FRINTON-ON-SEA: Turret Lodge Casualty Hospital, The Esplanade

TURRET LODGE CASUALTY HOSPITAL

The Esplanade, Frinton-On-Sea, Essex

Turret Lodge, The Esplanade, Frinton-on-Sea. Courtesy of Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust.

Turret Lodge, The Esplanade, Frinton-on-Sea. Courtesy of Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust.

Frinton was only a small village until around 1893 (e.g. water did not come to the village until 1888), when land-owner Sir Richard Powell-Cooper began to develop the area into a sea-side resort – his vision was to create a very high class resort for visitors.   By 1891, the population was still only 87.

At the outbreak of the First World War, at least three properties in Frinton took in wounded soldiers on a convalescent basis – ‘The Recess’ on St. Mary’s Road (Frinton Voluntary Military Hospital); The Rock Hotel on Third Avenue (The Rock Red Cross Hospital); ‘Turret Lodge’ on The Esplanade (also known as ‘The Frinton-on-Sea Officers Disabled Home’).

‘TURRET LODGE’ was a large house on the Esplanade and, under that title, is known to have been run as a Convalescent Home for wounded officers from 1916.  It appears to have also been known as ‘The Frinton-on-Sea Officers Disabled Home’.

In the Victoria County History (Volume X1, page 307), a mention of ‘The Frinton-on-Sea Officers Disabled Home’ is found under “OTHER MINOR HOMES FRINTON-ON-SEA.  Founded during the First World War. Disabled Officers’ Convalescent Home, Esplanade”.  Footnote 21 refers to Clacton News 29 June 1918. This edition of the Clacton News (page 2) confirms an opening of a “club and home at Turret Lodge, a one storey house situated at the south end of the Esplanade, Frinton-on-Sea”.   It is deduced that the titles refer to the same establishment.   (Jane Caddick acknowledged for this information, with thanks)

‘Turret Lodge’ closed as a Convalescent Home for wounded officers in the middle of 1919.

Surviving Hospital Card for ‘Turret Lodge’. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

Surviving Hospital Card for ‘Turret Lodge’. ©/Permission to reproduce given courtesy of The British Red Cross.

In the book ‘Rosemary for Frinton’, the 20th century author Ursula Bloom described her work as a V.A.D. ‘nurse’ at the Turret Lodge.  From this book, we learn the names of some of the other people who worked at ‘Turret Lodge’.  The following information and quotes are taken from Chapter 3 of this book and Ursula Bloom is, hereby, duly acknowledged and credited for the following enlightenment:-

“A wealthy young woman in London, Miss Phyliss Holman, had established a hospital in Paddington for officers who were “hopelessly wounded” e.g. if they had “lost a limb, or more than one, or be shattered so that their future was alarming for them”.  Miss Holman maintained this hospital entirely with her own money.   However, she wanted to provide a convalescent home somewhere by the sea for any officer who could travel there … “where they could escape from the more routine backcloth of a hospital and have a holiday”.    Miss Holman chose Frinton and obtained Turret Lodge for her purpose.

In March 1919, Ursula Bloom’s good friend and neighbour, Mrs. Edith Horton, asked her to “join up”.  The Turret needed “young girls to serve as parlour maids, as washer-uppers and tidy-uppers”.   Ursula wrote about it being March; being a widow (her husband died in November 1918); and about her son (born November 1917) being just a baby.  Edith had told her “Loneliness is a poor companion for someone who is fretting”.   Many establishments were continuing to help the soldiers who had returned before and after the Armistice.

At the time of joining-up, Ursula wrote that staff at The Turret included a Sister-in-Charge; 3 Orderlies; and “a first-class cook.   Chars did the main cleaning out. The rest was run entirely by voluntary labour.”    Thus, Ursula became a parlour maid.   She borrowed a uniform from her Nannie but she had to purchase the cuffs herself.   She was told “be careful about the cuffs … those sisters are so fussy about them.  You must never be seen without them.  If the place blows up it will be all right as long as you have your cuffs on.  Stick to your cuffs, Nurse”.   Ursula was not trained but she knew some First Aid.   She wrote that Epilepsy did not “shatter” her; rigors/shaking did not leave her “speechless”; and she could be “quite stern” with hysteria!

Ursula’s work shift was, officially, 4p.m. – 8.30 p.m.   This shift covered the serving of dinner to up to fourteen patients and washing up.   Ursula had been instructed to enter the building by the back door and report to the Sister.  Sister “was all starch and savoir faire, sitting in her office reading a novel”.

The Sister was a war widow – “her husband had led his men over the top and had fallen before them”.   Ursula described her as “very grand; perhaps a little conceited about her power over” them all “but she was very kind until she got angry”.

For Ursula’s first shift, her work mate was one Theodora Fitzgerald – she was the half sister of dashing Navy Lieutenant Desmond Fitzgerald.  Apparently, Theodora was a plain girl but very earnest.   She was given the nickname ‘Fido Fitzgerald’ “because somebody said that she looked like a poodle”.

At that first shift, there were only two patients in Turret Lodge but there were “more coming at the weekend, some were in a bad way”.  Ursula’s duties were “setting and serving meals and washing up the glass and the silver.   And the coffee cups after”.  Ursula’s reputation became such that she “was one of those willing horses who did more than was expected of her” … which was a logical appraisal, given that it was she who had waited on leading up this employment!    There were only two cloths for drying up.   With still the coffee cups/saucers to dry, these were “sopping” – they were not substantial linen cloths, they were “half-muslin affairs”.  Ursula appealed to Lady Pork [Mrs. Theodora Gertrude Harvey] , “who was the local manageress* for the home” (*Quartermaster?).    The reply from her was that they “had far too many drying-up cloths anyway, so that was a blow”.   Others had managed; they should do the same; no-one else had complained!

Of the men who arrived the following weekend, “one or two of them were really bad, and one of them we hardly saw, for he was in bed all the time”.   There was “a major who had lost an arm and a leg”.   He had been very indignant on arrival – he should have had a special carriage but, instead, there was a “hideous blunder” and he had to travel down in a fish van.   He had said that “he would never eat fish again!”   A special Sister looked after him.

Most of the men who stayed at The Turret “were up and about”.  Ursula described one incident were four of the men disappeared to a pub in Walton-on-Naze – Frinton had no pub so it had to be a visit to Walton.   Whilst all the staff had been distracted by a very ill patient, the men had taken a ‘fly’ (common expression for “taken flight”).   One of the Orderlies exclaimed “They’ve ‘opped to a pub, they ‘ave”.   “Four of them, and with only three legs amongst them, for one had none at all …” – under the circumstances, “‘opped” was a very appropriate word.    Orderly Mr. Gosling was matter-of-fact about it – he knew these men needed a night out, an evening of “backchat and fun”.  After some telephone calls, the pub was tracked down – the “annoyed but kindly” landlord said “that he had four damaged officers in his pub, all drunk, and that he very much wanted to get rid of them!  He wished to know what we were going to do about it, because, as it put it, they are a bit short of legs”.

During this telephone conversation, the Sister arrived home from her evening off – from playing Bridge.   The truth had to come out … at which, Sister spoke to the Landlord and announced that she would send a cab for them.   Ursula (together with Mr. Gosling) went with the cab and fetched them back – hoping that they would not be sick on her on the way home, because she only had one uniform.    None were sick – instead, they all sang and laughed.    Only on arriving back at The Turret were they silenced – by Sister!  On that particular occasion, Ursula left for home at half-past midnight.

The following day was an early shift – to cover for Lola Stuart [Constance Lola Stuart Barrett] who had to change shifts to go to the dentist.    Everything went wrong that morning for Ursula:- the person who came in to make the beds didn’t turn up so she had to do that too; whilst she made one bed, a breakfast tray fell all over the eiderdown and onto the floor, smashing; and she tried to carry two tea trays at once down the stairs, causing two plates and a cream jug to go crashing to the floor.

If something was broken, the culprit had to pay … Sister told Ursula “there’s quite a lot against you this week, with that breakfast tray in Mr. Davies’ bed, and the eiderdown will have to be cleaned, of course; there’s the china, and the cook tells me that one of the forks is twisted”.   Thus, it all had to be reported … to Lady Pork!

“The convalescent home was there until mid-summer 1919, then, for some reason or other they went back to London.  … …”

See Ursula Bloom’s profile further into this chapter.


LIST OF PEOPLE KNOWN TO HAVE WORKED AT ‘TURRET LODGE’: if a British Red Cross card exists for a person, a link is displayed at an individual’s profile (dates in () refer to ‘Turret Lodge’).  Where a service card image appears, it is because that card is not available to view online:-

AITKEN, Miss Janet McFarlane (23.10.1916-21.11.1916. Trained Nurse/Sister)

ARMITAGE, Miss Amelia  (2.1916-4.1918. V.A.D. Probationer. General Service & Nursing)

BLOOM, Miss Ursula Harvey (Mrs. Denham-Cookes [1] Mrs. Robinson [2])

CAMPION, Miss Winifred (18.2.1916-29.3.1919. Commandant. Also worked at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

CHAMPNESS, Miss Martha Jane (1.1916-8.1917. Household duties. Also worked at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

CLARKE, Mrs. Dorothy (nee Armitage) (2.1916-4.1918. V.A.D. General Services & Nursing. Also worked at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

CUMING, Mrs. Mary Brooke (18.2.1916-7.1918. V.A.D.)

FITZGERALD, Miss Theodora Frances Vesey (4.1916-4.1919. Pantry & house work. Also worked at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

GOSLING, Mr.  (Orderly)

HAGGARD, Mrs. Christine Augusta Grace Mary (nee Fairbank) (Commandant)

HARVEY, Mrs. Theodora Gertrude (nee Vorley) – See “PORK, Lady”

HOLMAN, Miss Phyliss (FOUNDER OF TURRET LODGE CONVALESCENT HOME)

HORTON, Mrs. Edith  (18.2.1916-7.1917. V.A.D. Mending & Housework)

KNIGHT, Miss Margaret Amy (2.1916-7.1917. V.A.D. Nursing. Also worked at ‘The Recess’, Frinton; Middlesex, Clacton-on-Sea; and ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

MILLER, Miss Blanche (6.10.1916-26.3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

MILLER, Miss Mary (V.A.D. Pantry Maid. Also worked at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

PORK, Lady = Mrs. Theodora Gertrude Harvey (Quartermaster?) (Secretary to VAD & Ward Maid, Singholme Hospital 2.1916-3.1919.)

STEEL, Miss Grace Joan (12.10.1916-15.3.1919. Egg collecting – also at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

STUART, Lola  [Constance Lola Stuart Barrett]


PROFILES

AITKEN, Janet McFarlane (23.10.1916-21.11.1916. Trained Nurse/Sister)

Born 1879 in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, Scotland.   Daughter of Stirlingshire-born parents Ironmonger, Coal Merchant & Ship Owner William Aitken & wife Margaret W. (nee Williamson).

1881 Census:      Grange Place, Bothkennar, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire. With parents and an older brother & sister. Father “Ironmonger-Master, employing 1 man and 1 boy”.

1891 Census:

1901 Census:      Craigievan’, Tormoham, Torquay, Devon.  (Newton Abbot District). “Nettie”. With parents; older sister Bella; younger brother Gordon; and 2 visitors.

1907-1909:          Nurse training at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Scotland.

1911 Census:      Parents found still living at ‘Craigievan’, Tormoham, Torquay, Devon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

1947, 21 Sept:    Janet McFarlane Aitken of ‘Beech Hurst’, Herbert Road, Torquay, Devon.  Death was registered in Newton Abbot, Devon.    Janet/Nettie never married.


ARMITAGE, Miss Amelia  (2.1916-4.1918. V.A.D. Probationer. General Service & Nursing. Also worked at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=frinton&id=5344&first=true

ADDRESS: “Wynch Moor”, Connaught Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea; SERVICE FROM: 1916; SERVICE TO: 1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Probationer; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 04/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: General Service & Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Service given ‘Singholm’ Military Hospital, Walton-on-Naze, and Turret Lodge Casualty Hospital, Frinton-on-Sea. (The total number of hours given is approximately 2,184); COMMISSION: Essex / 126.


BLOOM, Ursula Harvey (Mrs. Denham-Cookes [1] Mrs. Robinson [2])

Born 11 December 1891 Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex.  Daughter of Norfolk-born Clergyman James Harvey Bloom and his wife Mary.

1901 Census:  The Rectory, Whitchurch, Warwickshire.  With parents (Father: CofE Clergyman), brother & 2 servants.

c1906:              Parents split up.

1911 Census:  41 Shottery Road, Shalford-on-Avon, Warwickshire. With Swaffham-born mother and brother.  Occupation:  Actress.   N.B. Father at the Whitchurch Rectory.

When Ursula and her mother made the move to the Tendring Peninsula, Walton-on-the-Naze was the established town – which is probably why Ursula’s mother chose Walton over Frinton initially.

Ursula and her mother lived at ‘Hertford House’ in Saville Street, when they moved to Walton.  ‘Hertford House’ stood next door to ‘Linden House’. C1896, ‘Linden House’ was Miss Emma Brannon’s ‘School for Young Ladies’). According to the book ‘Walton-on-the-Naze in Old Picture Postcards’, these two properties were: “a fine pair of bow windowed Georgian houses with stables at the rear  … During the nineteenth century, they were often rented by the Victorian gentry who, with their servants, would spend the summer months in the town.”

1916:                4th Quarter. Married Arthur B. Denham-Cookes (1891-1918), in the Tendring District. Began living in Harold Road, Frinton.

1917:                12 March.  Mother Mary Bloom (“of Cranleigh, Old Road, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex”) died at

Lombard, St. Mary’s Road, Frinton-on-Sea. Buried St. Mary’s Churchyard, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex.

1917:                November.  Son George Philip J. (‘Pip’) born in Camberwell District of London.

1918, 5 Nov:   Ursula’s husband Arthur husband Arthur died of influenza, aged 27.

1918:                05 November. Husband Arthur (“of Poona, Harold Road, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex”) died.

1925:                4th Quarter. Married Charles Gower Robinson (1873-1979).

1943:                24 May. Father James Harvey Bloom (“of Glenavon Hotel, Chestnut Walk, Stratford-on-Avon”) died at The General Hospital, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire.

1984, 29 Oct:  Ursula died – she was buried with husband Arthur Robinson, in St. Mary’s Churchyard, Frinton-on-Sea.

Find A Grave entry here: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Bloom&GSfn=ursula&GSmn=Harvey&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=74067003&df=all&


CAMPION, Miss Winifred (18.2.1916-29.3.1919. Commandant. Also worked at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze.  Officially “Mentioned”  for her service)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?sname=CAMPION&hosp=frinton&id=35926&first=true&last=true

ADDRESS: Lee Shore, Frinton on Sea; SERVICE FROM: 18/02/1916; SERVICE TO: 29/03/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: See over; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Commandant; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 18/02/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 29/03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Commandant of Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Turret Lodge Hospital, Frinton-on-Sea Singholm Auxiliary Hospital, Walton-on-Naze; COMMISSION: Essex /126; HONOURS AWARDED: “Mentioned” twice.


CHAMPNESS, Miss Martha Jane (1.1916-8.1917. Household duties. Also worked at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=frinton&id=39392&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Hill Crest, Frinton on sea; SERVICE FROM: 01/1916; SERVICE TO: Spring 1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: See Over; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Private; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Private; DATE OF TERMINATION: Spring 1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Household; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Irregular 4 to 5 hours per day; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Places. Turret Lodge Hospital, Frinton-on-Sea. Singholm Auxiliary Hospital, Walton-on-Naze. Period. February 1916 to August 1917. Hours About 86; DEPARTMENT: Essex 126; COMMISSION: Essex/126.


CLARKE, Mrs. Dorothy (nee Armitage) (2.1916-4.1918. V.A.D. General Services & Nursing. Also worked at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=frinton&id=42478&forwards=true

ADDRESS: “Wynch Moor” Connaught Avenue, Frinton on Sea; SERVICE FROM: 1916; SERVICE TO: 1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: See over; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 04/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: General Services & Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Service given “Singholm” Military Hospital, Walton-on-Naze, and Turret Lodge Casualty Hospital, Frinton-on-Sea. (The total numbers of hours given is approximately) (2,184) {Date of Engagement – Rank} Probationer crossed through; DEPARTMENT: Essex 126; COMMISSION: Essex / 126.


CUMING, Mrs. Mary Brooke (18.2.1916-7.1918. V.A.D.)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=frinton&id=53900&forwards=true

ADDRESS: St. Edmunds, Frinton-on-Sea; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Over; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: From the time VAD detachment was formed in Frinton for about 2 years; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 80 hrs part time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Feb 18th 1916 to July 1918 Turret Lodge Hospital Frinton-on-Sea Approx 80 hrs; COMMISSION: Essex.


FITZGERALD, Miss Theodora Frances Vesey (4.1916-4.1919. Pantry & house work. Also worked at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

Born 27 November 1892  Paddington, London.  Daughter of Paddington-born Solicitor/Barrister John Vesey Leslie Foster Fitzgerald and his first wife Annie Ross (married 13 January 1891 Quebec, Canada). Annie died in 1896 and John married Mabel Edith.

1901 Census:  56 Stanhope Gardens, Kensington, London.  With parents and brother William.  + 7 servants.

1911 Census:  The Hospice, Marlow Hill, Wycombe Abbey, High Wycombe. Pupil. (Girls’ Boarding School).

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=Turrett+frinton&id=75486&first=true&last=true

ADDRESS: Inchieronan Frinton-on-Sea; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 04/1916; SERVICE TO: 04/1919; HOSPITAL: 24, Park Street, W1; 58, Queen Anne Street; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: (3 1/2 months at Turrett Lodge Frinton before V.A.D. was formed. 357 hrs; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Service; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: none; RANK AT TERMINATION: General Service; DATE OF TERMINATION: 04/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: none; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Pantry & house work; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time about 16 months hrs. 1424; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Turret Lodge Hospital Frinton-on-Sea. Singholm Auxiliary Hospital Walton-on-Naze. Princess Christians Hospital for Officers, Grosvenor Square. Hospital for Officers, 24 Park Street. The Darrel Hospital for Officers, Queen Anne’s Street; COMMISSION: Essex 126; HONOURS AWARDED: 2yrs Service badge.

1929, 18 Mar:  Theodora “of Inchicronan, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex” died.   She never married.   Theodora’s  grave, and that of her father & step-mother, is in the Frinton Churchyard.


GOSLING, Mr.  (Orderly) … ?


HAGGARD, Mrs. Christine Augusta Grace Mary (nee Fairbank) (Commandant)

Born 4 Q 1872 Windsor, Berkshire.  Daughter of Islington-born Medical Doctor Thomas Fairbank and his wife Mary Louisa (nee Nicholson) (parents married 12 Sept. 1867 East Molesey, Surrey. Thomas died 26 February 1880 Berkshire)

1881 Census: ‘Priory Cottage’, Burnham, Eton, Buckinghamshire.  With widowed mother (Annuitant) & siblings.

1890, 2Q:        Eton, Bucks. Married Frederick Charles Debonaire Haggard, Stockbroker. (CGH given the Freedom of the City of London, via his father Frederick Thomas Haggard, Draper)

1901 Census:  Hyde Park Mansions, Marylebone, London.  With husband (“Own Means”).

1911 Census:  ‘Seabeach’, Third Avenue, Frinton. (plus 1917 Kelly’s Directory).  With son Victor Ernest Debonaire (b 1908) plus 3 servants.   Husband: Boarder, Beach House, Private Hotel, Third Avenue, Frinton.

1916, 25 Jul:  Husband Frederick buried at Frinton Parish Church (aged 58)

1948, 3Q:       Christine’s death registered in Salisbury, Wiltshire (aged 76)


HARVEY, Theodora Getrude (nee Vorley) – See “PORK, Lady”


HOLMAN, Miss Phyliss (FOUNDER OF TURRET LODGE CONVALESCENT HOME)

This could possibly be MISS PHYLISS PARKYN HOLMAN 

Born 1886 Willesden, London.  Registered 1st Quarter 1887. Daughter of Exeter-born Oil Merchant and Company Secretary Samuel King Holman and his wife Edith Annie.  Baptised 29 December 1886 at Holy Trinity, Hampstead.

1891 Census:  5 Exeter Rd., Willesden, London. With parents & 3 sisters + 2 servants.

1901 Census:  5 Exeter Rd., Willesden, London. With parents, 3 sisters & a brother.

1911 Census:  5 Exeter Rd., Willesden, London. With widowed mother (on Private Means) & 2 sisters + 1 servant.


HORTON, Mrs. Edith (18.2.1916-7.1917. V.A.D. Mending & Housework)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=frinton&id=110491&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Selhurst Frinton; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 18/02/1916; SERVICE TO: 07/1917; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: See Over; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 18/02/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 07/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Mending & latterly housework; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Turret Lodge Hospital, Frinton -on-Sea. “No of hours applied for but no answer received” (Sgd) A.W. Campion Essex/126; COMMISSION: Essex/126.


KNIGHT, Miss Margaret Amy (2.1916-7.1917. V.A.D. Nursing. Also worked at ‘The Recess’, Frinton; Middlesex, Clacton-on-Sea; and ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=Turret+frinton&id=127775

ADDRESS: The Rectory, Frinton; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 03/1915; SERVICE TO: 07/1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; PAY AT TERMINATION: £20 a yr; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Date of Engagement / Date of Termination: March 1915 – June 1915 (Recess) Frinton Feb. 1916 – July 1917 (Turret Lodge) Frinton July 1917 – Nov. 1917 Singholm Jan 1918 -Jan 1919 Middlesex (Clacton); COMMISSION: Essex Essex /126.


MILLER, Miss Blanche (6.10.1916-26.3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=frinton&id=150939&forwards=true

ADDRESS: 85 Clapton Common E.5; SERVICE FROM: B Miller; SERVICE TO: Miss Cooper; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: see over; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/10/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse V.A.D; DATE OF TERMINATION: 26/03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nurse (V.A.D.); WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Turret Lodge Hospital, Frinton-on-Sea & Singholm Auxiliary Hospital, Walton-on-Naze; COMMISSION: Essex/126.


MILLER, Miss Mary (V.A.D. Pantry Maid. Also worked at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=frinton&id=151164&forwards=true

ADDRESS: 85 Clapton Common, London E.5; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Three months (Singholm) 114 hours / Turret Lodge Frinton; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: [see over]; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D; DATE OF TERMINATION: [see over]; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Pantry Maid; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time (Singholm) – over -; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: (Singholme Hospital) Date of Engagement has “April 1916 – July 1917”, Date of Engagement has “Dec 4th 1917” crossed through. Date of Termination has “Sept. 1917 – 25 March 1919”; COMMISSION: Essex /26.


PORK, Lady = “LADY  PORK”  =  Mrs. Theodora Gertrude HARVEY (nee Vorley)  (Secretary to VAD & Ward Maid, Singholme Hospital 2.1916-3.1919.)

Born 3Q 1864 St. Pancras, London.  Daughter of Ship Owner William Vorley and his wife Mary.

Ursula Bloom states that a number of Frinton residents were known by their trade. “Lord Pork” was Charles Henry Harvey – a provision merchant (pork?) and Theordora Gertrude, as his wife, was “Lady Pork”.  Address: Kelvin Lodge, 4th Avenue, Frinton-on-sea, Essex.

1892, 7 Sept:    Married Charles Henry Harvey at St. Augustine, Islington.

1901 Census:  ‘Springfield’, Canonbury Park, Islington, London.  With “Provision Merchant” husband, son Charles A. and daughter Ermyntrude Hilda [became a famous tennis player]; plus 3 servants.

1911 Census:  86 Highbury New Park, Highbury, London.  With “Provision Agent” husband; son and daughter; plus 1 servant.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=frinton&id=99307&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Kelvin Lodge, Frinton-on-Sea; COUNTY: Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Secretary; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Secretary; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Secretary to Detachment & Ward Maid Singholme Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Alternate mornings for 12 months; DEPARTMENT: Essex 126; COMMISSION: Essex.

1917:                Listed as living at St Agatha’s, Fourth Avenue, Frinton (Kelly’s).

1919:                By 29 May 1919, living at ‘Kelvin Lodge’, 4th Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex.  This was possibly the largest house in Frinton – it had a large garden, running down to the Esplanade.

1939, 4Q:         Theodora died aged 75 years old.


STEEL, Miss Grace Joan (12.10.1916-15.3.1919. Egg collecting – also at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

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ADDRESS: Links Hall, 3rd Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea; SERVICE FROM: 12/10/1916; SERVICE TO: 15/03/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 15/03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Egg collecting for Singholm & Turret Hospitals; WHOLE OR PART; TIME: 956 hours; COMMISSION: Essex.


STUART, Miss Lola = CONSTANCE LOLA STUART BARRETT (aka CONSTANCE LOLA LESLIE-STUART)

Born 02 December 1896 Wandsworth, London (Registered 1Q 1897 “CONSTANCE LOLA S. BARRETT”)

Daughter of Lancashire Music Composer Leslie Stuart** & his wife Katherine Mary (m 1886 Prestwich, Lancs.)  (Lola had two sisters, who became Mrs. Mayhew and Mrs. De Havilland.)

1901 Census:  ‘The Priory’, Goldhurst Terrace, Hampstead.  With parents, siblings, Aunt Constance and 3 servants.

1911 Census:  ‘The Elms’, Horsham Rd., Crawley, Sussex. With her Aunt Constance Fox (mother’s unmarried sister).

**Real name Thomas Augustine Barrett, used pseudonyms “Leslie Thomas”; “Lester Barrett”; and “Leslie Stuart”; Born 1865 Southport, Lancashire.1915; Lived York Terrace, Regents Park, London; By 1911 Leslie Stuart’s gambling debts sent him into bankruptcy which was declared in January 1913 (discharged in 1920) – he began to drink heavily and have marital problems; he died 1928 Richmond, Surrey – ‘Downe Lodge, 122 Richmond Hill.  ‘Downe Lodge’ was home of eldest daughter Mary Catherine (“May”); his other children were: Mary Catherine 1887; Leslie 1888; Bernard Vaughan 1890. 

Lola lived in London and married American-born Francis Worthington Hine 2Q 1934.   Her death was on 03 October 1988 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent – death notice appearing in The Times on 06 October 1988.


Acknowledgements and thanks go to Jane Caddick; Christopher Thornton; Ken Crowe; and Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust http://www.fwheritage.co.uk/.



Thirteen more volunteers have been found connected to Frinton-on-Sea.  Although they did not work at any of the Frinton-on-Sea properties, they are worth recording here:

BAKER, Mr. Edward (21.4.1916-1.4.1919. [Sgt] Motor Ambulance Dept. Driver)

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ADDRESS: 2 Water Lower Cottages, Frinton-on-Sea; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 31; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Havre; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Driver; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 21/04/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 05/-; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sergeant; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/04/1919; CERTIFICATE NO: 8865.


DANIELS, Miss Kathleen (J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. 4.8.1917-6.10.17 V.A.D. Auxiliary Hospital, Honiton, Devon. 6.10.1917-13.5.1919 Military Hospital, North Evington, Leicester)

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ADDRESS: Oak Cottage Frinton-on-Sea; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 21; SERVICE FROM: 04/08/1917; SERVICE TO: 13/05/1919; HOSPITAL: Honiton V.A. Hospital, Honiton; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/08/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Without; DATE OF TERMINATION: 13/05/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 4.8.17 – 6.10.17 Aux. Hos. Honiton. Devon. 6.10.17 – 13.5.19 Mil Hos. Leicester; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D.; COMMISSION: Herts 44.

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ADDRESS: Oak Cottage, Second Avenue, Frinton; SERVICE FROM: 12/05/1915; SERVICE TO: 09/05/1919; HOSPITAL: Honiton V.A. Hospital, Honiton ; Little Heath, Potter’s Bar; Knighton VAD Hospital, Evington; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Hosp. Honiton, War Hosp. North Evington, Leicester; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/05/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/05/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cook for 1 year, since Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This Nurse worked 2389 hrs in V.A.D. Hosp, Little Heath, Herts before starting whole time at Honiton Aug 1917; COMMISSION: Hertford 44. Potters Bar.


DANIELS, Miss Margery Charlotte (25.7.1918-28.1.1919. Assistant Quartermaster at Singholm, Walton-on-the-Naze)

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ADDRESS: Oak Cottage, 2nd Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea; SERVICE FROM: 25/07/1918; SERVICE TO: 28/01/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: See Over; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Assistant Quartermaster; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/07/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: 28/01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Mending, looking after clothes & linen; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time. 748 hrs; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Singholm Auxiliary Hospital, Walton-on-Naze; COMMISSION: Essex /126.


ELLIOTT, Mrs. Gertrude C. (1914-1915. General Service Member. Cooking. Theydon Towers Hospital, Theydon Bois)

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ADDRESS: Eastholme, Frinton; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1915; HOSPITAL: Theydon Towers Hospital, Theydon Bois; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S Member Essex/10; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1915; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cooking Theydon Towers Hosp; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part – no record of hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Averaged about 3 days a week for about 4 months; COMMISSION: Essex.


PHILLIPS, Acton Esq O.B.E.

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ADDRESS: Glenvar, Frinton-on-Sea; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 39; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Asst Secretary; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Fee by arrangement by time; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Feby 1916 to June 1916. Aux: Hospitals A/Cs Dept. Feby 1917 to Oct 1918) Aux: Hospitals A/Cs Dept. ) Secretary Demobilisation Committee Oct 1918 to date Asst. Secretary Central Demobilisation Board; DEPARTMENT: B. L. Mayhews; COMMISSION: Demobilisation; HONOURS AWARDED: O.B.E.


PITT, Mr. Cuthbert Robert

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ADDRESS: Runswick, Eton Rd, Frinton-on-Sea; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Assisted Major Campbell in the original arrangements & afterwards in Parcels Dept; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Prisoners of War Department.


SERRE, Miss Kathleen Adèle (V.A.D. Ward work at City of London Hospital)

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ADDRESS: Sandgate, Third Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 18/11/1915; SERVICE TO: 22/10/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 18/11/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member V.A.D; DATE OF TERMINATION: 22/10/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Hospital Work. Ward; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time, 2,997 hrs; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: City of London Hospital; COMMISSION: City of London Bch.


SERRE, Miss Marjorie Grace Hélène (V.A.D. Ward work at City of London Hospital)

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ADDRESS: “Sandgate”, Third Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 06/01/1916; SERVICE TO: 16/12/1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/01/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member V.A.D; DATE OF TERMINATION: 16/12/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Hospital work. Ward; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time. 2,070 hrs; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: City of London Hosp; COMMISSION: City of London Bch.


STEWART, Miss Harriet Adelaide

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ADDRESS: c/o Miss M Stewart, ‘Sunnycroft’, Old Road, Frinton/Sea; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 03/07/1917; SERVICE TO: 09/10/1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/07/1917; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/10/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Cert Retd Gone Away 6-7-20; DEPARTMENT: T.N.D; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.


TATE, Mrs. Margaret

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ADDRESS: Holland House, Great Holland, Nr, Frinton o/S; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Worker; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Wool work; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time commended; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Side 1: Permanent Address – ’22 Old Broad Street, EC’ crossed through WAR HOSPITALS SUPPLIES DEPÔT, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA; COMMISSION: ESSEX; HONOURS AWARDED: War Office VW Badge.


TENNANT, Miss Kathleen Winifred

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ADDRESS: Resthaven Hadleigh Road. Frinton-on-Sea; SERVICE FROM: 01/1915; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: House duty; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1120; COMMISSION: Essex 126.


UNDERWOOD, Miss Kathleen  (Housemaid at ‘Singholm’)

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ADDRESS: ‘Broadlands’ Connaught Ave, Frinton-on-Sea; COUNTY: Essex; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 10/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Housemaid; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 6 hrs a week; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: To Miss Cooper “Moorlands” Great Bentley. Essex; DEPARTMENT: Singholme Hospital; COMMISSION: Essex.


WOOD, Miss Kathleen Lilian Joy (10.1914-07.1917. Pantry maid & cook at ‘Singholm’, Walton-on-Naze)

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ADDRESS: Lindisfarne, Queen’s Rd Frinton on Sea; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: See over; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D; DATE OF TERMINATION: 07/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Pantry maid & cook; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 8.30 till 1.30; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Singholm Auxiliary Hospital Walton-On-Haze Miss Cooper Moorlands Grt Bentley; COMMISSION: Essex 126.


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