KELVEDON & FEERING: War Efforts

KELVEDON & FEERING : WAR EFFORTS

Bacon’s Shop, Feering Hill, Kelvedon. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.

Bacon’s Shop, Feering Hill, Kelvedon. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.

There was no ‘Home’ Auxiliary Hospital at either Kelvedon or Feering but there is evidence of much war effort activity being carried out by the residents of the two villages during the First World War and it is deemed worthy enough to be documented here.

It would appear that most of the Hospital Trains, bound for Colchester, ran into St. Botolphs railway station.  Because that was/is a small station, the Hospital Trains were sometimes slow to disembark. Trains stopped at Witham and Kelvedon for breaks.  At Kelvedon, they were held in the goods yard at Kelvedon for an hour or two and the local Voluntary Aid Detachments or Depots would be telegraphed, from railway control, to give them the estimate time of arrival.

When the trains stopped, the ladies would provide tea and sandwiches etc. This seems to have been the case for many trains heading north on the line, heading for destinations such as Clacton; Harwich & Dovercourt; and Ipswich in Suffolk.

The nearest ‘Hospital’ to Kelvedon and Feering was at Witham, 4 miles away on the main railway line to London.  However, it is at the ‘Guisnes Court’ V.A.D. Hospital, in Tolleshunt D’Arcy, where three Kelvedon women have been found serving as V.A.D. nurses: Miss Violet Carter; Miss Agnes May; and Miss Eliza Evelyn May Polley.   

Additionally, Agnes May and Eliza Polley also served at Colchester’s Essex County Hospital, as did Kelvedon’s Miss Ada C. Lance and Miss Joan Dorothea Randolph-Symmons.  Joan also worked at the Gostwycke Hospital in Colchester – she took in eggs, which her community had donated.

Colchester was easily reached by train and, at the time, so was Tolleshunt D’Arcy – via the ‘Crab and Winkle’ light railway, which ran from Kelvedon to Tollesbury.

Feering’s Miss Katherine W. Curtis was another local girl to nurse – she served under the Joint War Committee, at a Military Hospital in France.  More on all these afore-named nurses can be found within the Voluntary Aid Detachment section.

It is predicted that, alas, there will be people missing from this chapter but perhaps they will surface in the future!?   It is hoped that this gives a small glimpse into how a small community of people, from all walks of life, rallied together when the country needed them.

After the transcriptions’ section, this chapter is divided into the following categories:-

Convent of Mercy/St. Dominic’s Convent Convalescent Home

Felix Hall Convalescent Home, Kelvedon

Kelvedon Voluntary Aid Detachment 

Work Parties: Kelvedon Work Party & Feering Work Party



August 1914, St. Mary’s Church Magazine [sic]:

Red Cross and S. John’s Ambulance.

Mrs. Moss of Threshelfords  has been in charge of Kelvedon for the County Penny Collection for the Red Cross and S. John’s Ambulance.  Her company were Mrs. Rhoades, Mrs. May, Miss Frere, Miss E. Cobbold, Miss Bussell, Miss Braddy, Miss Collins, Miss Nichols and Miss Cranmer.  The smallness of the amount asked for encouraged donors to give more; and the very helpful sum of £10 3s. 6d. has been the happy result.

The Children’s Flower Service too, added £1 16s. to the Red Cross and S. John’s Ambulance Fund.  The Treasurer when acknowledging this, sent special thanks.  Our beautiful flowers were conveyed the same afternoon to the delight of our friends in the Union House, and they have sent the children their thanks.  Every year we have been accustomed to remind them that we remember them sometimes.”  


Saturday 19 September 1914, Essex Newsman [sic]:

“WOUNDED AT CLACTON.  TROPHIES OF WAR.

A G.E.R. hospital train, containing over 100 wounded soldiers, arrived at Clacton at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday, and were conveyed to the Middlesex Hospital Convalescent Home, where accommodation has been provided for 150 beds.  A large crowd had collected outside the station a couple of hours before the train arrived, and the gallant heroes were greeted with rousing cheers as they left the station.  Most of the war-stained warriors were able to get out of the train unaided and walk or limp along to the waiting cars.  A few had to be carried, and there were five stretcher cases.  All were in excellent spirits.  Many had received their wounds at the battle of Mons, others had been wounded in more recent engagements. 

One of the heroes proudly showed a pistol which had belonged to a German officer, and another carried a German helmet.

Refreshments were served to the men on the platform by local Red Cross nurses, and a detachment of the R.A.M.C. from Colchester assisted in the removal of the more seriously injured cases.

On the way to Clacton the train stopped at Kelvedon, where the Red Cross detachment had got provisions cooked in readiness.  About 4.30 p.m. the train pulled up.  When the trained steamed into the station a large crowd was present on the platform.  Refreshments of all kinds were at once handed to the soldiers by the Red Cross nurses and they all seemed very grateful for what they received.  Several of the public received momentoes from the soldiers—bullets, and other things picked up on the battlefield, and it was noticed that one soldier was wearing a German coat, which it was stated he had got from the German who had wounded him.”


Saturday 07 November 1914, Essex Newsman [sic]: Relexions by Reflex. …

A good many people have thought, and still think, that some of the ladies who joined the V.A.D. of the British Red Cross Society have had in their minds the “swank” of the thing.  The report of the work of the Essex Branch, published in the ESSEX COUNTY CHRONICLE, ought to alter any view of that kind.  Generally, the ladies have done well, and realized the idea expressed by the poet:–“When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou.” 

And I am sure the wounded soldiers who have been passing through Witham and Kelvedon recently must have felt the truth of that.”


RED CROSS DETACHMENT.  ESSEX 24.  KELVEDON.

This detachment consists of 4 Officers and 23 Privates.

Commandant, Mrs. Carter.  Lady Superintendent, Mrs. Bodkin.

Quartermaster, Miss K. Curtis.

Medical Officer, A. M. Bodkin, Esq., L.R.C.P. (London), M.R.C.S.

COGGESHALL—Privates, Mrs. Beaumont (Trained Nurse),

Miss Caudwell, Miss Marshall, Mlle. Villard.

KELVEDON—Privates, Miss Carter, Mrs. Catt, Miss Collins (Trained Nurse),

Miss A. Lance, Miss May, Mrs. Nicholls, Miss Nicholls, Miss Page,

Miss Polley, Miss Siggers, Mrs. Turner.

TIPTREE—Privates, Viscountess De Kirckhove, Miss Bodkin,

Miss De Kirkhove, Miss Ransom.

RIVENHALL—Privates, Mrs. Bradhurst, Miss Bradhurst.

TOLLESHUNT D’ARCY—Privates, Miss Seabrook, Miss V. Smyth.

It is intended to establish a Hospital for wounded at Guisnes Court,

kindly lent by Mrs. Binny.

Miss Mabel Hunt, Feering, is a Nurse in the French base Hospital at Dunkirk.


Saturday 27 February 1915, Essex Newsman [sic]:

KELVEDON CARRIERS’ CENTENARY.

Messrs. Moore, the carriers, of Kelvedon, are still running, and running strongly. They move with the times, and now that the motor has a great extent superseded the quadruped they have gone in for motors in addition to their horses. Last Saturday marked the centenary of the formation of the business by the great grandfather of the three Moores who now carry it on. For many years the business has done the principal road carrying of goods between Chelmsford and Colchester. A hundred years is long period, and only on one day in that time have the well-known vans failed to run, and that was on the day following the great blizzard of Jan. 18, 1881. A column of interesting reminiscences of the road for the last hundred years appears in yesterday’s Essex County Chronicle.”


Wednesday 07 April 1915, Birmingham Daily Post [sic]:

“[From a Correspondent] The 5th and 6th Warwicks of the reserve battalions have left Northampton, and are now ensconced at Kelvedon, Coggleehall, and Tiptree. Old comrades of the first 6th and the 8th left before our arrival —left for the front to do their duty for Birmingham, King and country. Many of us had hoped to see friends before they left these shores, but the mandate was against us, and submissively we submit. Our concern is that are not immediately near them give such succour as may be needed. But it was cheering to hear the spirit in which the boys went away! Singing at voice top; happy, gloriously happy that the time had come when they could render account of their efficiency, when they could come to grips with an enemy whose subjugation they seek, that militarism may go under, and that nations may pursue with peace and love those natural developments that make for the general good of mankind.

And, still, there is the feeling side this picture. We had, for instance, in Kelvedon the rumour yesterday that 29 of these comrades had been killed in action, and that three times their number had been wounded. Whose mind would not out in such circumstances thinking, thinking, thinking! There was no band to play them off, only the music their own vocal organs supplied, and yet never was martial life more buoyant than in the circumstances in which these lads left. Hark; there may have been mouth organ! And who has ever met a battalion without one? There is a soothing effect in this; “The Little Gray Home in the West.” It echoes, re-echoes, inspires, cheers and fortifies. And since then may I say that our own country folk, the 7th and 8th Worcesters, and the 4th and 6th Gloucesters, have gone. They went from Maldon East, and thousand upon thousand of cheering friends gave them God-speed. They moved well. In Essex, where we are situated, we have not thousands: we have units. Yet in that “formation” there are strong sterling hearts. There is nothing in reason that a soldier lad wants that these good homely people will not provide. May I say, fervently, God bless Essex! It has trained from its bosom many of our best boys and yet its bowels are open to receive more. In hard and fast military life there is not time to write all. But it is nice to feel that there is a lovingness around you that grips you like home, that makes you feel happy when you are away from home, for believe me there is nothing like home after all. But in a crisis of this kind we must, like men, do our duty.”


Friday 22 October 1915, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

PERSONAL WAR NOTES. … Lieut. Harold Brett, Welsh Fusiliers, son of Mr Brett, schoolmaster, Kelvedon, has been wounded in tho thigh in France, and is now in a London hospital. … …”

Harold Brett. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

Harold Brett. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.


Friday 17 December 1915, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

LORD DERBY’S RECRUITING SCHEME. … … The parishes around Witham were visited in the last week for recruiting. Kelvedon yielded 80 Saturday night, in addition to 56 the previous Wednesday, and 40 on a former occasion. Tiptree, Totham, and Wickham Bishops also did well, but at Terling, Fairstead, and Hatfield Peverel the recruiting party are said have “found the business very slow.” … …”


February 1916, St. Mary’s Church Magazine [sic]:

“The Red Cross Working Party has been steadily accumulating useful garments and comforts for the Soldier and Sailors who are fighting in Europe and beyond the Mediterranean in the Near East.  Parcels have been despatched to Head Quarters, containing over 70 garments.  Now that we have come to the end of our financial resources, we have joined forces with Witham, which has money and material and a lack of workers.  So the Vicarage parties can go on regularly.  £17 10s. 4d. has been collected.

The Red Cross Society and S. John’s Ambulance were the objects to which our Alms on Jan. 2, were devoted.”


July 1916, St. Mary’s Church Magazine [sic]:

The Red Cross Society. 

The Red Cross Society in this district has been greatly helped by its Commandant (Mrs. Herbert Carter) arranging last month for a Garden Entertainment at Kelvedon House, at the invitation of Dr. and Mrs. Turner.  Unfortunately bad weather drove the company under cover.  Miss Harley was kind enough to bring her friends from Colchester, adding one more to other successful entertainments.  The North Somerset Yeomanry joined forces and ably assisted.  About £20 was taken.

A Soldiers’ Concert held a week later at S. Mary’s Hall (The Recreation Room), a collection was made for “Prisoners of War,” and £4 4s. 2d. was the gratifying result.”

N.B. ‘The Recreation Room’ was for exactly that purpose – recreation.  It was set up by women of the Parish, with a small amount of support from Kelvedon’s Parish Council – the latter consisting mostly of husbands of the ladies of the Red Cross.  ‘The Recreation Room’ provided men, stationed in the area, with a place to relax.


November 1916, St. Mary’s Church Magazine [sic]:

“The Red Cross Working Party is starting again; this season at the Poplars, to which Mrs. Barratt kindly invites the workers, 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 31st.  Our labours were of great service last season ; and those of us who cannot ply a needle or knitting pin are asked to give a donation for the purchase of materials.  Mrs. Rhoades and Mrs. Bussell are Collectors of money and materials.  During the summer, Kelvedon has not been standing idle; other charitable work for sick and wounded, and captives of war has been going on ; not forgetting the school children who have taken their full share in working for War Funds.”  


August 1917, St. Mary’s Church Magazine [sic]:

“Mrs. Bussell reports that the Red Cross Working Party may resume their labour of love, material for workers, long delayed, having arrived from Witham.  It is found that the upstairs room of the Parish Hall can be the place of meeting on Wednesdays, 2—4.30.”


August 1917, St. Mary’s Church Magazine [sic]:

“The Commandant of Gostwycke Red Cross Hospital, Colchester, wishes to thank all those who are so kindly sending eggs each week by Miss Randolph-Symmons.  Monday is her day for collecting contributions.”


November 1917, St. Mary’s Church Magazine:

Nov. 1917, St. Mary’s Church Magazine. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

Nov. 1917, St. Mary’s Church Magazine. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.


Red Cross ‘OurDay’ advert. Punch, 23 October 1918. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.

Red Cross ‘OurDay’ advert. Punch, 23 October 1918. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.

“IT’S ‘OUR DAY.’  WHAT MAY I PUT YOU DOWN FOR?”

(The British Red Cross Society is spending £60,000 a week on our sick and wounded and £40,000 a week on our prisoners.  Mr. Punch earnestly appeals to his generous friends to help him to send a really useful contribution to the fund of “Our Day.”  Cheques, which will be gratefully acknowledged, should be made payable to the Secretary, Punch Offices, crossed “London County and Westminster Bank.” Temple Bar, and addressed to 10, Bouverie Street, E.C.4.)”


October 1918, St. Mary’s Church Magazine [sic]:

“Our Day, Red Cross.

Mrs. Carter, Commandant V.A.D., is organizing a collection of old books, waster paper and rags, to come off near the end of the month, for the benefit of the sick and wounded at the Front.  Discrimination should be exercised, lest valuable papers of good books are lost.  Some account books and newspapers are useful for parochial history, and one special request is, that coloured rags may be kept apart from white.  No packing is required.  A cart will call round with sacks for the collection.

Perhaps the day will be October 25.”


February 1919, St. Mary’s Church Magazine [sic]:

OUR DAY.

“Mrs. Carter, of Gore House, arranged for a collection of rags, waste paper, and old books, to be turned into money for the Red Cross Society.  The Misses Cranmer organised the collection in Kelvedon.  Mr. J. O. Polley kindly providing a cart.  In Feering, others were at work.  That was on the 21st of October.  The loads were so good that the sale realised £19 16s.  Then on the 24th October, a Flag Day was held and another £14 4s. 6d. was raised. After deducting a small sum for Expenses, £33 8s. was sent to Mr. C. Hope, the Secretary for the Distribution.  Mrs. Carter wishes to thank all those who contributed to this very satisfactory result.”


29 October 1918

A German propaganda leaflet dropped on Kelvedon, 29 October 1918. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.

A German propaganda leaflet dropped on Kelvedon, 29 October 1918. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.



Convent of Mercy/St. Dominic’s Convent Convalescent Home

Local rumour has it that the Convent of Mercy (or St. Dominic’s Convent) Convalescent Home, on Church Street, took in First World War soldiers – however, to date, no evidence has been discovered that verifies this.

Convent & Roman Catholic Church, Kelvedon. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

Convent & Roman Catholic Church, Kelvedon. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

To the contrary, a book documenting the history of the Catholic Church Convent states: “During the 1914-18 war, Sisters of Mercy, this time from Harewood Ave, NW1, occupied the convent, which they had conducted as a convalescent home for 15-20 ladies and also as an inexpensive holiday home for business girls from London until 25th September 1919.”  This does not support the rumour of convalescing soldiers at the Convent but it is better to record the rumour than not.

If convalescing soldiers did find their way to the Kelvedon Convent perhaps they came via the local Witham and Tolleshunt D’Arcy Hospitals or Felix Hall (affiliated to the Charing Cross Hospital).



Felix Hall Convalescent Home, Kelvedon

Felix Hall, Kelvedon, Essex. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

Felix Hall, Kelvedon, Essex. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

An article, within Kelvedon’s St. Mary’s Parish Church magazine edition for January 1915 (under ‘Parish Notes’), is proof that the Felix Hall Convalescent Home took in wounded soldiers during the First World War [sic]:

“The Felix Hall Convalescent Home which was open six weeks last year served its purpose well.  It was to relieve Charing Cross Hospital, so more wounded Soldiers might be sent.  There were 90 contributions in money or kind, and grateful letters from patients assure the promoters of this enterprise, what a restful place it was to them, and how kindly they were nursed and ministered to.  The Convalescents made plenty of friends too.  Another happy thing is that £3 19s. 4d. remains unexpended, and it is agreed by all concerned that this sum be sent to the Belgian Relief Fund. 

The Order of S. John of Jerusalem (ambulance department), and the Red Cross society are acting in conjunction under the Presidency of Lord Rothschild, for the provision of medical aid to the wounded in the field of war.  Felix Hall Chapel has sent up an offertory or two for this purpose; and on the Day of Intercession, Jan. 3, Vicar and Churchwardens agree that there can be no better object for the offerings in Church.” 

‘Lost Hospitals of London’ http://ezitis.myzen.co.uk/charingcross.html states that, in 1914, five wards at the Charing Cross Hospital were given over to the War Office to treat wounded and sick soldiers – nursing staff was increased accordingly.  By the time 1916 arrived, half of the Hospital’s beds were allocated to military patients.

Obviously, places like the Felix Hall Convalescent Home took the pressure off the Charing Cross Hospital.

At that time, Felix Hall was a private home of Lieut. Colonel Harry Wrightson (born 29 October 1874) – he had married Agnes Helen Western on 22 May 1901, at St Stephen, Paddington. Lieut. Col. Wrightson served with the Essex Royal Army Service Corps.

No. 2 company Essex Motor Volunteer Corps had a camp at Felix Hall – Lieut. Col. Harry Wrightson commanded this Corps and he claimed that the Essex M.V.C. was the third largest in the country.

Concert, Felix Hall, Kelvedon. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

Concert, Felix Hall, Kelvedon. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

The book ‘Chelmsford in the Great War’ by Jonathan Swan describes the role of the Motor Volunteer Corps: The M.V.C. was part of the Volunteer Corps. ….  Owners of motor cars and lorries were able to volunteer themselves and their vehicles under the Motor Volunteer Corps scheme and the Automobile Association and the Royal Automobile Club provided many such members. 

From the outset of the war such men had offered their services in transporting people and supplies in support of the war effort, and in particular in the transfer of the wounded from the railway station to the various hospitals in the borough. …

Harry Wrightson died 29 January 1919 at 94 Ashley-gardens, Kensington, London – he is buried at Kelvedon’s St. Mary the Virgin Churchyard and Extension.



KELVEDON VOLUNTARY AID DETACHMENT : ESSEX 24

Kelvedon Voluntary Aid Detachment c1912. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

Kelvedon Voluntary Aid Detachment c1912. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

The members of the local Voluntary Aid Detachment and Work Parties/Depots offered refreshments to wounded and sick soldiers, when Hospital Trains stopped at the Kelvedon Railway Station.

ESSEX 24.  KELVEDON V.A.D. : 4 Officers and 23 Privates

Essex 24. Kelvedon V.A.D. c1915. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

Essex 24. Kelvedon V.A.D. c1915. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

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Members, in order of appearance within the above list

work in progress …

CARTER, Mrs. Florence Mary nee Weiss (Commandant of the Kelvedon V.A.D. /Essex 24. 8.1914-5.1915: “Refreshments for wounded at Kelvedon Station”. Ran the Feering Red Cross Work Depot/Party. 10.1916-2.1919: Feering Work Party. Also worked at the Witham Work Depot.  In the Kelvedon Red Cross Section photograph: middle row, 4th from left).

Born 1861 Regent’s Park, London (St. Pancras). Daughter of Brighton-born Surgical Instrument Manufacturer Frederic Foveanx Weiss and Fulham-born Mary Elizabeth (nee Roe).

1871 Census:      33 Chester Terrace, St. Pancras, Marylebone. With “Manufacturer” father; mother; two older brothers; and four servants.

1881 Census:      33 Chester Terr., St. Pancras, Marylebone. With “Retired Army Contractor” father; mother; one older brother; and three servants.

1890, 1 Jan:         Married Kenilworth, Warwickshire-born Herbert Carter at All Saints Church, Fulham.

1891 Census:      7 Church Row, Fulham. With “Leather Merchant” husband; and two servants.

1901 Census:      Gore House, Feering, Kelvedon, Essex. With husband “living on own means”; twins Alan* and Violet*; and daughter Ruth “7 months”; a Governess; and three servants.

1911 Census:      Gore House, Gorepit, Feering, Kelvedon. With “Retired Leather Merchant” husband; twins Alan and Violet; and daughter Ruth; and two servants, Lily and Daisy Cranmer.

1918, 25 Jun:      Son Alan killed over France.

1918, 3Q:             A Florence Mary Carter died in Camberwell, London.  She had been living at 16 Mount Adon Park, East Dulwich, London.

*Twins Alan and Violet: Violet can be found under ‘V.A.D. Nurses’. Alan was killed on 25 June 1918, whilst serving in the 8th Squadron of the Royal Air Force.  Find Alan’s details here: http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2913618/CARTER,%20ALAN. Alan is buried at St. Riquier British Cemetery, Somme in France – he was, reportedly, one of the pilots who shot down Baron van Richthofen, the Red Baron.

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ADDRESS: Gore House, Kelvedon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: Present date; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Refreshments for wounded at Kelvedon Station 1914. May 1915 & Feering Work Party from Oct 1916 to Feb 1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Commandant; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/1910; DATE OF TERMINATION: Present date; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Arranging nurses for Guisnes Court closed Dec 1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No reply to query Re “Whether full or part time”; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Proficiency Badge.


BODKIN, Mrs. Marian Ethel nee Dudding (Lady Superintendent of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24)  No Service Card found.

Born 1881 3Q Ewerby, Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Daughter of Saxby, Lincolnshire-born Estate Agent Frederick Walter Dudding and his Halifax, Yorkshire-born wife Fanny (nee Haigh).

1891 Census:      Baylham House, Coddenham, Suffolk. With parents; an older sister and brother; a younger sister and brother; a Visitor; a Governess; and two servants.

1901 Census:      Baylham House, Coddenham, Suffolk. With parents; an older sister and brother; a younger sister; and two servants.

1910, 25 Jun:     Qualified as a Midwife? On the Midwives Roll for 1915 and 1920)

1911 Census:      Gravesend Hospital, Bath Street, Gravesend, Kent. Hospital Ward Sister.

1912, 15 Feb:      Married Arthur Malcolm Bodkin, B.A., at St Saviour, Southwark, London.

1913, April:        Birth of son William M. Bodkin. Maldon District, ?Tiptree.

1914, Kelly’s:      Trevallyn, Tiptree [Trevelyn House, Tiptree].

1914, July:         Birth of son Basil F. Bodkin. Maldon District, ?Tiptree.

1915, 23 Jun:     Husband Arthur Malcolm Bodkin, M.D. “of Trevelyn House Tiptree Essex” died.


CURTIS, Miss Katharine Wake (Quartermaster  of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24. 12.10.1915-12.5.1916. J.W. V.A.D. at a Military Hospital in France)

Born January 1880 Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire.  Baptised 30 January 1881 Wheathampstead. Daughter of Colchester-born Clergyman Arthur Francis Curtis (M.A. Cambridge) and his Bures St. Mary, Suffolk-born wife Fanny (nee Symmons).

1881 Census:      Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire.  “3 months old”; with “Curate” father; mother; older sister Alice; a nurse; and one servant.

1891 Census:      The Vicarage, Witham Road, White Notley. With parents; older sister Alice Muriel; maternal widowed Aunt Catherine; and two servants.

1901 Census:      The Vicarage, Witham Road, White Notley. With parents; older sister Alice; two maternal widowed Aunts (Harriet and Catherine); and three servants.

1911 Census:      Feering Vicarage, Feering, Kelvedon.  With parents; older sister Alice; a maternal widowed Aunt Catherine; and two servants.

1951, 30 May:    Katharine Wake Curtis “of Dunsfold Bell Hill Petersfield Hampshire spinster” died at The Hospital, Petersfield.

Katharine received the British War Medal; the Victory Medal; and the 1914/15 Star Medal for her WW1 service.

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ADDRESS: Feering Vicarage, Kelvedon, Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 34; SERVICE FROM: 12/10/1915; SERVICE TO: 12/05/1916; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/10/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/05/1916; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mil Hos. France; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex 24.


BODKIN, Arthur Malcolm, B.A. Camb., M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P. Lond. Physician & Surgeon (Medical Officer of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24. British Citizen) No Service Card found.

Born 1885 Cape Town, South Africa (British Subject). Son of London-born Professor Alfred Arthur Bodkin and his Maidstone, Kent-born wife Ada Marie (nee Shaw).  Father’s profile: Mathematics, Kings College, Cambridge; B.A. 1869; M.A. 1874; 1881-1902. From c1881-1902: Vice-Principal; Lecturer; and Professor of mathematics at Diocesam College (“Bishops”) in Rondebosch, Cape Town. Also a serious plant collector: http://www.s2a3.org.za/bio/Biograph_final.php?serial=273 gives more information about Arthur Malcolm’s father.

1891 Census:      In South Africa, with parents.

1898, 1 Nov:       Sister Ellen Gertrude born in Cape Town, South Africa.

1901 Census:      Haileybury College, Hertfordshire. Pupil.

1911 Census:      60 Erlanger Road, New Cross, London S.E. “Malcolm”. “Boarder”.  Medical Student at Guy’s Hospital.

1912, 15 Feb:      Married Marian Ethel Dudding, at St Saviour, Southwark, London.

1913, April:        Birth of son William M. Bodkin. Maldon District, ?Tiptree.

1914:                  Kelly’s Directory entry for Tiptree: “Bodkin, Arthur Malcolm B.A. Camb., M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P. Lond. physician & surgeon (firm, Turner & Bodkin) Trevallyn”.  Under ‘Private Resident’ and ‘Commercial’.

1914, July:          Birth of son Basil F. Bodkin. Maldon District, ?Tiptree.

1915, 23 Jun:      Arthur Malcolm Bodkin, M.D. “of Trevelyn House Tiptree Essex” died.


BEAUMONT, Mrs. Amy nee ? (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24.  1914-1915. Trained Nurse. Refreshments for wounded in trains/Entertainments. Collections for Red Cross ‘Our Day’ fundraising events. Lived at Coggeshall)

Born c1858 Northampton, Northamptonshire.

1861/71/81 Census: ?

c1882:                   Married Witham-born Solicitor George Frederick Beaumont.

1891 Census:      Church Street, Coggeshall, Essex. With husband; widowed mother-in-law; two brother-in-laws; one sister-in-law; two sons; one daughter; and four servants.

1901 Census:      Fauconberg, Cheltenham, Glos. Visiting Widow Elizabeth Phillips; plus four servants of the household.

1911 Census:      The Lawn, Church Street, Coggeshall, Essex. With husband; two daughters; two sons; a Visitor; a Cook; a Nurse; and two Maids.

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ADDRESS: The Lawn House, Coggeshall; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Entertainments for wounded. collections Our Day. refreshments for wounded in trains 1914-1915 at Kelvedon; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No more information; COMMISSION: Essex.


CAUDWELL, Miss Phyllis (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24.  19.7.1915-26.3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse at Theydon Towers Hospital, Theydon Bois; 1st. Southern Gen. Hospital; 1st S. African Gen. Hospital; and 54th General Hospital. B.E.F.  Lived at Coggeshall)

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ADDRESS: The Cedars, Coggeshall; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 19/07/1915; SERVICE TO: 26/03/1919; HOSPITAL: Theydon Towers Hospital, Theydon Bois; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: A fortnight in May 1915 at Theydon Towers V.A.D. Hp; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Nursing member (Military); DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 19/07/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £24; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. Nursing member (military); DATE OF TERMINATION: 26/03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at: 1st Southern gen. Hp., 1st S. African Gen Hp, B.E.F., 54th General Hospital B.E.F; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole (8 1/2 hours per day. 11 1/2 per night); ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 19.07.1915 to 19.02.1917 at 1st. Southern Gen., Hospital 16.04.1917 to 31.03.1918 at 1st S. African Gen. Hospital. B.E.F. 01.04.1918 to 26.03.1919 at 54th General Hospital. B.E.F; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red Proficiency & White Efficiency Stripes.


MARSHALL, Miss Mary Elizabeth (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex. 6.1915-9.1917 at Guisnes Court V.A.D. Hospital, Tolleshunt D;Arcy. 24. 8.10.1917 to 8.11.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse at Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital, The Old Place, Lincoln)

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ADDRESS: Bridge Street, Coggeshall; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 06/1915; SERVICE TO: Present day; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Guisnes Court Auxiliary Hospital June 1915 to Sep. 1917 part time 2340 hours; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: Present day; PAY AT TERMINATION: £15; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D Nursing Hylands Chelmsford; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; COMMISSION: Essex.

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ADDRESS: Bridge Street, Coggeshall; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 31; SERVICE FROM: 08/10/1917; SERVICE TO: 08/11/1917; HOSPITAL: Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital, The Old Place, Lincoln; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/10/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 08/11/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 8.10.17 to 8.11.17 4th N.S.H. Lincoln; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex : 24.

Mary’s mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Marshall, served as a Member of Coggeshall Work Parties during the First World War and it is appropriate to record her here, under Mary’s profile:

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ADDRESS: Bridge Street, Coggeshall; SERVICE FROM: 08/1915; SERVICE TO: 11/1918; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Coggeshall Work Parties; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 108 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No Registered Number for Working Party; COMMISSION: Essex.


VALLARD, Mademoiselle Emélie (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24.  8.1915-11.1918. Member of Coggeshall Work parties)

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ADDRESS: The Abbey Mill House, Little Coggeshall;  SERVICE FROM: 08/1915; SERVICE TO: 11/1918; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Coggeshall Work parties; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 80 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No Registered Number for Working Party. Helped in waste paper collection and in Red Cross Sales in Aug/17 + Sept/18. Gave much time + labour to all these; COMMISSION: Essex.


CARTER, Miss Violet (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24.  1917-1918. V.A.D. Nurse.  Worked at the ‘Guisnes Court’ V.A.D. Hospital, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, and Hylands.  Also worked at a Working Party – Feering, with mother Florence?)

Born 1893 Fulham, London. Daughter of Kenilworth, Warwickshire-born Leather Merchant Herbert Carter and his St. Pancras-born wife Florence Mary* [nee Weiss] *Ran Feering Work Depot/Party).

1901 Census:      Gore House, Feering, Kelvedon, Essex. With parents; twin brother Alan*; and baby sister Ruth “7 months”; a Governess; and three servants.

1911 Census:      Gore House, Gorepit, Feering, Kelvedon. With “Retired Leather Merchant” father; mother; twin brother Alan; sister Ruth; and two servants, Lily and Daisy Cranmer.

1918, 25 Jun:      Twin brother Alan killed over France.

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ADDRESS: Gore House Kelvedon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 28/06/1915; SERVICE TO: 30/11/1917; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: working party 1917 to 1918 Guisnes Court Aux Hosp: June 1915 to June 1917 part time 2340 hours; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 15/06/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/11/1917; PAY AT TERMINATION: £15 per annum; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Nursing Hylands Chelmsford; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: June 28th 1915 to June 30th 1917 Part time 2340 hours No more information Re name & if Reg No of W. P. v Total number of hrs; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Proficiency Badge for Nursing.


CATT, Mrs. Laura Louisa nee Darby (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24. 28.2.1917-12.2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

Born 1Q 1872 Pleshey, Essex. Daughter of Little Waltham, Essex-born Farmer & Mechanical Engineer Thomas Churchman Darby & his Stanford Rivers, Essex-born wife Elizabeth.  Father Thomas invented the Darby Steam Digger at his Lodge Farm, Pleshey.

1881 Census:      Little Waltham, Essex. Staying with grandparents John (Farmer) and Sarah Darby; George Darby; and one servant.

1891 Census:      Lodge Farm, Pleshey, Essex. With parents and two younger brothers.

1901 Census:      The Cottage, Battlesbridge, Rettendon, Essex.  With “Inventor of Darby’s Digger” father; mother; two older Mechanical Engineer brothers; Assistant Mechanical Engineer “James H. Cutt” born Ipswich; and a “House Boy”.

1904, 1Q:             Married Ipswich-born Samuel Henry Catt. (Chelmsford District)

1911 Census:      Hill House, Hill Farm, Feering, Kelvedon. With Farm Steward husband.

1954, 21 Jan:       Laura Louise Catt “of Mosscroft Feering” died. Husband had died 4 July 1953.

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ADDRESS: Church Farm, Feering, Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 02/1917; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Kelvedon Working Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 130 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Attended Regularly Feering Work Party Reg. No. 4599 28th Feb 1917 to 12th Feb 1919; COMMISSION: Essex.


COLLINS, Miss (Trained Nurse. Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24. Trained Nurse) No Service Card found.  Miss Collins in the Kelvedon Voluntary Aid Detachment c1912 photograph above.


LANCE, Miss Ada Cecilia (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24.  13.9.1914-1919+ V.A.D. Nurse at Essex County Hospital plus Metropolitan Hospital, Kingsland Rd., Hackney. In the Kelvedon Red Cross Section photograph above: middle row, 4th from right).

ADA C. LANCE. LtoR: Ada with parents; Ada painted by Amy Durell; Ada at ‘The Red House’, Kelvedon. Courtesy/© of Christopher Lance and Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

ADA C. LANCE. LtoR: Ada with parents; Ada painted by Amy Durell; Ada at ‘The Red House’, Kelvedon.
Courtesy/© of Christopher Lance and Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

Born 1866 New Brighton, Merseyside, Cheshire. Baptised 30 December 1866 Ventnor, Hampshire. Daughter of London-born Cotton Broker; Merchant George Edmund Lance and his Sherfield, Hampshire-born wife Maria Cecilia (nee Tomlinson).  Ada Lance appears in the Kelvedon Voluntary Aid Detachment c1912 photograph above.

1871 Census:      117 Bedford Street S, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool. With parents; maternal Aunt Edith; and three servants.

1881 Census:      8 Osnaburgh Terrace, Regent’s Park, London. With Widowed Lance Grandmother Sarah (“Head”); Aunt Eliza Lance; father; and two servants of the household.

1891 Census:      8 Osnaburgh Terrace, Regent’s Park, London. With parents and two servants.

1901 Census:      The Red House, Kelvedon. With widowed mother and one servant.

1911 Census:      The Red House, Kelvedon. With widowed mother and one servant.

1954, 4 Oct:         Ada Cecilia Lance “of The Chaseway Kelvedon Essex spinster” died.

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ADDRESS: The Red House Kelvedon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 13/09/1914; SERVICE TO: Present day; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: At Military Section of Metropolitan Hospital Kingsland Rd; Essex County Hospital; at Private Hosp; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/09/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: present day; PAY AT TERMINATION: None; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Nurse weekends & odd days; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 639 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Query list re “Place or Places: returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: St J.A.A. Medal and Label; Proficiency Red X Medals 1st Aid & Nursing. Passed 7 examinations.


MAY, Miss Agnes Eleanor (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24.  6.1915-Sept 1918. V.A.D. Nurse. Worked at the ‘Guisnes Court’ V.A.D. Hospital, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, and the Essex County Hospital, Colchester.  In the Kelvedon Red Cross Section photograph above: middle row, 5th from right).  Agnes May appears in the Kelvedon Voluntary Aid Detachment c1912 photograph above.

Born 1873 Birch, Essex.  Baptised 30 November 1873 Birch, Essex. Daughter of Stisted, Essex born Farmer George May and his Heybridge, Essex-born wife Emma Jane.

1881 Census:      Gate Farm, Birch, Essex. With parents; two sisters; three brothers; and two servants.

1891 Census:      46 Clarendon Road, Lewisham. “Scholar” at a Private School.

1901 Census:      Bridge House, Kelvedon, Essex. With widowed mother; three sisters; and 2 servants.

1911 Census:      Bridge House, Kelvedon, Essex. With widowed mother and two servants.

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ADDRESS: Bridge House, Kelvedon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 00/06/1915; SERVICE TO: 00/09/1918; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 00/06/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 00/09/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Nursing at Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part-time, 3444 hours; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Proficiency Badge.


NICHOLS, Mrs. [Florence] Amy nee Turner (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24.  20.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon & Feering Working Parties)

Born 31 August 1872 Hoxton, Middlesex. Baptised 17 Sept. 1875 Hoxton St Saviour, London (with brother Charles Henry, born 24 November 1869.  Daughter of Coggeshall-born Builder and Carpenter Henry Turner and his Henley-on-Thames-born wife Eliza (nee Davis).

1901 Census:      ?

1904, 3 Feb:        Married Kelvedon-born Solicitor’s Clerk Francis Henry Richard Nichols at St. Botolph without Bishopsgate, London.

1911 Census:      Alverstone House, Feering, Kelvedon, Essex. With E.C.C. clerk husband.

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ADDRESS: Alverstone House, Feering, Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 10/1916; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Working party (Kelvedon); WHOLE OR PART TIME: 200 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Attended regularly. Feering Work Party, Reg. No. 4599, 20th Oct. 1916 to 12th Feb. 1919; COMMISSION: Essex.


NICHOLS, Miss? = Eva or Olive? (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24). No Service Card found.  These two sisters and their father John appear in the Kelvedon Voluntary Aid Detachment c1912 photograph above.  They were daughters of Kelvedon-born parents Farm Steward John Henry Nichols and Laura Caroline (nee Moore).

 “Eva” aka Mary Draxy aka Evelyn Mary Draxy (Born 15 January 1891 Kelvedon).

Olive” aka Beatrice Olive aka Beatrice Olive (Born 7 November 1892 Kelvedon).

1891 Census:      Monks Farm, Kelvedon, Essex. Parents, with 2 months old daughter Mary D.; plus one servant Gertrude P. Alston.

1901 Census:      Park Farm, Kelvedon, Essex.  Both sisters with “Farmer” father; mother;               younger sister Marjorie (10 months old); and India-born servant Gertrude M. Bicknell.

1911 Census:      Park Farm, Kelvedon, Essex.  Both sisters with “Farmer” father; mother;               younger brother; and one Rivenhall-born servant Daisy Parmenter.

1918, 1Q:             Father John Henry died.

1920, 1Q:             Evelyn M. D. Nichols married John William De’Ath and Beatrice O. Nichols married John Hodge … Braintree District ?Kelvedon? … a double wedding?

1942, 10 Apr:      Mother Laura Caroline “of The Elms Ulting near Maldon Essex” died.  Probate to “Evelyn Mary Draxy De’Ath (wife of John William De’Ath) Beatrice Olive Hodge (wife of John Hodge) and the said John Hodge farmer.”

1981, 18 Dec:      Beatrice Olive Hodge “of Westcombe Kelvedon Road Wickham Bishops Essex”  died.

1983, 19 Nov:     Evelyn Mary Draxy De’Ath “of Westcombe Kelvedon Road Wickham Bishops Essex” died.


PAGE, Miss Martha (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24). No Service Card found.


POLLEY, Miss Eliza Evaline May (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24.  9.1914-14.1.1919+ V.A.D. Nurse. Worked at ‘Guisnes Court’ V.A.D. Hospital, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, and the Essex County Hospital, Colchester. Plus “feeding wounded on transit” in 1914 – ?at Kelvedon?  N.B. Evaline became Evelyn. Surname found being spelt “Polly”)

Born 1874 Kelvedon, Essex.  Daughter of Kelvedon-born Seed Grower & “Painter, Plumber & Glazier” Joseph Ottewell Polley and his wife Coggeshall-born Eliza (nee Lawrence).

1881 Census:      High Street, Kelvedon. With parents; older brother Joseph O.; two younger sisters; and one servant.

1891 Census:      High Street, Kelvedon. With parents and three younger sisters.

1901 Census:      High Street, Kelvedon. With parents; two sisters; & a cousin Peninnah Thorn Polley.

1911 Census:      Ewell Hall, Kelvedon. Living with brother Joseph O. (“Head”) plus his wife; his son Joseph O.; widowed mother-in-law; and one servant.

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ADDRESS: Ewell Hall, Kelvedon; COUNTY: SERVICE FROM: 06/1915; SERVICE TO: present date; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: County Hospital Colchester whole time RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: Present day; PAY AT TERMINATION: £20; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. nursing at Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt Darcy; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time for 3240 anlly; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Proficiency Badge.

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ADDRESS: Ewell Hall, Kelvedon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 09/1914; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: None; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: 1914 feeding wounded on transit. 19/15 Nursing Aux B. till 22/12/18. and Aux. Hosp. 14/1/19 still working; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 1914-1916 / Whole time since then. 11210 hours; COMMISSION: Essex.

22 August 1919, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

NURSING SERVICE MENTIONS

The names of the undermentioned have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War by the Chairman of the Joint War Committee of the British Red Cross Society for valuable nursing services rendered in connection with the war:-  … Polley, Nurse Miss M., V.A.D., Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; …”


SIGGERS, Miss Alice (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24. 6.1915-6.1917. V.A.D. Nurse at Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy)

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ADDRESS: Everline, 108 Hoppers Road, Winchmore Hill, N. 21; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 00/06/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 00/06/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Nursing Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1170 hours; COMMISSION: Essex.


TURNER, Mrs. Ann (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24). No Service Card found.


DE KERCKHOVE, Viscountess (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24, Tiptree). No Service Card found.

1914:                     The Grove, Tiptree, Essex. Private Resident, listed in Kelly’s Directory.


BODKIN, Miss (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24) – probably relative of Lady Superintendent  Mrs. Marian Ethel Bodkin’s husband but not a daughter). No Service Card found.


DE KERCKHOVE, Miss (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24, Tiptree). No Service Card found.


RANSOM, Miss Mary (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24.  6.1915-12.1918. V.A.D. Nurse at Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’arcy)

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ADDRESS: The Cottage Tiptree; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 06/1915; SERVICE TO: 12/1918; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Nursing Guisnes Court Tolleshunt D’arcy; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 2340 hours part time; COMMISSION: Essex.


BRADHURST, Mrs. Minna Evangeline nee Page-Wood (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24)

Born 1865 3Q Scrips, Kelvedon, Essex. Daughter of J.P. Charles Page Wood and his Wethersfield, Essex-born wife Minna (nee White). Lived at Rivenhall. No Service Card found.

1871 Census:      Scrips, Kelvedon, Essex. With parents; a younger brother; and three servants.

1881 Census:      ?

1891 Census:      Wakes Hall, Wakes Colne, Essex. With parents; a younger brother; Visitor (Farmer); and three servants.

1893, 24 Jun:      Married Manhattan, New York, USA-born Augustus Maunsell Bradhurst at Wakes Colne, Essex. From a Colonial Family of the U.S.A.

1901 Census:      ?

1911 Census:      Rivenhall Place, nr. Witham, Essex. With husband (“Private Means); only daughter Christine; and three servants.

1923, 25 Dec:      Husband Augustus Maunsell Bradhurst “of Rivenhall Place Rivenhall Essex” died.


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

Born 1894 2Q Wakes Colne, Essex.  Daughter of Manhattan, New York, USA-born Augustus Maunsell Bradhurst and Kelvedon-born Minna Evangeline nee Page-Wood (as below).

1901 Census:      ?

1911 Census:      Rivenhall Place, nr. Witham, Essex. With parents; and three servants.

1912, March:      Presented at the Court of St. James by the American Ambassadress.

1920, 4Q:             Married Maurice P Fitzgerald in Braintree District.

1979, 18 May:    Christine Evangeline Minna Elizabeth Fitzgerald “of Green Isle Wargrave Rd Henley-on-Thames Oxfordshire” died.

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

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


SEABROOK, Miss Helen (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24.  6.1916-12.1918. V.A.D. Nurse at Guisnes Court V.A.D. Hospital, Tolleshunt D’Arcy)

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ADDRESS: Tolleshunt Darcy; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 06/1916; SERVICE TO: 12/1918; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Entertained soldiers; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Nursing. Guisnes Court Tolleshunt D’arcy; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 2340 hours; COMMISSION: Essex.


SMYTH, Miss Violet Kathleen (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24. ?-? Kitebrook, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. 2.7.1918-2.1.1919 Harewood House, Leeds: worked under the T.N. Department [Trained Nurse Department] .  Violet was a Kelvedon V.A.D. Essex 24 ‘Private’ – did she also work at Guisnes Court V.A.D. Hospital?)

Born 13 November 1891 4Q Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex. Daughter of Tolleshunt D’Arcy-born Farmer William Driffield Smyth and Birmingham-born Violet Cave Mary (nee Bingley).

1901 Census:      D’Arcy Hall, Farm House, Tolleshunt D’Arcy. With parents; younger sister Beatrice; a Governess; and a servant.

1911 Census:      ?Nurse training somewhere?

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ADDRESS: C/- Mrs Bright, 3 Tilbury Gardens, Tilbury – crossed out C/- Mrs Driffield Smyth 17 Cromwell Place S.Kensington; SERVICE FROM: 02/07/1918; SERVICE TO: 02/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Harewood House, Leeds; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/07/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/01/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Kitebrook, Moreton-in-Marsh Harewood House, Leeds; DEPARTMENT: T.N.D; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.

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ADDRESS: River View, Victoria Gardens, Staines; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 26 years; SERVICE FROM: 02/07/1918; SERVICE TO: 20/12/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/07/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1.1.0 per week; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 20/12/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1.1.0 per week; DEPARTMENT: T.N.D; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.

1923, 18 Dec:      A date noted for the General Nursing Council for England & Wales.

1925-28:               Inyati, South Rhodesia: residence noted for the General Nursing Council.

1931-1943:          Durban, Natal, South Africa: residence noted for the General Nursing Council.

1946:                     Tolleshunt, D’arcy, Essex: residence noted for the General Nursing Council.

1974, 8 Aug:        Violet Kathleen Dorehill “of Withyfield Nursing Home Green Ln Farnham Common, Bucks” died (marriage date to Mr. Dorehill unknown).


HUNT, MABEL   (Served abroad, for the French Red Cross (Dunkirk Hospital) and the British Red Cross (1.12.1914-4.9.1917). Awarded the Royal Red Cross for her service)

Born 1876 Odell Rectory, Odell, Bedfordshire.  Daughter of West Felton, Shropshire-born Clergyman William Cornish Hunt and his St. Georges Hanover Square, London-born wife Jane Elizabeth (nee Pym).

1881 Census:     Odell Rectory, Odell, Bedfordshire. With “Rector” father; mother; five sisters; two brothers; maternal Aunt Alice M. Pym; a Governess; and five servants.

1891, 11 Feb:     Father William C. Hunt died.

1891/1901 Census: ?

1911 Census:      19 Henley Road, Norwich, Norfolk. Occ: Voluntary Hospital Worker. With a Visitor – Evelyn Frances Rhoades*.  Evelyn was a friend from Kelvedon – she was a daughter of the Mrs. Alice Rhoades (nee Hunt), who is listed within the Working Parties section, connected to the Red Cross Working Party at ‘Poplars’, Kelvedon.

Mabel Hunt’s brother Captain Frederick William Hunt (Captain, 19th Bengal Lancers, attached 4th Hussars) was killed on 31 October 1914 at Hollebeek, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belguim – he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belgium.

Friday 10 February 1933, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

LAYER-DE-LA-HAYE. … MISSIONARY GUILD. —A joint meeting of the Missionary Guild and Guild of Fellowship was held at the Village Hall on Friday, when Miss Mabel Hunt, of Feering, who is on furlough from Bechuanaland, where she is engaged in medical work at the mission station, gave an interesting address.” 

1935, 24 Feb:      Mother Jane Elizabeth died, after a fall in the Feering church.

1959:                     Mabel wrote a book called ‘Eighty Years Through Peace and War’.

1969, Mar:           A Mabel Hunt’s death was registered in the Lothingland District of Suffolk.


Miss Joan Dorothea Randolph-Symmons is included at the end of this Detachment list because of her Kelvedon address and her connection with the collection of eggs, within the community.  Joan may not have been a member of the Detachment but this is the most appropriate position for her:-

RANDOLPH- SYMMONS, Miss Joan Dorothea (9.1915-1919+ Cook and Secretary to Commandant at Essex County Hospital, Colchester. Also worked at Gostwycke Hospital in Colchester. Collected eggs from around Kelvedon for Gostwycke.  Also mentioned in the ‘Colchester War Memorial Souvenir).  The family surname was original Symmons but, at some point, a hyphen appeared and the name “Randolph” was pre-fixed.

Born 1894 Colchester, Essex.  Daughter of Colchester-born Colchester Solicitor Francis Randolph Symmons and his Gloucestershire-born wife Mary Beatrice (nee Randolph).

1901 Census:      9 Lexden Road, Colchester. “Dorothy Randolph Symmons”. With parents; widowed grandfather Robert Francis Symmons; and four servants.

1911 Census:      The Manor House Boarding School, Brondesbury Park, Willesden NW. “Joan Randolph Symmons”. “Pupil”.

1914:                     Only 20 years old when the First World War broke out, newly out of education.

1980, 27 Oct:      Joan Dorothea Randolph-Symmons “of Cedars Sudbury Road Halstead Essex” died.

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ADDRESS: The Lawn House, Kelvedon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 09/1915; SERVICE TO: Still serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT TERMINATION: Secretary; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: None; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: 1. Cook – (2) Secretary to Commandant. Essex County Hosp. Colchester (250 beds); WHOLE OR PART TIME: 5430 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 5430 hours extending over a period of three years. 3.3.19; COMMISSION: Essex 2; HONOURS AWARDED: None See Over.


Feering Hill, Kelvedon: looking towards Colchester. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.

Feering Hill, Kelvedon: looking towards Colchester. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.



WORK PARTIES: KELVEDON WORK PARTY & FEERING WORK PARTY

All the known Work Party/Depot members from Kelvedon and Feering are grouped and listed together below, alphabetically.  Mrs. Florence Mary Carter was in charge of Kelvedon’s 1460 Red Cross Work Party/Depot, from her home at Gore House in Feering.  Mrs. Moore was in charge of the Kelvedon 1120 Work Party/Depot, from the ‘Temperance Hotel’ in Kelvedon – opposite the Moores Brothers’ Bus Garage.

From November 1916, a Red Cross Working Party existed at ‘Poplars’, Kelvedon with, it appears, a Mrs. Barratt at the helm.  It would appear that the locations of these gatherings were flexible e.g. from August 1917, they were being held in the Parish Hall.

Members of Work Parties

BARRATT, Mrs. Sarah nee Docwra (Connected to the Red Cross Working Party at ‘The Poplars’, Kelvedon. See St. Mary’s Church Magazine, April 1917 article)

CARTER, Mrs. Florence Mary nee Weiss (Commandant of the Kelvedon V.A.D. /Essex 24. 8.1914-5.1915: “Refreshments for wounded at Kelvedon Station”. 10.1916-2.1919: Ran the Feering Red Cross Work Depot/Party. Also worked at Witham Work Depot. In the Kelvedon Red Cross Section photograph above: middle row, 4th from left. See above Kelvedon V.A.D. section)

CATT, Mrs. Laura (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24.  28.2.1917-12.2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties. See above Kelvedon V.A.D. section)

CLAMPIN, Mrs. Mable (25.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

CURTIS, Mrs. Fanny (25.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

CURTIS, Miss Muriel (1.1916-12.1917. Worked at Witham Work Depot)

DARBY, Mrs. Elizabeth (3.1917-2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

FLUDDER, Miss E.A. (25.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon Working Party)

FRERE, Miss (Connected to the Red Cross Working Party at ‘Poplars’, Kelvedon. See St. Mary’s Church Magazine, April 1917 article)

HAYWOOD, Mrs. Lizzie (25.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon Working Party)

HUNT, Miss Dorothy (25.10.1916-29.1.1918. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties. Also worked at Witham Work Depot)

HUNT, Florence (11.1916-2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

HUNT, Mrs. Jane (11.1916-2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties. Also worked at Witham Work Depot)

JEFFREYS, Mrs. Olive (25.10.1916-2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

KING, Miss Alice (11.1916-2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

LEWIS, Mrs. Ada (25.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

MARSHALL, Miss Lily (25.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

MOORE, Mrs. Rosanna Ellen nee Buck (Believed to have run the Kelvedon Work Party/Depot from the family’s ‘Temperance Hotel’ in Kelvedon. Provided refreshments to the troop and hospital trains that stopped at Kelvedon. No Service Card to prove membership).

MOSS, Marie (25.10.1916-6.1918. Kelvedon Working Party)

NICHOLLS, Mrs. Amy (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24.  20.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties, See above Kelvedon V.A.D. section)

OSBORNE, Mrs. Amy (20.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

PLAYFAIR, Mrs. Florence (25.10.1916-12.1918. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

PLAYFAIR, Miss Nancy (25.10.1916-12.1918. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties. Also worked at Witham Work Depot)

RHOADES, Mrs. (Collectors of money and materials. Connected to the Red Cross Working Party at ‘Poplars’, Kelvedon. See St. Mary’s Church Magazine, November 1916 article)

WADLEY, Mrs. Elizabeth (8.11.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

Working Party Profiles

BARRATT, Mrs. Sarah nee Docwra (Connected to the Red Cross Working Party at ‘Poplars’, Kelvedon. See St. Mary’s Church Magazine, April 1917 article)

Born 1848/9 Kelvedon, Essex. Birth registered 1Q1849. Daughter of Purleigh, Essex-born Miller and Farmer George Docwra and his Colchester-born wife Mary.

1851 Census:      The Brockwell Lane, Kelvedon, Essex. With parents; a brother; two sisters; and three servants.

1861 Census:      Maldon Lane, Kelvedon. With parents; a brother; three sisters; and three servants.

1870:                     Married Leicestershire-born George Barratt. Marriage reg. Witham 2Q – ?Kelvedon.

1871 Census:      Brox Holme, Lincolnshire. With Farmer husband; a daughter Mary; a visitor, sister-in-law Mrs. Mary Docwra; a visitor, niece Mary Docwra; a nurse; and a servant.

1881 Census:      Kelvedon Hall, Great Braxted. With Farmer husband; four daughters; one son; a Governess; and two servants.

1891 Census:      Ewell Hall, Kelvedon. With Farmer & Grazier husband; two daughters; & 2 servants.

1901 Census:      Ewell Hall, Kelvedon. With Farmer husband; two daughters; and two servants.

1911 Census:      The Poplars, Kelvedon. Widowed; with daughter Evangeline; and one servant.

1925, 5 May:       Sarah Barratt “of Kelvedon Essex widow” died.


BUSSELL, Mrs. Freda (Connected to the Red Cross Working Party at ‘Poplars’, Kelvedon. See St. Mary’s Church Magazine, November 1916 article. General Service V.A.D. Member at Witham V.A.D. Hospital. Collectors of money and materials.)

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ADDRESS: Use c/o Post Office, Kelvedon, Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Service Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: General Service Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: at V.A.D. Hospital Witham, Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 654; COMMISSION: Essex.


CATT, Mrs. Laura Louisa nee Darby (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24.  28.2.1917-12.2.1919. Kelvedon & Feering Working Parties)

Born 1Q 1872 Pleshey, Essex. Daughter of Little Waltham, Essex-born Farmer & Mechanical Engineer Thomas Churchman Darby & his Stanford Rivers, Essex-born wife Elizabeth. Father Thomas invented the Darby Steam Digger at his Lodge Farm, Pleshey.

1881 Census:      Little Waltham, Essex. Staying with grandparents John (Farmer) and Sarah Darby; George Darby; and one servant.

1891 Census:      Lodge Farm, Pleshey, Essex. With parents and two younger brothers.

1901 Census:      The Cottage, Battlesbridge, Rettendon, Essex.  With “Inventor of Darby’s Digger” father; mother; two older Mechanical Engineer brothers; Assistant Mechanical Engineer “James H. Cutt” born Ipswich; and a “House Boy”.

1904, 1Q:             Married Ipswich-born Samuel Henry Catt. (Chelmsford District)

1911 Census:      Hill House, Hill Farm, Feering, Kelvedon. With Farm Steward husband.

1954, 21 Jan:       Laura Louise Catt “of Mosscroft Feering” died. Samuel died 4 July 1953.

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ADDRESS: Church Farm, Feering, Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 02/1917; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Kelvedon Working Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 130 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Attended Regularly Feering Work Party Reg. No. 4599 28th Feb 1917 to 12th Feb 1919; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: See over.


CLAMPIN, Mrs. Mable (25.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

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ADDRESS: Home Farm Feering Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 10/1916; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: working party ( Kelvedon); WHOLE OR PART TIME: 74 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Came Regularly Feering Work Party. Reg. No. 4599. 25 Oct: 1916 to 12th. Feb. 1919; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: see over.


CURTIS, Mrs. Fanny nee Symmons (25.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon & Feering Working Parties)

Born 1840 Bures St. Mary, Suffolk. Baptised 24 May 1840 Bures St. Mary, Suffolk.  Daughter of Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire- born Surgeon and Apothecary Benjamin Francis Symmons and his Blakenham, Suffolk-born wife Harriet (nee Haward).

1841 Census:      Bures St. Mary, Suffolk. With parents; two sisters; Jane Griffiths and Sarah Dutton (both “Ind”); plus ?2 x F.S. (Female Servant); and 1 x M.S. (Male Servant).

1851 Census:      Bures St. Mary, Suffolk. With parents; one brother; four sisters; widow Jane Griffiths; and three servants.

1861 Census:      11 Queen St., Colchester. With brother Robert Francis (Medical Practitioner M.R.C.S. & A.C., Head); sister Catherine; and two servants.

1871 Census:      67 Norwich Road, Ipswich, Suffolk. Name written as “Symonds”. Visiting a maternal relative Maria A. Haward (Aunt?); also Fanny’s nephew Percy W. “Symonds” (son of brother Robert); and three servants (one being Caroline Haward).

1876:                  Married Colchester-born Clergyman Arthur Francis Curtis (M.A. Cambridge)

1881 Census:      Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire.  With “Curate” husband; mother; daughters Alice Muriel and Katharine Wake; a nurse; and one servant.

1891 Census:      The Vicarage, Witham Road, White Notley. With Clergyman husband; daughters Alice Muriel and Katharine Wake; widowed sister Catherine; and two servants.

1901 Census:      The Vicarage, Witham Road, White Notley. With husband; daughters Alice Muriel and Katharine Wake; two widowed sisters (Harriet and Catherine); and three servants.

1911 Census:       Feering Vicarage, Feering, Kelvedon.  With husband; daughters Alice Muriel and Katharine Wake; widowed sister Catherine; and two servants.

1931, Jun:            Fanny Curtis’ death registered in the Braintree District.

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ADDRESS: Feering Vicarage, Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 10/1916; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Working Party Kelvedon; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 150 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Came regularly Feering Work Party Reg No. 4599 25 Oct 1916 to 12 Feb 1919; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: See Over.


CURTIS, Miss Alice Muriel (1.1916-12.1917. Worked at Witham Work Depot)

Born 1878 Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire.  Baptised 9 September 1877 Wheathampstead. Daughter of Colchester-born Clergyman Arthur Francis Curtis (M.A. Cambridge) and his Bures St. Mary, Suffolk-born wife Fanny (nee Symmons).

1881 Census:      Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire.  With “Curate” father; mother; younger sister Katharine Wake “3 mths old”; a nurse; and one servant.

1891 Census:      The Vicarage, Witham Road, White Notley. With parents; younger sister Katharine Wake; maternal widowed Aunt Catherine; and two servants.

1901 Census:      The Vicarage, Witham Road, White Notley. With parents; younger sister Katharine Wake; two maternal widowed Aunts (Harriet and Catherine); and three servants.

1911 Census:      Feering Vicarage, Feering, Kelvedon.  With parents; younger sister Katharine Wake; a maternal widowed Aunt Catherine; and two servants.

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ADDRESS: Feering Vicarage, Kelvedon; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Registered Number not given. 28. Attendances Jan: 1916 – Dec: 1917; COMMISSION: Essex.


DARBY, Mrs. Elizabeth nee Palmer (3.1917-2.1919. Kelvedon & Feering Working Parties)

Born c1845 Stanford Rivers, Essex. Daughter of Chigwell-born Farmer John Palmer and his Stapleford Abbots, Essex-born wife Sarah (nee Young)

1851 Census:      ? Stanford Rivers, Essex.

1861 Census:      Stanford Rivers, Essex. With parents; three sisters; two brothers; lodger Curate John P. Smith; and three servants.

1870, 3Q:           Married Thomas Churchman Darby (who invented the Darby Steam Digger). Ongar Registration District – ?Stanford Rivers)

1871 Census:      Branwood Farm, Writtle, Essex. With husband and one servant.

1881 Census:      The Lodge, Pleshey, Essex. With Farmer husband; two sons; and one servant.

1891 Census:      Lodge Farm, Pleshey, Essex. With Farmer & Mechanical Engineer husband; daughter Laura Louisa (Mrs. Catt above); and two sons.

1901 Census:      The Cottage, Battlesbridge, Rettendon, Essex.  With “Inventor of Darby’s Digger” husband; daughter Laura Louisa (Mrs. Catt above); two Mechanical Engineer sons; Assistant Mechanical Engineer “James H. Cutt” born Ipswich; and a “House Boy”.

1911 Census:       Croft House, Wickford, Essex. With husband, who is described as “Engineers & Implement Agent, working on all kinds of Mechanical Engineering”.

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ADDRESS: Church Farm Feering. Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 03/1917; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Kelvedon Working Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 90 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Came Regularly. Feering Work Party. Reg. No. 4599. 28th. Feb: 1917 to 12th Feb: 1919; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: See Over.


FLUDDER, Miss E.A. (25.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon Working Party)

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ADDRESS: Feering, Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 10/1916; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: over; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Kelvedon Working Party; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Came regularly No reply to Query List; COMMISSION: Essex.


FRERE, Miss Mary Jane (Connected to the Red Cross Working Party at ‘Poplars’, Kelvedon. See St. Mary’s Church Magazine, April 1917 article).

Born 1949 Cottenham, Cambridgeshire.  Daughter London-born Clergyman John Frere (Rector of Cottenham) and his Kelvedon-born wife Jane Browne (nee Dalton).

1851 Census:     Camperdown Place, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. With mother “wife of Clergyman”; brother William John; sisters Anna and Jane Eleanor; a Visitor; a Governess; and a servant.  Father John was at the Cottenham Rectory, with a cook and two servants.

1851, 21 May:    Father John Frere died

1861 Census:     High Street, Kelvedon.  With widow/Fund Holder mother; brother William; sisters Anna and Jane; and three servants.

1871 Census:     3 Holly Terrace, St. Pancras. With widow mother; sister Anna; and two servants.

1872, 2 April:    Sister “Jane Ellinor Arabella Frere” died at Bitton Rectory, Gloucestershire, aged 23.

1881 Census:     High Street, Kelvedon. With widow/Fund Holder mother; a Visitor; and two servants.

1891 Census:     13 Cannon Place, Brighton, Sussex. “Boarder. Living on her own means”.

1894, 5 Mar:      Mother “Jane Browne Frere” died at Kelvedon.

1901 Census:      High Street, Kelvedon. With sister Anna and two servants.

1911 Census:      Waverley Hotel, Marine Parade, Waverley, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. “Boarder”; with sister Anna – ?on holiday?

1912:                   Sister Anna died.

1923, 27 May:    Mary Jane Frere “of Kelvedon Essex” died.


HAYWOOD, Mrs. Lizzie (25.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

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ADDRESS: Feering, Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 10/1916; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Working Party, Kelvedon; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 170 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Attended Regularly Feering Work Party, Reg. No. 4599. 1st.Nov. 1916 to 12th. Feb.1919; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: See over.


HUNT, Miss Dorothy (25.10.1916-29.1.1918. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

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ADDRESS: The Warrens, Feering, Kelvedon; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 15 attendances; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Reg No.5326 Open 1 whole day a week. 15 Attendances The Depot started Dec. 1914 and worked on its own paying for everything till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Rooms in London till 18th Feb. 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex

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ADDRESS: The Warrens, Feering, Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 11/1916; SERVICE TO: 07/1918; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 07/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Kelvedon Working party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 12 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Came Occasionally Feering Work Party. Reg. No. 4599. 25 Oct. 1916 to 29th. Jan: 1918; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: See over.


HUNT, Florence Mary (11.1916-2.1919. Kelvedon & Feering Working Parties. Also worked at Witham Work Depot)

Born 16 July 1872 Odell, Bedfordshire. Baptised 18 August 1872 Odell, Bedfordshire.  Daughter of West Felton, Shropshire-born Clergyman William Cornish Hunt and his St. Georges Hanover Square, London-born wife Jane Elizabeth (nee Pym).

Florence Mary Hunt. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

Florence Mary Hunt. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

1881 Census:     Odell Rectory, Odell, Bedfordshire. With “Rector” father; mother; five sisters; two brothers; maternal Aunt Alice M. Pym; a Governess; and five servants.

1891, 11 Feb:     Father William C. Hunt died.

1891 Census:     The Rectory, Odell, Bedfordshire. With mother; sister Dorothy; a Nurse; and 2 servants.

1901 Census:     Flute End, Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire. “Teacher of Music”; with sister Katharine (Teacher at National School).

1911 Census:      ?

1966, 10 Oct:      Florence Mary Hunt “of Tanners Kelvedon Essex died at Chevington Lodge Bungay Surrfolk”.  Florence never married.

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ADDRESS: The Warrens, Feering, Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 11/1916; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Kelvedon Working Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 50 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Came Occasionally Feering work party reg No. 4599 24 Oct: 1916 to 3rd July 1918; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: see over.


HUNT, Mrs. Jane Elizabeth nee Pym (11.1916-2.1919. Kelvedon & Feering Working Parties. Also worked at the Witham Work Depot. Mother of Dorothy and Florence above)

Jane Elizabeth Hunt. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

Jane Elizabeth Hunt. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

Born 1848 Brook St., St. Georges Hanover Sq., London. Daughter of Cambridgeshire-born Esquire and Magistrate Francis Leslie Pym and his Leicestershire-born wife Mary Jemima (nee Palmer).

1851 Census:      Radwell House, Radwell, Hertfordshire. With parents; one sister; one brother; and seven servants.

1861 Census:      No. 41, Sussex Sq. (East), Brighton, Sussex. With widowed mother (33 yrs old); five sisters; two brothers; a Governess; and six servants.

1869, 7 Jan:         Married West Felton, Shropshire-born Clergyman William Cornish Hunt in Brighton, Sussex.

1871 Census:     Odell Rectory, Odell, Bedfordshire. With “Rector” husband; daughters Ethel & Ida; and five servants.

1881 Census:     Odell Rectory, Odell, Bedfordshire. With “Rector” husband; six daughters; two sons; sister Alice M. Pym; a Governess; and five servants.

1891, 11 Feb:     Jane became a widow, when husband William C. Hunt died.

1891 Census:     The Rectory, Odell, Bedfordshire. With daughters Florence and Dorothy; a Nurse; and 2 servants.

1901 Census:     ?

1911 Census:      The Warrens, Feering, Essex. With daughters Katharine and Dorothy; and 2 servants.

1935, 24 Feb:     Jane Elizabeth “of The Warrens Feering near Kelvedon” died.

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ADDRESS: The Warrens Feering Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 11/1916; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/11/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Kelvedon Working Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 60 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Came Regularly Feering Work Party Reg No 4599 1st Nov 1916 to 8th Jan 1919; COMMISSION: Essex.

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ADDRESS: Feering Kelvedon; COUNTY: Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Worked a little at home; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Reg no 5326 Open 1 whole day a week. Worked at home. The Depot started Dec 1914 and worked on its own paying for everything till Nov 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Rooms in London till 18th Feb 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex.


JEFFREYS, Mrs. Olive (25.10.1916-2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

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ADDRESS: Bury Cottages, Feering, Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 00/10/1916; SERVICE TO: 00/02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 00/02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Kelvedon working party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 120 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Came Regularly Feering Work Party, Reg. No. 4599. 25th Oct. 1916 to 12th Feb. 1919; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: See Over.


KING, Miss Alice (11.1916-2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

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ADDRESS: Jubilee Cottages, Feering, Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 11/1916; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Kelvedon Working Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 180 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Came Regularly; Feering Work Party Reg. No.. 4599. 1st Nov: 1916 to 12 Feb: 1919; COMMISSION: Essex.


LEWIS, Mrs. Ada Lewis (25.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

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ADDRESS: School House Feering Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 10/1916; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Working party (Kelvedon); WHOLE OR PART TIME: 124 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Came Regularly. Feering Work Party. Reg. No. 4599. 25th. Oct: 1916 to 12th. Feb: 1919.


MARSHALL, Miss Lily (25.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

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ADDRESS: Feering Street Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 10/1916; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Working party (Kelvedon); WHOLE OR PART TIME: 150 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Attended Regularly. Feering Work Party. Reg. No. 4599. 25 Oct: 1916 to 12th. Feb: 1919; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: See Over.


MOORE, Mrs. Rosanna Ellen nee Buck (Believed to have run the Kelvedon Work Party/Depot from the family’s ‘Temperance Hotel’ in Kelvedon. Provided refreshments to the troop and hospital trains that stopped at Kelvedon. No Service Card to prove membership).

Born 1866 Camberwell, Peckham, Surrey. Baptised 7 October 1866 Camberwell St Giles, Peckham. Daughter of Earl Stoneham, Suffolk-born Warehouseman Robert Buck and his Brentwood-born wife Ellen (nee Marlton).

1871 Census:      95 Sumner Road, Camberwell, Peckham. With parents; 3 sisters; & a Marlton Aunt.

1877, 3Q:             Mother Ellen died.

1880, 21 Feb:      Widower father married Laura Otway at Emmanuel, Camberwell.

1881 Census:      Chapel Manse, Tollesbury, Essex. With Uncle (Baker & Grocer) & Aunt (father’s sister) George & Elizabeth Banyard; 2 Banyard cousins; and her 9 year old brother George Buck. Rosanna was a “Pupil Teacher”; aged 14; called “Rose”.

1891 Census:      ‘Alleyn’, Villa Road, Camberwell. Governess for the German Schlesinger family.

1893, 1Q:             Married Kelvedon-born Carrier William Charles Moore. Maldon District.

1901 Census:      “Near Kelvedon Bridge” (Inworth Parish). With husband; son Eric; a Visitor; and one servant.

1911 Census:      142 Clarance Rd, S Wimbledon. On her own, visiting a sister, Mrs. Emily Amelia Cooper (nee Buck) and her husband and their new baby.

1949, 7 Apr:        Rosanna Ellen Moore “of Roslyn House Kelvedon Essex widow died 7 April 1949 at Ellisdene Nursing Home Victoria-road Clacton-on-Sea Essex”.

Husband William Moore did a great deal for the war effort too.  He assisted the authorities in acquiring horses and in the training of motor transport drivers.  The well-known Moores’ bus company had become motorised very early and it possessed the skills to train others.


MOSS, Marie (25.10.1916-6.1918. Kelvedon Working Party)

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ADDRESS:  Threshelfold Farm, Feering, Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 10/1916; SERVICE TO: 06/1918; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 06/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Working party (Kelvedon); ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Came occasionally Query list returned unanswered re: Whether Mrs or Miss Required number of Work Party The total number of hours; COMMISSION: Essex.


OSBORNE, Mrs. Amy (20.10.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon and Feering Working Parties)

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ADDRESS: The Gables, Feering Hill, Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 10/1916; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Working Party (Kelvedon); WHOLE OR PART TIME: 250 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Came regularly. Feering Working Party No. 4599. (From 25th October 1916 to 12th February 1918) (250 hours); COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: See over.


PLAYFAIR, Mrs. Florence (25.10.1916-12.1918. Kelvedon & Feering Working Parties)

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ADDRESS: St Andrews, Feering, Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 10/1916; SERVICE TO: 12/1918; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Working party (Kelvedon); WHOLE OR PART TIME: 200 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Came regularly Feering Work Party. Reg. No. 4599. 25 Oct: 1916 to 12th. Feb: 1919; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: See Over.


PLAYFAIR, Miss Nancy (25.10.1916-12.1918. Kelvedon & Feering Working Parties. Also worked at Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: St Andrews Feering Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 10/1916; SERVICE TO: 02/1918; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/10/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Working Party Kelvedon Hon: Treasurer; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 50 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Came regularly Feeling Work Party No 4599 (From 25th Oct: 1916 to 9th Oct; 1917) (50 hours); COMMISSION: Essex.

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ADDRESS: Kelvedon; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Open a whole day a week 3 attendances The Depot started Dec. 1919 worked on its own till Nov 1919 when it was affiliated to the Central W.R. in London till Feb 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex Reg No 5326.


RHOADES, Mrs. Alice nee Hunt (Collectors of money and materials. Connected to the Red Cross Working Party at ‘Poplars’, Kelvedon. See St. Mary’s Church Magazine, November 1916 article)

Born 1851 St. George Hanover Square, Middlesex.  Daughter of Marylebone-born Silversmith; Goldsmith; Jeweller; Watch Maker John Hunt and his St. Pancras-born wife Emma.

1861 Census:      156 New Bond Street, St. George Hanover Square, Middlesex, London. With parents; four sisters; two brothers; and eight servants.

1871 Census:      22 Lancaster Gate, Paddington, London. With parents; three sisters; a cousin; and seven servants.

1876, 23 Dec:      Married Tipperary, Ireland-born James Rhoades at Christ Church, Paddington, Middlesex.

1881 Census:      Cheap St School,Sherborne, Dorset. With “Assistant Classical Master” husband; daughters Evelyn F. and Dorothy; sons Arthur Frederick; School Governess; seven servants; thirty five “Boarders” “Scholars”.

1891 Census:      Abbey, Sherborne, Dorset. With “Public School Master. Classical” husband; daughters Evelyn F. and Dorothy; son Frederick; “Guests” Misses Stella T. and Katherine de la Condamine; twenty two “Boarder” “Scholar”; and five servants.

1901 Census:      30 St. Mary AbbotsTerrace, Kensington. With “Retired School Master” husband; daughters Evelyn and Dorothy; a Visitor; a Boarder; and two servants.

1911 Census:      Kingsthorpe, High Street, Kelvedon, Essex. With husband of “Independent Means”; a Cook; and a Parlour Maid. Daughter Evelyn was with friend Mabel Hunt in Norwich, Norfolk.

1940,13 Mar:      Alice Rhoades “of Kingsthorpe Kelvedon Essex widow” died.


WADLEY, Mrs. Elizabeth (8.11.1916-12.2.1919. Kelvedon & Feering Working Parties)

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ADDRESS: 2 The Gables Feering, Kelvedon; SERVICE FROM: 11/1916; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Kelvedon Working Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 145 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Came regularly. Feering Work Party Reg. No. 4599 8th Nov. 1916 to 12th Feb. 1919; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: See over.


Another probable volunteer was Miss Eleanor BRADDY, although no documentation (e.g. a British Red Cross Service Card) has been discovered:

Born 1896 Kelvedon, Essex.  Birth was registered 2Q, Braintree District. Daughter of Kelvedon-born parents Builder; Undertaker; amateur photographer George Braddy and

1901 Census:      High Street, Kelvedon, Essex. With parents and brother William George.

1911 Census:      High Street, Kelvedon. “Mother’s Help”. With parents and brother William G.

1987, 27 Dec:      Eleanor Braddy “of “Brockwell” 30 Brockwell La Kelvedon Colchester” died.

To celebrate the Armistice, Eleanor organised a children’s tea for the local school children in 1919 at ‘The Institute’ in Kelvedon:

Eleanor Braddy,‘The Institute’, 1919. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

Eleanor Braddy, ‘The Institute’, 1919. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

‘The Institute’ Tea, 1919. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

‘The Institute’ Tea, 1919. Courtesy of Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum.

Eleanor’s father George took the photograph, shown above, from the front bedroom of the Braddy home – opposite ‘The Institute’ in Kelvedon. It shows the children gathering outside for the Tea … eagerly waiting for the door to open.



Grateful thanks are offered here to Annette Bayliss; Nick Ezra; and Anne Townley, of the Feering & Kelvedon Local History Museum, for generous permissions and contributions.


Convent of Mercy/St. Dominic’s Convent Convalescent Home, Kelvedon. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.

Convent of Mercy/St. Dominic’s Convent Convalescent Home, Kelvedon. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.


NEXT: MALDON: Rivercourt & Extension Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital

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