HARWICH: Dovercourt Military Hospital, Parkeston Quay

DOVERCOURT MILITARY HOSPITAL

Parkeston G.E.R. Hotel, Parkeston Railway Station, Parkeston Quay, Essex

Parkeston G.E.R. Hotel, Parkeston Railway Station, Parkeston Quay, Dovercourt. Courtesy/© Phil Cowley’s book ‘Harwich and Dovercourt in old picture postcards' & www.harwichanddovercourt.co.uk/

Parkeston G.E.R. Hotel, Parkeston Railway Station, Parkeston Quay, Dovercourt. Courtesy/© Phil Cowley’s book ‘Harwich and Dovercourt in old picture postcards’ & http://www.harwichanddovercourt.co.uk/

At the outbreak of the First World War, several places in Harwich were taken over by the Admiralty and for the Admiralty.    Harwich was a fortress town so patients were not always sent directly to these hospitals – they would be transferred from surrounding camps and other towns i.e. from Colchester.

In Harwich, a Garrison Military Hospital’ was created at ‘The Great Eastern Railway Hotel’ and it’s Annex.

There was also a ‘Dovercourt Military Hospital’ which was a separate unit but not a true auxiliary hospital – it was a ‘section’ of the Garrison Military Hospital, Harwich.   Being a ‘section’ rather than an ‘auxiliary’ meant that they were able to take patients directly from disembarkation and were under the control of the War Office rather than the British Red Cross Society and/or St. John (the Joint War Committee).    Additionally, in Dovercourt, the ‘Isolation Hospital’ was used to care for soldiers and sailors with infectious diseases.  

Three private houses in the area were also requisitioned for use as hospitals, ‘Cliff Hall’ (Marine Parade) with beds for 120 patients, ‘The Grange’ (Hall Lane) and ‘The Gables’ (Marine Parade), as well as the ‘Tower Hotel’ (Main Rd).   The ‘Quay Pavilion’ was used as a canteen – it had entertainment facilities and a bar for naval personnel.   Local residents entertained the patients by providing concerts.

The Admiralty requisitioned much of the Harwich Great Eastern Railway fleet during late 1914.   Cargo steamers ‘Clacton’ and ‘Newmarket’ where converted to minelayers and minesweepers, whilst ‘Munich’ and ‘St. Petersburg’ were converted into hospital ships.

There is no doubt that not all the people who assisted in the running of these establishments have been discovered within records and, thus, they remain unnamed.

The Parkeston G.E.R. Hotel and, thus, The DOVERCOURT MILITARY HOSPITAL was over and above the ground floor railway station space.

Friday 14 August 1914, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

“The authorities have taken over the whole of the hotel and shed space at Parkeston Quay, a most convenient spot for treating the wounded.  The Great Eastern liners are also likely to be converted into hospital ships, and a base hospital is forming at Ipswich.”

War Office List, October 1917:

Dovercourt Military Hospital:  provides beds for 5 officers and 115 other ranks.”


LIST OF PEOPLE KNOWN TO HAVE WORKED AT DOVERCOURT MILITARY 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 un-named here.   If a British Red Cross card exists for a person, a link is displayed at an individual’s profile [dates in () refer to Dovercourt Military Hospital service]:

ADAMS, Miss Ellen Eliza (9.1.1917-9.2.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

ANNETT, Mrs. Isabel (20.11.1917-14.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Storekeeper. Head Clerk)

BAILEY, Miss Florence Beatrice (9.7.1918-19.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Canadian)

BENT, Miss Mary (8.10.1917-16.11.1917. J.W. V.A.D.  Storekeeper)

BERRY, Miss Janet (11.7.1918-22.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D.  Storekeeper)

CANDY, Miss Ethel C. (3.10.1916-13.5.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

COOMBE, Miss Nellie Bertha (1.1.1916-3.1917. General Service. Storekeeper)

DAVID, Mr. Thomas (7.8.1914-5.6.1915. General Hospital duties)

DAVIE, Miss Judith Amy (9.6.1916-9.1.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

DE STOURDZA ZRINYI, Flora Guilietta Pauline – see “ZRINYI

EMERTON, Miss Frances Mary (9.6.1916-9.7.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

GIBB, Miss Alice Mary (9.6.1916-9.1.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

HUNT, Miss Florence Ada (14.5.1915=7-14.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

JARVIS, Miss Marion (V.A.D. Head Cook)

KING, Miss Ruby (19.06.1918 – 19.01.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

LAYMAN, Miss Norah Aileen (20.7.1917-5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Dispenser)

MADDISON, Miss Ellen (11.10.1916-1.6.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

MEYNELL, Mr. Joseph L. (6.1917-9.1917 & 2.1919-5.1919.  Captain R.A.M.C.)

MORAN, Miss Gertrude Mary Aynsley (1.2.1919-1.3.1919. J.W. V.A.D.)

MORROW, Miss Dorothy Mary (14.5.1919-14.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

NICHOLLS, Miss Nancy (6.3.1918-?  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

PRESTON, Miss Phyllis Mary (24.3.1919-30.7.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

SALMOND, Miss M. D. (Trained Assistant Nurse, Q.A.I.M.N.S. “valuable services rendered” 26.10.1917)

SCOTT, Miss Julia Ellen (10.7.1918-10.2.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

SILBERRAND, Miss Phyllis (1916-1918. General Service V.A.D. Cook)

SMITH, Mrs. Guilhermia Millena Winifred Dagmar (26.10.1917 – 31.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Head Dispenser)

TAYLOR, Miss Ethel Lucy (9.1.1918-9.7.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

VINER, Miss Mary Ann (25.5.1916-14.3.1919.  J.W. V.A.D. Clerk)

WALFORD, Miss Elizabeth (6.1916-6.1917.  Dispenser)

WEST, Miss Gertrude Mary (23.1.1917-23.2.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Col. Mil. Hosp.)

WILSON, Miss Jean (Entry in the Royal Red Cross Register, for “Dovercourt Military Hospital”)

ZRINYI, Flora Guilietta Pauline De Stourdza (Matron, Q.A.I.M.N.S. “valuable nursing services rendered” 16 August 1918)


Parkeston G.E.R. Hotel, Parkeston Railway Station, Parkeston Quay, Dovercourt. Courtesy/© Phil Cowley’s book ‘Harwich and Dovercourt in old picture postcards' & www.harwichanddovercourt.co.uk/

Parkeston G.E.R. Hotel, Parkeston Railway Station, Parkeston Quay, Dovercourt. Courtesy/© Phil Cowley’s book ‘Harwich and Dovercourt in old picture postcards’ & http://www.harwichanddovercourt.co.uk/


PROFILES

ADAMS, Miss Ellen Eliza (9.1.1917-9.2.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: 4 Orchard College, Springfield Lane, Weybridge;  AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 30; SERVICE FROM: 09/01/1917; SERVICE TO: 09/02/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/01/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/02/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mill: Hosp: Dovercourt; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Surrey 36.


ANNETT, Mrs. Isabel (20.11.1917-14.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Storekeeper. Head Clerk)

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ADDRESS: 65 Hurstbourne Road Forest Hill; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 40; SERVICE FROM: 20/11/1917; SERVICE TO: Present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Storekeeper; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 20/11/1917; RANK AT TERMINATION: Head Clerk; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving 14. 05.1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mil. Hosp. Dovercourt Essex; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: London 232.

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ADDRESS: 65 Hurstbourne Road, Forest Hill, S.E. 23; SERVICE FROM: 16/07/1917; SERVICE TO: still serving 06.07.1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 16/07/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 26/-; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving 06.07.19; PAY AT TERMINATION: 33/-; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Store keeping; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Continuous service Mil: Hosp: Dovercourt; COMMISSION: V.A.D. London 282 S.J.A.B.


BAILEY, Miss Florence Beatrice (9.7.1918-19.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Canadian)

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ADDRESS: 803 Cook St. Victoria B.C;  AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 33;  SERVICE FROM: 09/07/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O;  RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/07/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Serving 19-5-19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mil. Hosp: Dovercourt; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Victoria Cent: Nurs: Div.34.


BENT, Miss Mary (8.10.1917-16.11.1917. J.W. V.A.D.  Storekeeper)

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ADDRESS: 9 West Street, Sunnybrow, Wellington; COUNTY: Durham; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 33; SERVICE FROM: 06/10/1916; SERVICE TO: present 22/05/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Storekeeper; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 22/05/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dartford War Hospital Kent 6.10.16 to 6.7.17 Dovercourt Military Hospital Essex 8.10.17 to 16.11.17 40 Stationary Hospital France 16.12.17 to 18.4.18 No 37 U.S.A. Hospital Dartford 8.11.18 to 16.12.18 -transferred to War Hospital Guildford 16.12.18; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: London / 128.


BERRY, Miss Janet (11.7.1918-22.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D.  Storekeeper)

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ADDRESS: Bailey’s Hotel Glosher Rd SW; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 38; SERVICE FROM: 11/07/1918; SERVICE TO: still serving 22.5.19; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.S.6; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Storekeeper; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/07/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 22/05/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital Dovercourt. 11.7.18. 22.5.19; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: London 100.

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ADDRESS: 9 Windsor Avenue, Blackpool; SERVICE FROM: 11/07/1918; SERVICE TO: Still serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: VAD Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/07/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. Rate as Storekeeper; RANK AT TERMINATION: VAD Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Storekeeper; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Enrolled 8.7.18 Particulars of work 11.7.18 – Dovercourt Military Hospital; DEPARTMENT: B.R.C.S. V.A.D. L100: COMMISSION: London.


CANDY, Miss Ethel C. (3.10.1916-13.5.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Blagrave Farm, Abingdon;  COUNTY: Berks; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 25; SERVICE FROM: 03/10/1916; SERVICE TO: Present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 11.06.19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 3-10-16 to 13-5-17 Dovercourt Mil: Hosp 9-3-17 to 9-8-18 Southwark Mil: Hosp 8-10-18 to present Oxford 3rd South Gen; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Oxford /44.

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ADDRESS: Blagrove Farm, Abingdon; COUNTY: Berkshire; SERVICE FROM: 13/10/1916; SERVICE TO: April 1919 Still Nursing; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/10/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving April 1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £27; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dovercourt Hospital 7 months. Southwark Mil. Hosp. East Dulwich 14 months. Highwalls Headington now transferred Special Surgical Mil. Hosp. Headington, Oxford; DEPARTMENT: 44/Oxford S.J.A.B. 794; COMMISSION: Oxford 44; HONOURS AWARDED: Red stripe.


COOMBE, Miss Nellie Bertha (1.1.1916-3.1917. General Service. Storekeeper)

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ADDRESS: St Michaels Rd., Dovercourt; COUNTY: Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Storekeeper; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/01/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Paid; RANK AT TERMINATION: Storekeeper; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1917; PAY AT TERMINATION: Paid; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Storekeeper General Service Section, Military Hospital, Dovercourt; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Resigned to be married; COMMISSION: Essex.


DAVID, Mr. Thomas (7.8.1914-5.6.1915. General Hospital duties)

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ADDRESS: 30 Hawthorn Terrace, Dovercourt; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 07/08/1914; SERVICE TO: 05/06/1915; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sec Leader; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/08/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 4/- per day; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sec Leader; DATE OF TERMINATION: 05/06/1915; PAY AT TERMINATION: 4/- per day; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: General Hp. Duties; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No more information; COMMISSION: 33 / Essex.


DAVIE, Miss Judith Amy (9.6.1916-9.1.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Caldy Cottage, Caldy, West Kirby; COUNTY: Cheshire; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 25; SERVICE FROM: 09/06/1916; SERVICE TO: Present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: PTO; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/06/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 20-6-19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 9-6-1916 to 9-1-1918 Dovercourt Mil. Hosp 26-3-1918 to 14-4-1919 University War Hosp: Southampton Trans: 14-4-1919 to present. Hapsbury Mil. Hosp; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: W. Lancs/58.


EMERTON, Miss Frances Mary (9.6.1916-9.7.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Gilwern House, Pershore; COUNTY: Worcestershire; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 22; SERVICE FROM: 01/07/1915; SERVICE TO: 09/07/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/07/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/07/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1 Southern Gen Hsp 1.7.15. 1.2.16. Dovercourt 9.6.16. 9.7.18; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Worcs 14; HONOURS AWARDED: 2 Scarlet Efficiency Stripes.


GIBB, Miss Alice Mary (9.6.1916-9.1.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Heyscroft Altrincham; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 44; SERVICE FROM: 09/06/1916; SERVICE TO: 28/02/1919; HOSPITAL: Heyesleigh, Timperley, and annexe, Pickering Lodge, Timperley; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: PTO; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/06/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Without; DATE OF TERMINATION: 28/02/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 09.06.16 to 09.1.17 Dovercourt Mil: Hosp: 09.02.17 to 18.02.19 Timperley Aux Hosp: Heyesleigh; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Cheshire/26; HONOURS AWARDED: Commended 20.10.17.

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ADDRESS: Heyscroft, Hartley Rd, Altrincham; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 31/10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: No; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 28/02/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: No; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 7680; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Heyesleigh & Annexe Timperley. Went to Dovercourt. Gone 1916. Returned Janry. 1917; DEPARTMENT: Cheshire 26; COMMISSION: Cheshire Branch; HONOURS AWARDED: Mentioned in Despatches.


HUNT, Miss Florence Ada (14.5.1915=7-14.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Rose Cottage, Feltham Hill, Ashford; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 25; SERVICE FROM: 25/08/1915; SERVICE TO: 14/05/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/08/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 14/05/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Manchester 2nd West. Gen. Mil Hosp. 25.8.15 transfer Dovercourt 14.5.17 – 14.5.19; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: London 78.


JARVIS, Miss Marion (V.A.D. Head Cook)

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ADDRESS: 12 Parkfield Terrace, New Ferry; COUNTY: Cheshire; HOSPITAL: Abbotsford, Rock Ferry; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Head Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/07/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; RANK AT TERMINATION: Head Cook; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: Yes; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cook-General service; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: {Stamped} Red Cross Hospital, Abbotsford, Rock Ferry. Posted to 1st Southern Gen. Hosp. Birmingham Military Hospital, Dovercourt, Essex Military Hospital Kimmel Camp, Rhyl. Still serving here. Officers Convalescent Hosp, Osborne House Canadian Con. Hosp. Bexhill on Sea; DEPARTMENT: V.A.D. Cheshire 126; COMMISSION: Cheshire Branch.


KING, Miss Ruby (19.06.1918 – 19.01.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

Born 11 July 1889 Louth, Lincolnshire.  Daughter of Lincolnshire-born parents Tailor; Draper; & Jeweller Charles King and [Betsy] Maria (nee Baxter).

1891 Census:      14 Alexandra Road, Louth, Lincolnshire.

1901 Census:      38 Macauley Street, Gt. Grimsby.  With parents; 3 sisters; 1 brother; and a Boarder.

1911 Census:      4 Bridge St., Mansfield, Notts. Boarder.Photographic Asst. (Retoucher).

1918, 19 Jun:      21 Macauley Street, Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

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ADDRESS: 21 Macauley Street, Grimsby; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 28 11/12; SERVICE FROM: 19/06/1918; SERVICE TO: 03/08/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 19/06/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/08/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dovercourt, Essex. 19.06.18 – 19.01.19 2nd N.Gen. Hosp., Leeds. 01.02.19 – 03.08.19; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Lincoln 66.


LAYMAN, Miss Norah Aileen (20.7.1917-5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Dispenser)

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ADDRESS: 4 Dulwich Wood Park, Norwood, S.E; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 20; SERVICE FROM: 20/07/1917; SERVICE TO: 05/08/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Dispenser; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 20/07/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 05/08/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 20.07.1917 at Dovercourt – Mil. Hosp. Dovercourt. Essex. Trans – May 1919 Shoeburyness; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: London 12.

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ADDRESS: 4 Dulwich Wood Park, Norwood, S.E;  PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: No; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Dispenser; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 20/07/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Dispenser; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dovercourt Military Hospital Essex July 1917 to now (Jan 1919); COMMISSION: London 12; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 War Service bar.


MADDISON, Miss Ellen (11.10.1916-1.6.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

Born 1884 Hull, Yorkshire.  Daughter of Lincolnshire-born Lecturer Frederick Maddison and his Hull-born wife Jane Ann (nee Weatherill).

1891 Census:      47 Bernby Road, Cottingham, Yorks. With mother and 2 sisters, at home of a Weatherill uncle (cow keeper), aunt and two cousins.  Next door to Farmer Weatherill and family.

1901 Census:      12 Acris Street, Wandsworth, London.  With parents (father: Lecturer on Industrial Subjects); and two sisters.

1911 Census:      12 Acris Street, Wandsworth, London.  With parents (father: Secretary, International Arbitration League [a pacifist society]); and two sisters. Occupation: Student Teacher, Domestic Economy.

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ADDRESS: 34 Brentham Way, Ealing, W; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 31; SERVICE FROM: 11/10/1916; SERVICE TO: 21/01/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/10/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 21/01/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 11-10-16 – 1-6-18. Mil Hosp. Dovercourt. Trans 1-6-18 – 21-1-19. Mil Hosp. Millbank; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Kent N.D; HONOURS AWARDED: 2 Scarlet Stripes, 11-17 8-1-19.


MEYNELL, Mr. Joseph L. (6.1917-9.1917 & 2.1919-5.1919.  Captain R.A.M.C.)

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ADDRESS: Birch; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 06/1917; SERVICE TO: Still serving; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Dovercourt Mil. HP; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Lt. R.A.M.C; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Not Known; RANK AT TERMINATION: Capt R.A.M.C. Still Serving; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES:  M.O. duties in France; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: {Two periods of Service} From – 6.17 To – 9,17 & – 2.19 To Still serving {Date of Engagement} Additional date – 6-18 Capt R.A.M.C.; COMMISSION: R.A.M.C.


MORAN, Miss Gertrude Mary Aynsley (1.2.1919-1.3.1919. J.W. V.A.D.)  Born 1885.

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ADDRESS: Ashfield, Long Chuedo Road, Greystones, Ireland; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 21; SERVICE FROM: 24/09/1916; SERVICE TO: 01/03/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P. T. O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 24/09/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/03/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Magdelen Camp Winchester 24. 9. 16 Transferred to France (Military HP) 27. 3. 17 to 24. 4. 18 Dovercourt Military HP 1. 2. 19 to 1. 3. 19; DEPARTMENT: J. W. V. A. D; COMMISSION: Dublin/24.

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ADDRESS: Cahernorry Rectory, Limerick; SERVICE FROM: 25/09/1916; SERVICE TO: 01/04/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/09/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/04/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Yes; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time, Military Hosp; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Winchester Military Hosp., Sept 25th 1916 to March 27th 1917 3rd General Mil. Hosp., France, March 27th 1917 to April 24th 1918. Dovercourt Mil. Hosp. March 1st 1919 to April 1st 1919. BRITISH RED CROSS SOCIETY & ORDER OF St. JOHN (stamped) JOINT WAR COMMITTEE, LEINSTER, MUNSTER & CONNAUGHT; COMMISSION: 24 County Dublin.


MORROW, Miss Dorothy Mary (14.5.1919-14.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

Born 28 January 1889 Watford, Herts.  Baptised 10 March 1889 St. Andrew’s, Watford, Hertford.  Daughter of Newcastle-born Land Surveyor Thomas Redford Morrow and his Watford-born wife Annie Dorothy (nee ?)

1891 Census:      11 Church Road, Watford, Herts.  With father; boarder; visitor; and a servant.

1901 Census:      46 Fulford Street, Water Fulford, Yorks. With parents (Architect father “John R.”) and one servant.

1911 Census:      67 Withington Road, Manchester.  With parents and a servant.

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ADDRESS: 64 Withington Rd, Whally Range, Manchester; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 26; SERVICE FROM: 13/05/1915; SERVICE TO: Present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/05/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 23-9-19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 13-5-15 2nd Western Gen. Hosp. Manchester transferred 5-4-18 France transferred 14-5-19 Dovercourt Mil. Hosp. transferred 5-9-19 Connaught Hospital, Aldershot; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: East Lancs 6; HONOURS AWARDED: 2 scarlet efficiency stripes 11-4-14.


NICHOLLS, Miss Nancy (6.3.1918-?  J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

This could be Alice Martha Nicholls – nickname Nancy? Born 1888 Norwich, Norfolk.  Daughter of Norwich-born Timber Yard Labourer William and his Alysham-born wife H/Ellen.

1891 Census:      Surrey Grove, Conisford, Norwich.  With parents; 2 sisters; and 2 brothers.

1901 Census:      63 Portland Street, Norwich. With parents, 5 sisters; and 2 brothers.

1911 Census:      23 Cozens Rd, Carrow, Norwich.  With parents (father: Wood Yard Foreman at Mustard & Starch company J. J. Colmans, Carrow Works); 4 sisters including Ellen; and 2 brothers.

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ADDRESS: 23 Cozens Rd, Carrow, Norwich; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 29; SERVICE FROM: 06/03/1918; SERVICE TO: Present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/03/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving 24-9-19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dovercourt Mil: Hosp: Letter from Miss Nellie Nicholls states – No such person as Nancy at this address. Side 1: ’24-9-19.’ ‘cert returned not known over’; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: London /16.

N.B. Odd that a Nellie Nicholls states “No such person as Nancy at this address” because Nellie will be Ellen, a sister of the above and the address is correct!  Looks like Nancy is really Alice (correct age) – see 1911 census.


PRESTON, Miss Phyllis Mary (24.3.1919-30.7.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Christchurch Lodge Eaton Norwich; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 27; SERVICE FROM: 10/06/1916; SERVICE TO: 30/07/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/06/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: with; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/07/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 10.6.16 Mil: Hos: France Trans 24.3.19 30.7.19 Mil: Hos: Dovercourt; DEPARTMENT: J W V A D; COMMISSION: Norfolk 66; HONOURS AWARDED: 2 Scarlet Stripes 6.9.18.


SALMOND, Miss M. D. (Trained Assistant Nurse, Q.A.I.M.N.S. “valuable services rendered” 26.10.1917)

Friday 26 October 1917, 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:- … Salmond, Miss M. D., Asst. Nurse, Q.A.I.M.N.S., Mil. Hosp., Dovercourt. …”


SCOTT, Miss Julia Ellen (10.7.1918-10.2.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Langham, Blakeney; COUNTY: Norfolk; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 26; SERVICE FROM: 10/07/1918; SERVICE TO: 27/08/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/07/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: 27/08/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dovercourt Mil Hosp. Essex 10.7.18. 10.2.19 Bagthorpe Mil Hosp. Notts 20.2.19. 27.8.19; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Norfolk Res. 

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ADDRESS: Langham, Blakeney; COUNTY: Nfk; SERVICE FROM: 09/07/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/07/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: yes; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Military Hospital Dovercourt 20.2.19 Mil Hos Bagthorpe; COMMISSION: Norfolk Military.


SILBERRAND, Miss Phyllis (1916-1918. General Service V.A.D. Cook)

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ADDRESS: Sunnycroft, Buckhurst Hill; SERVICE FROM: 01/1916; SERVICE TO: 1918; HOSPITAL: Hanover House, Woodford Green; Ormonde House, Buckhurst Hill; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: About 600 hours in Dovercourt Military Hosp; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Gen. Serv. V.A.D. member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: No; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. member Gen. service; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: No; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cook; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time, About 560; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hanover House Hosp. Woodford Green & Ormonde House Hospital, Buckhurst Hill; COMMISSION: Essex.


SMITH, Mrs. Guilhermia Millena Winifred Dagmar (26.10.1917 – 31.5.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Head Dispenser)

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ADDRESS: Ardreddie, Wargrave, Berkshire; COUNTY: Berkshire; SERVICE FROM: 06/02/1917; SERVICE TO: Present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Head Dispenser; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/02/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving 22.10.19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 9th. East: Unit : Hospital: Harwick Trans 26.10.17 – 31.5.19 Mil: Hosp: Dovercourt 5.6.19 To Present No. 47 Gen. Hos. France; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Berks 58.


TAYLOR, Miss Ethel Lucy (9.1.1918-9.7.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: c/o J. G. Taylor Esq. 7 Wilkinson St, Albert Sq. Clapham; AGE WHEN ENGAGED:23; SERVICE FROM: 07/06/1918; SERVICE TO: 24.11.1918 died on active service; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/06/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 14.11.1918 died on active service; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 5th Northern General Leicester 07.06.1915 07.07.1916 Lewisham Mil. Hosp. 14.08.1916 14.09.1916 Dovercourt Mil. Hosp. 09.01.1918 09.07.1918 4th London General Denmark Hil 30.07.1918 24.11.1918; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: London 138.


VINER, Miss Mary Ann (25.5.1916-14.3.1919.  J.W. V.A.D. Clerk)

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ADDRESS: 100 Braybrooke Rd, Hastings; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 48; SERVICE FROM: 25/05/1916; SERVICE TO: Present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/05/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Clerk; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 25-5-16 Dovercourt Mil: Hosp: transferred 14-3-19 France; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Kent 120.


WALFORD, Miss Elizabeth (6.1916-6.1917.  Dispenser. Also worked at Colchester Military Hospital)

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ADDRESS: 235 Maldon Rd, Colchester; SERVICE FROM: 10/1915; SERVICE TO: Present Date; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Dispenser at Stoke on Trent War Hospital during April 1916 Dispenser at Dovercourt Mility. Hospital from June 1916 to July 1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Dispenser at Colchester Mility. Hosp; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/08/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 38/6 weekly; RANK AT TERMINATION: Dispenser at Colchester Mility. Hosp; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: £2.2.0 weekly; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Dispenser; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round; COMMISSION: Essex 44.


WEST, Miss Gertrude Mary (23.1.1917-23.2.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Col. Mil. Hosp.)

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ADDRESS: Melrose, Ingatestone; COUNTY: Kent; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 21; SERVICE FROM: 17/10/1916; SERVICE TO: 23/02/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P. T. O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 17/10/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 23/02/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 17. 10. 1916 – 08. 11. 1916 Military Hospital Colchester. 23. 01. 1917 – 23. 02. 1919 Military Hospital Dovercourt; DEPARTMENT: J. W. V. A. D; COMMISSION: Essex 102; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 Scarlet Effiency Stripe. 23. 2. 18.


WILSON, Miss Jean (Entry in the Royal Red Cross Register, for “Dovercourt Military Hospital”)


ZRINYI, Flora Guilietta Pauline De Stourdza  (Q.A.I.M.N.S. Matron)

Born 02 March 1870 Church Stretton, Shropshire.  Daughter of Assistant Municipal Overseer/Collector of Taxes/Accountant Arthur Edward De Zrinyi (Demetre Arthur Eduord De Stourdza-Zrinyi, born Moldova, Turkey/British Subject. Died 28 Feb. 1915) & his wife Fanny. 

1871 Census:      1 Raven Lane, Ludlow, Shropshire. “Flora Zrini “. Living with Farmer Grandfather Thomas Pitt, Grandmother, Aunt, Uncles and siblings.  10 months old.  Parents overseas?

1881 Census:      Church Stretton, Shropshire.  With parents and siblings. “Flora G. Zrinyi”.

1891 Census:      Venmore Farm, Weobley, Dilwyn, Herefordshire.   Occupation: Governess for Farmer G.L. Davies.

1901 Census:      Newark Hospital, Nottinghamshire.  Occupation: Hospital Sick Nurse. “Flora De Zrinyi)

1904, 09.08.:       Date appointed to Q.A.I.M.N.S. service as Staff Nurse. Posted to Woolwich.

1905, 15.08.:       Promoted to Sister.

1908, 15.02.:       Posted to Dublin.

1908, 30.09.:       Posted to India.  Trooping duty on “Plassy”.

1908, 20.11.:       Posted to Dublin.

1909, 15.09.:       Posted to Hong Kong.

1909, 23.10.:       Disembarked Hong Kong.

1911 Census:      “Military.China and Hong Kong.”  Barracks or Hospital Ship?  Occupation: Sister, Q.A.I.M.N.S.

1911, 16.11.:       Left Hong Kong for England. Hong Kong was considered as an “Unhealthy Climate” and service within such a posting was doubled when it came to superannuation.

1912, 25.01.:       Posted to Cosham.

1913:                     A dead/”necrosed” bone was removed Flora’s left ear.  Otitis Media (“inflammation of the middle ear”) and some deafness resulted.

1913, 08.13.:       Posted to Netley.

1914:                     A laparotomy (surgical procedure involving a large incision through the abdominal wall) was performed to drain gall bladder – due to Cholecystitis (gall bladder inflammation).

1915, 21.07.:     Posted to Dovercourt.

1916:                    In the 1916 Quarterly Army Lists, Flora’s name appears.

1918, 10.08.:       Mentioned for “valuable nursing services” in connection with the war.

Chelmsford Chronicle – Friday 16 August 1918 [sic]:

NURSES SERVICES RECOGNISED.  The names of the following ladies have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable nursing services rendered in connection with the war: … …  De Stourdza Zrinyi, Matron Miss F. G. P., Q.A.I.M.N.S., Military Hospital, Dovercourt;  …”

1919, 25.09:        Transferred to Military Hospital, Catterick Camp, Yorkshire “on completion of duties at Dovercourt”.

1920, 16.02.:       Notification in the Supplement to the London Gazette of Associate of the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class award:  “SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 16 FEBRUARY, 1920.  AWARDED THE ROYAL RED CROSS.  2nd Class. … … Miss Flora Giulietta Pauline de StourdzaZrinyi-, Sister, Q.A.I.M.N.S., Mily. Hpl., Catterick Camp, Yorks. … …”

1920, 17.03:        Ill.  Admitted to Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital (Millbank), London.  A laparotomy was performed for “adhesions” (result of 1914 procedure?) plus gall bladder and Appendix removed.

1920, 01.04.:       Resumed duties at Catterick Camp.

1920, 17.04.:       Duties transferred to the Military Hospital, Devonport, Devon.

1920, 27.09.:       Admitted again to Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital (Millbank), London.

1920, 25.11.:       Medical Board at Westminster.  Granted sick leave until 24.01.1921.

1921, 24.01.:       Ill.  Sick Leave recommended.  Granted sick leave until 23.03.1921.

1921, 05.04.:       Medical Board at Chester. “Recommended Sick Leave until 04 June 1921. “Recommended Indoor hospital treatment.”

1921, 07.06.:       Medical Board: “Found Permanently Unfit for further Military Service”.   Previous Otitis Media and Cholecystitis named & operations listed.   Officer’s Condition:- “Pain in region of scar and right hip, made worse by exercise.  Complains of giddiness & early fatigue, loss of strength & energy.”

1921, 29.06.:       Placed on “retired pay”. Total years’ service “18 yrs 360 days”. Service Pension £48 per annum + Disability Addition (30% “Attributable to Military Service”) £27 per annum.

1926, 07.06.:       Flora died at St. Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton.  Death registered Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

Flora G. P. de Stourdza Zrinyi Memorial Plaque: 

A memorial plaque, with Flora’s name upon it, once hung in the chapel at the Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital (Millbank).  The plaque commemorates matrons, sisters and nurses of the military nursing services.

When that hospital at Millbank was decommissioned, the plaque was moved to The Queen Elizabeth Military Hospital in Woolwich – when the Q.E.M.H. closed, the plaque was moved to The Aldershot Garrison Church 1989.   33 names appear on this memorial, with deaths ranging from 1924 to 1934.

Sister Flora : Millbank Memorial Plaque. Courtesy/© of Chris Buswell http://www.qaranc.co.uk/

Sister Flora : Millbank Memorial Plaque. Courtesy/© of Chris Buswell  http://www.qaranc.co.uk/


DOVERCOURT VOLUNTEERS WORKING ELSEWHERE

(including the local Working Party but not including other locations within 20 miles of Colchester):

CROSS, Mrs. A. (Local Working Party)

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ADDRESS: Roydon Hall, Ramsey, Dovercourt; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: working party member. part time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: no more information; COMMISSION: Essex.


DUNNINGHAM, Miss Dorothy Kate (J.W. V.A.D. Fulham Mil. Hosp. See also Military Hosp. Harwich)

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ADDRESS: 36 Cliff Road, Dovercourt; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 25; SERVICE FROM: 06/03/1916; SERVICE TO: 17/05/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 16/03/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 17/05/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: M.H. Fulham; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex 88; HONOURS AWARDED: 2 Scarlet Efficiency Stripes 6/3/18.


EATON, Mrs. (Local Working Party)

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ADDRESS: Seagull Cottages Wrabness. Dovercourt; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Working Party Member. part time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No more information; COMMISSION: Essex.


FISHER, Miss (Local Working Party)

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ADDRESS: Slipps Farm Wrabness Dovercourt; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Working party member; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No more information; COMMISSION: Essex.


INGRAM, Miss Dorothy (V.A.D. Casual Helper/Head Cook in 1st London General Hospital)

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ADDRESS: Gt. Oakley Rectory, Dovercourt; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Over; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: VAD; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1915; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Casual helper in Hospital; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 15 months in the 1st London General Hospital as a Head Cook; COMMISSION: Essex.


JEFFRIES, Miss Louie M. (J.W. V.A.D. Nurse.  Military Hospital, France)

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ADDRESS: Osborne House, Dovercourt; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 29; SERVICE FROM: 27/10/1916; SERVICE TO: 00/09/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 27/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 00/09/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mil Hosp France; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex 104; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 scarlet stripe 22-1-18.


JONES, Mr. Frank L. (7.9.1914-5.6.1915. Section Leader. General Hospital Duties)

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ADDRESS: 1 Chase Lane, Dovercourt; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 07/09/1914; SERVICE TO: 05/06/1915; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sec. Leader; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/08/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 4/- per diem; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sec. Leader; DATE OF TERMINATION: 05/06/1915; PAY AT TERMINATION: 4/- per diem; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: General HP duties; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No more information; COMMISSION: 33/Essex.


MATTHEWS, Miss Gladys May (Worked at Scottish Women’s Hospital, Salonika)

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ADDRESS: 44 Cliff Road, Dovercourt Bay; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 14/07/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: N.S; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/07/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: N.S; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hon. R. Coventry. Personnel; DEPARTMENT: Scot:Wom:Hos; COMMISSION: Salonika; CERTIFICATE NO: 17604.


MUTER, Mrs. S.E. (Home Worker, C. W. Rooms. British Red Cross & St. John certificates)

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ADDRESS: Erewhon. Dovercourt; COUNTY: Essex; CHARACTER: P.T.O; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Home Worker. C.W. Rooms; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 30/10/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Voluntary; DATE OF TERMINATION: 05/1917; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Estimate of No of Hours 585 ½; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No more information. Garments 61 Miscellaneous 24; DEPARTMENT: 2809; COMMISSION: C.W.R; HONOURS AWARDED: V.W. Badge – Certificate B.R.X. & S.J.


O’BRIEN , Peter (Motor Launch crew member)

ADDRESS: c/o Mrs S. Esketh, Dovercourt; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 28/09/1915; SERVICE TO: 02/03/1916; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Motor Launch; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member of Crew; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 28/09/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member of Crew; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/03/1916; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Member of Crew S.S. “Start Bay” – at Mudros & Alexandria Cert Retd forwarded to 12, Botany Cottages. Purfleet. 16/6/20; COMMISSION: Egygptian; CERTIFICATE NO: 6519.


RHODES, Miss Eva Maud (29.11.1915-17.05.1916. J.C. V.A.D. Trained Nurse/Sister)

Born 1884 Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex.  Daughter of Beddington(Surrey)-born Railway Clerk Alfred Rhodes and his Croydon-born wife

1891 Census:      9 Hordle Place, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex.  With parents and siblings.

1901 Census:      21 Market Street, Harwich, Essex.  General Domestic Servant for the Durrant family.

1911 Census:      Southwark Infirmary, East Dulwich Grove, London S E.   Infirmary Nurse.

1915, 29.11:        Nursing Sister at Broadwater Hospital, Ipswich.

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ADDRESS: 83 Pall Mall London; SERVICE FROM: 29/11/1915; SERVICE TO: 17/05/1916; HOSPITAL: Broadwater, Belstead Road, Ipswich; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sister; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 29/11/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: ?; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sister; DATE OF TERMINATION: 17/05/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: ?; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Sister at Broadwater Hospital, Ipswich; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; COMMISSION: Suffolk.

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ADDRESS: 7, Vine Terrace, Dovercourt; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 31; SERVICE FROM: 29/11/1915;

SERVICE TO: 13/07/1916; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: T.N; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 29/11/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 13/07/1916; DEPARTMENT: T.N.Dept; COMMISSION: T.N.Dept.

1916, 05.16:        Broadwater Hospital duties terminated.

1957:                     Possibly when Eva died … one Eva M. Rhodes’ death was registered in Ealing, Middx.


WARD, Mrs. A. J. H. (Vice-President Harwich District Division Essex Voluntary Aid Organisation)

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ADDRESS: The Gables, Dovercourt; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1919;RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Vice President; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Vice-President Harwich District Division Essex Voluntary Aid Organisation; COMMISSION: Essex.


WHITFIELD, Miss Elsie Mary (Worker at Nenagh War Hospital Supply Sub. Depot)

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ADDRESS: c/o Post Office, Dovercourt; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 12/1915; SERVICE TO: 09/1917; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Worker N.W.H.S. Sub. Depot; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 14 hrs 5 min; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Nenagh War Hospital Supply Sub. Depot. Miss Whitfield. British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John, Joint War Committee, Leinster, Munster and Connaught Permanent Address has “c/o Post Office, Nenagh, Tipperary” crossed through. written under Date of Termination “Left neighbourhood”. No of hours served appears to have been changed from “64 hrs” to “14 hrs” and “15 min” to “5 min”.


Postcard sent from Dovercourt in 1917. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.

Postcard sent from Dovercourt in 1917. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.


THE PERSON BELOW IS NOT LOCAL BUT SHE WORKED IN A REST CAMP IN DOVERCOURT:-

ROBINSON, Miss Irvina (V.A.D. Cook and Supervisor. Rest Camp, Dovercourt)

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ADDRESS: Castle St, Irvinestown; COUNTY: Co. Fermanagh; SERVICE FROM: 15/08/1916; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Head Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 15/08/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 45; PAY AT TERMINATION: 50; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Head cook & supervisor; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dartford Military Hospital Dartford Kent 5 weeks 25.9.16. Convalescent Camp Sutton Coldfield nr. Birmingham 5 weeks from 29.9.16. Hipswell Camp Cattrick Yorkshire 9 months May 7.17. Beccles Common Suffolk 5 months May 7.17 to 10.10.17 His Majesty Gunwharf Chatham Oct 17 to Jul 18.18 Connaught Barracks Dover Kent from July 18.18 to April 8.19 Die Rest Camp Dovercourt nr. Harwich Essex; COMMISSION: Belfast VAD Antrim 26; HONOURS AWARDED: Promotion.


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