GREENSTEAD HALL AUXILIARY HOSPITAL
Greenstead Green, Nr. Halstead, Essex
Also known as ‘Mrs. Shoolbred’s Convalescent Hospital’
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At the outbreak of the First World War, Greenstead Hall was the home of Chartered Accountant Claude Frederick Shoolbred and his wife Eleanor. The Shoolbreds offered up their home to convalescencing wounded soldiers and, in all probability, funded the kitting out of it to the required standard. As often happened in these situations, Eleanor (the lady of the house) became the Hospital’s Commandant.
If there was ever a Red Cross card for the Greenstead Hall Auxiliary Hospital it has not been discovered. It is not known how long the Hospital existed for – Shoolbred Red Cross service cards only quote period 9 June 1918 – 19/24 January 1919. But, interestingly in 1915, the Greenstead Hall was being referred to as ‘Mrs. Shoolbred’s Convalescent Hospital’ and one Private Allen was being treated there (see below).
Chelmsford Chronicle – Friday 15 October 1915 [sic]:
“PERSONAL WAR NOTES. … Pt. Allen, Tidings Hill Halstead, is in Mrs. Shoolbred’s convalescent hospital at Greenstead Hall. He has seen fighting both in France and at the Dardanelles. He has five different wounds, and still carries two bullets about with him.”
Friday 26 October 1917, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:
WOMEN’S WORK FOR THE WOUNDED. NURSES’ SERVICES RECOGNISED.
The undermentioned are included in 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:- … … Shoolbred, Mrs. N., Comdt., Greenstead Hall Aux. Hospital, Halstead. … …”
LIST OF PEOPLE KNOWN TO HAVE WORKED AT ‘GREENSTEAD HALL AUXILIARY HOSPITAL’: Only two people have been found working at the ‘Greenstead Hall Auxiliary Hospital’, to date: the Shoolbred mother and daughter team :-
SHOOLBRED, Mrs. Eleanor Mary nee Dell (9.6.1918-19.1.1919. Commandant. Masseuse. Also worked at Earls Colne Hospital)
Born 1876 in Brighton, Sussex. Daughter of Brighton-born Councillor/Pawnbroker/Silversmith Robert Dell and his wife Godalming-born Emily
1881 Census: 7 Lancaster Villas, Brighton, Sussex. With parents; 3 brothers; 2 visitors; and 1 servant.
1891 Census: ‘Eversfield’, 473 Marshall Road, Godalming, Surrey. With Uncle William & Aunt Eleanor Michell; and one servant.
1897, 14 Dec: Married Claude Frederick Shoolbred at St. John’s, Farncombe, Surrey.
1901 Census: Simplemarsh, Simplemarsh Road, Chertsey, Surrey. With husband; 2 daughters incl. Mary, as per below; 1 Visitor; and 3 servants.
1911 Census: Greenstead Hall, Halstead. With Chartered Accountant husband; 2 sons; 3 daughters incl. Mary, as per below; 1 visitors; 1 Governess; and 10 servants.
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.
1970, 4Q: Death of Elizabeth Mary Shoolbred recorded in Surrey.
SHOOLBRED, Miss Mary (9.6.1918-24.1.1919. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at the Earls Colne Hospital)
Born 1898 in Addlestone, Surrey. Daughter of Middlesex-born Chartered Accountant Claude Frederick Shoolbred and his Brighton-born wife Eleanor Mary (nee Dell).
1901 Census: Simplemarsh, Simplemarsh Road, Chertsey, Surrey. With parents; 1 sister; 1 Visitor; and 3 servants.
1911 Census: Greenstead Hall, Halstead. With parents; 2 brothers; 2 sisters; 1 visitors; 1 Governess; and 10 servants.
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.