MALDON: Rivercourt & Extension Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital

RIVERCOURT  &  EXTENSION RED CROSS  HOSPITAL

Fullbridge Street, Maldon

‘Rivercourt’ (far right), Fullbridge Street, Maldon. © ‘Maldon, Heybridge and the Great War’ by Stephen P. Nunn.

‘Rivercourt’ (far right), Maldon. © ‘Maldon, Heybridge and the Great War’ by Stephen P. Nunn.

‘Rivercourt’ was a large private house at 19 Fullbridge Street, Maldon but it no longer stands today.  It appears to have been a very old building.

In the 1911 Census, the house was occupied by “49” year old, Dorset-born Miss Esther Henderson.  The property was being run as a “Home of Rest” and Miss Henderson was in charge: supported by a “Matron”; a “Domestic Assistant”; a “Laundry Assistant”; and a “General Domestic”.   However, Esther died on 26 July the following year.

At the outbreak of First World War, the building was donated by its owner to be used by the Red Cross Society as a convalescent hospital for the troops.    30 new patients were admitted on 23 December 1915, straight from the trenches.   By 1916, the number had increased to a total of 483 taken in.  The Hospital operated from August 1914 to January 1919.

By the end of November 1915, the newly constructed school hall at the Baptist Church had become a temporary hospital extension with 24/25 beds and the Wesleyan Church school room had become a soldiers’ rest.   Mr. Arthur Charles Durman, the Baptist Minister, lent the rooms free of charge.

There is a reference of a “Maldon Court” in Maldon being used for the same purpose. There was a ‘Maldon Court’ but this was the Mayor’s house – it still stands in Silver Street.  This is obviously an error with the name.

South African-born Herman Alexander Krohn was the Mayor of Maldon when the war began and, as such, he was the first Mayor to be a Mayoral “donor” to Rivercourt.  Alderman C. E. Barritt became Mayor of Maldon in 1915.  Mr. Edward Lee Baker was made Mayor of Maldon on 9 November 1916.

Herman Krohn’s wife Alice (born New South Wales, Australia) and their two India-born daughters at ‘Maldon Court’, 8 Silver Street, Maldon.  Alice Krohn became Commandant of the ‘Rivercourt Hospital’.  In 1920, Herman was awarded the C.B.E. (under Civilian War Honours).

After its use as an Auxiliary Hospital, ‘Rivercourt was occupied by a Miss Short who took in boarders from the Grammar School.

(Acknowledged for some facts: ‘Maldon, Heybridge by  and the Great War’ by Stephen P. Nunn)



8 August 1914, Essex Newsman [sic]: WAR ITEMS.

Ald. H. A. Krohn, J.P., D.L., Mayor of Maldon, speaking at a meeting held to form a Maldon men’s detachment of the Red Cross Society, said it was practically certain that if the enemy effected a landing at all, it would be on the East Coast. …”


28 August 1914Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

“On Sunday afternoon, Pt. MacIntyre, of the R.A.M.C., and attached to the 8th Cyclists Batt. Essex Regt., stationed at Latchingdon, met with a serious accident.  He was taking a box of matches from his pocket when he accidentally pulled out his revolver, which was falling to the ground.  On endeavouring to catch it he caught hold of the trigger, causing it to go off.  The bullet entered the flesh of his right calf, and grazed the bone.  The unfortunate man was placed in a transport by his comrades and conveyed to the Red Cross Hospital at Maldon, where the bullet was extracted.  He is progressing favourably.”


26 November 1915Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

“THE BRITISH RED CROSS SOCIETY. ESSEX BRANCH.

A statement of accounts showing receipts and expenditure in connection with the Special War Fund of the Branch is published in our to-day’s issue. … … 

A statement of the amount received in the various Divisions of the county on “Our Day” is also published, and workers and contributors alike will be interested in knowing that a total sum of upwards of £5,000 was reached. … … 

At Maldon, new Baptist Schools, with accommodation for 24 patients, have been kindly lent, and are attached to the Rivercourt Hospital, which, under the direction of Mrs. Krohn, has been doing excellent work for some time past. …” 


18 February 1916, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

“ESSEX RED CROSS SOCIETY.  LIST OF WAR HOSPITALS AND WORK DONE IN THE COUNTY. THE HOSPITALS. “… MALDON.—An extension, providing 25 more beds, had been made here, consisting of Baptist Schools, kindly lent for the purpose. …”


Essex Newsman – Saturday 21 October 1916 [sic]:

OUR DAY. Celebrations in Essex.

On Thursday “Our-Day” was generally observed throughout the Empire for the Red Cross Society, whose beneficent operations for the wounded have been the wonder of the world. Last year nearly a million and half pounds were raised the effort, and hoped that this sum will be exceeded. The work of the Society requires nearly £5,000 a day. Our Royal Family have sent generous gifts — the King £5,000, the Queen £1,000, the Prince of Wales £1,000, and Queen Alexandra £500. The organisation outside the Metropolitan area —which was dealt with direct from the London headquarters—fell to Col. G. H, Coleman, secretary the Essex Branch of the Red Cross Society, and the local arrangements were carried through mainly by the vice-presidents the various divisions the Society. Some of the celebrations are being held on different days, which are deemed more suitable. … … 

From early hour until dark ladies were astir (selling the miniature Red Cross flags, and there were no refusals. In many places the wounded soldiers took an active part the sale. For the whole effort some 35,000,000 flags were prepared, while there was a great demand for souvenirs made from the wirework the Cuffley airship. … … 

At Maldon numerous wounded were early astir, and found eager, and willing purchasers. Later the nurses from the Rivercourt and Extension Hospitals joined the wounded and the lady sellers. In the afternoon and evening cafe chantants were held in the Public Hall, the programmes being arranged Mr. T. R. Gower. … …”


Fund Raising for the Red Cross. Courtesy/© Heather Anne Johnson

Fund Raising for the Red Cross. Courtesy/© Heather Anne Johnson


29 June 1917, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

ANNIVERSARY SERVICES were held on Sunday in connection with the Congregational Sunday Schools.  The Rev. J. Anderson, B.A., of Saffron Walden, conducted the services.  In the afternoon an egg, flower, and toy service took place, and numerous bunches of beautiful flowers were afterwards sent to the Mansfield House Settlement and the London Hospital.  Eggs numbering 435 were sent for the wounded to the Rivercourt and Extension Red Cross Hospitals.  Special singing was rendered throughout the day by the children, who had been admirably trained by Miss A. May, Mrs. H. E. Sadd, and Mr. R. Miles.  Mrs. Sadd was at the organ, and the children from the other Nonconformist Sunday Schools were present at the afternoon service.  The collections were in aid of the Sunday School funds.”


 10 August 1917Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

A PAGEANT entitled “Empire’s Honour”, was given in the grounds of Hill House, kindly lent for the occasion by Mrs. H. J. Sadd, on Wednesday.   The Girls’ Patriotic League , organized by Mrs. H. Granger, were responsible for the entertainment, and great credit reflects on the League’s numerous members, who at great expense and sacrifice of time put their whole heart into the occasion.   The proceeds are in aid of the Rivercourt and Extension Red Cross Hospitals.   The performance was given on the spacious balcony overlooking the grounds, which were tastefully decorated with numerous flags.   …   …   …”


 16 November 1917, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

WOUNDED ENTERTAINED.—On Wednesday the wounded from the Rivercourt and Extension Hospital, numbering about 40, together with the nurses, were entertained to tea and a concert in the Wesleyan Schoolroom.  The Rev. W. Budd was responsible for the excellent programme, while Mrs. Sutton superintended the tea, assisted by numerous ladies of the Wesleyan Church.  Those who contributed to the programme were the Rev. W. Budd, the Misses M. E. Cutting and May, Corpls. Ratcliff and Robinson, Lc.-Cpl. Slaughter, and Pt. Leggatt.  The accompanists were Sergt. Hood and Corpl. Harper.”


14 December 1917Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

MALDON. THE NETT PROCEEDS from the pageant “Empire’s Honour,” given at Maldon for the Red Cross Funds of Rivercourt and Extension Hospital, Maldon, were £33 11s. 8d.”


16 August 1918, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

NURSES’ SERVICES RECOGNISEDThe names of the following ladies have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable nursing services rendered in connection with the war: …  Barry, Staff nurse Miss E., Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Military Hospital, Colchester; Bennett, Sister Miss M. Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Military General Hospital, Colchester; Bowles, Sister Miss A. A., Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Military General Hospital, Colchester; Brampton, V.A.D. Nurse Miss A., Military General Hospital, Colchester; De Stourdza Zrinyi, Matron Miss F. G. P., Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Military Hospital, Dovercourt; Lennock, Nurse Miss F., Essex County Hospital, Colchester; Lloyd, Staff Nurse Miss L., Middlesex War Hospital, Clacton-on-Sea; Robinson, Nurse, Mrs. O., Essex County Hospital, Colchester; Turton-Browne, V.A.D. Nurse Miss M., Military General Hospital, Colchester; Wheeler, Staff Nurse Miss M., Middlesex Hospital. Clacton.

The names of the following have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the establishment, organisation, and maintenance of hospitals:– … … Mrs. A. Krohn, Maldon; Lady Beatrice Pretyman, Suffolk*; … Mrs. E. Wren, Lexden, Colchester.”    [*Orwell Park, Ipswich]


01 November 1918Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:  “OUR DAY” RESULTS.

Our Day” was held at Chelmsford on Friday and was again a great success. … … “Our Day” was observed in Maldon and the Dengie Hundred District on Saturday.   

Mrs. H. A. Krohn, the Commandant of the Rivercourt Red Cross Hospital, was in charge of the Maldon arrangements, assisted by Mr. S. C. Spurgeon, hon. Sec. and treasurer.  Mrs. Sharpe, the Matron of the Red Cross Hospital, assisted by the nurses and a band of young ladies, were early astir and did good business.  In the Heybridge district Mrs. E. E. Bentall was in charge.  Flags and mascots were provided by Mrs. Krohn.  Miss Finch sold a mascot, a small doll attired as a Red Cross nurse, for £1.  Mrs. Krohn subsequently entertained the collectors at Maldon Court.  £67 14s. was received in the borough and the Dengie district.  With the addition of sums from concerts, etc., it is hoped that the total will realize £150. 

On “our Day” a patrol of the Braintree Boy Scouts collected £2 15s. 11¾d. at the Picture Palace in aid of the Red Cross Fund.—The concert arranged by Madame Cuthbert yielded £26 for the fund. “


27 December 1918, Chelmsford Chronicle

THE ESSEX CHRISTMAS.  The Good Cheer of Pre-War Days.

“A Happy Christmas” was celebrated throughout the county and country with the return of peace, which was the text of many a Christmas sermon.  A royal time was spent at all the public institutions and among the troops, as the following reports show:- … … 

MALDON.  … At Rivercourt Red Cross Hospital everything possible was done by the Matron, Mrs. Sharp, and her staff for the patients, most of whom were bad cases. The wards were decorated with artificial flowers, the work of Pt. Duckworth, and with evergreens and flowers.  A competition for the best dressed ward, judged by the voting of visitors, was won by A Ward (Pt. Roddick).  Dinner comprised turkeys, sent by Mrs. E. E. Bentall, Mrs. R. Eve, and Mrs. Bunting (Goldhanger), mince-pies and plum-puddings, the puddings from Mrs. F. H. Bright.  In the evening the Dixie Troupe (the Misses Baxter, Brewster, and others), gave an excellent entertainment.  Miss Cleghorn also assisted.  A blindfold contest for presents caused great hilarity. … …”


After the Armistice on 11 November 1918 and before the Treaty of Versailles was signed on 28 June 1919, Rivercourt & Extension Hospitals closed and their contents were put up for auction:

Advertisement – 24 January 1919, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

RIVERCOURT & EXTENSION HOSPITALS, MALDON.

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY MESSRS. SPURGEON & SON

On MONDAY and TUESDAY NEXT, Jan. 27th and 28th, 1919. THE WHOLE OF THE FURNITURE including: Bedsteads, Wool Mattresses, 150 Sheets, 120 Blankets. 100 Towels, and other Household Linen, 12 Tables on Rollers, Folding Screens, Kitchen Dresser, Dinner and Tea Ware, Knives, Forks, and Spoons, Kitchen Utensils, large Meat Safe. PORTABLE BUILDING, and numerous other Effects, Sale to commence at Rivercourt at II o’clock in the Morning. Catalogues may be obtained the Auctioneers, Messrs. and Son (opposite G.P.0.), High Street, Maldon (Tel. 21), and Burnham-on-Crouch.”


1919, 16 Aug:  Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

NURSES’ SERVICES RECOGNISED.

The names of the following have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the establishment, organization, and maintenance of hospitals:- … Mrs. A. Krohn, Maldon; …”



A surviving British Red Cross card for Rivercourt Red Cross Hospital. Courtesy and © of/Permission to reproduce given by: The British Red Cross.

A surviving British Red Cross card for Rivercourt Red Cross Hospital. Courtesy and © of/Permission to reproduce given by: The British Red Cross.


LIST OF PEOPLE KNOWN TO HAVE WORKED AT RIVERCOURT RED CROSS HOSPITAL:  There is no doubt that many people who assisted in the running of this establishment will never be discovered within records and, thus, they remain un-named. If a British Red Cross-held Service Card exists for a person, a link is displayed at an individual’s profile [dates in () refer to length of service at Rivercourt & Extension Red Cross Hospital].  Where an image of a Service Card is shown, it is because it cannot be viewed on the British Red Cross website:-

ALMOND, Mrs. Anabella (8.1914-1917. Nursing)

BAKER, Mr. Edward Lee (1914-1919. Mayor. Donor.Transport)

BAKER, Miss Mary (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

BAXTER, Mrs. Emily Myra (8.1914-1916.  Nursing)

BEECHAM, Mrs. (6.1917-1.1919. Lay Helper – Mending)

BENTALL, Mrs. Maud (8.1914-1.1919. Quartermaster. “mention for valuable services”)

BOWLES, Miss May (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

BRIGHT, Mrs. Florence (8.1914-8.1915.  Assisted in equipping of Hospital)

BROCK, Miss Ida Ella (9.1915-1.1919. Night Nursing)

CANHAM, Mrs. Rose (8.1916-1.1919.  Assistant Quartemaster. Nursing)

CARTER, Miss Henrietta Mary Collingwood (15.11.1915-25.3.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Ward Maid. Porter)

CHAMPION DE CRESPIGNY, Lady (8.1914-1.1919. Generous supporter and patron. Probationer Nurse)

CHINCHEN, Miss Dorothie Talbot (4.1915-1.2.1918. Sister-in-Charge. Nursing & Massage)

CLARK, Mrs. Mary (8.1914-6.1915. General Service. Interpreter for Belgians)

CLEAR, Miss Adelaide (9.1918-1.1919. Lay Helper – helped with teas)

CLEAR, Miss Grace(8.1914-1.1916. Masseuse)

CLEAR, Miss Isabel (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

CLEAR, Miss Maud (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

COLLINS, Mrs. Margaret Florence (1915, for 6 months. Housekeeper)

COTTEE, Miss Annie Eliza (9.1917-1.1919.  Lay Helper – helped with teas)

CRABB, Mrs. Nellie (5.1918-1.1919. Lay Helper – helped with mending and in other ways)

DANIELS, Mrs. Madge (8.1914-8.1915. Assistant Quartermaster)

DIBBEN, Mr. Victor (8.1916-1.1919. Lay Helper. Barber)

DOUGLAS, Mrs. Agnes Mary Keith (3.2.1918-11.1.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

DOYLE, Mary M. (6.11.1915-29.1.1916. Trained Nurse/Sister. Named on Hospital card)

DOYLE, Miss Mary Malachs (3.11.1915 for 3 months. Sister, in charge of nursing)

DRAYSON, Mrs. Hilda (10.1917-1.1919. Nursing)

DUNDAS, Miss Gwendolen (15.10.1915-2.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

DURMAN, Mr. Arthur Charles (1914-1919. Lent the Baptist School Rooms for the Extension)

ELLIOTT, Miss Evelyn Allen (23.10.1917-26.1.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

EVE, Miss Jessie Caroline (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing/Acting Sister. R.R.C. 2nd)

DYKE, Mr. Arthur (1915-1917. Lay Worker.  Assisting/Very useful)

FFINCH, Mrs. Crystal [nee Champion De Crespigny] (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing. Probationer. Recorded as “Miss” on the Service Card)

FISHER, Miss Elsie Bertha (19.10.1916-6.1917 & 25.9.1917-29.10.1917 = J.W. V.A.D. Nurse.  A second card for Elsie states “Rivercourt Malta”, with dates 20.10.1916-20.4.1917 & 25.9.1915-12.1.1918.  It is believed that “Malta” should read “Maldon”.

FORSDYKE, Mrs. Ida (1918-1919. Lay Helper)

FROST, Miss Emily (5.1915-1.1919. Night Sister)

FROST, Miss Alice (2.1915-1.1917. Nursing)

GARNETT, Miss Brenda Mary (28.7.1917-5.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

GASKIN, Mr. Horace Michael (1.7.1915-1919+. Lay Worker. Assisted with accounts etc)

GASKIN, Mrs. Marjorie (1.7.1915-1919+. Asst. Hon. Secretary. Registrar. Keeping records etc)

GIRLING, Mr. Henry Percy (1914-1919. Lent his car constantly for transport purposes)

GOMERSAL-SMITH, Miss Margaret (8.1914-10.1918. Trained Nurse. Acting Sister/Matron duties)

GRANGER, Mr. Harold (1914-1919. Lent his car constantly for transport purposes)

GRANGER, Mrs. Isabel (1914-1919. Organised fetes; concerts; entertained the wounded)

HUTLEY, Miss Annie (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

IRVING, Miss Inez R. (21.3.1916-27.9.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

IVES, Mr. Walter (1914-1915. Organised Flag Days and Concerts)

JEFFRIES, Miss Ethel (9.1915-1.1919. Nursing)

JEFFRIES, Mr. James (8.1814-1.1919. Lay Helper. Barber services, gratuitously)

JEFFRIES, Mrs. Louise (1914-1919. V.A.D. Member. Mending; Assisting; Management)

KEEBLE, Mrs. Kate (1914-1919. Fund-raised for Rivercourt & Extension Hospital)

KROHN, Mrs. Alice (8.1914-?1.1919. Started and managed Rivercourt. Commandant. Named on Hospital Card.  Vice-President, Maldon Division, British Red Cross Society.  Awarded O.B.E.)

KROHN, Miss Helen (8.1914-1.1919, during school holidays. Nursing Sister)

KROHN, Mr.  Herman Alexander (1914-1919. Donor etc.  Rendered valuable services)

LEWIN, Miss Edith (1914-1915. Assistant Quartermaster. Helped start Extension Ward)

MARKHAM, Miss Margaret (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

MILLER, Miss Emily (1914-1917. Lay Helper.  Helped the Quartermaster)

MILLER, Miss Gertrude (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing/Acting Sister)

MITFORD, Miss Josceline Ethel (14.2.1918-3.6.1918. J.W. V.A.D.)

MOSS, Mrs. (Harry) (1916-1.1919. General Service. Cook. Housekeeping)

NEBB? WEBB, Gertrude (15.6.1916-14.8.1916.  Trained Nurse/Sister. Named “Nebb”? on Hospital card)

NOURSE, Miss E. (23.3.1916-15.6.1916. Trained Nurse/Sister. Named on Hospital card)

ORTH, Mr. Clifford Thomas (1914-1919. Transport. Lent his motor)

OWERS, Mr. Frederick Charles (1914-1915. Lay Worker – was of great assistance)

POLAND, Miss Cicely Mabel Mary (11.1916-1.1919. Nursing. Cycled 4 mls daily. Royal Red Cross 2nd Cl.)

PRICE, Veronica Joan (?3.1.1916 for 2 months. V.A.D. Nurse)

RUSH, Miss Freda (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

RUSH, Mrs. Nellie (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

SADD, Miss Henrietta (1914-1919. Fund-raised – oganised fetes etc)

SAYE, Miss ?Hilda Minnie (23.3.1916-15.6.1916. ?V.A.D. Nurse. Named on Hospital card)

SHARPE, Mrs. Bertha M. (8.1914-1.1919. Matron. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class)

SHELBOURNE, Miss Freda (7.1915-11.1917 + 3 wks Feb. 1918. Nursing)

SNELL, Miss Amy Catherine (1916. Lay Worker. Secretarial Work)

SWALES, Mrs Mary E. (8.1914-1.1916. Hon. Secretary. Helped Commandant)

SPURGEON, Mr. Samuel Charles (1914-1919. Treasurer. “Our Day” Secretary for 3 years)

THORNBERY, Mrs. Ethel (21.3.1916-?17.5.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

TURNER, Miss Winifred (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

VIGERS, Miss Edith (8.1914-10.1914. Commandant)

WARD, Miss Doris (3.1918-?1.1919. Probationer. Assistant Secretary)

WARREN, Miss Helene Borough (20.11.1915-6.1.1915. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

WILBERFORCE, Miss Irene (9.1918- 1.1918. General Service Worker)

WILLETT, Miss (Lilla) Dorothy L. (5.1915-1.1919. Nursing. In charge of Extension Wards a lot)

WOODWORTH, Miss Jane Louisa (28.2.1916-?24.3.1916. Trained Nurse/Sister. Named on Hospital Card)

WYATT, Miss May (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing. In charge of Extension Wards a lot)



PROFILES

ALMOND, Mrs. Anabella (8.1914-1917. Nursing)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&id=3309&first=true

ADDRESS: High Street Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 1917; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 800; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: stamped: Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


BAKER, Mr. Edward Lee (1914-1919. Mayor. Donor.Transport)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&id=9216

ADDRESS: The Trees, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Transport etc; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: As Mayor of Maldon was a generous donor to the Hospital entertained patients and constantly placed his motor at the disposal of the Hospital for Transport purposes Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: War Service Certificate.


BAKER, Miss Mary (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&id=9490&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Langford Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 2495; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Stamped Rivercourt Hospital Maldon Essex also includes a large red cross at side in stamp; COMMISSION: Essex.


BAXTER, Mrs. Emily Myra (8.1914-1916.  Nursing)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&id=14042

ADDRESS: High Street, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 1916; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 900; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rivercourt Hospital Maldon. Stamped: Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


BEECHAM, Mrs. (6.1917-1.1919. Lay Helper – Mending)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&id=15442&forwards=true

ADDRESS: High Street, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 00/06/1917; SERVICE TO: 00/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Lay helper; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Mending; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 600; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


BENTALL, Mrs. Maud (8.1914-1.1919. Quartermaster. “mention for valuable services”)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?sname=bentall&hosp=rivercourt&id=17182&first=true&last=true

ADDRESS: The Towers Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: / 4000 hours; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Quartermaster; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Quartermaster; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Full time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Superintended the equipment & furnishing of the Hospital to which she contributed generously from her private resources. Rendered excellent services as quartermaster during the whole period of the war. Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Mentioned in despatches once.

14 February 1919, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

VALUABLE NURSING SERVICES.

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 services rendered in connection with the war:– Bentall, Mrs. M., Rivercourt Aux. Hospital, Maldon. …”


BOWLES, Miss May (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&id=24292&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Beeleigh Road. Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 250; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Red Cross Rivercourt Hospital Maldon Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


BRIGHT, Mrs. Florence (8.1914-8.1915.  Assisted in equipping of Hospital)

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ADDRESS: “Cromwell House”, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 08/1915; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 08/1915; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Assisted with equipment of Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 200; COMMISSION: Essex.


BROCK, Miss Ida Ella (9.1915-1.1919. Night Nursing)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=maldon+essex&id=27770

ADDRESS: 19 Wantz Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 09/1915; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 2.690; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Part time Night Nurse, at the same time earning her own livelihood during the day. Conduct exemplary; COMMISSION: Essex.


CANHAM, Mrs. Rose (8.1916-1.1919.  Assistant Quartemaster. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: “Roma”, London Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1916; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing & Asst Quartermaster; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part-time 4,441 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Gave valuable services as Asst. Quartermaster, also with nursing. Rendered great assistance during demobilisation. Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: P.T.O.


CARTER, Miss Henrietta Mary Collingwood (15.11.1915-25.3.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Ward Maid. Porter)

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ADDRESS: Wychwood House, Barfield, Ryde; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 21; SERVICE FROM: 15/11/1915; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 15/11/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 30/06/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 15-11-15 to 25-3-16. Rivercourt Hosp: Malden (Aux) 1-6-16 to 30-6-17. 1st South: Gen: Hosp: Oxford; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Oxford /16.

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ADDRESS: Wychwood House, Barfield, Ryde I.W; SERVICE FROM: [see below]; SERVICE TO: [see below]; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; Hazelwood, Ryde; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Rivercourt Red X Hosp:, Maldon, Essex. and 3rd Southern General, Oxford; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: No; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: No; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Hall Porter; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 380 Hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Nov. 1915 to March 1916 Rivercourt, Maldon, Essex (no pay) Full time — June 1st 1916 – to – June 27th 1917 3rd Southern General, Oxford (Oxford (with pay) Full time — Jan 1918 to Nov 1918. ‘Hazelwood’ Red X Hospt: Ryde (without pay) 380 hrs. (Oxford; COMMISSION: Oxford 16; HONOURS AWARDED: None P.T.O.

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ADDRESS: Wychwood, Barfield, Ryde; SERVICE FROM: 01/1918; SERVICE TO: 11/1918; HOSPITAL: Hazelwood, Ryde; Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: 4 months whole time Maldon Essex. 13th Months. 32nd General Hospital Oxford; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Hall Porter & Ward Maid, Nurse; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 380; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hazelwood Aux: Hospital, Ryde [stamped] British Red Cross Society, County Director, Isle-of-Wight Branch; COMMISSION: (Isle of Wight – Hants /58) Oxford.


CHAMPION DE CRESPIGNY, Lady = Georgina Louisa Margaret [nee McKerrell] (8.1914-1.1919. Generous supporter and patron. Probationer Nurse)

Born c1849 Glasgow, Scotland.  Daughter of London-born Merchant Robert McKerrell and his Mauritius-born wife Emily Pauline (nee Staveley).

1851 Census:      26 Westbourne Place Villas, Paddington, London. With parents; one sister; one brother; and three servants.

1861 Census:      ?

1871 Census:      Inverness Terrace, Paddington. With parents; 3 sisters; 3 brothers; and 4 servants.

1872, 19 Sep:      Married [Sir] Claude Champion De Crespigny at St. George Hanover Sq., London.

1881 Census:      Champion Lodge, Heybridge, Essex.  Married; with three sons; three daughters; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law; and nine servants.

1891 Census:      Champion Lodge, Champion Hill, Camberwell, London. Married. With one daughter; two sons; and four servants.

1901 Census:      Stella Lodge, Winkfield, Berkshire. Visitor with husband Claude, at the home of Lord and Lady Rosmead and their family.  Plus four house servants.

1911 Census:      Champion Lodge, Heybridge.  With “Retired Officer. Country Gentleman” husband; Army Captain son Claude V; and seven servants.

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ADDRESS: Champion Lodge, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Probationer; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A generous supporter of the Hospital, helped to raise funds, visited regularly for Rifle Brigade. Supplied Patients with literature, cigarettes etc, also fruit & vegetables continually for 4 1/2 years. A valuable patron of the Hospital, entertaining the Patients constantly. Rivercourt Hospital Maldon Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.

1935, 16 Feb:      Dame Georgina Louisa Margaret “of Champion Lodge Maldon Essex wife of sir Claude Champion De Crespigny baronet)” died  buried in St. Andrew’s churchyard, Hatfield Peverel.  Husband Claude died 26 June 1935, at Champion Lodge.


CHINCHEN, Miss Dorothie Talbot (4.1915-1.2.1918. Sister-in-Charge. Nursing & Massage)

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ADDRESS: “Claremont”, Hillside, Stonebridge Park, N.W. 107; SERVICE FROM: 12/1915; SERVICE TO: Still attached; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Probationer; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sister; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/02/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing & Massage; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: F.A. H.N. certs 2 months part time 6 hours a day at the Hampstead General Hospital (Jan & Feb) In April sent to Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex. Worked there on Special Service until Feb 1918. Duties consisted of nursing & massage. For 6 months acted Sister-in Charge of the convalescent ward. 25 beds. Gave up work on account of ill-health, 2 years service bars; DEPARTMENT: L/110; COMMISSION: London 110 L/110.


CLARK, Mrs. Mary (8.1914-6.1915. General Service. Interpreter for Belgians)

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ADDRESS: “Beverley” Fambridge Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 06/1915; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S. Worker; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: G.S. Worker; DATE OF TERMINATION: 06/1915; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: General Service; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 800; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Acted as interpreter for Belgians Rivercourt Hospital Maldon Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


CLEAR, Miss Adelaide (9.1918-1.1919. Lay Helper – helped with teas)

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ADDRESS: Lodge Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 09/1918; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Lay helper; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Lay helper; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Helped with teas; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 261; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


CLEAR, Miss Grace(8.1914-1.1916. Masseuse)

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ADDRESS: Lodge Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1916; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Masseuse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Masseuse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Massage; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1500; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Stamped. Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex Red Cross; COMMISSION: Essex.


CLEAR, Miss Isabel (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: Lodge Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex;  SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1,300; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Frequently acted as night nurse at a moments notice Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


CLEAR, Miss Maud (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: Lodge Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1,250; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Good valuable service when required, with both day and night duty. Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


COLLINS, Mrs. Margaret Florence (1915, for 6 months. Housekeeper)

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ADDRESS: 130 Wantz Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1915; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; DATE OF TERMINATION: Over; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Acted as Housekeeper for 6 months 1915; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Six months Rivercourt Hospital Maldon Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: War Service Certificate.


COTTEE, Miss Annie Eliza (9.1917-1.1919.  Lay Helper – helped with teas)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?sname=Cottee&hosp=rivercourt&id=49494&first=true&last=true 

ADDRESS: Silver Street, Maldon. Essex; SERVICE FROM: 09/1917; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Lay helper; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1917; RANK AT TERMINATION: Lay helper; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Helped with teas; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 363; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: stamp: Rivercourt Hospital Maldon Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


CRABB, Mrs. Nellie (5.1918-1.1919. Lay Helper – helped with mending and in other ways)

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ADDRESS: Fambridge Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 05/1918; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Lay helper; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Lay helper; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Assisted with mending & helped in other ways; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 91; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


DANIELS, Mrs. Madge (8.1914-8.1915. Assistant Quartermaster)

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ADDRESS: “The Friary” Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 08/1915; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Asst. Quartermaster; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Asst. Quartermaster; DATE OF TERMINATION: 08/1915; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Acted as Asst. Quartermaster during mobilization; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 800; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex. Red Cross; COMMISSION: Essex.


DIBBEN, Mr. Victor (8.1916-1.1919. Lay Helper. Barber)

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ADDRESS: High Street, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1916; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Lay Helper; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Lay Helper; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Barber; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part Time 1040 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


DOUGLAS, Mrs. Agnes Mary Keith (3.2.1918-11.1.1919. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Fair View, Ticehurst, Sussex; COUNTY: Sussex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 53; SERVICE FROM: 13/02/1918; SERVICE TO: 04/02/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/02/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: 04/02/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 13 – 2 – 18 to 11 – 1 – 19 Rivercourt Hosp: Maldon (Aux) 20 – 1 – 19 to 4 – 2 – 19 Mount Tavy Hosp Devon (Aux); DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Sussex/134.


DOYLE, Mary M. (6.11.1915-29.1.1916. Trained Nurse/Sister. Named on Hospital card)

Born c1877 Ireland.

13 November 1915,  The British Journal of Nursing:

“JOINT WAR COMMITTEE. Home Hospitals. The following nurses have been deputed for duty in the home hospitals:-  …  V.A.D. Hospital, Maldon, Essex. – Miss M. M. Doyle …”

Mary. M. Doyle Service Card, side 1. Courtesy and ©/Permission to reproduce given by The British Red Cross.

Mary. M. Doyle Service Card, side 1.  ©/Permission to reproduce given by The British Red Cross.

Mary. M. Doyle Service Card, side 2. Courtesy and ©/Permission to reproduce given by The British Red Cross.

Mary. M. Doyle Service Card, side 2. © Permission to reproduce given by The British Red Cross.

IS Miss Mary M. Doyle THIS Miss Mary Malachs DOYLE – dates/rank match but address is different:

DOYLE, Miss Mary Malachs (3.11.1915 for 3 months. Sister, in charge of nursing)

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ADDRESS: 12 Grace Park Gardens, Drumcondra, Dublin; SERVICE FROM: 03/11/1915; SERVICE TO: 11/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Kineton Auxiliary Hospital; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Maldon, Essex 3, mos, Henley 1 yr. Boston, about 13 mos, Woodford Green over 2 mos. one or two temporary duties; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sister; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 27/08/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £72 per annum including board; DATE OF TERMINATION: 20/12/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Charge of nursing, Aux Hospital Kineton, Warwick; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; DEPARTMENT: Warwickshire Branch, British Red Cross Society; COMMISSION: WARWICKSHIRE.


DRAYSON, Mrs. Hilda (10.1917-1.1919. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: The Downs, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 10/1917; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1917; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION:  01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 164; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: [Stamped] Rivercourt Hospital Maldon Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


DUNDAS, Miss Gwendolen (15.10.1915-2.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=2&id=65172&forwards=true

ADDRESS: 69 Westbourne Terrace, Hyde Park. W2; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 20; SERVICE FROM: 15/10/1915; SERVICE TO: 01/04/1918; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: PTO; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 15/10/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/04/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rivercourt Hospital Maldon 15.10.1915 – 02.1916 1st Southern Gen Hosp 29.08.1916 – 01.04.1918; DEPARTMENT: JWVAD; COMMISSION: Hants 42; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 Scarlet Efficiency Stripe. 29.09.1917.


DURMAN, Mr. Arthur Charles (1914-1919. Lent the Baptist School Rooms for the Extension)

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ADDRESS: Wantz Road Maldon Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon;  DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Baptist Minister lent his School Rooms free of all charges as an Extension Ward for the duration of the War Rivercourt Hospital Maldon Essex [Red Cross stamp]; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: War Service Certificate.


DYKE, Mr. Arthur (1915-1917. Lay Worker.  Assisting/Very useful)

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ADDRESS: Fullbridge Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1917; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Lay worker at Rivercourt Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 1000 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Was of very great assistance during the mobilisation of the Hospital & very useful in many other ways Stamp: Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: War Service Certificate.


ELLIOTT, Miss Evelyn Allen (23.10.1917-26.1.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: c/o Standard Bank of Scotland Clements Lane, Lombard St; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 24; SERVICE FROM: 15/08/1916; SERVICE TO: 26/01/1918; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 15/08/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 26/01/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mil: Hosp: Devonport 15.8.16 – 15.9.17 Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex 23.10.17 – 26.1.18 (Aux:); DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: London 250; HONOURS AWARDED: One Scarlet Stripe 15.9.17.

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ADDRESS: Box 98 G.P.O. Brakpan – Transvaal; SERVICE FROM: 29/06/1916; SERVICE TO: 29/01/1918; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Probationer; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 15/08/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £20 p.a; RANK AT TERMINATION: Probationer; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/01/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: £20 p.a; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: 5th S. Gen: Hos: Portsmouth Rivercourt Hos: Maldon; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Resigned to return to her home in the Transvaal owing to ill-health. Came over specially to work for the B.R.C.S. & did excellently E.H. Sutherland Richards; COMMISSION: County of London Reserve Red Cross Detachment.


EVE, Miss Jessie Caroline (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing/Acting Sister. R.R.C. 2nd)

Born 1884 Maldon, Essex.  Registered 2nd Quarter.  Daughter of Maldon-born Corn Merchant Robert H. B. Eve and his wife Caroline Mary. 

1891 Census:  Fulbridge House, Maldon, Essex.  Living with parents & siblings + 2 cousins (+ 2 servants).

1901 Census:  Wellesley Road, Colchester, Essex.  Pupil at Private Girls’ School. “17”.

1911 Census:  Fulbridge House, Maldon, Essex.  Living with parents & siblings (+ 2 servants).  No occupation given.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?sname=eve&hosp=rivercourt&id=71351&first=true&last=true

ADDRESS: “Fullbridge House”, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing, Acted as Sister; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Gave her whole time voluntary to nursing, Especially to night work. Rivercourt Hospital Red Cross Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: R.R.C. 2nd class. 

02 November 1917, Chelmsford Chronicle

ROYAL RED CROSS FOR ESSEX NURSES.

The King has awarded the Royal Red Cross to the undermentioned ladies of the nursing services in recognition of their valuable service in connection with the war:– To be Associates, Royal Red Cross (2nd Class). … Miss J. C. Eve, Sister, Rivercourt Auxiliary Hospital, Maldon. …” 

Jessie “of Fullbridge House, Maldon, Essex” died on 14th September 1963 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Maldon.    Jessie never married.


FFINCH, Mrs. Crystal [nee Champion De Crespigny] (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing. Probationer. Recorded as “Miss” on the Service Card)

Born 1877 Durrington, Wiltshire. Baptised 3 July 1877 Durrington, Wiltshire. Daughter of London-born Sir Claude Champion De Crespigny and his Glasgow-born wife Georgina Louisa Margaret (nee McKerrell).

1881 Census:      Champion Lodge, Heybridge, Essex.  With mother (Lady Champion De Crespigny); three brothers; two sisters; a Maternal Aunt; a Maternal McKerrell Uncle; and nine servants.

1891 Census:      Edgerta? House School, St. Sidwell, Devon. Boarder.

1901:     Married Matthew Benjamin Dipnall Ffinch in the Maldon District.

1911:     Hoe Mill, Woodham Walter, Essex. With Captain husband?

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ADDRESS: Hoe Mills, Woodham Walter; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Probationer; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Probationer; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time, 250 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Collected subscriptions & contributions of fruit & vegetables. Entertained the Patients. Rivercourt Hospital Maldon Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.

1961, 16 Nov:     Crystal Ffinch “of Langford Meads Maldon Essex widow died 16 November 1961 at 92 Radcliffe Gardens Kensington London”.


FISHER, Miss Elsie Bertha (19.10.1916-6.1917 & 25.9.1917-29.10.1917 = J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=3&id=75011&forwards=true

ADDRESS: The Lodge, West Somerton, Nr Great Yarmouth; COUNTY: Norfolk; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 20; SERVICE FROM: 19/10/1916; SERVICE TO: 29/10/1917; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 19/10/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 29/10/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 19.10.1916 to 06.1917) Rivercourt Hosp: 25.09.1917 to 29.10.1917) Maldon; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Norfolk. 96.

On a second card (below) for Elsie, it is written “Rivercourt Malta”, with dates 20.10.1916-20.4.1917 & 25.9.1915-12.1.1918.  It is believed that “Malta” should read “Maldon”.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=3&id=75009

ADDRESS: The Lodge, W. Somerton, Gt Yarmouth; SERVICE FROM: 1916; SERVICE TO: 1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 20.10.16 – 20.4.17 Rivercourt Malta 25.9.15 – 12.1.18 – Rivercourt Malta; DEPARTMENT: Norfolk 96; COMMISSION: Norfolk Military.


FORSDYKE, Mrs. Ida (1918-1919. Lay Helper)

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ADDRESS: High Street, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; SERVICE TO: 1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Lay Helper; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Lay Helper; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Lay Helper; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 120 hours; COMMISSION: Essex.


FROST, Miss Emily (5.1915-1.1919. Night Sister)

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ADDRESS: The Lawn, Upper Redlands Road, Reading; COUNTY: Berks; SERVICE FROM: 05/1915; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: paid night sister; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Paid; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: full time, 11397 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Acted as night sister in charge for four years conduct exemplary Red Cross, Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex Address crossed out “The Mills Heybridge Maldon Essex“; COMMISSION: Essex/14.


FROST, Miss Alice (2.1915-1.1917. Nursing)

Given that the address “The Mills Heybridge Maldon Essex” was crossed out of the Service Card, this is probably Alice Emily Frost:  Born 1877 Tolleshunt Major (also known as Beckenham).   Daughter of Halstead-born Miller and Corn Merchant Benjamin Frost and his wife Emily Esther (nee Cocks).

1881 Census:      Mill, Great Totham.  With parents; two brothers; and a servant.

1891 Census:      Rye Mill House, Feering. With parents; five sisters; three brothers; & two Frost cousins.

1901 Census:      Rye Mill, Feering, Essex. With parents; four sisters; and two brothers.

1911 Census:      Coggeshall Road, Braintree. A boarder with 72yr old Veterinary Surgeon John Young, his Veterinary Surgeon son and his daughter.  Her parents’ home was Heybridge Mill, Heybridge, Maldon.

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SERVICE FROM: 02/1915; SERVICE TO: 02/1917; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: has been working at Riverscourt Red X Hospital, Maldon, Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Full time for 4 years; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This member has never given me any particulars of her work – or her home address. I only know she has worked at Riverscourt Hospital “off & on” for the above period- M.E. Pitcairn ‘The Mills, Heybridge, Maldon, Essex‘ entered against Permanent Address and scored through; COMMISSION: Essex?


GARNETT, Miss Brenda Mary (28.7.1917-5.1918. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Col. Mil. Hospital)

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ADDRESS: 5 Ribblesdale Avenue, Clitheroe; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 19; SERVICE FROM: 28/07/1917; SERVICE TO: 20/01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 28/07/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 20/01/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rivercourt (Aux:) Hosp: Maldon 28.07.1917 – May 1918 N. Z. Hosp: Walton-on-Thames 18.06.1918 – 20.01.1919; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: E. Lancs: 94.

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ADDRESS: 5 Ribblesdale Avenue, Clitheroe; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; HOSPITAL: Ellerslie Auxiliary Hospital, Public Hall, Blackburn; Didsbury Lodge, Didsbury, Manchester; Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £20; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: At Ellerslie Aux Hospital, Blackburn (4 weeks) At Didsbury Lodge, Manchester At Military Hosp., Colchester At London (War Pensions Office) At Rivercourt Hosp, Maldon, Essex At No 2 New Zealand Hosp, Walton-on-Thames; COMMISSION: E. Lancs 94; HONOURS AWARDED: None.


GASKIN, Mr. Horace Michael (1.7.1915-1919+. Lay Worker. Assisted with accounts etc)

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ADDRESS: 29 London Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 01/07/1915; SERVICE TO: Still serving; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/07/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Lay worker; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 7500 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Assisted with accounts & entirely managed the food reports, calculating quantities of food required giving up a large amount of time for this purpose. Rivercourt Hospital, Malden, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


GASKIN, Mrs. Marjorie (1.7.1915-1919+. [Asst.]Hon. Secretary. Registrar. Keeping records etc)

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ADDRESS: 29 London Road, Maldon; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1919 Still serving; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Assist. Hon Sec; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/07/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Hon. Sec; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Secretarial Work etc; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Continual Secretarial work, acted as Registrar for the Hospital, keeping medical Records etc Also full charge of all Army Accounts in connection with Hospital. Rivercourt Hospital. Maldon. Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


GIRLING, Mr. Henry Percy (1914-1919. Lent his car constantly for transport purposes)

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ADDRESS: Fambridge Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Transport work; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lent his motor car constantly to the Hospital for transport purposes free of charge Rivercourt Hospital Maldon Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: War Service Certificate.


GOMERSAL-SMITH, Miss Margaret (8.1914-10.1918. Trained Nurse. Acting Sister/Matron duties)

ADDRESS: 10 Coliseum Terrace, Regents Park, London W; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 10/1918; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 10/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time 4000 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Acted as Sister, gave valuable services with untiring energy. Taking the Matron’s duties during her holidays. Maintaining with dignity the discipline of the Hospital. Conduct exemplary. Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


GRANGER, Mr. Harold (1914-1919. Lent his car constantly for transport purposes)

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ADDRESS: Hill House , Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Motor Transport Work; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lent his Motor constantly for Transport purposes in connection with the Hospital free of charge. Rivercourt Hospital Maldon Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: War Service Certificate.


GRANGER, Mrs. Isabel (1914-1919. Organised fetes; concerts; entertained the wounded)

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ADDRESS: Hill House , Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1918; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Organiser of fetes etc; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Organised Fetes, Concerts etc. constantly entertaining the wounded. Raised £76 for the Hospital. Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex. (Red Cross); COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: War Service Certificate.


HUTLEY, Miss Annie (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: “Wentworth House” Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 921; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex stamp on the back at the bottom next to a red cross; COMMISSION: Essex.


IRVING, Miss Inez Rhoda (21.3.1916-27.9.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

Born 1884 Portsmouth, Hampshire.  Daughter of George Clerk Irving and his Malta-born wife Agnes Henrietta Susan Sammut.

1885, 22 Oct:      Father Geoge C. Irving died at Rocklands, Sliema in Malta.

1891 Census:      ?

c1894:                   Mother Agnes married Canadian Thomas Carlyle Skinner (Lt. Col. R.E., C.E.F. WW1).

1900, 8 Jan:         Mother Agnes “of 12 Leyburn-terrace Dover (wife of Thomas Carlyle Skinner)” died.

1901 Census:      43 Central Hill, Croydon, Surrey.  With widowed Worcestershire-born Grandmother Janette Sammut [nee White. Late husband was Joseph Battista Sammut]; an Italy-born Jessie Geraldine Chaldecott aunt (British Subject, nee Sammut, married Algernon Winn Chaldecott in Malta, in 1887); and Birmingham-born Chaldecott cousin (Jessie’s son).

?                              Step-father Thomas Carlyle Skinner re-married – Belle McLeod ?

1911 Census:      Military Barracks or Quarters, Bermuda and Jamaica. With Scotland-born Belle McLeod Skinner (wife of Inez’ step-father Thomas Carlyle Skinner); Arthur Noel Skinner (“son by former marriage” – step-brother of Inez).  “Inez Rhoda Irving” is classed as “step-daughter by former marriage”; born in “Brighton, Sussex”.

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ADDRESS: c/o Mrs. Knox, 12 Flaxley Rd. Selby; COUNTY: Yorks; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 28; SERVICE FROM: 21/03/1916; SERVICE TO: 27/09/1916; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 21/03/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 27/09/1916; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Aux. Mil: Hsp Rivercourt Maldon Essex; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Sussex 118.

Inez had a couple of cousins and a step-brother fighting for King and Country, and she had two cousins who entered the nursing profession.  As yet, the date of her death has not been discovered.


IVES, Mr. Walter (1914-1915. Organised Flag Days and Concerts)

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ADDRESS: London Road Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 00/00/1914; SERVICE TO: 00/00/1915; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 00/00/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 00/00/1915; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Organiser Flag Days – Concerts; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rendered valuable service in organising Flag Days – Concerts on behalf of the Hospital Rivercourt Red Cross Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


JEFFRIES, Miss Ethel (9.1915-1.1919. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: High Street Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; CHARACTER: PTO; SERVICE FROM: 09/1915; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 2358; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Conduct exemplary Rivercourt Hospital Maldon Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


JEFFRIES, Mr. James (8.1814-1.1919. Lay Helper. Barber services, gratuitously)

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ADDRESS: High Streeet, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Lay helper; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Barber; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1040 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Acted as Barber gratiously, for the duration of the War, shaving & haircutting many thousands. Rivercourt Hospital Maldon Essex [red cross]; COMMISSION: Essex.


JEFFRIES, Mrs. Louise (1914-1919. V.A.D. Member. Mending; Assisting; Management)

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ADDRESS: 25 London Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: VAD; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: VAD; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: as overleaf; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 6000 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Organised working parties for mending linen & clothes , gave many presents , assisted Secretary and in every way helped the management of the hospital Rivercourt Hospital “Red Cross” Maldon Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: War Service Certificate.


KEEBLE, Mrs. Kate (1914-1919. Fund-raised for Rivercourt & Extension Hospital)

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ADDRESS: 31 Victoria Road Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Organiser as overleaf; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Has raised large sums of money by Whist Drives. Dances for Rivercourt Hospital Stamped: Rivercourt Hospital, Maldo Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: War Service Certificate.


KROHN, Mrs.  H. A. = MRS.  HERMAN ALEXANDER KROHN = ALICE KROHN (nee Morling) (8.1914-?1.1919. Started and managed Rivercourt. Commandant. Named on Hosp. Card.  Vice-President, Maldon Division, British Red Cross Society.  Awarded O.B.E).

Born c1858 New South Wales, Australia.  Daughter of M.D. Henry Morling and his wife ?

1900, 9 Oct:    Married (at age “42”) Herman Alexander Krohn at St. George’s, Esher, Surrey.

1901 Census:  8 Silver Street, Maldon, Essex.  Living with South African-born husband (Director of Public Companies) and step-daughters Helen and Bertha (born in India) ; and three servants.

1911 Census:  Maldon Court, Maldon, Essex.  Living with husband (Dir. of Public  Companies). Plus 2 servants.

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ADDRESS: Maldon Court, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: Still serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Vice President; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Commandant; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Started & managed Rivercourt Hospital; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Organised Maldon & Local Divisions in 1910. Arranged classes, gave Lectures, held examinations. Started & managed a hospital of 65 beds at Rivercourt for 4½ years. Member of Central Committee for Essex, attending regularly. Member of Demobilizations Committee for Essex, attending regularly; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Mentioned in Despatches twice, O.B.E.

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ADDRESS: Maldon Court, Maldon; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Vice President; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Vice President Devzie & Malden Division Essex Voluntary Aid Organisation; COMMISSION: Essex.

1918, 8 Feb:    Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

The names of the following ladies have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for valuable services rendered in connection with the establishment, maintenance and administration of hospitals:-  …. Krohne, Mrs. Alice, Rivercourt  V.A.D. Hospital, Maldon. …” 

1919, 16 Aug:  Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]: NURSES’ SERVICES RECOGNISED.

The names of the following have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the establishment, organization, and maintenance of hospitals:- … Mrs. A. Krohn, Maldon; …”

1924:               11 September: Passenger arriving in Southampton from Cape Town, S.A.   With husband Herman.  Proposed Address in UK: 39 Threadneedle Street, London E.C.

1950, 8 Nov:   Alice (“of Straton Court, Durban Road, Wynberg, Cape Town, South Africa”) died.  Widow.  Husband Herman (of same above address) had died on 01 February 1929.


KROHN, Miss Hellen Amy (8.1914-1.1919, during school holidays. Nursing Sister)

Born 19 August 1874 Chudderghaut, Madras, India.  Daughter of Herman Alexander Krohn (below) and his first wife East India-born Amy Constance (nee Taylor, 1841-1899).

1881 Census:      28 Kensington Garden Terrace, Paddington, London.  With mother; mother’s sister Alice M. Taylor (also born East India); Visitor Harriet M. Mason; sister Bertha (“5” year old); sister Harriet (Harriet Margaret “1” year old, born Paddngton.  In 1911, Harriet was a Masseuse and a Visitor to the Vicarage in Maldon); plus a House/Parlor Maid; a Cook; and a Nurse.

1891 Census:      ?

1901 Census:      8 Silver Street, Maldon, Essex.  With father “Director of Public Companies”; with Australian-born Step-Mother Alice; sister Bertha (also born Chudderghaut, Madras); and three servants.

1911 Census:      School House, Abingdon School, Abingdon, Berks.  “Matron at School House”.

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ADDRESS: at Sidney House, Oundle; COUNTY: Northants; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sister; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sister; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 3720 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: During her vacation from school duty, gave valuable services as Sister. Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.

1929, 11 May:    Passenger from Liverpool-SouthAfrica: Lady Matron, Sidney House, Oundle, Northants.

1953, 25 Jun:      “Helen Amy” Krohn “of St. Andrew’s Hospital Northampton spinster” died at Bryn-y-Neuadd, Llanfairfechan, Carnarvonshire.


KROHN, Mr.  Herman Alexander (1914-1919. “Donor” etc.  Rendered valuable services)

Born 1849 Grahamstown, South Africa.  Son of Merchant Nicholas Peter Krohn and his wife ?  Herman was a J.P.; D.L.; Master of Maldon’s St. Peter’s Lodge of Freemasons (number 1024, in 1904); a director of an explosives company; and he had been a Councillor for Maldon from 1898.  Herman was actually mayor in 1902; 1903; 1906; 1907; 1912; 1913; 1914.

1873:                 Married Amy Constance Taylor (1841-1899) in Dublin. They had 3 daughters & 1 son: Helen Amy (1874); Bertha Mary (1875); Robert Meadows (1877); and Harriet Margaret (1879) – all were born in India, except Harriet.

1900, 9 Oct:    Married (at age “50”) Alice Morling at St. George’s, Esher, Surrey.

1901 Census:  8 Silver Street, Maldon, Essex.  Director of Public Companies. Living with Australian-born wife; daughters (from first marriage) Helen and Bertha (born in India).

1911 Census:  Maldon Court, Maldon, Essex. Director of Public Companies. Living with wife and three servants.

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ADDRESS: Maldon Court Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1910; SERVICE TO: 1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Assistant County Director for Essex & for service on other side; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Provided free board & lodging for nurses of Rivercourt – Hospital for 4 1/2 years. Helped to start the Maldon & Dengie Red X Division in 1910. Rendered valuable services in forming the men’s V.A.D. Essex/13 Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Maldon & Dengie Essex;

1929, 1 Feb:        Herman Alexander Krohn “of Straton Court Wynberg South Africa” died.


LEWIN, Miss Edith (1914-1915. Assistant Quartermaster. Helped start Extension Ward)

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ADDRESS: Victoria Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1915; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1915; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Assist Quartermaster; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 400 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Acted as Assistant Quartermaster for a year & was very helpful in starting Extension Ward. Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: War Service Certificate.


MARKHAM, Miss Margaret (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

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ADDRESS: Spital Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 4.535; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rivercourt Red Cross Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


MILLER, Miss Emily (1914-1917. Lay Helper.  Helped the Quartermaster)

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ADDRESS: Holloway House, Weybridge; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1917; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Lay Helper; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Casual work as overleaf; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time: 100 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Helped the Quartermaster as lay worker. Rivercourt Hospital Maldon Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: War Service Certificate.


MILLER, Miss Gertrude (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing/Acting Sister)

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ADDRESS: Holloway House, Heybridge, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing Acted as Sister; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Gave her whole time voluntary to Nursing during the war. Rivercourt Hospital Maldon Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Mentioned in Despatches once.

26 October 1917, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

WOMEN’S WORK FOR THE WOUNDED.  NURSES’ SERVICES RECOGNISED.

The undermentioned are included in a long list of those who have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the war:– … Miller, Miss G., Sister, Rivercourt Aux. Hosp., Maldon. …”


MITFORD, Miss Josceline Ethel (14.2.1918-3.6.1918. J.W. V.A.D.)

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ADDRESS: 17 Cadogan Square SW; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 23; SERVICE FROM: 14/02/1918 SERVICE TO: 31/05/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: PTO; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/02/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: 31/05/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rivercourt Auxiliary 14/02.1918 to 03/06/1918 Bonsecous Rowen JC 11/06/1918 to 31/05/1919; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Surrey 54.


MOSS, Mrs. [Harry] (1916-1.1919. General Service. Cook. Housekeeping)

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ADDRESS: Navigation Cottage, Heybridge; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1916; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Paid; RANK AT TERMINATION: Cook; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Paid PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: General Service; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Full time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Query List returned stating :- ” Cannot trace her and do not know her Christian Name”. Helped with housekeeping, & kept down expenses by economical management, & first class cooking. Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


NEBB? WEBB, Gertrude (15.6.1916-14.8.1916.  Trained Nurse/Sister. Named “Nebb” on Hospital card)


NOURSE, Miss E. (23.3.1916-15.6.1916. Trained Nurse/Sister. Named on Hospital card) 

1 April 1916, The British Journal of Nursing:

“JOINT WAR COMMITTEE: Home Hospitals. The following Sisters have been deputed for duty in the Home Hospitals:-  … Rivercourt Red Cross Hospital, Maldon. – Miss E. Nourse …”


ORTH, Mr. Clifford Thomas (1914-1919. Transport. Lent his motor)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=4&id=164261&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Spital Road Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Transport; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lent his motor continuously for Hospital work free of charge duration of War. Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: War Service Certificate.


OWERS, Mr. Frederick Charles (1914-1915. Lay Worker – was of great assistance)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=4&id=165168&forwards=true

ADDRESS: The Towers, Heybridge, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1915; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1915; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Lay Worker; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part Time 3,000 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Was of very great assistance during the mobilization of the Hospital and very useful in many other ways Rivercourt Hospital, (stamped) large red cross stamped to side Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: War Service Certificate.


POLAND, Miss Cicely Mabel Mary (11.1916-1.1919. Nursing. Cycled 4 miles daily. Royal Red Cross 2nd class?)

Born 11 July 1898 Shephall, Hertfordshire. Daughter of Cornish Clergyman William Henry and his Yorkshire-born wife Laura Charlotte Elizabeth

1901 Census:      Rectory, Shephall, Hertfordshire. With parents; a younger brother; a Clergyman Poland Uncle; and three servants.

1911 Census:      Woodham Walter Rectory, Woodham Walter, Essex. With parents; a younger brother; and four servants.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=5&id=240564

ADDRESS: The Rectory, Woodham Mortimer; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 11/1916; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Full time 4060 hrs; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Cycled four miles daily in all weathers. Showed great devotion to duty. Conduct exempliary Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex. [red cross]; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: P.T.O.

1974,15 Nov:     Cicely Mabel Mary Poland “of The Folley House The Folley Layer-de-la-Haye Essex” died.


PRICE, Veronica Joan (?3.1.1916 for 2 months. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=5&id=243281&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Gaybowers Manor House, Danbury; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 01/1916; SERVICE TO: present time; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; Chelsea VAD, 13, Grosvenor Crescent; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/01/1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 6 months 6 hrs day, from Jan 20th 1917 13 hrs day; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: From Chelsea V.A.D. Hospital. I have worked at:- Rivercourt, Maldon Essex 2 months. Chelsea V.A.D Hosp: Grosvenor Cresc: 4 months. 2nd E.G. Hospital 2 years up to the present. [Front Dates] Essex 14. Jan 3rd 1916. London 156. Sept.4th 1916. Brighton. Jan. 20th 1917; COMMISSION: London 156; HONOURS AWARDED: 2 red stripes.


RUSH, Miss Freda (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=5&id=181261&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Cornwall Lodge, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 684; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: stamp: Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


RUSH, Mrs. Nellie (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=5&id=181270&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Cornwall Lodge, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 800; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: stamp: Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


SADD, Miss Henrietta (1914-1919. Fund-raised – oganised fetes etc)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=5&id=182231&forwards=true

ADDRESS: HIll House, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Organised Fetes Concerts. etc thereby raising a considerable sum of money for the Hospital Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: War Service Certificate.


SAYE, Miss ?Hilda Minnie (23.3.1916-15.6.1916. ?V.A.D. Nurse. Named on Hospital card)

Assuming that “Nourse” on the above Red Cross card represents “Miss E. Nourse” (as opposed to “Nurse”), it is deduced that “Saye” represents a Ms.Saye.  Both women starting and finishing on the same day.

This is probably local woman Hilda Minnie Saye, born 12 September 1895 at 14 Queen Street, Maldon.   On 19 August 1917, Hilda married soldier Joseph Parent* (bn 1878 Quebec, Canada).  Joseph was killed in Belgium on 02 December 1917.   *See piece at the end of this Maldon chapter.


SHARPE, Mrs. Bertha M. (8.1914-1.1919. Matron. Royal Red Cross 2nd Class)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?sname=sharpe&hosp=rivercourt&id=186919&first=true&last=true

ADDRESS: Hylands Farm, Horsham; COUNTY: Sussex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Matron; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Matron; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Matron; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Gave her services free of charge for 4 1/2 years at Rivercourt Hospital 65 beds, from date of opening till closure. Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Royal Red Cross 2nd Class. 

02 November 1917, Chelmsford Chronicle

ROYAL RED CROSS FOR ESSEX NURSES.

The King has awarded the Royal Red Cross to the undermentioned ladies of the nursing services in recognition of their valuable service in connection with the war:– To be Associates, Royal Red Cross (2nd Class). … Mrs. B. M. Sharpe, Matron, Rivercourt Auxiliary Hospital, Maldon. …”


SHELBOURNE, Miss Freda (7.1915-11.1917 + 3 wks Feb. 1918. Nursing)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=5&id=187645&forwards=true

ADDRESS: c/o Miss Darke 33 Wolverton Avenue, Kingston Hill; SERVICE FROM: 07/1915; SERVICE TO: 11/1917; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION:11/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nurse at Maldon Red X Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maldon Red X Hospital Also three weeks in Feb 1918 at the Maldon Red X Hospital; COMMISSION: Surrey.


SNELL, Miss Amy Catherine (1916. Lay Worker. Secretarial Work)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=5&id=194740&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Haileybury, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1916; SERVICE TO: 1916; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Lay Worker; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 525 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Helped as lay worker with Secretarial Work. Stamped: Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex. (with large red cross); COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: War Service Certificate.


SPURGEON, Mr. Samuel Charles (1914-1919. Treasurer. “Our Day” Secretary for 3 years)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=5&id=196562

ADDRESS: Bedford House, Wellington Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: War Service Certificate; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Treasurer etc. as overleaf; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Presented £80- to Rivercourt Hospital, proceeds of auction sale which he arranged entirely. Acted as Treasurer for 3 years. Was Treasurer, Secretary for “Our Day” for three years in succession, raising £774 for the fund. Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.


SWALES, Mrs Mary E. (8.1914-1.1916. Hon. Secretary. Helped Commandant)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=maldon+essex&page=6&id=202498&forwards=true

ADDRESS: 5. London Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1916; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Hon. Secretary; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Hon. Secretary; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1916; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Part time 4000 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Gave valuable assistance in starting Detachment. Helped Commandant in arranging Lectures & Examinations, also in getting up Red X . Concerts & Entertainments; COMMISSION: Essex.


THORNBERY, Mrs. Ethel (21.3.1916-19.5.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=5&id=207990&forwards=true

ADDRESS: 25 Silverdale, Sydenham, S.E; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 28; SERVICE FROM: 11/1915; SERVICE TO: 13/03/1919; HOSPITAL: The Princess Christian British Red Cross Hospital, Englefield Green; Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 13/03/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 11.15 to 2.16 Princess Christian, Englefield Green. 21.3.16 to trans. Riverscourt Hsp:, Maldon. 19.5.16 to 19.2.17 Princess Christian, Englefield Green 2.4.17 to trans 2nd Eastern General, Brighton 21.2.18 to 13.3.19 Military Hospital, France; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: London /236; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 scarlet efficiency stripe 6.2.19.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=5&id=207991&forwards=true

ADDRESS: 25 Silverdale, Sydenham; HOSPITAL: The Princess Christian British Red Cross Hospital, Englefield Green; Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 31/05/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Special Service See overleaf; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 20-11-15 – 20-2-16 P.C. Hosp. Englefield Green. 20-3-16 – 19-5-16 Rivercourt Hosp. Maldon. 20-5-16 – 20-2-17 P.C. Hosp. Englefield Green. 2.4.17 – 19-11-17 2nd East: Gen: Hosp. Portland Rd. Brighton 19-11-17 – 21-2-18 Dyke Rd Division Brighton 21-2-18 – 73rd General Hosp B.E.F France March 1st. 1919. Still a member of L/236; DEPARTMENT: L/236; COMMISSION: 236 London.


TURNER, Miss Winifred (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=5&id=212841&forwards=true

ADDRESS: High Street, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1,599; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex. [red cross]; COMMISSION: Essex.


VIGERS, Miss Edith (8.1914-10.1914. Commandant)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=6&id=213987

ADDRESS: Beeleigh, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 10/1914; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Over; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Commandant; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Commandant; DATE OF TERMINATION: 10/1914; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 250 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Appointed Commandant by Vice President. Resigned within three months. Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex. Red X; COMMISSION: Essex.


WARD, Miss Doris (3.1918-?1.1919. Probationer. Assistant Secretary)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=6&id=220230&forwards=true

ADDRESS: “Bank House” High Street, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 03/1918; SERVICE TO: 01/1918; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Probationer Asst. Secretary; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 2,162; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: (stamped:) Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex Red Cross {Note: ‘1918’ written by mistake for ‘1919’ on the back of the card under Period Of Service To.} COMMISSION: Essex.


WARREN, Miss Helene Borough (20.11.1915-6.1.1915. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=6&id=218388&last=true

ADDRESS: 18 Granville Place, Portman Square W; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 23; SERVICE FROM: 20/11/1915; SERVICE TO: 18/02/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 20/11/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 18/02/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 20.11.1915 to 06.12.1915 Riverscourt Hospital, Maldon 27.12.1916 to 18.02.1919 J.C. Hospital, France; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Gloucester/42.


WILBERFORCE, Miss Irene (9.1918- 1.1918. General Service Worker)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=maldon+essex&page=8&id=226158&forwards=true

ADDRESS: “Langford Grove”, Maldon, Essex; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 09/1918; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: G.S.Worker; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: G.S.Worker; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: General Service; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 437; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex. Red Cross; COMMISSION: Essex.


WILLETT, Miss (Lilla) Dorothy L. (5.1915-1.1919. Nursing. In charge of Extension Wards a lot)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=maldon+essex&page=8&id=227205&forwards=true

ADDRESS: 5 River View Althorne; SERVICE FROM: 05/1916; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Devoted all her time to nursing, frequently taking night duty. In charge of Extension Wards for many months. Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex. [Deleted Address: “Dyegoods” Latchington, Essex]; COMMISSION: Essex.


WOODWORTH, Miss Jane Louisa (28.2.1916-?24.3.1916. Trained Nurse/Sister. Named on Hospital Card)

Born c 1877 Port St. Mary, Rushen, Isle of Man.  Daughter of Engine Driver Edward Woodworth & wife Catherine.

1901 Census:  Salford Union Infirmary, Pendleton, Lancs.   Occupation: Probationer Nurse.

1911 Census:  Matron at The National Institution for Persons requiring Care and Control, Ackworth Moor, West Yorkshire.

Jane Louisa Woodworth Service Card, side 1. ©/Permission to reproduce given by The British Red Cross.

Jane Louisa Woodworth Service Card, side 1. ©/Permission to reproduce given by The British Red Cross.

Jane Louisa Woodworth Service Card, side 2. ©/Permission to reproduce given by The British Red Cross.

Jane Louisa Woodworth Service Card, side 2. ©/Permission to reproduce given by The British Red Cross.

Chudleigh V.A. Hospital, Chudleigh service dates only given:-

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=6&id=232967

SERVICE FROM: 11/07/1916; SERVICE TO: 10/1916; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; Chudleigh V.A. Hospital, Chudleigh; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Berkhamstead Ashford, Kent, Maldon, Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/07/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Yes; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained; DATE OF TERMINATION: 13/10/1916; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Service rendered at: V.A. Hospital – Chudleigh 11th July 1916 to 13th Oct. 1916; COMMISSION: Devon.


WYATT, Miss May (8.1914-1.1919. Nursing. In charge of Extension Wards a lot)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=rivercourt&page=6&id=234750&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Heybridge, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; HOSPITAL: Rivercourt and Extension, Maldon; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Full time. 6104 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Devoted all her time to nursing, frequently taking night duty. In charge of Extension Wards for many months. Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex; COMMISSION: Essex.



OTHER MALDON VOLUNTEERS 

BARKER, Mrs Lucinda (Needleworker, Red Cross Work Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=maldon+essex&id=11251

ADDRESS: All Saints Schools, London Rd, Maldon; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 08/1915; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 08/1915 PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Needleworker Red X Work Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: about 100; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No name & registered number, as work was done at home; COMMISSION: Essex.


EVE, Mrs. Rose Eve (Needleworker, Red Cross Work Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=maldon+essex&page=3&id=71353

ADDRESS: 82 High Street, Maldon; SERVICE FROM: 08/1915; SERVICE TO: 08/1917; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: See over; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 08/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Needleworker. Red X Work Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: about 300; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: (No name & registered number, as work was done at home); COMMISSION: Essex.


HARVEY, Mrs. Emily (Needleworker at Red Cross Work Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=maldon+essex&page=4&id=99184

ADDRESS: 56 High Street, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 08/1915; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: See over; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914 DATE OF TERMINATION: 08/1915 PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Needleworker. Red X work party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: about 120; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No name and registered number, as work was done at home; COMMISSION: Essex.


HAYWARD, Miss Mary (Needleworker at Red Cross Work Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=maldon+essex&page=4&id=101128

ADDRESS: 69. High Street. Maldon; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 08/1916; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 08/1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Needleworker & found others to do needlework; WHOLE OR PART TIME: about 300; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: (No name & registered number, as work was done at home); COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: SEE OVER.


NEVILL, Mrs Florence Mary (Fund-Raiser.  Needleworker at Red Cross Work Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=maldon+essex&page=6&id=159289

ADDRESS: Beeleigh, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; CHARACTER: See Over; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Collector of funds and Needleworker, Red X Work Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time. 800; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No name & registered number, as work was done at home; COMMISSION: Essex.


PECHY, Mrs. Jane (Needleworker at Red Cross Work Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=maldon+essex&page=6&id=169672&forwards=true

ADDRESS: 54 High Street, Maldon; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 08/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: See over; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 08/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Needleworker. Has done a large amount; WHOLE OR PART TIME: continuously, about 800; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No name & registered number, as work was done at home; COMMISSION: Essex


SADLER, Miss May (Checked garments etc at Red Cross Work Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=maldon+essex&page=6&id=182304&forwards=true

ADDRESS: 4 Lodge Rd, Maldon; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 08/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: see over; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Overlooked garments & packed up. Red X Work Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: about 400; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: (No name & registered number, as work was done at home); COMMISSION: Essex.


TAYLOR, Miss M. (Work Party Worker)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=maldon+essex&page=6&id=205199&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Spital Road, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 04/1917; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Over; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 04/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Worker Red X Work Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: About 300; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No further particulars available; COMMISSION: Essex. HONOURS AWARDED: Badge.


WARD, Mrs. Thyrza (Needleworker at Red Cross Work Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=maldon+essex&page=8&id=220554

ADDRESS: Bank House Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1914; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: See over; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 08/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cut out and done needllework red X working party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 400; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: No name & registered number, as work was done at home; COMMISSION: Essex.



JOSEPH PARENT : A Canadian in Maldon

Joseph was born c1879 Quebec, Canada.  He was a Lumberman in civilian life.  At some point, Joseph left Canada and (after arriving at Glasgow), Joseph enlisted in the 16th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow) – he became Private 40757.

The 16th Highland Light Infantry was the 2nd Glasgow city battalion of the HLI.   Based on his service number (bearing in mind that this is not an exact science!), he would have joined between late 1915 to early 1916.

Joseph’s First World War Service Record has not survived (over 60% of these service records were destroyed during the Second World War’s German bombing raids during the London Blitz), thus we can never know all the ‘wheres and whens’ within Joseph’s army service.   However, a little guess work is documented – thanks to members of the Great War Forum:  http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/.

At some point, Joseph found himself at a UK Auxiliary Hospital or Convalescent Home – the photograph below shows Joseph arrowed.   The location is not known but it is known not to be Maldon’s ‘Rivercourt’.

At an unknown WW1 Home Hospital - Joseph Parent is arrowed. Courtesy/© of Saye Family.

At an unknown WW1 Home Hospital – Joseph Parent is arrowed.  © Saye Family.

In 1916, the Highland Light Infantry found itself in Maldon.  This would have been when Joseph met local girl Hilda Minnie Saye, of 14 Queen Street, Maldon.   This encounter resulted in Joseph marrying Hilda on 19 August 1917, in Maldon.  The death certificate of a son noted that father Joseph’s occupation was “3rd H.L.I. (Lumberman)”.

Joseph died Sunday, 02 December 1917 Belgium, “aged 39”.  He has been commemorated: on Panel 131/132 of the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium (see images below); on the Honour Roll of the 16th Highland Light Infantry; the Scottish National War Memorial database; on Page 580 of the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance; and by a tree in Maldon’s Avenue of Remembrance in Essex, England.

Joseph Parent’s Battle – also referred to as the ‘Moonlight Massacre’

16th (Service) Battl. (2nd Glasgow) (Often known by its original title of the Glasgow Boys Brigade Battl.) 

“The 16th HLI on Dec 1st and 2nd took part in a moonlight attack on Passchendaele Ridge at Westroosebeke.  Zero hour 1.55.am.  Battalion in the Void Farm area.  3rd Dec Withdrew to West of Virile Farm. Dec 4th.  Brake Camp Relieved by the 5/6th Royal Scots and 1st Dorset’s. 

At Brake Camp the Roll Call was one of the saddest since 1915. Twenty officers and 469 other ranks went forward on Passchendaele. Eight officers and 204 other ranks answered their names more than half the battalion were casualties.” 

On page 42 of The Highland Light Infantry Chronicle 1918, “40757 Pte. Parent, J.” is listed in The Roll of NCO’s and Men Reported Missing.

Acknowledgement to the ‘History of the 16th Bn of the Highland Light Infantry’ & members of http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums

JOSEPH  PARENT:

Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING, Belgium. Panel 131/132

Tyne Cot Memorial. At Panel 131/132. © of Heather A. Johnson.

Tyne Cot Memorial. At Panel 131/132. © of Heather A. Johnson.

Highland Light Infantry, Tyne Cot Memorial. © of Heather A. Johnson.

Highland Light Infantry, Tyne Cot Memorial. © of Heather A. Johnson.

Joseph Parent's name etched at Tyne Cot Memorial.

Joseph Parent’s name etched at Tyne Cot Memorial.

Tyne Cot Memorial To The Missing, Belgium. © of Heather A. Johnson.

Tyne Cot Memorial To The Missing, Belgium. © of Heather A. Johnson.


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