IPSWICH: Gippeswyk Red Cross (Isolation) Hospital

GIPPESWYK RED CROSS (Isolation) HOSPITAL

Gippeswyke Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk

Gippeswyk Hall, Suffolk. Courtesy/© of Samuel Abelman.

Gippeswyk Hall, Suffolk. Courtesy/© of Samuel Abelman.

Gippeswyk Hall is a Grade II listed Tudor building, situated on the corner of Gippeswyk Avenue & Birkfield Drive in Ipswich.     It dates back to the early 17th century, with later additions.

Today, in 2016, it is the home of the ‘Red Rose Chain Film & Theatre Company’.  This independent theatre company was awarded £968,300 by The Heritage Lottery Fund in 2012, to transform and restore Gippeswyk Hall.   The transformation replaced a 1960’s annex with a “by a sustainable and environmentally-friendly building, which will provide a purpose-built space for community drama workshops, heritage events and performances” (East Anglian Daily Times 12 May 2012).

At the outbreak of WW1, Gippeswyk Hall became a Red Cross auxiliary hospital – perhaps affiliated to the General Military Hospital in Colchester, as many other nearby auxiliary establishments were.  It may have been linked to Broadwater Hospital or, at least, liaising because of some staff members being linked with both establishments.  The Hall was very close to the Ipswich Railway Station, which would have made the transporting of soldiers a very easy affair.

The Gippeswyk Red Cross (Isolation) Hospital, at Gippeswyk Hall, may have only been open a short time – 20 March 1915 to 4 July 1915 – because most people’s service was within those dates.   Commandant Mary Coulcher’s service is quoted as ending on 6 September but this may be because she was organising things, after closure (?).

Bury Free Press, Saturday 29 January 1916 [sic]:

“SUFFOLK RED CROSS SOCIETY. A MEETING OF THE GRAND COUNCIL.  REPORT OF AN EXCELLENT YEAR’S WORK.

Mr. J. Maitland Wilson (the County Director) presided at a meeting of the Grand Council of the Suffolk Branch of the British Red Cross Society held at the County Hall, Ipswich, on Friday afternoon. … The Red Cross Hospitals in the county have done splendid work during the past year, and have been conducted in a most efficient manner.  All the hospitals, with the exception of Lord Iveagh’s hospital at Elveden Hall and Lady Beatrice Pretyman’s convalescent home at Orwell Park, are now receiving Government grant, but the maintenance grant for Brettenham (Lady Leucha Warner) and Plumpton (Mrs. Austen) has only lately been applied for. The number of patients received in the different Red Cross hospitals and hospitals working in conjunction with the branch up to November 30th, 1915, is 7,229. … …”

Bury Free Press, Saturday 29 January 1916 [sic]:

“SUFFOLK RED CROSS SOCIETY.

… The Gippeswyk Hall Hospital was established at the request of the military authorities, and the medical officer of health, as an isolation hospital for measles, and the very small number of patients for long periods in the hospital accounts for the large cost per patient. …”


LIST OF PEOPLE KNOWN TO HAVE WORKED AT GIPPESWYK AUXILIARY HOSPITAL: a British Red Cross card exists for every person, a link is displayed at the individual’s profile [dates in () refer to ‘Gippeswyk’ service].

CLAYTON, Miss Beatrice Laura (23.3.1915-3.5.1915. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Broadwater Hospital, Ipswich)

COULCHER, Miss Mary Caroline O.B.E., C.B.E. (20.3.1915-6.9.1915. Commandant. Also worked at Broadwater Hospital, Ipswich.  Local Hon. Secretary of St. John Ambulance Association)

DRIVER, Miss Ellen (20.3.1915-11.6.1915. Matron)

EADES, Dr. Samuel Oliver (20.3.1915-11.6.1915. Medical Officer)

EASLEA, Miss Maud Lambert (10.7.1915-6.9.1915. V.A.D. Nurse)

FRANCIS, Miss Lilian (18.1.1915-3.7.1917. V.A.D. Nurse)

HAGGAR, Miss Lily (20.3.1915-2.5.1915. V.A.D. Nurse.  Also worked at Broadwater Hospital, Ips.)

JORDAN, Mrs. Annie (2.6.1915-4.7.1915. V.A.D. Nursing)

ROBERTSON, Mr. Herbert (26.3.1918-1.4.1919. Private engagement. Transporting wounded)

TOMLINSON, Miss Elsie (16.5.191529.5.1915. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Broadwater Hosp., Ips.)


PROFILES 

CLAYTON, Miss Beatrice Laura (23.3.1915-3.5.1915. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Broadwater Hospital, Ipswich)

Born March 1871 Ipswich. Daughter of Ipswich-born parents Edward Clayton (Gun Maker) and wife Laura (nee Singleton).

1871 Census:      10 Withipoll Street, Ipswich. 6 days old; with parents; and a nurse.

1881 Census:      Workmen’s Hall, ? House, West Barnwell, Cambridge. With parents and 1 servant.

1891 Census:      1a Norwich Road, Ipswich. With parents (father: Toy Shop Keeper).

1901 Census:      10 Palmerston Road, Ipswich. With parents (father: Undertaker’s Office Clerk).

1904, July:           Mother Laura died.

1911, 16 Mar:     Father Edward died.

1911 Census:      37 St. Helen’s Street, Ipswich. Visiting a Singleton cousin and his family.

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ADDRESS: Palmerston Road, Ipswich; SERVICE FROM: 23/03/1915; SERVICE TO: 12/02/1919;

HOSPITAL: Broadwater, Belstead Road, Ipswich ; VAD Hospital, Gippeswyke Hall, Ipswich; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 21/10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Voluntary; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/02/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Voluntary; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing, see over. Broadwater Hosp, Ipswich; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 2211 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 23.3.15 Gippeswyke Hosp., Ipswich, Suffolk 3.5.15; DEPARTMENT: Suffolk/24; COMMISSION: Suffolk.

1948, 1 July:        Beatrice Laura “of 5 The Driftway, Britannia-road, Ipswich” died.  Beatrice is buried with her parents in the Ipswich Cemetery (Old Municipal Section Q).


COULCHER, Miss Mary Caroline O.B.E., C.B.E. (20.3.1915-6.9.1915. Commandant. Also worked at Broadwater Hospital, Ipswich.  Local Hon. Secretary of St. John Ambulance Association)

Mary Caroline Coulcher. © Crown Copyright: IWM http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205380137?cat=photographs]MARY CAROLINE COULCHER. © IWM (WWC D217

Mary Caroline Coulcher. © Crown Copyright: IWM
http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205380137?cat=photographs%5DMARY CAROLINE COULCHER. © IWM (WWC D217

Born 1852 Rickinghall Superior, Suffolk.  Daughter of Lynn Regis, Norfolk-born Rector George Coulcher and his wife Gt. Yarmouth-born Jane Sarah (nee Hawlayne. Daughter of Admiral Charles S. J. Hawlayne).

1861 Census:      St. Margaret’s Church Rectory, Wattisfield, Suffolk. With parents; 1 brother; 1 visitor; and 3 servants.

1871 Census:      127 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. At the home of maternal Aunt Eliz. Mary Hawlayne (“Daughter of Late Admiral”); with “Rector’s Widow” mother; and 2 servants.   Mary’s father had died on 19 December 1863.

1880:                     Began acting as Hon. Local Secretary S.J.A.A. Ipswich Centre.

1881 Census:      127 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.  With widow mother (“Head”); and two servants.

1891 Census:      127 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.  With widow mother (“Head”); and two servants.

1901 Census:      Beechholme, Ipswich.  With widow mother (“Head”); visitor Margaret G. Brown (Hospital Nurse); and five servants.

1902:                     Lady of Grace Order of St. John Jerusalem

1904:                     Lady Supervisor, St. John Ambulance Brigade.

1911 Census:      Beechholme, Ipswich.  Living alone; with four servants.

1911:                     Coronation Medal.  Vice President of the British Red Cross.

1914:                     Service Medal St John Ambulance Brigade 1909, with Bar.

1915:                     Lady District Supervisor, St. John Ambulance Association.

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ADDRESS: Beechholme Ipswich; SERVICE FROM: 07/02/1911; SERVICE TO: Still serving; HOSPITAL: VAD Hospital, Gippeswyke Hall, Ipswich; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: See over; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/02/1911; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Voluntary; RANK AT TERMINATION: See over; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: Voluntary; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: See over; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lady District Superintendent S.J.A.B. No. 10 Eastern District Commandant Suffolk /22 ; Acting Commandant Suffolk/24 Hon Treasurer & Secretary Ipswich Centre St. J.A.A From 21/10/1914 to 12/02/1919 Commandant of Broadwater Hospital Ipswich From 20/03/1915 to 06/09/1915 Comdt Gippeswyck (Isolation) Hospital Ipswich; COMMISSION: Suffolk; HONOURS AWARDED: O.B.E. , C.B.E.

1918, Jany:          Order of the British Empire 4th Class.

1925, 15 Jun:      Mary Caroline “of Beecholmes Ipswich spinster died …”


DRIVER, Miss Ellen (20.3.1915-11.6.1915. Matron)

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ADDRESS: All Saints Lodge, 43 Bramford Lane, Ipswich; SERVICE FROM: 20/03/1915; SERVICE TO: 11/06/1915; HOSPITAL: VAD Hospital, Gippeswyke Hall, Ipswich; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Matron; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 20/03/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; RANK AT TERMINATION: Matron; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/06/1915; PAY AT TERMINATION: Yes; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Matron at Gippeswyck Hall, Ipswich; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; COMMISSION: Suffolk.


EADES, Dr. Samuel Oliver (20.3.1915-11.6.1915. Medical Officer)

Born 1954 Madras, India (British Subject). Son of Commiserate Officer Joseph Oliver.

1890:                     Medical Directory. Living at 10 Orwell-place, Ipswich. L.R.C.P. Edin. 1884; L.R.C.S. Edin. & L.M. 1884 (Madras and Edinburgh)

1891 Census:      58 Carr Street, Ipswich. Registered G.P. Single, with a housekeeper.

1892, 27 Jan:       Married Teresa Julia Mary Savage at St. Anne’s, Wandsworth.  Samuel living at 58 Carr Street, Ipswich on marriage certificate.

1901 Census:      22 St. Peter’s Street, Ipswich. Physician & Surgeon. With wife; one son; two daughters; a Governess; Cook; Housemaid; and Kitchenmaid.

1911 Census:      47 St Helens Street, Ipswich. Physician & Surgeon. With wife; one son; two daughters; and two servants.

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ADDRESS: 47, St. Helen’s Street, Ipswich; SERVICE FROM: 20/03/1915; SERVICE TO: 11/06/1915; HOSPITAL: VAD Hospital, Gippeswyke Hall, Ipswich; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: M.O; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 20/03/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: No; RANK AT TERMINATION: M.O; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/06/1915; PAY AT TERMINATION: No; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: M.O. at Gippeswyk Isolation Hospital, Ipswich; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time; COMMISSION: Suffolk.

1936, 18 June:    Samuel “of Heatherside Bucklesham-road, Ipswich” died.


EASLEA, Miss Maud Lambert (10.7.1915-6.9.1915. V.A.D. Nurse)

Born July 1889 Pakenham, Suffolk.  Daughter of Palgrave-Suffolk-born Arthur Lambert Easlea and his wife Bertha (born Walsham le Willows, Suffolk).

1891  Census:     Old Hall, Pakenham. With Paternal; Widower; Farmer Grandfather (Head); parents; and older sister Florence.

1901 Census:      Old Hall Farm, Pakenham. With Paternal; Widower; Farmer Grandfather (Head); parents; older sister Florence; an Easlea Gt. Aunt; and one servant.

1911 Census:      Old Hall Farm Cottage, Pakenham. With parents and one servant.

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ADDRESS: Olde Hall, Pakenham; SERVICE FROM: 13/12/1914; SERVICE TO: 14/11/1918; HOSPITAL: Ampton Hall, Bury St. Edmunds ; Red Cross Hospital, Northgate Street, Bury St. Edmunds ; Henham Hall Hospital ; VAD Hospital, Gippeswyke Hall, Ipswich; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/12/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Voluntary; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 14/11/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Voluntary; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing – see over; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: From 13.12.14 to 14.12.14 Northgate St. Red Cross Hosp:, Bury St. Edmunds From 10.7.15 to 6.9.15 Gippeswyk [Isolation] Hospital From 15.3.15 to 18.5.15 Northgate St. Red Cross Hosp:, Bury St. Edmunds From 14.9.15 to 12.10.15 Henham Hall Hospital From 7.5.16 to 15.6.16 Henham Hall Hospital From – .8.16 to 20.8.16 Northgate St. Red Cross Hosp:, Bury St. Edmunds From 3.3.17 to 14.11.18 Suffolk Hosp:, Ampton Hall, Bury St. Edmunds; COMMISSION: Suffolk; HONOURS AWARDED: 2 W.S. Bars. A.N.

1943, 10 Nov:     Maud Lambert Easlea “of 8 Fernville-lane Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire spinster died 10 November 1943 at West Hertfordshire Hospital”.


FRANCIS, Miss Lilian (18.1.1915-3.7.1917. V.A.D. Nurse)

Born  Bawdsey, Woodbridge, Suffolk.  Daughter of Irish-born H.M. Coastguard (Royal Navy) Leonard H. Francis and his Huntingdonshire-born wife Jane

1901 Census:      7 Bawdsey Street, Bawdsey, Suffolk. With mother (“wife of Night Watchman”); and older brother and sister.

1911 Census:      Bawdsey, Suffolk. With parents. Father “Pensioner R.N.”

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ADDRESS: Bawdsey, Woodbridge; SERVICE FROM: 18/01/1915; SERVICE TO: 03/07/1915; HOSPITAL: VAD Hospital, Gippeswyke Hall, Ipswich; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 18/01/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Voluntary; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/07/1915; PAY AT TERMINATION: Voluntary; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Gippeswyk (Isolation) Hospital, Ipswich; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 220 hours; COMMISSION: Suffolk 22 Suffolk.


HAGGAR, Miss Lily (20.3.1915-2.5.1915.  V.A.D. Nurse.  Also worked at Gippeswyke Hall)

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ADDRESS: 111, London Road, Ipswich; SERVICE FROM: 21/10/1914; SERVICE TO: 12/02/1919; HOSPITAL: Broadwater, Belstead Road, Ipswich ; VAD Hospital, Gippeswyke Hall, Ipswich; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 21/10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Voluntary; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/02/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Voluntary; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing – see over; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: from 21.10.1914 to 03.02.1915 Broadwater Hospital, Ipswich from 20.03.1915 to 02.05.1915 Gippeswyck [Isolation] Hospital from 28.05.1915 to 12.02.1919 Broadwater Hospital, Ipswich; COMMISSION: Suffolk; HONOURS AWARDED: 4 W.S. Bars. A.R.R.C. 1 Blue Stripe.


JORDAN, Mrs. Annie (nee Rockey) (2.6.1915-4.7.1915. V.A.D. Nursing)

Born 1861 Curridge, Berkshire.

c1880:   Married Henry P. Jordan.

1901 Census:      22 Bawdsey Street, Bawdsey. With Groom/Gardener husband; 2 daughters; 1 son; and a boarder.

1911 Census:      Bawdsey, Suffolk. With Coachman husband; 1 daughter; 2 sons; and a boarder.

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ADDRESS: Bawdsey Woodbridge; SERVICE FROM: 02/06/1915; SERVICE TO: 03/07/1915; HOSPITAL: VAD Hospital, Gippeswyke Hall, Ipswich; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/06/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Voluntary; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/07/1915; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at Gippeswyk [Isolation] Hospital, Ipswich; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; DEPARTMENT: Suffolk/24; COMMISSION: Suffolk.


ROBERTSON, Mr. Herbert (26.3.1918-1.4.1919. Private engagement. Transporting wounded)

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ADDRESS: 2 Gippeswyk Avenue Ipswich; SERVICE FROM: 26/03/1918; SERVICE TO: 01/04/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Prvt; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 26/03/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Prvt; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/04/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Transport of wounded at Ipswich; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 100; COMMISSION: Suffolk.


TOMLINSON, Miss Elsie (16.5.191529.5.1915. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Broadwater Hosp., Ips.)

Born 1894 Elsham, Lincolnshire.  Daughter of Lincolnshire-born Gamekeeper Thomas and his wife Nottinghamshire-born Elizabeth (nee

1901 Census:      Gamekeeper’s House, Manor Grounds, Bawdsey.

1911 Census:      Ferry Road, Bawdsey. With father (Gamekeeper) and mother.

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ADDRESS: Bawdsey, Woodbridge; SERVICE FROM: 16/05/1915; SERVICE TO: 14/12/1918; HOSPITAL: VAD Hospital, Gippeswyke Hall, Ipswich ; Broadwater, Belstead Road, Ipswich ; Red Cross Hospital, Finborough Hall, Stowmarket; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 16/05/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Voluntary; RANK AT TERMINATION: Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 14/12/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Voluntary; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing – see over; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 3580 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: From 16.5.15 to 29.5.15 Gippiswyk [Isolation] Hospital From 9.9.16 to 2.7.18 Broadwater Hosp:, Ipswich From 8.11.18 to 14.12.18 Finborough Red Cross Hosp: Stowmarket Side 1: ‘Suffolk/24.’; COMMISSION: Suffolk; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 W.S. Bar.

1920 2Q:               One Elsie Tomlinson married Alfred Fisher (Woodbridge Registration District)


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