TOLLESHUNT D’ARCY: Guisnes Court V.A.D. Hospital

GUISNES COURT V.A.D. HOSPITAL

Back Road/Chapel Road, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex

including the Goldhanger Red Cross Bed & Work Party

Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.

Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.


At the outbreak of the First World War, Guisnes Court was owned by Lancashire-born Thomas Godfrey Binney and his wife Susan Lockhart Binney (nee Hobson), who “patriotically converted their house into a convalescent home for wounded.”    Thomas (1861-1944) was Lord of the Manor and principal land/property owner in the area – he owned Guisnes Court from 1906 until 1923.

From Hospital Service Cards, it would appear that the Hospital at Guisnes Court operated from 28 June 1915 to December 1918.  It provided 20-24 convalescent beds.


RED CROSS DETACHMENT.  ESSEX 24.  KELVEDON.

This detachment consists of 4 Officers and 23 Privates.

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

Quartermaster, Miss K. Curtis.

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

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

Miss Caudwell, Miss Marshall, Mlle. Villard.

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

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

Miss Polley, Miss Siggers, Mrs. Turner.

TIPTREE—Privates, Viscountess De Kirckhove, Miss Bodkin,

Miss De Kirkhove, Miss Ransom.

RIVENHALL—Privates, Mrs. Bradhurst, Miss Bradhurst.

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

It is intended to establish a Hospital for wounded at Guisnes Court, kindly lent by Mrs. Binny.

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


1917 War Office List:

In a 1917 War Office List, under ‘ESSEX. EASTERN CONTROL’, the entry under ‘V.A.D. HOSPITALS’ is:  “V.A.D. Hospital, Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy (Mrs. T. G. Binney, Commandant)” … with the number of “occupied” beds being quoted as “20”.


Saturday 17 July 1915, Essex Newsman [sic]:

TOLLESBURY

TWENTY WOUNDED SOLDIERS spent a happy afternoon on Saturday in beautiful weather at Heron Lodge, Tollesbury, at the invitation of Count and Countess de la Chapelle.  These soldiers, drawn from English, Scotch, and Irish Regiments, are staying at Guisnes Court, the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. Binney, who have patriotically converted their house into a convalescent home for wounded.  Tea was served in the grounds of Heron Lodge.  Each soldier received cigars and packets of cigarettes, presented by Miss Yvonne de la Chapelle and Miss Monica Reily Collins, from Burma.  The Vicar of Tollesbury, Mrs. Carter, Miss Merriman, and others kindly assisted.  On the breaking up of the party the Vicar made a graceful speech in the name of the men, thanking the Count and Countess for their hospitality.—in responding, Count de la Chapelle said he had spent a really happy afternoon with the men, and was glad to meet them.  They had all fought valiantly against the common enemy, and bore traces of their gallantry.  What struck him and pleased him was their excellent spirits, and the determination expressed by them to return to the Front again and “have another go.”  This was a magnificent spirit, and an example to those in this country who for various reasons—chiefly ignorance of the stupendous task before us—have not yet come forward.  On their return to the Front he wished them the very best of luck, and was confident that they would continue to cover themselves with glory.—M. John Wood, of Mersea, kindly attended and took photographic groups, and much amusement was caused by a veteran gunner, who had fought at Omdurman, and in the South African War, as well as in France, who insisted that a Jack Johnson shell (from the Count’s collection) should take its place in a group.—After cheers had been given by the men for the hospitality they had received, they entrained for Guisnes Court.”  


Saturday 04 September 1915, Essex Newsman [sic]:

“Mrs. BINNEY, Would be grateful for any GIFTS OF GAME, CAKES, or EGGS FOR THE SOLDIERS at her Convalescent Home at Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; also for the LOAN OF AN OLD PIANO.”


Friday 26 November 1915, Chelmsford 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.  This has been made as clear and concise as possible, but any further information as to details will be gladly given to anyone interested on application to the County Director or County Secretary, 74 Duke Street, Chelmsford. 

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. 

A full account of the progress of the work in Essex was reported in the local Press on the 7th May of this year, and since that time the interest of all engaged has been fully maintained. 

An increased demand for hospital accommodation has recently arisen, and several enlargements of existing premises are in contemplation, while offers of new buildins are being received.  … … 

Other excellent convalescent homes are Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone’s, Blake Hall, Ongar for 20 patients: Marshall’s Park, Romford, lent by Mrs. Macintosh, vice-president of the Romford Division, for 20 patients; Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, the residence of Mr. and Ms. Binney, also  for 20 patients; and Ingatestone Court, Captain and Mrs. Wigan’s, for the same number. … …


Saturday 27 November 1915, Essex Newsman [sic]:

TIPREE.

A Concert took place on Wednesday evening in the Factory Institute, kindly lent by Mr. C. J. Wilkin, in aid of the Soldiers’ Christmas Pudding Fund.  The contributors to an excellent programme were the Misses M. Thorn and G. Thompson, Mr. R. Miles, Miss Ransom, Miss Isabel Clear, Miss Jennet Crook, Messrs. Miles and Gower, Miss M. Gardiner.  Mr. W. Cottle, and Mr. T. Gower (music and recitations); and the following in the farce, “Time is Money,” viz : Mr. W. Cottle, Miss Violet Thorn, and Miss Margery Thorn.  The concert was arranged by Miss Kittie Mynott, and among the audience were nearly a score of wounded soldiers from Guisnes Court, who had earlier been entertained to tea at Trewlands.  The recitation, in which the authoress (Mrs. A. L. Mynote) pays tribute to the heroism of “Our Essex Yeomanry.” Was given with much power and expression by Miss M. Gardener.  A silver collection realised £2 5s. 6d., which, after defraying expenses, provides enough money to find nearly 200 Christmas puddings for the soldiers at the Front.  At the close thanks were suitably expressed to Mr. Wilkin, to the artistes, and to Miss Mynott for their services by Lieut. Campbell and Mr. Thorn.”


Friday 26 October 1917Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

A TOLLESBURY WEDDING.

A pretty wedding was solemnised at the Congregational Church, Tollesbury, on Saturday, between Sergt. R. Page, R.G.A., youngest son of Capt. and Mrs. R. Page, of The Moorings, and Miss Ruby Gowen, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Gowen, of Mount View.  The bride, who was given away by her father, was charmingly attired in pale mauve chiffon velvet with hat to match, and carried a shower bouquet, the gift of the bridegroom.  The bridesmaids were Miss Violet Gowen, the Misses Vera and Marjorie Page, and Miss Mabel Lee. The two first-named were attired in mole velvet, with pink velour hats; the two little girls wore pink silk dresses and had wreaths of pink roses on their hair.  Each carried a bouquet of pink roses, the gift of the bridegroom.  Mr. W. R. Trayner, of Leacroft, Derby, was best man.  The service, which was choral, was performed by the Rev. W. B. Anstey, pastor, Mrs. Blaxill being at the organ.  A reception was held at Mount View, and the happy pair subsequently left for Lowestoft.  The wounded soldiers from Guisnes Court Auxiliary Hospital were entertained to tea by the bride’s parents on Monday. … …”


Friday 21 February 1919, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

ESSEX ROLL OF HONOUR. … Capt. Robert Humphrey Binney, M.C.., Essex Regt., who is now officially assumed to have been killed in action near Terguier on March 23, 1918, was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Binney, of Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy.   He was born in 1892, and educated at Cordwalles, Maidenhead, and Abbotsholme.  At the outbreak of the war, he was in business in Victoria, B.C.   On his return to England, he joined the Inns of Court O.T.C., whence he was given a commission in the Special Reserve of the Essex Regiment.  He joined the 11th Battalion in France in the following year, and was wounded at Beaumont Hamel in August.  He returned to the Front in January, 1917, and was posted to the 10th Battalion, with which he served till the time of his death.  On October 22, 1917, he was awarded the Military Cross for leading his company in the capture of Menier House, a strongly fortified position, the taking of which was mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s dispatch as an important factor in the Passchendale fighting.”


Guisnes Court V.A.D. Hospital Card. Permission given by The British Red Cross ©

Guisnes Court V.A.D. Hospital Card. Permission given by The British Red Cross ©


LIST OF PEOPLE KNOWN TO HAVE WORKED AT GUISNES COURT V.A.D. 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 Guisnes Court V.A.D. Hospital].  Where an image of a Service Card is shown, it is because it cannot be viewed on the British Red Cross website:-

BINNEY, Mrs. Susan Lockhart nee Hobson (6.1915-6.1918. Donor; Matron; Commandant. Named on Hospital’s Card.  Her Service Card states “Sarah”)

CARTER, Miss Violet (28.6.1915-6.1917. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Working Party -?Kelvedon)

MARSHALL, Miss Mary (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24. 6.1915-9.1917. V.A.D. Nurse)

MAY, Miss Agnes (6.1915-“Sept” 1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

NORTON, Beatrice “Muriel” (16.8.1915-4.12.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Trained Nurse; Sister In Charge of Hospital. Named on Hospital’s Card)

POLLEY, Miss Eliza Evelyn “May” (6.1915-14.1.1919+ V.A.D. Nurse.  Also worked at Essex County Hospital, Colchester. Plus “feeding wounded on transit” in 1914 – ?Kelvedon.  Surname found being spelt “Polly”)

RANSOM, Miss Mary (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24. 6.1915-12.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

SALTER, Mr. John Henry M.R.C.S. Eng (28.6.1915-12.1918. Medical Officer. Doctor)

SARDESSON, Miss Doris (7.1917-12.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

SEABROOK, Miss Helen (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24. 6.1916-12.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

SIGGERS, Miss Alice (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24. 6.1915-6.1917. V.A.D. Nurse)

WADE, Mrs. Gladys Elizabeth “Lizzy” nee Wade (29/30.6.1915-24.12.1918. Cook)

WALKER, Grace (6.1915-12.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

WILKINSON, Katherine (20.1.1917-24.12.1917 & 20.2.1918-24.12.1918.  J.W. V.A.D. Trained Nursing Sister. Sister In Charge of Hospital. Named on Hospital’s Card)



PROFILES

BINNEY, Mrs. Susan Lockhart nee Hobson (6.1915-6.1918. Donor; Matron; Commandant. Named on Hospital’s Card.  Her Service Card states “Sarah”)

Born 1865 Liverpool, Lancashire.  Baptised 25 July 1965, St. Paul’s, Princes Park, Lancaster.  Daughter of Irish Clergyman William Thomas Hobson and his Scottish wife Eliza Ann.

1871 Census:      Ellesmere House, Clifton, Glos. With parents; a brother and a sister; two Boarders; and two servants.

1881 Census:      The Clergy Daughters School, Casterton, Westmorland. Scholar.

1882, 31 Oct:      Aged 17, she married Thomas Godfry Binney at Saint Barnabas, Douglas, Isle of Man.

1883, 9 Dec:        Son Thomas Hugh born on the Isle of Man.

1884-1854:          With husband and son Thomas, travelled around the world.  Second child born in Australia.

1891 Census:      Cookham, Maidenhead, Berks.  With husband; sons Thomas Hugh, Edward Victor, Frank Burges, Ralph Douglas, Antony Lockhart; mother Eliza; and five servants.

1901 Census:      ?

1911 Census:      Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex. With “Landowner & Grazier” husband; son Edward Victor (Lieutenant Royal Engineers); son Antony Lockhart (Student for Indian Civil Service); a sister and niece; and six servants, including Gladys Ward who appears in this list.

1915, 9 Oct:         Essex Newsman [sic]:  “Capt. F. Binney, Royal Flying Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Binney, of Guisnes Court, Tollesbury, is missing.  Captain Binney was last seen dropping bombs on a train.  It is supposed that his engine was damaged by an anti-aircraft gun and that he was obliged to descend in the enemy’s own country.”   N.B. Frank survived.

1918, 23 Mar:     Death of son Robert Humphrey Binney, Captain.  Buried in Chauny Communal Cemetery British Extension, 10 Battalion, Essex Regiment.

Friday 21 February 1919, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

ESSEX ROLL OF HONOUR. … … Capt. Robert Humphrey Binney, M.C.., Essex Regt., who is now officially assumed to have been killed in action near Terguier on March 23, 1918, was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Binney, of Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy.   He was born in 1892, and educated at Cordwalles, Maidenhead, and Abbotsholme.  At the outbreak of the war, he was in business in Victoria, B.C.   On his return to England, he joined the Inns of Court O.T.C., whence he was given a commission in the Special Reserve of the Essex Regiment.  He joined the 11th Battalion in France in the following year, and was wounded at Beaumont Hamel in August.  He returned to the Front in January, 1917, and was posted to the 10th Battalion, with which he served till the time of his death.  On October 22, 1917, he was awarded the Military Cross for leading his company in the capture of Menier House, a strongly fortified position, the taking of which was mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s dispatch as an important factor in the Passchendale fighting.”

1923, 20 Jun:      Susan Lockhart Binney “of 2453 Curlew-street San Diego California U.S.A.” died at Hotel de la Poste Pau France.

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ADDRESS: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’arcy; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Non Commisssioned; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 06/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Matron lent her own house for 24 beds for convalescents; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Guisnes Court Aux Hosp; COMMISSION: Essex.

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FORENAME: Susan Lockhart; SURNAME: Binney; ADDRESS: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt, D’Arcy; SERVICE FROM: 29/06/1915; SERVICE TO: 24/12/1918; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Hon.Cmdt; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 29/06/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Hon. Cmdt; DATE OF TERMINATION: 24/12/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Commandant of Guisnes Ct Aux. Hp. 24 beds; COMMISSION: Red Cross Hp. Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: One mention.


CARTER, Miss Violet (28.6.1915-6.1917. V.A.D. Nurse.  Also worked at Working Party – ?Kelvedon)

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


MARSHALL, Miss Mary (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24. 6.1915-9.1917. V.A.D. Nurse)

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

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


MAY, Miss Agnes (6.1915-“Sept” 1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

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


NORTON, Beatrice “Muriel” (16.8.1915-4.12.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Trained Nurse; Sister In Charge of Hospital. Named on Hospital Card)

Born 22 November 1868 Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales.  Daughter of Colliery Proprietor father Southampton-born Charles Henry Norton and his wife Elizabeth.  Baptised  8 January 1869 St. Pauls, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

1871 Census:      Nantglass, Llannon, Carmarthenshire.  At the home of Derbyshire-born Physician grandfather (John Howard Norton) and Welsh-born grandmother Esther.  Also with mother; two uncles; two aunts; sister Ethel; plus three servants.

1881 Census:      Bryngwilly, Llannon, Carmarthenshire. With parents; three sisters; two brothers; a Governess; and three servants.

1891 Census:      Grove Lodge, High Rd., Tottenham. With G.P. Uncle Richie R. Norton & his family. No occupation.

1901 Census:      32 Trafalgar Road, Swansea, Wales.  With widowed mother & siblings. No occu.

1911 Census:      ?

21 August 1915, The British Journal of Nursing [sic]: “JOINT WAR COMMITTEE. The following nurses have been deputed to duty in home hospitals :- …   Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex – Miss B. M. Norton.”   

1961:                 “Beatrice M. Norton” died in Harrow, Middlesex.

Service Card for Beatrice Muriel Norton. Permission given by The British Red Cross ©

Service Card for Beatrice Muriel Norton. Permission given by The British Red Cross ©

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ADDRESS: 365 Euston Rd, London, N.W; HOSPITAL: Bolling, Malpas; Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; Dane John, Canterbury; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Hosp. Canterbury – subsequently Bollings Hosp. Cheshire & others till end of War; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sister; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 16/08/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £50-£60 per annum; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sister; DATE OF TERMINATION: 16/12/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: £50-£60 per annum; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: In Charge of Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mrs Binney Commandant, Aux Hp Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; COMMISSION: Essex.

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ADDRESS: 365 Euston Road, London; SERVICE FROM: 16/08/1915; SERVICE TO: 02/12/1916; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; Dane John, Canterbury; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Red Cross Hosp, Canterbury; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sister; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 16/08/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £50 per an; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sister; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/12/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: £60 per an; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Sister in charge of Guisnes Court, Tollehunt D’Arcy Aux Hp 24 beds; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole Time; COMMISSION: Red Cross Hosp, Essex.

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ADDRESS: 365 Euston Road, N.W. (supplied by Joint War Committee); SERVICE FROM: 03/1915; SERVICE TO: 06/1915; HOSPITAL: Dane John, Canterbury; Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; VAD Auxiliary Hospital, Lodden ; Red Cross Hospital, Harnham, Salisbury; Pavilion, West Bridgford; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Not known; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: by joint war committee; DATE OF TERMINATION: 06/1915; PAY AT TERMINATION: by joint war committee; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Night Sister at Dane John Hospital, Canterbury; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Canterbury, Tolleshunt, Essex, Malpas, Lodden, Salisbury, W. Bridgeford 5/3/15 to 31/3/19; COMMISSION: Kent V.A.D.186.


POLLEY, Miss Eliza Evelyn “May” (6.1915-14.1.1919+ V.A.D. Nurse.  Also worked at Essex County Hospital, Colchester. Plus “feeding wounded on transit” in 1914 – ?Kelvedon.  Surname found being spelt “Polly”)

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

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

22 August 1919, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]: NURSING SERVICE MENTIONS

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


RANSOM, Miss Mary (6.1915-12.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

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


SALTER, Mr. John Henry M.R.C.S. Eng (28.6.1915-12.1918. Medical Officer. Doctor)

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ADDRESS: Tolleshunt Darcy Essex; SERVICE FROM: 28/06/1915; SERVICE TO: 12/1918; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Doctor; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Attended all wounded at Guisnes Court Tolleshunt Darcy.


SARDESSON, Miss Doris (7.1917-12.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Old Vicarage Messing; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 12/1916; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Working rooms Wigan 1914 to 1916; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/1917; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: VAD nurse Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’arcy; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1170 hours.


SEABROOK, Miss Helen (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24. 6.1916-12.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

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


SIGGERS, Miss Alice (Private of the Kelvedon V.A.D./Essex 24. 6.1915-6.1917. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=guisnes&id=189272&forwards=true

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


WADE, Mrs. Gladys Elizabeth “Lizzy” nee Wade  (29/30.6.1915-24.12.1918. Cook)

Born 1893 Salcott-Virley, Essex.  Daughter of Tolleshunt D’Arcy-born Agricultural Labourer Charles Wade and his Salcott-born wife Florence Bertha Cadman (nee Blighton).

1901 Census:      Rose Lane, Salcott, Essex. At the home of her mother’s grandparents (James and Maria Blighton) – with these (her gt. Grandparents); her parents; and three sisters.

1911 Census:       Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex. Kitchen Maid to the Binney family.

1918, 3 Nov:       Married Gordon Benjamin Wade at Salcott, Essex. (Banns declaration gives Gordon’s address as Hope Auxiliary Military Hospital, Manchester. Gordon was born in 1895 Woodbridge, Suffolk).

Gladys Wade & family. 1923. Courtesy/© of Valerie Dicken.

Gladys Wade & family. 1923. Courtesy/© of Valerie Dicken.

The photograph above shows Gladys Wade with her Coldstream Guard husband Gordon and their first two sons.  Gladys holds baby son Claude B. on her knee and first son Bertie G. sits beside them.   Gladys and Gordon went on to have one other son, Denis R., and a daughter, Yvonne.

After leaving the military, Gordon worked at the BBC and then as an Usher at the House of Lords until he retired.  Gordon died in 1967 but Gladys outlived him by 20 years.  Gladys continued using her cooking skills all her life. The family remember Gladys feeding all the family (children and grandchildren), and any others who came by, with “great humour and enthusiasm”.   Gladys is remembered as “a wonderful woman in every way”.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=guisnes&id=214584&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Salcott Virley, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Nil; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 30/06/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 24/12/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cook; WHOLE OR PART TIME: [whole time]; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: [From] Miss Binney Commandant Aux Hp. Guisnes Court Tolleshunt D’Arcy; COMMISSION: Essex.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=guisnes&id=214583&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Salcot-Virley, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 29/06/1915; SERVICE TO: 24/12/1918; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 30/06/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £10 per annum; DATE OF TERMINATION: 24/12/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: £10 per annum; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: She did the entire cooking for 24 patients & staff at Guisnes Court Auxiliary Hp. Tolleshunt D’Arcy; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time COMMISSION: Red X Hps. Essex.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=10&id=214599&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Salcot-Virley, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 06/1915; SERVICE TO: 12/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Over; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cook to household & 24 Convalescents; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Query List re “Place or Places” returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex.


WALKER, Grace (6.1915-12.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=guisnes&id=215691&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Bourchiers Hall. Tolleshunt Darcy; SERVICE FROM: 06/1915; SERVICE TO: 12/1918; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: No; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: V.A.D. Nursing GuisnesCourt, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 3510 hours; COMMISSION: Essex.


WILKINSON, Katherine (20.1.1917-24.12.1917 & 20.2.1918-24.12.1918.  J.W. V.A.D. Trained Nursing Sister. Sister In Charge of Hospital. Named on Hospital’s Card)

This is probably Katherine Helen Wilkinson

Born c 1866 Heaton Norris, Lancs.  Daughter of Master Cotton Spinner George and wife Sarah Ann.

1881 Census:  Dodges Hill West, Heaton Norris, Lancs.  Living with widowed mother & siblings. Occ:  Governess.

1891 Census:  Dodges Hill, Heaton Norris, Lancs.  Living with widowed mother & siblings.   “Living on own means”.

??                      Undertook 3 years’ nurse training at Addenbrooke Hospital, Cambridge.

1901 Census:  Abroad?

1911 Census:  High Street, Uckfield, Sussex.  “Visitor” (visiting Alice M. Gould).  Occupation: Trained Hospital Nurse.

1950:               One “Catherine H. Wilkson” died in Barton, Lancashire.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=guisnes&id=226908&forwards=true

ADDRESS: 83 Tenison Rd., Cambridge; SERVICE FROM: 23/01/1916; SERVICE TO: 24/12/1918; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; Clandon Park ; Hatchlands, Guildford; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Clandon Pk Aux.Hp & Mrs Coopers Hp at Hatchlands Surrey; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sister; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 23/01/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £60 per a; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sister; DATE OF TERMINATION: 24/12/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: 60 per a; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Sister in charge of Guisnes Court Hp 24 beds; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; COMMISSION: Red x Hp Essex.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=guisnes&id=226909&forwards=true

ADDRESS: c/o Mrs French, Tenison Rd., Cambridge; HOSPITAL: Guisnes Court, Tolleshunt D’Arcy; Hatchlands, Guildford; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Aux Hp. Hatchlands Surrey; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sister; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 23/01/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £50 to; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sister; DATE OF TERMINATION: 24/12/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: £60; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: In charge of Hp; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: [signed] Commandant Aux Hp. Guisnes Court Tolleshunt D’Arcy; COMMISSION: Essex.

Service Card for Katherine Wilkinson. Permission given by The British Red Cross ©

Service Card for Katherine Wilkinson. Permission given by The British Red Cross ©



A TOLLESHUNT D’ARCY RESIDENT FOUND WORKING ELSEWHERE

HICKEY, Miss Maud Kathleen (10.3.1915-20.3.1919. Trained Nurse. Working at?)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=tolleshunt+d%27arcy&id=104218&last=true

ADDRESS: The Wyke,Tolleshunt D’Arcy; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 10/03/1915; SERVICE TO: 20/03/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/03/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1.1.0 pw; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 20/03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1.4.10 pw; DEPARTMENT: T. N. Dept; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.


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

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

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

1911 Census:      ?Nurse training somewhere?

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?fname=violet&sname=smyth&id=194620

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

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?fname=violet&sname=smyth&id=194621&forwards=true

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

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

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

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

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

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



JOHN ROWLAND BROWN:

perhaps a patient at Guisnes Court V.A.D. Hospital?

John Rowland Brown was born 06 May1893 in Newhall, Derbyshire.   He was an underground mineworker – a “Horse Driver” in the 1911 Census.

John attested with the 5th Reserve Battalion Notts. and Derby Regiment, H Company on 30 October 1914 at Swadlincote Drill Hall, Derbyshire.   He was transferred to the 1/5th Notts. and Derby Regiment on 16 March 1915 – this battalion was in France at the time, it having landed on 25 March 1915.

There is no record of the date when John actually went out to join this battalion but it is known that he was transferred to the 2/5th Bn. Notts. and Derby Regiment on 03 May 1915.  From that date onwards it is known that he served in Britain, as follows:  Watford in the 2/5th Bn. Notts and Derby Regiment, followed by Walton-on-the-Naze; Clacton-on-Sea; and Frinton-on-Sea with the 9th Northern Home Bn. and 21st Bn Notts and Derby Regiment.

On 20 September1917, John was transferred with a number of other men from the 21st Notts and Derby Regiment to the 2/6thDurham Light Infantry – who were also based at Frinton-On-Sea at that time.

At some point, John found himself hospitalised.    This could have been a hospital admission for an illness or an injury – a son remembers a scar on John’s upper arm.   It is not known when this was but it must have been after 02 June 1916 because, whilst John was “rehabilitating in Tollesbury”, he created a piece of embroidery which commemorates the death of John Jack Cornwell VC which occurred on that date.

Embroidery by John R. Brown. c1916. ©David Brown.

Embroidery by John R. Brown. c1916. © David Brown.

There is evidence that John’s regiments carried out patrols around the Tollesbury area.  Somehow, John met local Tollesbury-born Lilian Annie Frost.   She was ‘in service’ away from home but, perhaps, they met when she returned home to visit her family in Tollesbury?

Lilian Annie Frost was born on 29 September 1894 in Tollesbury, Essex.  She was the daughter of Tollesbury-born parents Herbert Frost and wife Sarah Flora (nee Redgwell).  Interestingly, in the 1911 census, there are two Tollesbury-born Frost girls working as servants at Guisnes Court – Jessie Mary Annie Frost and Elizabeth Annie Frost.  Certainly, Elizabeth Annie is a second cousin to Lilian and, no doubt, Mary Annie is related in some way too.

Was John a patient at Guisnes Court and allowed to “rehabilitate” with the Foster family?  This was allowed if a soldier was deemed to be free of infection and if he knew civilians who were prepared to help him in this way.   This would free up space in a hospital or convalescent home and bridge the gap before a soldier was 100% fit to return to duty.

John and Lilian Annie married on 03 January 1918 in Woodford, Essex.  On the 01 May 1918, the 2/6th Durham Light Infantry was sent to France as a ‘Garrison Guard’.  On the 16 July 1918, the ‘Garrison Guard’ title was dropped and the Battalion was sent to the Front Line.

John was demobilised on 11 January1919  –  he returned to Newhall, Derbyshire, with his new wife Lilian.   John died 06 June 1949 in Derbyshire, aged 56 – his occupation is listed as Deputy Shotfirer for The Church Gresley Firebrick and Fireclay Company.    Lilian Anne died 18 January 1964, aged 70.

Another embroidery by John R. Brown. c1916. © David Brown.

Another embroidery by John R. Brown. c1916. © David Brown.

* “Boy Cromwell” was John Travers Cromwell (“Jack”) and he was born in 1900 in Leyton, Essex.  He is remembered for his gallantry during the Battle of Jutland.

During the Battle of Jutland, Jack Cromwell was serving on HMS Chester.  On 31 May 1916, after the ship had come under attack from four German Kaiserliche Marine cruisers, Jack Cromwell was the last gun crew member standing.  Jack was transferred to Grimsby General Hospital, fatally wounded and dying.

Aged only 16, “Boy Cromwell” died on 2 June 1916 – he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross (the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy).


Guisnes Court Apartments. Courtesy of/© Michael Anderson, Hestons Estate Agents.

Guisnes Court Apartments. Courtesy of/© Michael Anderson, Hestons Estate Agents.

For a while Guisnes Court was a popular Country Club/Night Club in the area.  In c1984, the building suffered a fire and was destroyed.  In 1987, the property was sympathetically rebuilt and now holds apartments.  The gated property boasts 3+ acres of communal gardens.



GOLDHANGER RED CROSS BED & WORK PARTY

& GOLDHANGER RESIDENTS

All the following have “Witham” as part of their Goldhanger address but Goldhanger is only 2½ miles from Tolleshunt D’Arcy so this Goldhanger list is placed here.


BARBROOK, Mrs. (1914-1918. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&id=10811&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Head St, Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Party; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Regular worker for Christian names, Period of service. Reg, No Work Party returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red Cross V.W. Badge.


BOYESS, Mrs. (1917-1919. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=2&id=24778

ADDRESS: Head St., Goldhanger Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1917; SERVICE TO: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Working Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: great deal of work at the meetings; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Regular Worker queries for “Christian names” “Period of service” & “Reg.No. Work Party” returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. badge.


BUCKINGHAM, Mrs. Kate (1915-1919. Goldhanger Working Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=2&id=31040&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red Cross working party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Very great deal of Work at the meetings most of all; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Regular worker queries for “Christian names”, “Period of Service” & “Reg no. Work Party” returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. badge.


BUNTING, Mrs. (1915-1916. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=2&id=31920&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Highams, Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red X work party; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Regular worker queries for “Christian names” “Period of Service” & “Registered no. Work Party” returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. Badge.


CLARK, Mrs. (1915-1916. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=2&id=41743&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Fish St, Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red X working party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: A great deal of work done at the meetings; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: queries for “Christian names” “Period of service” Reg. no. Work Party” returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. badge.


CROWLAND, Mr. Samuel (31.3.1915-? Driver, Red Cross Motor Ambulance Department)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=2&id=53288&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Goldhanger, Nr. Witham; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 30; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Driver; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 31/03/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 35/-; DEPARTMENT: Motor The British Red Cross Society. Motor Ambulance Department; CERTIFICATE NO: 2546.


DOBSON, Mrs. [John] (1918-1919. Goldhanger Bed & Working Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=3&id=62034&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Church St. Goldhanger, Witham, Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; SERVICE TO: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Bed & Working Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Did a great deal of work at home; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Casual worker. Queries for “Christian names” “Period of service” & “Reg: no. Work Party” returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. Cert.


EASTON, Miss Hylda (1919. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=3&id=66736

ADDRESS: Goldhanger Rectory, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1919; SERVICE TO: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red X Working Party; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Casual Worker A Great deal of work for Two Years. (Has Received recognition through Belgravia Workrooms); COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. Cert.


EVERETT, Mrs. (1915-1919. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=3&id=71439&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Maldon Rd, Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red X Working party; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Regular worker queries for “Christian Names” “Period of service” “Reg. no. Work Party returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. badge.


FRANCIS, Mrs. (1917-1919. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=3&id=78526&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Head St, Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1917; SERVICE TO: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red X Working party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Worked a great deal at home; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: queries for “Christian Names” “Period of service” & “Reg: no. Work Party” returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. badge.


FRANCIS, Miss Connie (1917-1919. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=3&id=78550&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Head St, Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1917; SERVICE TO: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red X Working party; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Casual worker A great deal of work for Two Years. (Has already received recognition through the Belgravia Workrooms); COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. badge


GARDNER, Miss Angela (1915-1919. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=3&id=81422&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Goldhanger Rectory, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Worker at Goldhanger Red X Work Party; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Casual Worker. [Has done a great deal of work in two years. (Has already received recognition through the Belgravia Workrooms)]; COMMISSION: Essex.


GARDNER, Mrs. Ethel (1915-1916. Manager of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=3&id=81467&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Goldhanger Rectory, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Manager of work party (Goldhanger Red X); ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Regular worker – & manager for that year A great deal for two Years. (Has received recognition through the Belgravia Workrooms); COMMISSION: Essex.


HILLS, Mrs. (1917-1919. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=105661&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Church St., Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1917; SERVICE TO: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger working party Red X; WHOLE OR PART TIME: A great deal of work at the meetings; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Regular worker queries for “Christian names” “Period of service” & “Reg. no. Work Party” returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. badge


HUXTER, Miss (1917-1918. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=114850&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Maldon Rd, Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1917; SERVICE TO: 1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red + working party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: A great deal of work at home; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Regular worker queries for “Christian Names” “Period of Service” & “Reg. no. Work Party” returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. Badge.


JOHNSON, Mrs. (S) (1915-1918. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=120151&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Church Street, Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Regular worker queries for “Christian names”” Period of Service” and “Reg. no. Work Party” returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red Cross V.W. badge.


MOSS, S.A. (22.2.1915-2.6.1917. Driver, British Red Cross Society Motor Ambulance Department)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=7&id=156238&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Goldhanger, Nr. Witham; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 19 yrs; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: SS. A 18. Boulogne; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Driver; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 22/02/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 35/-; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/06/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A2072 No more information; DEPARTMENT: BRITISH RED CROSS SOCIETY MOTOR AMBULANCE Department; CERTIFICATE NO: 860.


NORTON, Mrs. (1915-1916. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=7&id=161821&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Maldon Rd., Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1916; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red X Working Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: A great deal of work at the meetings; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Regular Worker queries for “Christian Names”, Period of Service & Reg. No. Work Party returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex.


SEABORN, Mrs. (1918-1919. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

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ADDRESS: Bakers Green, Little Totham, Witham; SERVICE FROM: 1918; SERVICE TO: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red X Working Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Did a great deal of work at the meetings; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Casual worker queries for “Christian names” “Period of service” + Reg: no Work Party” returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V. W. cert.


SPARKE, Mrs. (1918-1919. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

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ADDRESS: Head St., Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; SERVICE TO: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red X working party; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Regular worker queries for Christian Names “Period of service” “Reg: no. Work Party” & “Total no. hours” returned unanswered {Surname} Sparkes amended to Sparke; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. Cert.


TABER, Mrs. [Thomas] (1917-1918. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

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ADDRESS: Jolly Faunts, Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1917; SERVICE TO: 1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red X Working party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: A great deal of work done at the meetings; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Casual working queries for Christian Names, “Period of Service” & “Reg. no. Work Party” returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. badge.


TABER, Mrs. [Arthur] (1915-1919. Manager of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

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ADDRESS: Falcon Hall, Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Manager of Goldhanger Red X Work Party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Managed the meetings for 2 years and worked very hard; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Regular worker & manager from 1916-19 Queries for ‘Christian Names’ ‘Period of service’ & ‘Reg. No. Work Party returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. Badge.


TURNER, Mrs. Ellen (1918-1919. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

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ADDRESS: Head St, Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; SERVICE TO: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red X Working Party; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Regular worker. Has done a great deal of work for Two Years. (Has already received recognition through the Belgravia Workrooms); COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. Cert.


WARE, Mrs. (1915-1917. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

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ADDRESS: Church St, Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red X Working Party; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Regular Worker queries for “Christian homes”, “Period of service” & “Reg no Work Party” returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V. W. badge.


WENDEN, Mrs. W. (1917-1919. Member of Goldhanger Red Cross Working Party)

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ADDRESS: Post Office, Goldhanger, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1917; SERVICE TO: 1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Goldhanger Red X Working party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Worked as much as possible at home; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Casual worker queries for “Christian Names” “Period of service” “Reg: no. Work Party” returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red X V.W. badge.


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