lincoln & wife Maria.    Baptised on 10 March 1889 at Gilston, Hertfordshire.

1911 Census:  Dunnet Cottage, Compton Bishop, Axbridge, Somerset.  Lodger.  District Nurse.

1915, 04 Sept:    The British Journal of Nursing:   “JOINT WAR COMMITTEE. The following nurses have been deputed to duty:    HOME.   Red Cross Hospital, Earl’s Colne, Essex – Miss Emilie Lincoln

Service Card for Emilie Lincoln. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Emilie Lincoln. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=lincoln&id=134720

ADDRESS: c/o 83 Pall Mall S.W.; SERVICE FROM: 28/06/1916; SERVICE TO: 18/08/1916; HOSPITAL: Red Cross Hospital, Corsham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sister; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 28/06/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sister; DATE OF TERMINATION: 18/08/1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Red + Hospital Corsham Wilts.


LINSELL, Miss Agnes Mary (6.1916-10.1916.  V.A.D. Nurse. Sweeping/Dusting/Helping with Dressings.  Also worked at Wethersfield Red Cross Hospital)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=linsell&id=135047

ADDRESS: Finchingfield Braintree; SERVICE FROM: 02/1915; SERVICE TO: 10/1916; HOSPITAL: Wethersfield House, Braintree; Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 10/1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Sweeping & Dusting & Helping with Dressings; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Full time for twelve weeks; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Essex 42 Wethersfield Red Cross Hospital Feb to July 1915 Earls Colne R. C. Hospital June to Oct 1916; COMMISSION: Essex.


MacKENZIE, Mrs. Emily Mary (May 1918. Asst. Cook)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=mackenzie&page=3&id=14156

FORENAME: Emily Mary; SURNAME: Mackenzie; ADDRESS: National Provincial Bank, Ipswich; SERVICE FROM: 01/06/1917; SERVICE TO: 04/01/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/06/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 04/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerical. Ass: Qrtmaster Hdqrtr War HPs Exeter; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Suffolk 100 [written on front] During my 19 months at Exeter I was away for 4 months (from Feb 1918 to end May 1918) on urgent private affairs – but during that time I was asst cook for 1 month (May 1918) at the Red X HP Earls Colne Essex. Before going to Exeter I worked at the Depot Bury St Eds. from June 1915 to June 1917 on an average for 9 hrs per week.; COMMISSION: Suffolk; HONOURS AWARDED: Badge V.W. (bronze brooch) for Depot work P.T.O.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=mackenzie&page=3&id=141565

FORENAME: Emily Mary; SURNAME: Mackenzie; ADDRESS: 2 Elm Place. Onslow Gardens. S.W.7; SERVICE FROM: 01/03/1915; SERVICE TO: 15/02/1918; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/03/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 15/02/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Needlework at Depot Bury St Edmunds; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 503; COMMISSION: Suffolk.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=mackenzie&page=3&id=141564

FORENAME: Emily Mary; SURNAME: Mackenzie ADDRESS: 10 Hospital Road, Bury St. Edmunds; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 50; SERVICE FROM: 31/05/1917; SERVICE TO: Present 9-9-19; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 31/05/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving Present 9-9-19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Devon Aux Hosp. Exeter 31.5.17 – 2.2.18 Exeter War Hospital 27.5.18; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D.; COMMISSION: Suffolk 100.


MANN, Miss Maggie (19.11.1916-24.1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=mann&page=7&id=144218

ADDRESS: The Willows, Earls Colne; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 19/11/1916; SERVICE TO: 24/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 19/11/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 24/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red X Hp Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1702; COMMISSION: Essex.


MARCHANT, Miss Hilda (17.4.1918-12.1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=marchant&page=3&id=144659

ADDRESS: High Street, Earls Colne; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 17/04/1918; SERVICE TO: 12/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/04/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red X H. Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 809; COMMISSION: Essex.


MARSH, Miss Sylvia (9.1915-12.1917. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=marsh&page=12&id=145555

ERVICE TO: 12/1917; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: none; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red Cross HP. Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time: Resident; COMMISSION: Essex.


MARTIN, Miss (“Daughter of General Martin”)  Who is she?

Friday 12 June 1914Chelmsford Chronicle:  [Halstead & Earls Colne V.A.D.s]:  “HALSTEAD.  At Halstead there was a muster of about 50 members of E. Company of the Territorial Force, and several members of the Essex Yeomanry, under the command of the Commanding Officer, C. A. Gould, of Barnes.  The other officers on parade were Lieut. C. S. Wink, of the R.A.M.C., and Sergt.-Instr. Cramp.  There were also present about 40 nurses of the V.A.D. from Halstead, Earls Colne (under Miss Martin, daughter of General Martin), … …”


McCALLUM, Miss Alison Kellie – became Mrs. Gerrish (16.5.1915-8.2.1916. V.A.D. Nurse)

Alison Kellie McCallum (Mrs. Gerrish). Courtesy/© David Crowe.

Alison Kellie McCallum (Mrs. Gerrish). Courtesy/© David Crowe.

Born 29 September 1887, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland.  Baptised 13 November 1887 at the Episcopal Church, St. Andrews.  Daughter of Edinburgh-born  parents Outram Kellie McCallum (Indian Coffee Planter) and Elizabeth Caroline (nee Wright. Married at St. Stephen’s, Ootocamund, Madras, India).

1901 Census:      Maplecroft, Wargrave, Berks.  At home with parents; a sister; and 4 servants.

1911 Census:      Maplecroft, Wargrave, Berks.  At home with parents, 2 sisters; a butler; & 4 servants.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=mccallum&hosp=essex&id=139645

ADDRESS: Monowai, Fleet; COUNTY: Hants; SERVICE FROM: 16/05/1915; SERVICE TO: 08/02/1916; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse (V.A.D.); DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 16/05/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Voluntary; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse (V.A.D.); DATE OF TERMINATION: 08/02/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: Voluntary; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Earls Colne V.A.D. Hospital, Essex. From front of card} Surname now Gerrish (Mrs). (Married since terminating duties.) {Note on front of card} Gone away 25/11/20; COMMISSION: Essex.

1916, 05 Aug:     Married Edward Arthur Gerrish at All Saints Parish Church, Langton Green, Kent.

1975, 23 May:    Alison died in Dorking, Surrey.


McHARDIE, Miss Mildred (V.A.D. Nurse.  Also worked at Essex County Hospital, Colchester)  Is this Mildred the same lady as “Mildred Mary Philomena McHardy” as below?

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=mchardie&id=141073&last=true

ADDRESS: Borley Place Sudbury; COUNTY: Suffolk; SERVICE FROM: 09/1918; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Essex County Hp Colchester; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/09/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 24/01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red X Hp Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Resident whole time; COMMISSION: Essex.


McHARDY, Miss Mildred Mary Philomena (V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at E.C.H., Colchester) Is this Mildred the same lady as “Mildred McHardie” as above?

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=mchardy&id=141074

ADDRESS: 22 Royal Crescent W.; SERVICE FROM: 04/1918; SERVICE TO: 30/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Colchester Essex. Essex County Hospital; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Red X Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing (night and day); WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Worked in Earls Colne V.A.D. Hosp: Essex County Hospital, Colchester during Easter holidays 1918; COMMISSION: Essex 20/.


MECHI, Miss Florence (9.1917-1.1919. Casual Worker)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=mechi&id=148948

ADDRESS: Queens Road, Earls Colne; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 09/1917; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: none; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Casual worker at Red X H. Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 350; COMMISSION: Essex.


MORGAN, Miss Georgina Maude (14.7.1916-15.8.16. J.W.V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=morgan&page=14&id=154558

ADDRESS: Priory Cottage, Ascott under Lychwood; COUNTY: Oxon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/07/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working 30/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £20 per annum; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing member Aux. & Mil. Hospitals; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Enrolled 17/05/1915 Nurse, Australian Hosp:, The Boltons and 3rd S.Gen: Hosp:, Oxford; COMMISSION: London (L/198 on front).

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=morgan&page=14&id=154559

ADDRESS: Priory Cottage, Ascot under Wychwood; COUNTY: Oxon; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 36; SERVICE; FROM: 14/07/1916; SERVICE TO: 22/04/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; University VAD Hospital, Felstead House, Oxford; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/07/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 22/04/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 14.7.16 – 15.8.16 Earls Colne Red X Hosp. Essex 14.4.17-22.4.19 3rd Southern Gen. Hosp. Oxford; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: London 198.


MUNTZ, Miss Mavis Christian Phyllis (? – ? V.A.D. Cook. Also worked at Colchester Military Hospital)

(12.1917-1.1919. V.A.D. Cook. Also worked at Colchester Military Hospital)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=muntz&id=157296&last=true

FORENAME: Mavis Christian Phyllis; SURNAME: MUNTZ; ADDRESS: Tiddington House, Stratford-on-Avon; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 20; SERVICE FROM: 20/08/1917; SERVICE TO: 30/08/1917; HOSPITAL: Westbourne Hospital, 55, Porchester Terrace; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 20/08/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/08/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: P.T.O.; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Westbourne Aux Hos: 55 Porchester Terrace Side 1: ‘23.9.19.’; DEPARTMENT: JW VAD; COMMISSION: Warwick Res.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=muntz&id=157295

FORENAME: Mavis; SURNAME: MUNTZ; 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.


NEWBERY, Grace (31.1.1916-19.6.1917. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

Born 4Q 1857 Kenilworth, Warwickshire.  Daughter of Farmer William Newbery (300 acres) & wife Anne.

1881 Census:  The Vicarage, West Markham, Nottinghamshire. Occupation: Governess/Teacher (Vicar/Bentley family)

1891 Census:  The Liverpool Royal Infirmary, Liverpool, Lancs.  Occupation: Assistant Superintendent of Nurses.

1901 Census:  The Baths, Seaton, Devon. “Visitor” (with the Vincent Family).   Occupation:  Hospital/Sick Nurse.

1911 Census:  1 Portland Place, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Boarder.  Occupation:  Hospital Nurse.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=newbery&id=159429

FORENAME: Grace; SURNAME: Newbery; ADDRESS: 55 Hagley Road, Birmingham; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 54 years; SERVICE FROM: 24/02/1915; SERVICE TO: 19/05/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 24/02/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1-1-0 pwk; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 19/05/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1-4-10 pwk; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: {front of card} N.2179; DEPARTMENT: T.N. Dept; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=newbery&id=159430

FORENAME: Grace; SURNAME: Newbery; ADDRESS: 55 Hagley Rd, B’ham; SERVICE FROM: 01/1916; SERVICE TO: 01/1916; HOSPITAL: Esher Red Cross Hospital (previously Lammas); Honiton V.A. Hospital, Honiton; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: The Lammas, Esher; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained N; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/01/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; DATE OF TERMINATION: 21/01/1916; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Non V.A.Det. Member Service rendered at V.A. Hospital Honiton 8th Jan.1916 – 21st Jan.1916; COMMISSION: Devon.

Service Card for Grace Newbery. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Grace Newbery. ©/Permission to reproduce courtesy of British Red Cross.

Grace Newbery died 31 Mary 1925 Leamington Spa.   She never married.


OMOND, Miss Alice Frances (8.1914-4.1916. V.A.D. Cook)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=omond&id=163709&first=true

ADDRESS: White Cottage. Mitcham.; COUNTY: Surrey; SERVICE FROM: 10/1911; SERVICE TO: present day; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: vol; RANK AT TERMINATION: Cook; DATE OF TERMINATION: 04/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: vol; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cook at various Red X Hospitals; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Although still a member of the BRCS I have not worked for the society since April 1916. From then until the present day I have held appointments at the War Office & the Ministry of Pensions. Earls Colne V.A.D. Hospital. Essex; DEPARTMENT: None; COMMISSION: Essex 20.


OMOND, Miss Edith Margaret (11.1914-6.1915. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Essex County Hospital)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=omond&id=163710

FORENAME: Edith Margaret; SURNAME: Omond; ADDRESS: White Cottage, Mitcham; COUNTY: Surrey; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 35; SERVICE FROM: 07/10/1916; SERVICE TO: 29/05/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/10/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 29/05/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mil Hos Holborn House Mitcham; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex /20; HONOURS AWARDED: 2 Scarlet Efficiency Stripes 14.6.18.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=omond&id=163711&last=true

FORENAME: Edith Margaret; SURNAME: Omond; ADDRESS: White Cottage, Mitcham; COUNTY: Surrey; SERVICE FROM: 10/1911; SERVICE TO: Present day; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Present engagement first held under Joint War Committee. Rank of Assistant Nurse, Military Nursing Service; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/10/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20; RANK AT TERMINATION: Assistant Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: Unterminated; PAY AT TERMINATION: £30; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mobilized Aug: 191. Nursed in Red X Hospital Earls Colne, Essex, Nov: 1914 – June 1915. Essex County Hospital, July 1915 – June 1916. Holborn Military Hospital, Mitcham, Surrey, October 1916 until present date, Feb 23rd 1919; COMMISSION: Essex.


PEEL, Miss Violet Ellen Antoinette (5.4.1917 to 14.5.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

Born 1876, Windsor, Berkshire.  Daughter of Staffordshire-born Army Officer Francis Peel and his Windsor-born wife Caroline Edith Blanche (nee Story)

1881 Census:      Boxted House, Boxted, Essex.  At home without parents; her brother; and 4 servants.

1891 Census:      Boxted House, Boxted, Essex.  At home with parents; her brother; and 3 servants.

1901 Census:      51 St. Georges Road, Hanover Square, Westminster. At the home of her Clergyman Uncle Frederick Peel; Aunt Adelaide; 2 cousins; and 5 servants.

1911 Census:      15 North Street, Westminster.  Head of the household; with a cousin; and 1 servant.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=pell&id=236283

ADDRESS: 15 North Street, Westminster; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 40; SERVICE FROM: 05/04/1917; SERVICE TO: 04/09/1917; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; 7 and 8, The Crescent, Hayling Island; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/04/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 04/09/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 5.4.17 to 14.5.17 Red Cross Hospital, Earls Colne. 31.7.17 to 4.9.17 The Crescent Hospital, Hayling Island; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: London 30.

1956, 16 July:      Violet “of Le Blancs Bots Castel, Guernsey, Channel Islands” died at St. Antony’s  Nursing Home, Weston Road, Bath.


PICK, Miss Constantia (28.11.1915-18.1.1918. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Wethersfield Hospital and Middlesex War Hospital, Clacton)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=pick&id=238723&first=true

ADDRESS: Bakers Farm, Wethersfield, Braintree, Essex; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 28/11/1915; SERVICE TO: 18/01/1918; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 28/11/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 18/01/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red X HP, Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1050 part time; COMMISSION: Essex.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=pick&id=238724

ADDRESS: Bakers Farm, Wethersfield; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 05/11/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1918; HOSPITAL: Wethersfield House, Braintree; Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: VAD Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/11/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: none; RANK AT TERMINATION: Essex-52; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: none; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Entirely Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wethersfield V.A.D. Hospital dating from November 5th 1914 to July 5th 1915 Middlesex War Hospital, Clacton, Essex Augt & Sept 1915 = 3 weeks Earls Colne V.A.D. Hospital Nov 1915 to Jan 1918 = 9 months with occasional intervals for Home Duties; COMMISSION: Essex 52; HONOURS AWARDED: 5 years Service Badge & Certificate for Service with V.A.D. Detachment.


RAY, Miss K. (Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

1915, 13 Feb:  The British Journal of Nursing: “JOINT WAR COMMITTEE:  Home Hospitals.   The following nurses have been deputed for duty in Home Hospitals:-  … Earl’s Colne, Essex – Miss K. Ray.”

1915, 22 May:   The British Journal of Nursing: “JOINT WAR COMMITTEE: Home Hospitals. The following nurses have been deputed to duty in Home Hospitals:- …  Earls Colne, Essex – Miss K. Ray.


RAYMOND, Miss Ellen Gertrude (1914-1918. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Essex County Hospital)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=raymond&id=171991

ADDRESS: 16 Elm Rd, Beckenham; COUNTY: Kent; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. 1 stripe; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Probationer nurse; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Earls Colne V.A.D. Hospital, Essex. Essex County Hospital, Colchester. Worked “off and one” from 1914-1918. [Front: Now Mrs Stainbank. Deleted Address: Catley Cross Halstead, Essex.]; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: 5 yrs badge & badges for 1st aid & Nursing.


RAYMOND, Mrs. Nellie (24.4.1915-14.7.1918. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Essex County Hospital)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=raymond&page=2&id=172008

ADDRESS: Rose Cottage, Earls Colne; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 24/04/1915; SERVICE TO: 14/07/1918; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Essex County Hospital; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 24/04/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 14/07/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red X HP. Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1990; COMMISSION: Essex.


ROBERTSON, Miss F. M. (Nurse. Joint War Committee) 

1915, 13 Feb:      The British Journal of Nursing: “JOINT WAR COMMITTEE: Home Hospitals.   The following nurses have been deputed to duty in Home Hospitals:- … V. A. D. Hospital, Earl’s Colne, Essex – Miss F. M. Robertson …”

1915, 22 May:    The British Journal of Nursing: “JOINT WAR COMMITTEE: Home Hospitals.   The following nurses have been deputed to duty in Home Hospitals:- … V. A. D. Hospital, Earl’s Colne, Essex – Miss F. M. Robertson …”


RUGGLES-BRISE, Miss Octavia (Nov. 1916, 1 month. V.A.D. member)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=ruggles&id=27391

ADDRESS: Spain’s Hall, Braintree; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Red X Member; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT TERMINATION: Red X Member; PAY AT TERMINATION: None; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: See over leaf; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Netley Hospital, Soton., Hant 1914 – 1 Month Rolls Park – August 1914 – 1 Month Norwich Hospital – November 1915 – 2 Months Earls Colne – November 1916 – 1 Month Left Red X work and joined M/M (Ministry of Munitions) as clerk in April 1917 Essex 42; COMMISSION: Essex.


RUNNACLES, Mrs. Grace (19.6.1915-19.11.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=runnacles&id=181215

ADDRESS: High Street Earls Colne Essex; SERVICE FROM: 19/06/1915; SERVICE TO: 19/11/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 19/06/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/11/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Casual Worker at Red X HP. Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 416; COMMISSION: Essex.


RUTHERFORD, Miss Elspeth (08.1915-01.1919. V.A.D. Nursing member)

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:-  … Rutherford, Miss E., Nursing Member, Aux. Hospital, Earls Colne. …”

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=rutherford&id=181773

ADDRESS: Buckingham Palace Mansions, London SW; SERVICE FROM: 08/1915; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red X HP. Earls Colne Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time Resident; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Honourable Mention.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=rutherford&id=181774

ADDRESS: 24 Buckingham Palace Mansions, London SW1; SERVICE FROM: 28/08/1915; SERVICE To: 28/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: none Over; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: nursing member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 28/08/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: nursing member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 28/01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nurse; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Red Cross Hospital, Earls Colne, Essex; COMMISSION: Sussex 180; HONOURS AWARDED: Mentioned in Despatches. Aug: 1917.


SANDON, Miss Ivy (3.1.16. 7.2.16. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=sandon&id=183323

ADDRESS: 46 Teignmouth Road, Brondesbury, N.W; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 23; SERVICE FROM: 03/01/1916; SERVICE TO: 25/09/1917; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/01/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 25/09/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Earls Colne, Essex 3.1.16. 7.2.16. Mil Hosp. Reading 28.3.16. 25.8.17. trans Salonica Mil Hosp. 20.10.17 trans Mil Hosp. Reading 4.17 25.9.17 Side 1: ‘15.10.19.’; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: London 10.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=sandon&id=183324

ADDRESS: 46 Teignmouth Road, N.W.2; SERVICE FROM: 13/02/1913; SERVICE TO: 20/09/1917; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: VAD Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/02/1913; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: VAD Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 20/09/1917; PAY AT TERMINATION: £26 per annum; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: See overleaf, please; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 7000; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Aug – Nov. 1914. Assisted with secretarial work of the West Hampstead Division, County of London Branch, B.R.C.S. Nov. ’14 – March ’15. Nursed at Willesden Infirmary. March ’15 – Jan ’16. Nursed at Beech House Hospital. Jan ’16 – Feb ’16. Nursed at Earl’s Colne. March ’16 – Sept. ’17. Nursed at No 1 War Hospital, Reading. Service commenced Aug: 12th 1914. Service terminated 20th Sept. 1919. Approximate number of hours on War Service 7000; COMMISSION: WEST HAMPSTEAD DIVISION. COUNTY OF LONDON BRANCH BRITISH RED CROSS SOCIETY.


SCOTT, June (nee McKinie) (19.6.1917-6.7.1917. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

Born c1867

 Service Card for June Scott. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for June Scott. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.


SHOOLBRED, Mrs. Eleanor Mary (9.6.1918-19.1.1919.  Masseuse. Also Commandant at Greenstead Hall, Hals,)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=shoolbred&id=188688&first=true

ADDRESS: Greenstead Hall, Halstead; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 09/06/1918; SERVICE TO: 19/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; Greenstead Hall, Halstead; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Commandant at Greenstead Hall HP., Halstead; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Masseuse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/06/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Masseuse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 19/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Masseuse work at Red X HP. Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time. 546; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: [Christian Names – Query unanswered]; COMMISSION: Essex.


SHOOLBRED, Miss Mary (9.6.1918-24.1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse) Daughter of Eleanor Shoolbred above.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=shoolbred&id=188690

ADDRESS: Greenstead Hall, Halstead; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 09/06/1918; SERVICE TO: 24/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Greenstead Hall, Halstead; Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member at Greenstead Hall HP, Halstead; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/06/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 24/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red X Hosp., Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time. 609; COMMISSION: Essex.


SMYTH, Miss Kathleen Jane (14.7.16 14.2.17. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=smyth&page=6&id=194579

ADDRESS: Castle Widenham, Castle Townroche Ireland; COUNTY: Co Cork; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 24; SERVICE FROM: 14/07/1916; SERVICE TO: 15/04/1918; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/07/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 15/04/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 14.7.16 14.2.17. Aux Hos: Earls Colne. Essex. 13.3.17 15.4.18 No 8 Red X Hos: France; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Cork. 4.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=smyth&page=6&id=194580

ADDRESS: Castlewidenham, Castletownroche; COUNTY: Co Cork; SERVICE FROM: 14/07/1916; SERVICE TO: 17/04/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Special Service Member;DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/07/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Regulation; DATE OF TERMINATION: 17/04/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: BRITISH RED CROSS SOCIETY & ORDER OF ST. JOHN. JOINT WAR COMMITTEE, LEINSTER, MUNSTER & CONNAUGHT; COMMISSION: V.A.D. Cork.


SPARROW, Mrs. Cecily Mabel (V.A.D. Nurse. Joint War Committee) 

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=sparrow&page=2&id=195625

FORENAME: Cecily Mabel; SURNAME: Sparrow; ADDRESS: Rookwoods , Sible Hedingham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 06/1916; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Spilsby Red X Hospital Lincolnshire, Nursing Member; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Rd X Hospital Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; COMMISSION: Essex.

1919, 22 Aug:     Chelmsford Chronicle: NURSING SERVICE MENTIONS. The names of the under-mentioned 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 for valuable nursing services rendered in connection with the war:-  … Sparrow, Nurse Mrs. C.M., V.A.D., Red Cross Aux. Hospital, Earls Colne; …”


STANBRIDGE, Mrs. Doris Muriel (1.11.1917-24.6.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Cook)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=stanbridge&id=197075

ADDRESS: Milton Mount, London Road, Luton; COUNTY: Beds; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 27; SERVICE FROM: 01/11/1917; SERVICE TO: 31/12/1918; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P. T. O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/11/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Without; DATE OF TERMINATION: 31/12/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Earls Colne Essex Auxiliary 1.11.17 [to] 24.6.18. St. John’s Bournemouth Auxiliary 12.10.18 [to] 31.12.18; DEPARTMENT: JW. V. A. D; COMMISSION: Beds 14.


STRINGER, Mrs. Delphine (3.1.1916-10.6.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=stringer&id=200997

ADDRESS: 27, Ferncroft Avenue, Hampstead, N.W; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 23; SERVICE FROM: 03/01/1916; SERVICE TO: 10/06/1916; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/01/1916; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 03/01/1916 to 10/06/1916 Red Cross Hospital, Earls Colne; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: London /110.


SYDAL, Ada (9.1.1917-30.6.1917. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee. Trained Nurse Department)

Born 1Q 1871 Poplar, London. Daughter of Norfolk-born Mariner Daniel Sydal and wife Charlotte Maria (married 11 July 1860 Kings Lynn:IGI).

1881 Census:  Port of Hull Society Sailors Orphan Home, Kingston-Upon-Hull, Yorkshire.  “Inmate”; “Scholar”; “10” years old, along with younger brother Charles Ernest.

1891 Census:  ‘Aydon House’, Aydon, Northumberland. Occupation: Governess at the Reed household.

1901 Census:  ?

1911 Census:  Nurses Home, University College Hospital, Huntley St, St. Pancras, London.  Occupation:  Sick Nurse.

23 June 1911: Arrived in Quebec, Canada from Liverpool (to stay with her brother Charles). Occupation: Nursing.

09 July 1916:  Arrived in Liverpool from Montréal, Québec, Canada.  Occupation: Nurse.

Service Card for Ada Sydal. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Ada Sydal. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Ada Sydal. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Ada Sydal. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=sydal&id=203063

ADDRESS: “Carisbrooke”, St George’s Road, Sevenoaks; COUNTY: Kent; SERVICE FROM: 09/01/1917; SERVICE TO: 01/07/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/01/1917; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/07/1918; DEPARTMENT: T.N.D; COMMISSION: T.N. Depot.

10 November 1918:  Arrived in New York, U.S.A. from Southampton.  Occupation: Nurse (single).  After WW1 ended Ada became a Canadian Citizen, as her brother Charles Ernest had done before her. (N.B. Charles enlisted on 11 Oct. 1915, at Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada).


TAYLOR, Mrs. Edith (30.6.1917-12.1.1918. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

Born c1874 or c1877

Service Card for Edith Taylor. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Edith Taylor. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.


TAYLOR, Miss Edith Margaret (30.6.1917-12.1.1918. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)       

Birth registered 3Q 1883. Born Windermere, Westmorland/Cumberland. Daughter of Bobbin Manufacturer George Taylor and wife Mary.

1901 Census:  ‘Calgarth Lodge, Windermere. Living with parents and siblings.  Occupation: Photograph Printer.

1911 Census:  60 Blencathra Street, Keswick. Living with parents and siblings.  No occupation given.

Service Card for Edith M. Taylor. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Edith M. Taylor. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=taylor&page=22&id=204504

FORENAME: Edith Margaret; SURNAME: Taylor; ADDRESS: Fitz House, Station Road, Keswick; COUNTY: Cumberland; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 32 years; SERVICE FROM: 20/07/1915; SERVICE TO: 31/12/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 20/07/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1.1.0 p wk; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 31/12/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1.4.10 p wk; DEPARTMENT: T.N. Dept.; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.


TAYLOR, Miss Nora (Trained Nurse, via British Red Cross)

1914, 21 Nov:     The British Journal of Nursing: “NURSING AND THE WAR: “The undermentioned nurses have been supplied through the British Red Cross Society for service in the following Red Cross Hospitals at Home:- …  Colne Hospital, Essex.- Miss Nora Taylor


TWAMLEY, Miss Hannah Frances Eileen (07.06.1916-12.01.1917 V.A.D. Nurse [Cook in France])

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=twamley&id=222760

FORENAME: Hannah Frances Eileen; ADDRESS: Sible Hedingham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1917; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: VAD; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: VAD; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1917; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing VAD; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part-time 3936 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Worked at Earls Colne Hospital 3936 hours. 1915 – 1916. Also Friends Ambulance B.E.F. France, Jan 1916 to Jan 1917. No.4 General Hospital, France, Jul 1917 to Mar 1919; COMMISSION: Essex.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=twamley&id=222759

FORENAME: Eileen; SURNAME: TWAMLEY; ADDRESS: Sible Hedingham; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 23; SERVICE FROM: 07/07/1916; SERVICE TO: 31/03/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O.; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/07/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 31/03/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 7.7.16 to 12.1.17 Friends Ambulance Unit France. 24.7.17 to 31.3.19 Mil: Hosp: France; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex 80.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=twamley&id=222758

FORENAME: -; SURNAME: Twamley; ADDRESS: Erinagh Sible Hedingham; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hon R Coventry Personnel. No more information.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=twamley&id=222757

FORENAME: Eileen H.F.; SURNAME: TWAMLEY; ADDRESS: Erinagh, Sible, Hedingham; COUNTY: Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D.; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/07/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D.; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/01/1917; DEPARTMENT: F.A.U.; COMMISSION: Hon R. Coventry Personnel; CERTIFICATE NO: 9672.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=twamley&id=222756

FORENAME: Hannah Frances Eileen; ADDRESS: Sible Hedingham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 07/06/1916; SERVICE TO: 12/01/1917; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Nursing V.A.D. at Auxiliary Hospital, Earl’s Colne Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/06/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/01/1917; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing V.A.D; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; COMMISSION: Essex Friends Ambulance Dunkirk B.E.F. France.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=twamley&id=222755&first=true

FORENAME: Hannah Frances Eileen; SURNAME: Twamley; ADDRESS: Sible Hedingham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 24/07/1917; SERVICE TO: 28/03/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Member at Auxiliary Hosp. Earls Colne & F.A.U. Dunkirk B.E.F. France; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 24/07/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: about £25 per year and field allowances; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D; DATE OF TERMINATION: 28/03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cook to nursing staff of 4th General Hosp; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No 4 General Hospital B.E.F. France; COMMISSION: Essex.


TWELVES, ELIZA = ?Elizabeth Deborah Twelves?  (24.4.1918-1.1.1919. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

Born 30 June 1864 Malta (British Subject). Daughter of George Twelves and his wife Louisa.

1901 Census:  St. Thomas’ Hospital, Lambeth, London.  Occupation:  Hospital Nurse.

1911 Census:  ‘Valetta’ (Convalescent Home, 9 rooms), Willoughby Park Terrace, Yelverton, S. Devon.  Occupation: Sick Nurse (Head).  Ran the ‘Valetta Convalescent Home’ with Agnes Freeland.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=twelves&id=222853&first=true

FORENAME: Eliza; SURNAME: Twelves; ADDRESS: 38 Medina Villas, Hove, Brighton; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 52 years; SERVICE FROM: 28/03/1917; SERVICE TO: 29/01/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 28/03/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1.1.0 p wk; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 29/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1.1.0 p wk; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Side 1 following address crossed out Keith House, 189a Brompton Road, SW 3; DEPARTMENT: T N Dept; COMMISSION: TN Dept.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=twelves&id=222854

FORENAME: Eliza; SURNAME: Twelves; ADDRESS: c/o Archdeacon Stuart Harris, Keith House, 189a Brompton Rd, SW 3; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 28/03/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/02/1918; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Service rendered at V.A.HOSPITAL Plympton 28/03/1917 – 11/02/1918; COMMISSION: DEVON NON V.A. Det. Member.

Service Card for Eliza Twelves. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Service Card for Eliza Twelves. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

1931, 28 Aug:  Passenger arriving in Plymouth, England from Bombay, India.   Age 64.  Spinster.

1935, 08 Jun:   Eliza (of 165 Grand Avenue, Berrylands, Surbiton, Surrey) died on.  Death registered in Surrey.  Eliza never married.

N.B. Agnes Freeland (who also worked at Earls Colne) was one of three people named in The Probate entry for Eliza Twelves.  Eliza and Agnes trained together at the St. Thomas’ Hospital (Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London) and obviously became life-long friends.


WALLS, Miss Dorothy (1.1918-9.1918? V.A.D. Nurse) Sister of Elizabeth below.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=walls&id=216699

ADDRESS: Boothby Hall, Burgh; COUNTY: Lincolnshire; SERVICE FROM: 01/1918; SERVICE TO: 09/1918; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital, Wainfleet; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Nursing at Wainfleet Red X HP. Lincolnshire; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: nursing member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: nursing member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red X HP. Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time, Resident; COMMISSION: Essex.


WALLS, Miss Elizabeth (1.1918-9.1918. V.A.D. Nurse) Sister of Dorothy above.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=walls&id=216703

ADDRESS: Boothby Hall, Burgh; COUNTY: Lincs; SERVICE FROM: 01/1918; SERVICE TO: 09/1918; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Red Cross Hospital Earls Colne; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole Time Resident; COMMISSION: Essex.


WARTERS, Miss Marion Davidson (16.5.1917-16.8.1917. J.W. V.A.D.)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=warters&id=218529

ADDRESS: Green Hill House, Alferton; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 19; SERVICE FROM: 16/05/1917; SERVICE TO: 16/08/1917; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: House member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 16/05/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 16/08/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Earls Colne Aux. Hos: Essex; DEPARTMENT: JWVAD; COMMISSION: Derby. 26.


WEATHERUP, Margaret Blow Wallace (4.7.1916-18.7.1916. Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee)

Born 16 April 1886 Belfast, Northern Ireland.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=weatherup&id=217400

FORENAME: Margaret B. W.; SURNAME: Weatherup; ADDRESS: 1 E. Glinton St, Belfast, Ireland; SERVICE FROM: 19/06/1915; SERVICE TO: 18/07/1916; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 19/06/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 18/07/1916; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Cairo. Earl’s Colne. Side 1: ‘Cert Rtd. Gone away 20/12/21; DEPARTMENT: T.N.D; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=weatherup&id=217401&last=true

FORENAME: Margaret B.; SURNAME: Weatherup; CHARACTER: Good; SERVICE FROM: 08/1915; SERVICE TO: 04/1916; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/08/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 21/- p.w; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 21/04/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: 21/- p.w.; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No more information; COMMISSION: Egypt; CERTIFICATE NO: 3685.

Service Card for Margaret B.W. Weatherup. ©/Permission to reproduce courtesy of British Red Cross.

Service Card for Margaret B.W. Weatherup. ©/Permission to reproduce courtesy of British Red Cross.

Service Card for Margaret B.W. Weatherup. ©/Permission to reproduce courtesy of British Red Cross.

Service Card for Margaret B.W. Weatherup. ©/Permission to reproduce courtesy of British Red Cross.

After WW1 ended, Margaret took Canadian citizenship and travelled extensively e.g. below are a few of the dates where Margaret is found travelling as a ship passenger:-

1 Jun 1927:          arrived in Southampton from Quebec, Canada.   Age 38.  Nurse.

11 Aug 1927:       arrived in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from Belfast.   Age 38.  Graduate Nurse.

15 Dec 1929:       arrived in St John, New Brunswick, Canada from Belfast.   Age 40.  Nurse.

7 Oct 1932:          arrived in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from Belfast.   Age 43.

24 May 1936:      arrived in New York from Southampton.   Age 49.  Companion.

17 Oct. 1938:      arrived in Boston, Massachusetts from Liverpool.  Age 52.  Nurse.

15 Feb 1939:       arrived in Southampton from New York on the Queen Mary.   Age 53.  Companion.

20 July 1949:       arrived in Southampton from New York on the Queen Elizabeth.  Age 63. Secretary.

26 June 1953:     arrived in Liverpool from New York.  Age 67, Secretary/Companion.

7 April 1958:        arrived in Liverpool from New York.   Age 71.  Secretary.

1972, Jan:            Margaret died – she never married.


WOOD, Miss Hermione Ethel (02.01.1918 to 30.01.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at ‘Singholme’, Walton-on-Naze)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=wood&page=26&id=231862

ADDRESS: 117 Raining Drive, Westcliff on Sea; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 21; SERVICE FROM: 02/01/1918; SERVICE TO: 30/09/1918; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: PTO; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/01/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/09/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 02.01.18 to 30.01.18 – Auxiliary Hospital Earls Colne Essex 01.03.18 to 30.09.18 – Singholme – Walton on the Naze; DEPARTMENT: JW VAD; COMMISSION: Essex 126.


WRAY, Miss Charlotte C. (Trained Nurse. Joint War Committee. Trained Nurse Department)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=wray&id=233707

FORENAME: Charlotte C.; SURNAME: Wray; ADDRESS: Woodeville, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland; SERVICE FROM: 25/09/1915; SERVICE TO: 16/04/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/09/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 16/04/1918; DEPARTMENT: T.N.D.; COMMISSION: T.N.Dept.

1916, 12 Aug:     The British Journal of Nursing: JOINT WAR COMMITTEE :  Under the auspices of the Red Cross Society and St. John of Jerusalem in England, the following nurses have been deputed to service in Home Hospitals :- ….   Red Cross Hospital, Earl’s Colne, Essex – Miss C. Wray

1916, 26 Feb:      The British Journal of Nursing:  “Joint War Committee.  The following Sisters have been deputed for duty in Home Hospitals:– … Red Cross Hospital, Earl’s Colne, Essex.—Miss G. Arnold and Miss C. C. Wray.”


WYLIE, Miss Eleanor Mary (13.12.1915 – 1.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=wylie&id=234857

ADDRESS: 110 University Avenue, Glasgow; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 36; SERVICE FROM: 13/12/1915; SERVICE TO: 23/04/1918; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Earls Colne; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/12/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 23/04/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 13.12.15 – 1.16. Mil Hos. Earl’s Colne Essex. 13.3.16 – 14.9.16. Mil Hos. E. Suffolk Ipswich. 24.9.16 – 23.4.18 Mil Hos. Malta; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Glasgow: 32.


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