WITHAM: Witham V.A.D. Auxiliary Hospital

WITHAM V.A.D. AUXILIARY HOSPITAL

The Bridge School, Hatfield Road, Witham

including the Witham Work Party & Red Cross Depot

Witham Red Cross Hospital. Courtesy of Janet Gyford (‘Images of England: Witham’)

Witham Red Cross Hospital. Courtesy of Janet Gyford (‘Images of England: Witham’)


The Witham Red Cross Hospital (‘The Bridge School Hospital’) was in the hospital wing of the building which was originally built as the Witham Union Workhouse – which had been built twixt 1837-39.

In the summer of 1882, the site was acquired by South Metropolitan School District.  It was one of two establishments that provided accommodation for approximately 300 to 400 orphans and deserted children between the ages of 7-12 years.  In 1901, the Metropolitan Asylums Board acquired the property and provided accommodation for children suffering from the infectious disease ‘Ringworm’.    By 1908, when the advances in the treatment of ‘ringworm’ meant a decline in cases, the School was converted into an industrial training home for “feeble-minded” but “improvable” boys – ‘Industrial Home for Feeble-Minded Boys’.   It was also known as the ‘Bridge Training School’.  (Source: http://www.workhouses.org.uk)

At the outbreak of First World War, the hospital wing of the property was converted into a Home Hospital, a Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital.  The British Red Cross Card for the Hospital shows that it administered to a maximum of 34 beds.   Service Cards show that the Hospital was operational from October 1914 until March 1919.

Witham had a Work Party and a Red Cross Depot.   Witham Work Party volunteer Lucy Baldwin’s Service Card states: Witham Work Depot open 1 whole day every week.  Commenced Dec. 1915 worked on its own paying for everything till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Rooms in London till Feb. 18th 1919 when it closed.”   List of members appears near the end of the chapter.

N.B. People with “Witham” within their Service Card address are included, albeit that they live in nearby villages.


Saturday 07 June 1913, Essex Newsman [sic]:

RED CROSS WORK. WITHAM  NURSES’  DISPLAY.

The annual inspection of the Kelvedon, Witham and Braintree Voluntary Aid Detachments was held on Saturday at Witham.  The general idea was that relations with a foreign power were very strained and mobilisation was in progress.  At daybreak on May 31 a foreign airship appeared over Maldon and dropped numerous explosive bombs, destroying the railway station, setting fire to the town, and killing and wounding many people.  The Commandant at Maldon wired to the Country Director Essex V.A.D. asking him to arrange for the reception of three truck-loads of wounded.  The railway from London was supposed to be blocked by troops assembling at Chelmsford.  Fog signals fired in succession made very realistic “bombs”.

The removal of the wounded from the train at Witham was smartly done, about 48 people, after having their “wounds” dressed, being carried from the station on stretchers, carts, and wagons under half-an-hour.  The serious cases were placed in an improvised hospital at the Church House, which was worked by the Witham Detachment.  The less serious cases were placed in a rest camp which had been formed in the Avenue, and was under the charge of the Braintree and Kelvedon nurses. 

Miss G. Gimson was in charge of the Witham Detachment, and she had seventeen nurses assisting her.  Miss Weston was quartermaster, and Miss Seymour lady superintendent.  Kelvedon mustered 13 nurses, under Assistant-Commandant Mrs. Carter, and in this hospital tent were 12 beds for minor or temporary cases, and three for serious.  Miss Curtis was quartermaster.  Braintree nurses were joined by those from Wethersfield, and were in charge of Commandant Mrs. Gordon (Wethersfield), while Miss Ruth Courtauld (Braintree) was quartermaster.  These nurses numbered 24, and the beds were only for minor or temporary cases. 

The tent set apart for the quartermasters’ stores was in charge of Mrs. Elrington (Wethersfield).

The inspecting officer was Lieut.-Col. Barton, of the R.A.M.C., from Warley Barracks; and the officer in command was Major E. C. Freeman, M.D., Deputy-Asst.-Director, Medical Service, East Anglian Division.  Lady Rayleigh, Colonel R. B. Colvin, C.B., a director of the Essex Branch of the British Red Cross Society, Colonel McGill, from headquarters, Major Barton, hon. Secretary for the Witham Division, Dr. Bodkin (Kelvedon), and Dr. A. H. Thompson (Wickham Bishops) were interested spectators.  Dr. Gimson, medical instructor to the Witham nurses, was unavoidably prevented from attending.


Friday 12 June 1914Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]: WITHAM.

The procession, headed by the Town Band, marched to St. Nicolas’ Church, where Canon Ingles delivered an address.   After church the parade, consisting of 57 National Reserves and two officers, eight Territorials, 15 V.A.D. and three officers (Miss Gimson, Miss Weston, and Miss Seymour), and 28 Scouts (under Scoutmaster J. F. Bawtree), the whole under the command of Captain Shuttleworth, were paraded on the hill, and inspected by the Hon. C. H. Strutt, D.L., who, addressing the assembly, said: “I feel sure we shall hear the cry of the Prophet in all sections, ‘Here am I, send me.’  I thank you for attending, and may God bless you now and for ever.”


Saturday 31 October 1914Essex Newsman [sic]:

BELGIAN  SOLDIERS  AT  WITHAM. 

 On Monday morning, a train-load of wounded Belgian soldiers arrived at Witham station, and was there attended by the local Red Cross nurses and the Voluntary Aid Detachment.  The nurses, under the charge of Miss Gimson, distributed refreshments to the injured soldiers, who expressed great gratitude for the kindness shown them, and as a mark of their kindness, they gave to each of the eight Witham V.A.D. men their caps, in exchange  for their own headgear.   This was the seventh train of wounded that has been  halted for refreshments, and the first to contain Belgians.   One of the Belgians could speak English, and the first question he asked was “Are the Germans still in Antwerp?” ”


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

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

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


Friday 13 November 1914Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

GERMAN LADS IN TRENCHES.

When a Red Cross train, containing 100 wounded British soldiers from the Ypres region, stopped at Witham, the V.A.D., under Miss Gimson, again ministered to their wants.  Two-thirds of the men were laying in cots, and some were very seriously wounded.

Relating their experiences to one of the V.A.D., they said: “We charged a trench at midnight, and in the morning visited the scene to learn the results, and, to our astonishment, found the bottom of the trench strewn with German lads of about 15 or 16 years of age.”  This sight, the men added, brought tears to the steadiest of British Tommies, and there were vows of vengeance upon those who placed such lads in the firing line.” 


 Saturday 21 November 1914Essex Newsman [sic]:

WOMEN’S WORK WITH THE WOUNDED AT WITHAM.

TOMMY AND THE GERMAN ARMY    (COMMUNICATED) 

No matter how often we do it, there is always a thrill of excitement as the Red Cross train steams slowly through the station and backs into the siding, but once the medical officer gives us permission to enter the wards we don’t have much time to feel anything.  A Red Cross train usually consists of several “well” and a lesser number of “bad” carriages.   The first contains from thirty to forty men, slightly wounded in their arms or feet, and are all able to sit up and eat everything they can get; the “bad” carriages hold from eight to twenty men, laying down, some of them very dangerously ill; but, whether he is well or ill, Tommy Atkins is always cheerful, and nearly always hungry.  Eggs are what he loves – boiled eggs with brown bread and butter.  “Yus, sister, this if the fust egg I’ve ‘ad since August”, is the information he confides to the nurse and drinks tea and coffee with lots of sugar 

You don’t have much time to talk, but you gather that our men have not at all a good opinion of the German Army, except the Artillery.  “But that”, he says, “with those there coal-boxes (big shells), is well nigh perfect”.  So says one man, but an English gunner opposite will not agree with that, and answers hotly: “Our hartillery’s every sight just as good, only we ‘aven’t got the big guns.”   Then someone at the far end of the carriage demands a meat sandwich, and off you have to go, leaving them to fight it out amongst themselves.” 


Friday 01 January 1915Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

PRESENTATION.—

On Christmas Eve Miss C. Gimson, commandant of the Witham Red Cross Nurses and V.A.D., who have recently distinguished themselves by attending to wounded soldiers in ambulance trains at Witham station, presented to Mr. C. Leathers, station-master at Witham, a 400-day clock as a token of gratitude and esteem for the kindness shown to the ladies and their assistants on the station.  Miss Gimson also gave £1 to be added to the Christmas-box fund of the station workers.”


Witham’s Red Cross Day 1917. Courtesy of Nick Ezra.

Witham’s Red Cross Day 1917. Courtesy of Nick Ezra.


8 September 1917, Reading Mercury [sic]: PTE F. WELLER

28812 Pte. F. Weller, Royal Berks, 3 Ffoulkes Street, Whitley, was wounded on August 14—gunshot wounds in the thigh and shoulder.  He is now in a V.A.D. hospital, Witham, Essex.  He has been in the Army eight months, and in France nearly five months.  Mr. Bucknell, Coley Park Farm, employed him before he joined up.”


Friday 14 December 1917Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

THE VICAR’S LECTURE.—

On Monday evening Canon F. W. Galpin, M.A., F.L.S., vicar of Witham, gave a popular lecture at the Public Hall, entitled “From Gaza to Jerusalem.”  The Vicar narrated many personal and interesting reminiscences of his visits with Mrs. Galpin to the Holy Land, and views were shown depicting scenes in which British soldiers have recently overcome the Turks in the Holy Land.  There was a large audience, and the lecture was greatly enjoyed.  The proceeds are for the Witham Red Cross Hospital, of which Miss C. A. Pattisson is commandant, and exceeded £6.  Mr. E. Ronnebeck manipulated the lantern, some of the views shown being from photographs taken by Witham soldiers in Palestine.  The Witham school children were given holiday on Tuesday in honour of the fall of Jerusalem.—On Tuesday Canon Galpin repeated his lecture at the Hut, and on Wednesday and Thursday he gave it at Coggeshall and Kelvedon.”


 Saturday 01 June 1918Essex Newsman [sic]: WITHAM.

SOLDIERS’ CONCERT.—On Wednesday evening Mr. Frank Moore gave an enjoyable concert to the wounded soldiers at the V.A.D. Hospital, being assisted by the Misses Sheeley, V. Doole, Eldred, Hagger, and Griggs.”


Friday 01 November 1918, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

INFLUENZA SCOURGE STILL RAGINGMany More Deaths. 

The scourge of influenza is still rampant, each day bringing additional victims. 

There is a considerable amount of influenza at Colchester.  Several members of the Borough Police are absent from duty.  The death of a young machinist at the Standard Ironworks—Albert Wade—is attributed to double pneumonia, following influenza.  Mr. Walter James Kay, for 16 years manager for Messrs. Stead and Simpson, Colchester, died on Sunday from pneumonia following influenza.  He was 46.  The widow is serious ill with influenza. …  

At Witham there are 400 cases, and two deaths have occurred, one a recently-married woman and the other a girl of 14.  Some shops were closed on Monday owing to illness among the staffs. … 

Dr. J. C. Thresh, the medical officer of health for Essex, strongly recommends that rooms used for meetings of children or adults should be sprayed with a 2 per cent solution of formalin.  Failing formalin, a stronger solution of Sanitas may be used.  For throat and nose disinfection the solution of permanganate of potash recommended by the Local Government Board is the best.”


Saturday 22 February 1919, Essex Newsman [sic]: RED CROSS WORK DEPOT.

—During the past three years the total output has been 10,251 garments.  There are funds in hands and the committee have allotted ten guineas to the Witham V.A.D. Hospital and ten guineas each to the Witham War Memorial and the Hatfield Peverel War Memorial.  The latter parish has given Witham loyal support in the Red Cross Depôt, which is now closed.”


British Red Cross card for Witham V.A.D. Auxiliary Hospital. Permission given by The British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Witham V.A.D. Auxiliary Hospital. Permission given by The British Red Cross©


LIST OF PEOPLE KNOWN TO HAVE WORKED AT WITHAM V.A.D. AUXILIARY 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 Witham V.A.D. Auxiliary Hospital].  If an image of a card is shown, it is because it cannot be seen online at the moment, within the British Red Cross volunteer search facility.

AFFORD, Miss Beatrice (10.1914-3.1919. Cook)

BANTHEN, Miss Nancy (10.1917-2.1919. General Service. Dining Room Maid)

BARKER, Miss Faith (10.1914-1919+ V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Colchester Military Hospital)

BAWTREE, Miss Clara (10.1914-?5.1915. V.A.D. Nurse)

BEVILLE, Mrs. Amy (1.1918-1.1919. Carried out mending at the Hospital)

BLYTH, Miss Elsie (9.1918-3.1919. General Service. Worked in the Dining Room and Kitchen)

BOWER, Miss Frances (21.3.1917-10.1918. Matron. Trained Nurse) See DUNN, Mrs. Frances.

BRANDT, Mrs. Mary Carwardine nee Gimson (Commandant. Hon. Treasurer. Named on Hospital Card [Gimson])

BUSSELL, Miss Freda (2.1916-2.1918. General Service Member)

CHAPLIN, Mrs. Caroline (10.1914-3.1919. Charwoman)

CHAPMAN, Miss Beryl (4.1918-3.1919. V.A.D.  Nurse)

COLE, Miss Annie (5.1916-2.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

COPPING, Miss Rose (10.1914-3.1919. Ward Maid, Housework)

COWLEY, Margaret Louisa (14.10.1916-14.1.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Trained Nurse. Named on Hospital Card)

CROSFORD, Ivy Crosford (7.10.1915-22.12.1915. Joint War Committee Trained Nurse. Named on Hospital Card)

CURTIS, Miss Ethel (10.1914-10.1916. V.A.D.  Nurse)

DIETRICH, Mrs. Elizabeth (3.1917-3.1919. Charwoman)

DIXON, Miss Helen Mary (10.1914-3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

DUNN, Mrs. Francis nee Bower (21.3.1917-10.1918. Matron. Trained Nurse)

DUNNE, Irene Agnes Hilda (4.10.1915-5.1.1916: Witham. Trained Nurse. Arrived from Australia to serve)

EVANS, Grace (10.1.1916-7.3.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Trained Nurse.  Named on Hospital Card)

FAIRMAN, Mrs. Violet [Now Mrs. Boulter] (?-10.1916. V.A.D. Nurse)

FOWLER, Miss Margaret (10.1915-3.1919. General Service. Helped in Kitchen & Dining Room. Also worked at Ardleigh Hospital and Witham Work Depot)

GIMSON, Miss Mary Carwardine became Mrs. BRANDT (10.1914-3.1919. General Service. Commandant. Hon. Treasurer. See above “BRANDT”)

GIMSON, Mr./Dr. Karl Carwardine (10.1914-1.1918.  Medical Officer.  Named on Hospital Card)

HEAD, Amy Ethel (13.7.1916-1.8.1916. Trained Nurse.  Named on Hospital Card)

HEASON, Miss Edith (10.1915-9.1916? V.A.D. Nurse)

HICKMOTTE, Miss Lynne (10.1914-2.1919. Trained Nurse – occasional help when Matron absent)

HOPE, Miss Therese (3.1915-3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

HOULTON, Miss Susan (7.1915-6.1916. Matron)

INGLES, Miss Marjorie (10.1914-12.1915. V.A.D. Nurse/Train work. Linen mending. Also worked at Gostwycke, Colchester?)

LAURIE, Miss Annie (10.1914-7.1915. V.A.D. Nurse)

LAWRENCE, Miss Grace (10.1914-? V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Witham Work Depot)

LUARD, Miss Alice (2.1918-11.1918. General Service Member. Dining Room work)

LUARD, Miss Edith Jane (1915-1918. General Service Member. Also worked at Witham Working Party)

LUARD, Miss Gertrude (10.1914-3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

LUARD, Miss Lilian Emily (?11.1918-3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

MACKLIN, Miss Edith (10.1914-11.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

MacLAREN, Miss Doris (1.1918-9.1918. Helped with mending)

METHUEN, Louisa Elizabeth nee Champion (22.9.1916-14.10.1916. Trained Nurse.  Named on Hospital Card)

PARKER, Miss Flora Helen (10.1914-1.1915. V.A.D. Nurse [plus Chauffeur in Macedonia] plus some attendances  at Witham Work Depot)

PARKER, Mrs. Helen Cecilia (1.12.1915-18.2.1919. Hon. Secretary of Witham Work Depot. Multiple official positions. Taught soldiers needlework)

PARKES, Miss Francis (9.1918-1.1919. Trained Nurse. Matron)

PATTISSON, Miss Charlotte Alice (24.9.1917-28.2.1919. Commandant)

PAYNE, Miss Marian (10.1914-10.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

PEARCE, Miss Adeline (10.1915-3.1919. Special Probationer. V.A.D. Nurse)

PELLY, Miss Cicely (?-?  V.A.D. Nurse)

PINKHAM, Mr. W. (Hon. Secretary)

POWELL, Miss Florence (9.1918-3.1919. General Service Member.  Dining Room work)

RAYLEIGH, The Lady (1914-1919. Vice-President, Witham Division, Essex Voluntary Aid Organisation)

RHODES, Eva Maud (5.6.1916-13.7.1916. Trained Nurse. Named on Hospital Card. Also worked at Broadwater Hospital, Ipswich)

ROSLING, Miss Dorothy (10.1915-3.1919. General Service Member.  Dining Room work)

ROUND, Miss Constance (10.1914-3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

RUTLAND, Miss Christine (9.1918-3.?1919. General Service Member.  Dining Room work)

SEYMOUR, Miss (A Witham V.A.D. Officer, mentioned 12 June 1914 above. Lady Superintendent?)

SMITH, Miss Florence (5.1917-2.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

SNELL, Miss Constance (10.1914-3.1919. General Service Member.  Kitchen work)

STEVENSON, Miss Flora Clare (10.1915-11.1918. General Service Member.  Dining Room work)

STRUTT, Evelyn Georgina Mary nee Balfour: see RAYLEIGH, The Lady

SWIFT, Lily (13.1.1917-5.3.1917. Trained Nurse. Named on Hospital Card)

TABER, Miss Jessie [Mrs. Brice now] (9.1914-11.1916. V.A.D. Nurse)

THOHY, Beatrice Hannah nee Brewster (19.4.1916-9.9.1916. Trained Nurse. Named on Hospital Card)

TIPPLE, Miss Annie (2.1917-2.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

VARDIGANS, Miss Mary (10.1814-10.1916. Cook)

VAUX, Miss Alice (1.1918-12.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

VAUX, Miss Susan Emily (8.1914-? Superintendence & Nursing)

WAKELIN, Mrs. Edith (2.1917-6.1919. General Service Member. Dining Room work)

WEBB, Mrs. Florence Mary Josephine (4.1918-3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

WESTON, Miss (10.1914-3.1919. Quartermaster. Mentioned 12 June 1914 article above)



PROFILES

AFFORD, Miss Beatrice (10.1914-3.1919. Cook.  Also attended the Witham Work Party)

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ADDRESS: Brampton Hut, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 00/00/1915; SERVICE TO: 00/00/1918; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Cook; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cooked 3 days in a fortnight at V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1812; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham work party 30 Attendances Reg No 5326; COMMISSION: Essex.


BANTHEN, Miss Nancy (10.1917-2.1919. General Service. Dining Room Maid)

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ADDRESS: c/Mrs Mann, High St. Witham; COUNTY: Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Service Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: General Service Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: at V.A.D. Hospital Witham Dining Room Maid; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time 90 hours; COMMISSION: Essex.


BARKER, Miss Faith (10.1914-10.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at General Military Hospital, Colchester)

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FORENAME: Faith; SURNAME: Barker; ADDRESS: Poplar Terrace, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: General Military Hospital Colchester, full time 18 months in France from March 1918 & still serving; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil at Witham; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: Usual rates; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Part time at V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 500; COMMISSION: Essex.

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ADDRESS: 1 Mill Road, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 33; SERVICE FROM: 02/11/1916; SERVICE TO: present 20.5.19; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/11/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 20.5.19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: General Hospital, Colchester 2.11.16 Transferred to France 23.3.18; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex /26; HONOURS AWARDED: 1 Scarlet efficiency stripe 2.12.17.


BAWTREE, Miss Clara (10.1914-?5.1915. V.A.D. Nurse. Also attended the ambulance trains at Witham)

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ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 04/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Paid at Cambridge; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 140 at Witham and over 3 years whole time at 1st Eastern G. Hospital Cambridge; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham V.A.D. Hospital Hospital and train from 1914; COMMISSION: Essex.

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ADDRESS: Batsford, Witham, Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 30; SERVICE FROM: 31/05/1915; SERVICE TO: present 21.05.1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: PTO; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 31/05/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving 21.05.1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1st Eastern General Hosp. Cambridge; DEPARTMENT: JWVAD; COMMISSION: Essex/26.


BEVILLE, Mrs. Amy (1.1918-1.1919. Carried out mending at the Hospital)

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ADDRESS: Roslyn House Witham Essex; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Helped with mending weekly at V.A.D. Hospital Witham Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 52 hours; COMMISSION: Essex.


BLYTH, Miss Elsie (9.1918-3.1919. General Service. Worked in the Dining Room and Kitchen)

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ADDRESS: The Mll, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Service Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: General Service Member;DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Dining room and kitchen at V.A.D. Hospital, Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 120; COMMISSION: Essex.


BOWER, Miss Frances (21.3.1917-10.1918. Matron. Trained Nurse) See DUNN, Mrs. Frances.


BRANDT, Mrs. Mary Carwardine nee GIMSON (10.1914-3.1919. General Service. Commandant. Hon. Treasurer. Named on Hospital Card as “GIMSON”)

Born 1879 Witham, Essex.   Birth registered 3rd Quarter.  Daughter of Leicestershire-born Medical Practitioner William Gimson and his wife Mary (nee Carwardine).  Mary’s brother Dr. Gimson was the medical instructor to the Witham VAD nurses pre-war and Medical Officer during the war: see GIMSON below. 

1881 Census:      21 Newland Street, Witham, Essex. With parents; siblings; 1 visitor; & 3 servants.

1891 Census:      21 Newland Street, Witham, Essex. With parents, siblings; 1 visitor; & 3 servants.

1901 Census:      21 Newland Street, Witham, Essex.  With widowed mother; an uncle; & 3 servants.

1911 Census:      The Gables, Witham, Essex. With widowed mother; a visitor (future husband) Hugh Bernard Brandt; and three servants.  Mother and Mary living on “private means”.

Friday 26 October 1917, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

WOMEN’S WORK FOR THE WOUNDED.  NURSES’ SERVICES RECOGNISED.  The undermentioned are included in a long list of those who have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the war:- … Gimson, Miss M. C., Comdt., Witham Aux. Hosp. …”

1917, Oct:           Married Hanwood/Shropshire-born Agricultural Engineer Hugh Bernard Brandt.

The Brandt & Gimson wedding, with patients. October 1917. Courtesy of Janet Gyford.

The Brandt & Gimson wedding, with patients. October 1917. Courtesy of Janet Gyford.

The Brandt & Gimson wedding, with VAD nurses. October 1917. Courtesy of Janet Gyford.

The Brandt & Gimson wedding, with VAD nurses. October 1917. Courtesy of Janet Gyford.

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ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Commandant; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: General Service; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03 /1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: at V.A.D. Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Full time from July 1915 to Sep. 1917 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham V.A.D. Hospital Full time – Commandant of Hospital; COMMISSION: Essex.

1952, 26 Oct:      Mary Carwardine Brandt  (Widow. “of 127 Newland Street, Witham, Essex”) died.

An interesting fact worth noting here is that Mary’s father, Dr. William Gimson, gifted a new park to Witham in 1920.  As War Memorials, one tree was planted for each of Witham’s ‘Fallen’ within the park.


BUSSELL, Miss Freda (2.1916-2.1918. General Service Member)

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


CHAPLIN, Mrs. Caroline (10.1914-3.1919. Charwoman)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=2&id=39568&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Bridge St, Witham; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Charwoman; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 00/10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 6d. an hour; RANK AT TERMINATION: Charwoman; DATE OF TERMINATION: 00/03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: 6d. an hour; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Scrubbing V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 9 hours weekly; COMMISSION: Essex.


CHAPMAN, Miss Beryl (4.1918-3.1919. V.A.D.  Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=2&id=39667&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Shore Villa Swanage; COUNTY: Dorset; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: at V.A.D Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 560; COMMISSION: Essex.


COLE, Miss Annie (5.1916-2.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=2&id=45052&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Blunts Hall, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at V.A.D. Hospital Witham, Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 988; COMMISSION: Essex.


COPPING, Miss Rose (10.1914-3.1919. Ward Maid, Housework)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=2&id=48735&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Millfield Terrace, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Wardmaid; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 8/6 a week; RANK AT TERMINATION: Wardmaid; DATE OF TERMINATION 03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: 8/6 a week; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Housework at V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 60 hours part time, Whole time from July 1915; COMMISSION: Essex.


COWLEY, Margaret Louisa (14.10.1916-14.1.1917. J.W. V.A.D. Trained Nurse. Named on Hospital Card)

21 October 1916, The British Journal of Nursing: “JOINT WAR COMMITTEE. The following Sisters have been deputed for duty in the Home Hospitals:- ….  Red Cross Hospital, Witham, Essex – Miss M. L. Cowley.”

British Red Cross card for Margaret Louisa Cowley. Permission given by The British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Margaret L. Cowley. Permission given by The British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Margaret Louisa Cowley. Permission given by The British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Margaret L. Cowley. Permission given by The British Red Cross©


CROSFORD, Ivy (7.10.1915-22.12.1915. Joint War Committee Trained Nurse. Named on Hospital Card but no personal card discovered)


CURTIS, Miss Ethel (10.1914-10.1916. V.A.D.  Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=2&id=54425&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Wickham Bishops Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: NIL; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: (through ill health) Oct 1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 950; COMMISSION: Essex.


DIETRICH, Mrs. Elizabeth (3.1917-3.1919. Charwoman)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=3&id=61222&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Bridge St, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Charwoman; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 00/03/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 6d an hour; RANK AT TERMINATION: Charwoman; DATE OF TERMINATION: 00/03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: 6d an hour; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: scrubbing V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 18 hours weekly; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: V.A.D. Hospital, Witham; COMMISSION: Essex.


DIXON, Miss Helen Mary (10.1914-3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=3&id=61788&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Wickham Bishops; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: At V.A.D. Hospital Witham Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 3460; COMMISSION: Essex.


DUNN, Mrs. Francis nee Bower (21.3.1917-10.1918. Matron. Trained Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=3&id=65423&forwards=true

ADDRESS: 147 Hartham Rd, Isleworth; COUNTY: Middx; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 21/03/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £50 a year; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 10/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: £50 a year; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Matron at Red X. Hospital Witham Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole time; COMMISSION: Essex.

1917, 4Q:             Married former Witham patient, Rifleman Robert E. Dunn (perhaps in the London Regiment?).  Marriage registered in the Maldon District.


Witham Voluntary Aid Detachment members. September 1917.    Courtesy of Janet  Gyford.

Witham Voluntary Aid Detachment members. September 1917.
Courtesy of Janet Gyford.

The above photograph shows Witham Voluntary Aid Detachment members in September 1917, outside ‘The Bridge Red Cross Hospital’. It was taken on the occasion of presentations to two of the staff who were about to marry, namely:- Miss Mary Gimson (Commandant, and seated ‘twixt two gentlemen) to Mr. Hugh Brandt – she left her post upon marriage; and Miss Frances Bower (Matron) to a former patient Rifleman R. D. Dunn – she continued her duties. In the back row, without headgear, is a lady that looks like Mrs. Caroline Chaplin. The tall man seated may be Dr. Karl Gimson, Hospital Medical Officer.   [Source: Janet Gyford]   Perhaps the other man seated is Dr. Gimson Senior, William?  Frances was a trained nurse, perhaps she is the trained nurse standing centre, in the back row – holding a dog?


DUNNE, Irene Agnes Hilda (4.10.1915-5.1.1916: Witham. Trained Nurse. Arrived from Australia to serve)

British Red Cross card for Irene Agnes Hilda Dunne. Permission given by The British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Irene Agnes Hilda Dunne. Permission given by The British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Irene Agnes Hilda Dunne. Permission given by The British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Irene Agnes Hilda Dunne. Permission given by The British Red Cross©

Irene Dunne was born c1878 (?London, England? – research on-going)

Nurse Irene Dunne. Courtesy of Geraldine Rees and Mundaring & Hills Historical Society Inc.

Nurse Irene Dunne. Courtesy of Geraldine Rees & Mundaring & Hills Historical Society Inc.

1896-1899:          Nurse training at Manchester Infirmary.

?                          Arrival in Australia?

1905:                   Private Nurse, working for Dr. Birmingham in Fremantle, Western Australia.

1906:                   Hotel Australia, Adelaide Street, Fremantle, Western Australia. Nurse.

1910:                    62 Victoria Road, East Fremantle, Western Australia. Nurse.

1913:                    First Register of Midwives in Western Australia Supplement to the Government Gazette of Western Australia, 7 February 1913: …  DUNNE Irene Hilda Agnes : Fremantle …”

?-1914:                Irene was a Nursing Sister, working at the Northam Public [Government] Hospital.

1914, 2 Dec:        At Northam Hospital, there was a get-together to say farewell and present gifts to Irene and Nurse Helen Doyle (Nellie), before they left for Europe to become volunteer nurses. It appears that Helen had rushed to join the Army Nursing Service in Australia but had been told that there was a long waiting list for acceptance to serve.  Perhaps Irene had attempted to do the same?  The result was that the two women decided to go to England at their own expense.  Helen was about ten years younger than Irene.

1914, 14 Dec:      Irene and Helen left Northam on the first leg of their journey to England.

1914, 18 Dec:      Helen Doyle left for Perth – she left from Collie (110 mls south of Perth), where she had been staying at the home of her parents’ (Councillor/Mayor Henry Doyle and his wife Elizabeth).

1914, 19 Dec:      Helen Doyle sailed from Freemantle (w of Perth), for Adelaide on the “Indarra” – perhaps Irene did too?

1914, 24 Dec:     Irene and Helen sailed from Adelaide, Australia to London, England – on the SS Commonwealth: to carry out war-nursing in British Home Hospitals.  (Helen worked at Coombe Lodge Aux. Mil. Hospital, Great Warley, Essex from 6.3.1915-20.8.1915 and then joined the Q.A.I.M.N.S. and was posted to France, where she nursed in field hospitals in many theatres of war, including Ypres.  Helen was invalided back to Australia in 1919).

1915, 26 Feb:      Irene’s British WW1 Joint War Committee nursing service began. Her registered temporary address in Great Britain was the Nurses’ Hostel, Frances Street, S.W. Her next of kin was an “aunt” (possibly a great-aunt) – Mrs. Bissill, in Caulfield, Victoria, Australia.  [Irish-born “Mrs. Margaret Jane Bissell” nee Brown]

1915, 4.3-20.5:     Red Cross Hospital, Town Hall, Henley-on-Thames.

1915, 27.5-30.9:   Aux. Mil. Hospital, Burnage Lane, Levenshulme, Manchester.

1915, 4 Oct:          Irene began working at the Witham V.A.D. Auxiliary Hospital, Essex.

1916, 5 Jan:          Irene Dunne left the Witham V.A.D. Hospital, Essex.

1916, 9.2-29.3:      Red Cross Hospital, Alford, Lincolnshire.

1916, 29.3-27.10:  Red Cross Hospital, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire.

1916, 17 Nov:        Cawston Manor Red Cross Hospital, Norwich, Norfolk.

1917, 2 Jan:          Irene resigned her volunteering placement at Norwich, to return home to Australia.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?sname=DUNNE&id=65523

FORENAME: Irene A. H.; SURNAME: Dunne; ADDRESS: 10, Crimea Street, Caulfield, Victoria, W. Australia; SERVICE FROM: 04/03/1915; SERVICE TO: 02/01/1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: T.N; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/03/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/01/1917; DEPARTMENT: T.N. Dept; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.

1917, 31 Jan:       Irene sailed from the Port of London, on the ship ‘Port Adelaide’.  The Passenger List notes her name as “I.H.A. Dunne”.  This ship was torpedoed by a German submarine … all aboard survived but the captain was taken prisoner by the crew of the submarine.  Irene was interviewed about her experience, on her arrival in Fremantle – that article and others, connected with Irene and her nursing career, will be posted at a later date.

Once back on Australian soil, Irene is found in the 1917 Australian Electoral roll, living at Northam, Dampier, Western Australia – she had resumed her position as a nurse at the Government Hospital there.  She was still at the Hospital in 1918.

Irene was awarded the British War Medal for her nursing services during World War One – it is listed in the name of “Irene Hilda Agnes Dunne”.

In September 1920, Irene took up the position of Acting-Matron of the Wooroloo Sanatorium, Northam, Swan, Western Australia.  Sister Dunn, late of the Government Hospital, Northam, has taken up her duties as acting matron of the Wooroloo Sanatorium.” (The Daily News, Perth. 28 September 1920); “Sister Dunn; who was the popular matron of Northam Public Hospital, has been appointed acting matron of Wooroloo Sanatorium.” (The Sunday Mirror, Perth. 3 October 1920).

The Sanatorium came under the auspices of the Government Hospital in Northam, where Irene had been working. In 1921, there were still military patients at the Sanatorium.  From February 1917, the site had become No. 22 Australian Auxiliary Hospital.  (N.B. The buildings that formed the Wooroloo Sanatorium are now used as a low security Prison).

An article mentions that “she has been in charge of the nursing side of the establishment for over 16 years.” in 1937 (‘The West Australian’, 17 December 1937).   

On 26 November 1922, the Sunday Times of Perth noted: PERTH PRATTLE PARS. Matron Dunn, of Wooroloo, who was also a popular member of the A.A.M.C., is contemplating an Eastern States tour during her leave of absence.”

Outgoing Passenger Lists show that Irene obviously returned to England on two occasions after the First World War ended.  She is found arriving in Southampton in July 1924 on the ship ‘Hobsons Bay’, from Brisbane.  She was listed as “Irene Hilda A. Dunne”.

On 12 August 1924, the Perth Daily News noted: Mainly About People (“FRANZISKA.”) … Matron Dunn, of the Wooroloo Sanatorium, who travelled to England recently by the Hobson’s Bay, writes to her friends of her safe arrival in London. During her short sojourn in the great city she had met many Westralians and old friends.”

She departed from the Port of London on 23rd September 1924, on the ship ‘T.S.S. Moreton Bay’ – she arrived in Freemantle on 24 October 1924.  The Incoming Passenger List gave her occupation as “Hospital Nurse”.

Irene was awarded the British War Medal for her nursing services during World War One – it is listed in the name of “Irene Hilda Agnes Dunne”.

In the Australia Electoral Lists of 1925; 1931; 1936; & 1937, Irene was still found at the Wooroloo Sanatorium– as Matron.   Irene was either listed as “Irene Hilda Agnes” or “Irene Hilda”.  Wooroloo, incidentally, means “high place on a high place” in the aboriginal language.  There was a Matron’s House on the site, for Irene to live in.

http://inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au/Public/Inventory/Details/d2e12592-92b0-4fec-b836-f6e2651ebbb9  gives much information about the Sanatorium.  

On 2 March 1930, the Perth publication ‘Truth’ printed the following: “Sailing on the Moreton Bay on March G will be Matron Dunneof the Wooroloo Sanatorium, who intends to visit America after “doing” England and the Continent.”

On 5 July 1930, Irene left Southampton for New York on the ship Carmania.  Her occupation was “Hospital Matron”.  A visa to travel to the U.S.A. was issued in London on 3 July 1930.  Her “last permanent residence” was Wooroloo.   New York was a ‘stop-over’ because she was en route to her final destination, which was “Friend, Dr. Mitchell, Sanatorium, Wooroloo, N.S.W.”

Again, on 06th October 1937, she left Southampton on the ship ‘Esperance Bay’.    Irene docked in Freemantle on 5 November 1937- the Incoming Passenger List gave her occupation as “Matron (Nurse)”.

Additionally, in 1939 & 1941, Irene is found within a list headed ‘Nurses – Midwives (uncertificated), at Wooroloo.

Irene retired from her job as the Wooroloo Sanatorium Matron at the end of December 1940.  In retirement (1943 & 1949 Electoral Rolls), Irene was living at Trees, Old York Road/Great Eastern Highway, Greenmount, Guildford, Swan, Western Australia.  She shared the house with her good friend Matron Edith Anne Frazer, aforementioned.   The two friends often had another friend visit/to stay – she was Nurse Catherine Gardner.

Irene died on 28 October 1950 “aged 75 years”.  Her ashes were scattered in the gardens at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia.  Irene never married.  “Irene Hilda Agnes Dunne” – http://www2.mcb.wa.gov.au/NameSearch/details.php?id=KC00005347

See chapter WITHAM: All the way from Australia for a more complete profile for Irene, with the help of contemporary newspaper articles.


EVANS, Grace (10.1.1916-7.3.1916. J.W. V.A.D. Trained Nurse.  Named on Hospital Card)

British Red Cross card for Grace Evans . Permission given by British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Grace Evans . Permission given by British Red Cross©

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?fname=grace&sname=evans&id=70866&first=true

ADDRESS: 34 Cypres Street, Old Ford Road, London E2; SERVICE FROM: 06/11/1914; SERVICE TO: 31/05/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/11/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1.1.0 PW; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 31/05/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1.4.10 PW; DEPARTMENT: T.N.Dept; COMMISSION: T.N.Dept.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?fname=grace&sname=evans&id=70868&forwards=true

ADDRESS: B.R.C.S Hospital, Minehead; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1915; HOSPITAL: Ivylands, Epping; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sister In Charge; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £2.2. a week; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sister In Charge; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1915; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: In charge of Ivylands Hospital Epping; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Has since been continuously employed under Joint War Com; COMMISSION: Essex.


FAIRMAN, Mrs. Violet [Now Mrs. Boulter] (?-10.1916. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=3&id=78055&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Gone to Canada and no settled address; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; Clandon Park; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: at Clandon Park Hospital Guilford; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 10/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 400 at Witham; COMMISSION: Essex.


FOWLER, Miss Margaret (10.1915-3.1919. General Service. Helped in Kitchen & Dining Room. Also worked at Ardleigh Hospital and Witham Work Depot)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=3&id=78056&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Wickham Bishops; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; Red Cross Hospital, Ardleigh; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Service M; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: General Service M; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Helped in Kitchen & Dining Room at V.A.D.Hosp. Witham, ditto Ardleigh; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 2251; COMMISSION: Essex.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=3&id=78055&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Ridge End, Wickham Bishops, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 12/1915; SERVICE TO: 03/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work depot. Registered Number not given. 60 Attendances, and worked at home; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: French W.E.F. badge.


GIMSON, Miss Mary Carwardine became Mrs. BRANDT (10.1914-3.1919. General Service. Commandant. Hon. Treasurer. See above “BRANDT”)


GIMSON, Mr./Dr. Karl Carwardine (10.1914-1.1918.  Medical Officer)

Born 1866 Witham, Essex.   Son of Leicestershire-born Medical Practitioner William Gimson and his wife Mary (nee Carwardine).  He was medical instructor to the Witham VAD nurses pre-war/Medical Officer during war.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?sname=Gimson&hosp=witham+essex&id=84774&first=true&last=true

ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Medical Officer; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Voluntary to 1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Medical Officer; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Army M.O. Res from Jan. 1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: at V.A.D. Hospital Witham Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Daily visit; COMMISSION: Essex.


HEAD, Amy Ethel (13.7.1916-1.8.1916. Trained Nurse. Named on Hospital Card)

Born 1883 Hackney, London.   Daughter of Vellum Binder Edward Head & wife Sarah.

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

British Red Cross card for Amy Ethel Head. Permission given by British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Amy Ethel Head. Permission given by British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Amy Ethel Head. Permission given by British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Amy Ethel Head. Permission given by British Red Cross©


HEASON, Miss Edith (10.1915-9.1916? V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=101682&forwards=true

ADDRESS: 17, Weight Rd, Chelmsford; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Serving at Military Hospital Napsbury St Albans; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 08/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Joined for service in Military Hosp; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Full time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham V. A. D. Hospital written top left corner rear of the card Front of the card address originally recorded as unknown then crossed out, Date of Engagement originally recorded as Oct 1915 then crossed out; COMMISSION: Essex.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=101681&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Witham Station; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 30; SERVICE FROM: 27/09/1916; SERVICE TO: 17/08/1917; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 27/09/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 17/08/1917; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mil: Hosp: Napsbury; COMMISSION: Essex 26.


HICKMOTTE, Miss Lynne (10.1914-2.1919. Trained Nurse – occasional help when Matron absent)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=104337&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Evegate, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Occasional help when Matron was absent; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Very few. 100 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham V.A.D. Hospital; COMMISSION: Essex.


HOPE, Miss Therese (3.1915-3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=109680&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Crix, Hatfield Peverel; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 03/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Helped at V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 200 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Under Whole or part time: About 2 hours each week crossed out; COMMISSION: Essex.


HOULTON, Miss Susan (7.1915-6.1916. Matron)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=110919&forwards=true

ADDRESS: C/o Mrs Brandt, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Matron; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Matron; DATE OF TERMINATION: 06/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Whole time 11 months; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham V.A.D. Hospital; COMMISSION: Essex.


INGLES, Miss Marjorie (10.1914-12.1915. V.A.D. Nurse/Train work.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=115404&forwards=true

ADDRESS: The Priory, Brentwood, Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: At Gostwyck Hospital, Brentwood; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/1915; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing and train work; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 200; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham V.A.D. Linen mending. Also worked at Gostwycke, Colchester?)Hospital; COMMISSION: Essex.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?fname=marjorie&sname=ingles&id=115405&forwards=true

ADDRESS: The Priory, Brentwood; SERVICE FROM: 08/1916; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; HOSPITAL: Coombe Lodge, Great Warley; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D Essex 18; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing and linen mending; WHOLE OR PART TIME: No exact record kept in 1916 but 310 hours duty was performed in 1917 & no duty after that! Probably about the same in 1916; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Coombe Lodge Primary Auxiliary Military Hospital Miss Ingles was transferred to Essex 18 from Essex & resigned owing to ill health and a wish to take up remunerated work at the Record Office. (signed) M de B; COMMISSION: Essex.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?fname=marjorie&sname=ingles&id=115406&forwards=true

ADDRESS: The Priory, Brentwood, Essex; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Mending linen; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time; COMMISSION: Essex.


LUARD, Miss Alice (2.1918-11.1918. General Service Member. Dining Room work)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=138216&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Ivy Chimneys, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Service Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: General Service Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Dining Room work at V. A. D. Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 335; COMMISSION: Essex.


LUARD, Miss Edith Jane (1915-1918. General Service Member. Organiser at Witham’s Y.M.C.A. hut in Collingwood Road – see also Witham Working Party list)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=138220&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Ivy Chimneys Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1915; SERVICE TO: 1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Services Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: at V.A.D. Hospital. Witham Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1500; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham working party 38 attendances Registered number of working party not given; COMMISSION: Essex.


LUARD, Miss Gertrude (10.1914-3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=138222&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Ivy Chimneys Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 00/10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 00/03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: at V.A.D. Hospital Witham Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 3271; COMMISSION: Essex.


LUARD, Miss Lilian Emily (?11.1918-3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=138225&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Ivy Chimneys, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: After engagements’ General Service under J.W.C. in France for year; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 400; COMMISSION: Essex.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=138224&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 11/04/1916; SERVICE TO: 21/11/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/04/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 21/11/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: France. J.C; DEPARTMENT: J.W. VAD; COMMISSION: Essex 26.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=138226&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 44; SERVICE FROM: 11/04/1916; SERVICE TO: 21/11/1918; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 11/04/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 21/11/1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 11.4.16 – 15.11.16 2nd Anglo-Belge Hosp. 22.11.17 – 21.11.18 Le Treport. France; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex 26.


LAURIE, Miss Annie (10.1914-7.1915. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=130224&forwards=true

ADDRESS: White Notley, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 07/1915; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1300; COMMISSION: Essex.


LAWRENCE, Miss Grace (10.1914-? V.A.D. Nurse. Also worked at Witham Work Depot)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=130645&forwards=true

ADDRESS: The Grove, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; Clandon Park; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: also at Clandon Park Hospital Guildford; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: at V.A.D. Hospital Witham & Clandon Park Hosp. Guildford; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 500; COMMISSION: Essex.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=130201&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Elm Grove, Witham; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot. Reg 5326 Open whole day a week 25 attendances first 18 months Depot started Dec. 1914 worked on its own paying for everything till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central W.R London till Feb. 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex.


MACKLIN, Miss Edith (10.1914-11.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=141909&forwards=true

ADDRESS: The Lodge Witham; COUNTY: Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10 /1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at V.A.D Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 850; COMMISSION: Essex.


MacLAREN, Miss Doris (1.1918-9.1918. Helped with mending)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=4&id=141984&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Brookside, Kelvedon; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: 09/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Helped with mending at VAD Hospital Witham; COMMISSION: Essex.


METHUEN, Louisa Elizabeth  nee Champion (22.9.1916-14.10.1916. Trained Nurse. Named on Hospital Card)

Born 4Q 1863 Marylebone, London/Died 7 Jan.1933 London.  Daughter of Scottish Army Colonel James Hyde Champion and wife Henrietta S.

(Married Church of England Clergyman St John Frederick Charles Methuen on 19 January 1892 London).

1891 Census: South Devon East Cornwall Hospital, Plymouth, Devon.  Occupation: Hospital Ward Sister.

1901 Census: The Rectory, Vange, Essex.  “Wife” – at the Vange Rectory with husband and 5 children.

1911 Census: The Rectory, Vange, Essex.  “Wife” – at the Vange Rectory with husband and 5 children.

British Red Cross card for Louisa Elizabeth Methuen. Permission given by British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Louisa Elizabeth Methuen. Permission given by British Red Cross©


PARKER, Miss Flora Helen (10.1914-1.1915. V.A.D. Nurse [plus Chauffeur in Macedonia] plus some attendances  at Witham Work Depot)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=7&id=166621&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Faulkbourne Hall, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Afterwards under French Red X; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1915; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: at V. A. D. Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 60; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham VAD Hospital; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Serbian order of St Sava while driving Motor Ambulance under Scottish Women’s Hospitals.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=7&id=166620&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Faulkbourne Hall, Witham; SERVICE FROM: 07/05/1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Chauffeur; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/05/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Chauffeur; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hon. R. Coventry. Personnel; DEPARTMENT: Scot: Wom: Hos; COMMISSION: Macedonia; CERTIFICATE NO: 16352.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=7&id=166622&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Faulkbourne Hall, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Registered Number 5326. 31 attendances out of 150. Was constantly serving abroad; COMMISSION: Essex.


PARKER, Mrs. Helen Cecilia (1.12.1915-18.2.1919. Hon. Secretary of Witham Work Depot. Multiple official positions. Taught soldiers needlework)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=7&id=166674&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Faulkbourne Hall, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 01/12/1915; SERVICE TO: 18/02/1919; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/12/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 18/02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Hon. Sec. Witham Work Depot, (see back); ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Organised & carried on Witham Work Depot, open 1 whole day each week except during summer holidays. Helped to set up Red Cross Concerts. Taught soldiers needlework in Witham Red Cross Hospital for 2 winters Helped in canteen work at Terling Camp & Hackney Wick; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: B.R. + Badge & Certificate & Fr. War Emergency Fund Badge.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=7&id=166673&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Faulkbourne Hall, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Am Chairman of the Executive Committees of the Essex W. W. Agri, Ass. & Finance & a district Representative. Have been so since it was formed & am also on various sub Committees & a Registrar for Faulkbourne Village. Am a V. Press. of Sol. & Sail Fam. Assn. & Soldiers Fund; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Have organised & helped to keep going a War Work Depôt from Dec. 1. 1915 to Feb. 18 1919 in Witham, one whole day a week. Have helped to organise Red X Days in Witham & surrounding villages & concerts for the Red X. Have helped the Wounded Soldiers in local V.A.D. Hospital for 2 winters teaching & providing items with needlework to which there was a great response. Have helped in canteen work both at Terling & Hackney Wick; COMMISSION: Essex.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=7&id=166675&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Faulkbourne Hall, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Registered number 5326. 134 attendances out of possible 150. Dec 1915. Feb 1919; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: B.R.C. Certificate & Badge.


PARKES, Miss Francis (9.1918-1.1919. Trained Nurse. Matron)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=7&id=166921&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Dorhurst, Dormans Park; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Several other Red X Hospitals; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: 01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Matron at V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: About 8 weeks. Whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dates of Engagement & Termination: Sept. 1918 to Nov. 1918 and Dec. 26th 1918 to mid-Jan. 1919; COMMISSION: Essex.


PATTISSON, Miss Charlotte Alice (24.9.1917-28.2.1919. Commandant )

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=8&id=168151&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Commandant; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Commandant; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: at VAD Hospital, Witham, Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 2000; COMMISSION: Essex.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=8&id=168304&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Commandant; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 24/09/1917; RANK AT TERMINATION: Commandant;DATE OF TERMINATION: 28/02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Commandant of Witham Med X Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 2000. Hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Joined Detachment Sept. 24th. 1917. as Commandant. Daily Attendance for half days approx 2000. Hours till February 28th. 1919., when Hospital closed. Detachment now Demobilized but still Commandant; COMMISSION: Essex.

Chelmsford Chronicle, 11th April 1919 [sic]: RED CROSS “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 and Order of St. John of Jerusalem in England for valuable services rendered in connection with the establishment organization, and maintenance of Hospitals:– … Miss C. A. Pattisson, Witham Aux. Hosp. …”  


PAYNE, Miss Marian (10.1914-10.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=8&id=168706&forwards=true

ADDRESS: High House Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 10/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at V.A.D. Hosp; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 3500; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham V.A.D. Hospital; COMMISSION: Essex.


PEARCE, Miss Adeline (10.1915-3.1919. Special Probationer. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=8&id=169052&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Ely House Witham; COUNTY: Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Special Prober; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: Special Prober; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at V.A.D Hospl. Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 4560; COMMISSION: Essex.


PELLY, Miss Cicely (?-? V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=8&id=236464&forwards=true

ADDRESS:  The Lodge, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Other engagements: Clandon Park Hospital, Guildford; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: At V.A.D. Hospital, Witham, Clandon Park Hospital, Guildford; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 350 at Witham; COMMISSION: Essex.


PINKHAM, Mr. W. (Hon. Secretary)


POWELL, Miss Florence (9.1918-3.1919. General Service Member.  Dining Room work)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=8&id=242075&forwards=true

ADDRESS: High St, Witham; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Service Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: General Service Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Dining room work at V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 56 hours; COMMISSION: Essex.


RAYLEIGH, The Lady (1914-1919. Vice-President, Witham Division, Essex Voluntary Aid Organisation)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=8&id=171972&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Terling, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1914; SERVICE TO: 1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Vice-President; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Vice-President, Witham Division, Essex Voluntary Aid Organisation. Note full name = Evelyn Georgina Mary Strutt (née Balfour), Baroness Rayleigh of Terling Place; COMMISSION: Essex.


RHODES, Eva Maud (5.6.1916-13.7.1916. Trained Nurse. Named on Hospital Card. Also worked at Broadwater Hospital, Ipswich)

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

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

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

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

1916, 29.11:        Nursing Sister at Broadwater Hospital, Ipswich.

1916, 17 Jun:      The British Journal of Nursing:  “JOINT WAR COMMITTEE.  The British Journal of Nursing, 17th June 1916: “The following Sisters have been deputed for duty in the Home Hospitals:- ….  Red Cross Hospital, Witham, Essex – Miss E. M. Rhodes.”

1916, 11 Dec:      The British Journal of Nursing.  “JOINT WAR COMMITTEE.  The following Sisters have been deputed, for duty in Home Hospitals :–… Broadwater Hosp., Ipswich.-Miss E. M. Rhodes. …”

British Red Cross card for Eva Maud Rhodes. Permission given by British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Eva Maud Rhodes. Permission given by British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Eva Maud Rhodes. Permission given by British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Eva Maud Rhodes. Permission given by British Red Cross©

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?fname=Eva&sname=Rhodes&id=174195&first=true

ADDRESS: 7, Vine Terrace, Dovercourt; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 31; SERVICE FROM: 29/11/1915; SERVICE TO: 13/07/1916; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: T.N; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 29/11/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 13/07/1916; DEPARTMENT: T.N.Dept; COMMISSION: T.N.Dept.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?fname=eva&sname=rhodes&id=174196&forwards=true

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


ROSLING, Miss Dorothy (10.1915-3.1919. General Service Member.  Dining Room work)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=8&id=179787&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Ulting, Maldon; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Service Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: General Service Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Dining room work at V.A.D. Hospital, Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 120; COMMISSION: Essex.


ROUND, Miss Constance (10.1914-3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=8&id=180102&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Avenue House, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: nursing member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: nursing member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: at V.A.D. Hospital, Witham, Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 4783; COMMISSION: Essex.


RUTLAND, Miss Christine (9.1918-3.?1919. General Service Member.  Dining Room work)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=8&id=181821&forwards=true

ADDRESS: The Vicarage, Hatfield Peverel; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Service Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: General Service Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Dining room at V. A. D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 106; COMMISSION: Essex.


SEYMOUR, Miss (A Witham V.A.D. Officer, mentioned 12 June 1914 above. Lady Superintendent?)


SMITH, Miss Florence (5.1917-2.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=8&id=192806&forwards=true

ADDRESS: The Grange, Witham; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 05/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at V.A.D. Hospital, Witham, Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1527; COMMISSION: Essex.


SNELL, Miss Constance (10.1914-3.1919. General Service Member.  Kitchen work)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=8&id=194750&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Haileybury, Wickham Bishop; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Service Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Kitchen work at V.A.D. Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1456; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham V.A.D. Hospital; COMMISSION: Essex.


STEVENSON, Miss Flora Clare (10.1915-11.1918. General Service Member.  Dining Room work)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=witham+essex&page=8&id=198921&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Arundel House, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Service Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1915; RANK AT TERMINATION: General Service Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Help in dining room at V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 3 days a week for 6 months; COMMISSION: Essex.


STRUTT, Evelyn Georgina Mary nee Balfour: see RAYLEIGH, The Lady


SWIFT, Lily  (13.1.1917-5.3.1917. Trained Nurse. Named on Hospital Card)

Born 4Q 1873 Chapel-En-Le-Frith, Derbyshire.    Parents: “Photographist” George H. Swift & Maria P.

1901 Census: 65 Bensons Lane, Blackpool (Visitor).    Occupation: Hospital Nurse.

British Red Cross card for Lily Swift. Permission given by British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Lily Swift. Permission given by British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Lily Swift. Permission given by British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Lily Swift. Permission given by British Red Cross©

 N.B.    Unsatisfactory.  Too familiar with patients.

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CHARACTER: Unsatisfactory. DEPARTMENT: T.N. Dept.


TABER, Miss Jessie [Mrs. Brice now] (9.1914-11.1916. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: The Kennels Rivenhall; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: at V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1500; COMMISSION: Essex.


TUOHY, Beatrice Hannah nee Brewster (19.4.1916-9.9.1916. Trained Nurse. Named on Hospital Card)

Born c1871.  Died 1951 in Kensington, London.

1916, 29 Apr:        The British Journal of Nursing. “JOINT WAR COMMITTEE :  “The following nurses have been deputed for duty in the Home Hospitals:- …. Red Cross Hospital, Witham, Essex – Mrs B. H. Tuohy.”

British Red Cross card for Beatrice Hannah Tuohy. Permission given by British Red Cross©

British Red Cross card for Beatrice Hannah Tuohy. Permission given by British Red Cross©


TIPPLE, Miss Annie (2.1917-2.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Christmas House. Witham; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing at V.A.D. Hospital at Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 922; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Side 1: Date of Termination – ‘March’ crossed through and replaced with ‘Feb’; COMMISSION: Essex.


VARDIGANS, Miss Mary (10.1814-10.1916. Cook)

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ADDRESS: Blue Bridge, Halstead; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Cook; DATE OF TERMINATION: 10/1916; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cooking at VAD Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 450; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rec’d 29 May 1919 Gone Away 2/2/21; COMMISSION: Essex.


VAUX, Miss Alice (1.1918-12.1918. V.A.D. Nurse)

Born c1862 Mouglyn, India. British Subject. Daughter of St. Benet Gracechurch, London-born Alfred Harris Vaux and his St. Pancras-born wife Emily Eliza (nee Williams).

1855, 9 Apr:        Parents married at St. Pancras Parish Chapel.

1867, 29 Oct:      Father Alfred married Caroline Hollins at Christ Church, West Croydon, Surrey.

1873, 16 Oct:      Father Alfred died Simla, India.

1881 Census:      Lodmoor House, Radipole, Dorset. With widow “Principal of Girls School” step-mother Caroline (nee Hollins); sister Susan; two half-brothers; one School Teacher; five Boarders; and four servants.

1891/1901 Census: ?

1911 Census:      Bygrove House, Collingwood Road, Witham. With sister Susan and two servants.

1929, 6 Mar:       Alice Eliza Vaux “of 15 Cheyne Court Chelsea Middlesex” died. Probate to half-brother Alfred Julian Vaux, solicitor.

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ADDRESS: Chantry Cottage, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 01/1918; SERVICE TO: 12/1918; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 01/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; DATE OF TERMINATION: 12/1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing in Witham V.A.D. Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 2000; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham work party Reg. No. 5326 33 Attendances; COMMISSION: Essex.


VAUX, Miss Susan Emily (8.1914-? Trained Nurse. Superintendence & Nursing)

Born c1859 Rajmahal, India. British Subject. Daughter of St. Benet Gracechurch, London-born Alfred Harris Vaux and his St. Pancras-born wife Emily Eliza (nee Williams).

1855, 9 Apr:        Parents married at St. Pancras Parish Chapel.

1867, 29 Oct:      Father Alfred married Caroline Hollins at Christ Church, West Croydon, Surrey.

1873, 16 Oct:      Father Alfred Harris Vaux died Simla,  India.

1881 Census:      Lodmoor House, Radipole, Dorset. “Teacher of Music”. With widow “Principal of Girls School” step-mother Caroline (nee Hollins); sister Alice; two half-brothers; one School Teacher; five Boarders; and four servants.

1891 Census:      Eye Hospital, Church Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire. “Matron”. With one “Head Officer” Surgeon; an Assistant; two Head Nurses; two Nurses; eight servants; and forty-eight patients.

1901 Census:      225 Norwich Road, Ipswich, Suffolk.“Supt. of Nursing Home”. With one “Boarder”; three “Boarder”,“Trained Hospital Nurses”; one “Boarder”, “Monthly Nurse; and two servants.

1911 Census:      Bygrove House, Collingwood Road, Witham. With sister Alice and two servants.

1917 Red Cross Collection Day, Witham. Grey haired Nurse Susan/nah Vaux. Courtesy of Janet Gyford (‘Images of England: Witham’).

1917 Red Cross Collection Day, Witham. Grey haired Nurse Susan/nah Vaux.
Courtesy of Janet Gyford (‘Images of England: Witham’).

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ADDRESS: Chantry Cottage, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; Queen Mary’s Convalescent Hospital, Roehampton; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: When not needed at V.A.D. Hosp: Witham I took Asst. Matrons duties at QM’s Hospital. Roehampton – Sister at St. Dunstans: Matron V.A.D. Conv.  Home Weyhill Andover – Matron (3 times) V.A.D. Conv.Home Ardington Wantage Berks; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Matron; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT TERMINATION: Sister; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still ready if requested; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Superintendence & Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1. [whole or part time] Both 2. […if latter No. of hours served] Impossible to state; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham V.A.D. Hospital Side 1: Surname – ‘M.R. Brit. Nurses Asstn.’ COMMISSION: Essex.

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ADDRESS: Chantry Cottage, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 24/08/1916; SERVICE TO: 29/09/1916; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: T.N.D; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 24/08/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 29/09/1916; DEPARTMENT: Trained Nurse Dep; COMMISSION: T.N. Dept.

1933, 12 Apr:      Susan Emily Vaux “of 19 Collingwood-road Witham Essex” died. Probate to half-brother Alfred Julian Vaux.


WAKELIN, Mrs. Edith (2.1917-6.1919. General Service Member. Dining Room work)

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ADDRESS: Freebourne Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: General Service Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 02/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: General Service Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 06/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Dining room at V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 60 hours; COMMISSION: Essex.


WEBB, Mrs. Florence Mary Josephine (4.1918-3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse)

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ADDRESS: Maldon Road, Witham; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nursing Member; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: at V.A.D. Hospital Witham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 273 hours; COMMISSION: Essex.


WESTON, Miss Frances (10.1914-3.1919. Quartermaster. Mentioned 12 June 1914 article above.  Also worked at Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Wickham Bishops; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Quartermaster; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Quartermaster; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: at V.A.D. Hospital Witham, Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Averaged 1 day a week; COMMISSION: Essex.

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ADDRESS: Wickham Bishops; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot – Reg No. 5326. Open 1 whole day a week Work Party 2 yrs The Depot started Dec 1914 worked on its own paying for everything till Nov 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Work Rooms in London. till Feb 18th 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: BRX certificate.




WITHAM WORK PARTY & RED CROSS DEPOT MEMBERS

AFFORD, Miss Beatrice (10.1914-3.1919. Work Party Member.  Also worked as Cook at the Witham Hospital. See Hospital List)

BALDWIN, Mrs. Lucy (Attended 25 afternoons in 1918)

BENTALL, Mrs. Maude (11.1917-2,1919. Work Party Member)

BLOOD, Miss Kathleen (1.1916-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

BROWN WILLIAM, Mrs. Elisa (?Witham Work Depot)

CARTER, Mrs. Florence (1918-1919? Witham Work Depot)

CUNNINGHAM, Miss Martha (1918-1919. Witham Red Cross Work Depot)

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

DALTON, Miss Alice (1916-1917. Witham Work Depot)

DE ZAETE, Mrs. Dorothy (12.1915-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

DE ZAETE, Mrs. Edith (12.1915-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

FOWLER, Miss Margaret (12.1915-3.1918. Witham Work Depot. Worked at Hospital, see Hospital list)

GEPP, Mrs. Constance Emma nee Gepp (12.1915-2.1919. Did the darning. Witham Work Depot)

GEPP, Mrs. Mary Noel nee Grimston (12.1915-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

GILL, Mrs. Jane (1918. Witham Work Depot)

GOODHART, Mrs. Maud Clara (14.10.1918-20.1.1919. Witham Work Depot and White Notley Red Cross Work Party)

GOODY, Mrs. Caroline (1918. Witham Work Depot)

HOATH, Miss Annie (1.1916-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

HUBBARD, Mrs. Julia (1918. Witham Work Depot)

HUBBARD, Mrs. Sarah (1918. Witham Work Depot)

HULTON, Miss Minnie (Witham Work Depot)

HUNT, Miss Dorothy (Witham Work Depot)

HUNT, Mrs. Jane (Witham Work Depot)

HUTLEY, Mrs. Elisabeth Mary (12.1915-7.1919. Witham Work Depot)

JOSLIN, Mrs. Sarah (1918. Witham Work Depot)

KING, Mrs. Ada E W (Witham Work Depot)

LAWRENCE, Miss Grace (Witham Work Depot. Also worked at the Witham Hospital, see Hospital List)

LOW, Mrs. Alison (1916-1918. Witham Work Depot.  Cycled 6 miles each attendance)

LUARD, Miss Edith Jane (1915-1918. Witham Work Depot. Also at the Witham Hospital, General Service Member. See Hospital List. Organiser at the Y.M.C.A. military hut, Collingwood Road, Witham)

LUCKING, Mrs. Martha (10 months in 1918. Witham Red Cross Depot)

MAXLOW, Miss Katharine (12.1915-3.1917. Witham Work Depot)

MOORE, Mrs. Ada (23.10.1917-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

NELSON, Mrs. Hylda (Witham Work Depot)

OWERS, Miss Angelina (Witham Work Depot)

PARKER, Miss Cecilia (Witham Work Depot)

PARKER, Miss Flora Helen (Witham Work Depot plus  V.A.D. Nurse at Witham Hospital and Chauffeur in Macedonia. See Hospital List)

PARKER, Miss Frances (12.1915-11.1917. Witham Work Depot)

PARKER, Mrs. Helen Cecilia (1.12.1915-18.2.1919. Hon. Secretary of Witham Work Depot. Also worked at Hospital, teaching soldiers needlework.  See Hospital List)

PARKER, Miss Maria Louisa (19.1.1916-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

PELLY, Mrs. Mary (12.1915-11.1917. Witham Work Depot)

PIPON, Mrs. Alice (Witham Work Depot)

PLAYFAIR, Miss Nancy (Witham Work Depot)

ROUND, Miss Catherine (Witham Work Depot)

ROUND, Mrs. Sylvia (Witham Work Depot)

ROUND, Mrs. Emily [Francis] (Witham Work Depot)

SHOOBRIDGE, Miss Edith (Witham Work Depot)

STRUTT, Hon. Mrs. Louisa (Edward) (Witham Work Depot)

TENNANT, Mrs. Alice (29.12.1815-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

TUFNELL, Mrs. “Ethel” = Miss Harriet Ethel Cicely Woodhouse (6.1916-10.1918. Witham Work Depot. Lived 8 miles away, cycled to attend)

TUFNELL, Mrs. Sybil (6.1916-10.1918. Witham Work Depot. Lived 8 miles away, cycled to attend)

TURNER, Mrs. Mary Anne (1.1918-? Witham Work Depot)

VAUX, Miss Sarah (12.1915-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

WEBB, Mrs. Lily (1918. Witham Work Depot)

WEST, Mrs. Alice (1918. Witham Work Depot)

WESTON, Miss Frances (Witham Work Depot.  Also Quartermaster at Witham Hospital, see the Hospital List)


PROFILES

AFFORD, Miss Beatrice (10.1914-3.1919. Work Party Member.  Also worked as Cook at the Witham Hospital. See Hospital List)


BALDWIN, Mrs. Lucy (Attended 25 afternoons in 1918)

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ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1 year; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 25 afternoons; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1 afternoon a week. Red X depot. Witham Reg no. 5326 Attended regularly; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: B.R.X badge & certificate.


BENTALL, Mrs. Maude (11.1917-2,1919. Work Party Member)

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ADDRESS: The Towers, Heybridge, Maldon; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Depot started Dec 1914 to Nov 1917 when it was affiliated to Central Work Rooms London till it closed Feb. 18th 1919. Work party at home for 2 yrs paid own expenses as regards material etc; COMMISSION: Essex Reg No 5326; HONOURS AWARDED: B R X certificate.


BLOOD, Miss Kathleen (1.1916-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Registered Number not given. 52 Attendances. Worked at home. Jan 1916 – Feb 1919; COMMISSION: Essex.


BROWN WILLIAM, Mrs. Elisa (? Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: High St Witham; COUNTY: Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: worked at home; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Reg. No 5326 20 attendances. The Depot started Dec.1914 and worked on its own paying for everything till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Rooms in London till 18th Feb. 1919 when it closed. The Depot was open 1 whole day a week; COMMISSION: Essex.


CARTER, Mrs. Florence (1918-1919? Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Feering, Kelvedon; COUNTY: Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Worked at the home the last year the Depot was open; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot – Reg No. 5326 Open 1 whole day a week. 36. Attendances The Depot started Dec. 1914 and worked on its own paying for everything till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Rooms in London till Feb. 18th 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex.


CUNNINGHAM, Miss Martha (1918-1919. Witham Red Cross Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1 afternoon a week Red X Depot Witham. Reg. No. 5326 Attended regularly. This member worked on average about 1 afternoon for the year the Depot was still open after she joined. She belonged to Witham. The Depot started Dec. 1914 and worked on its own paying for everything till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Rooms in London till Feb. 18th 1919 till it closed; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: B.R.X Certificate.


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

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


DALTON, Miss Alice (1916-1917. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Layer Breton, Colchester; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Reg No 5326 Witham Work Depot Open, whole day a week 35 attendances 1916 – 1917 Depot started Dec 1914 worked on its own paying for everything til Nov 1919 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross W. Rooms London till Feb 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Not on W.P. Reg.


DE ZAETE, Mrs. Dorothy (12.1915-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Berwick Place, Hatfield, Peverel; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot (handwritten) Registered Number not given. (typed) List States. (typed) 104. Attendances (handwritten( 78. Attendances. (typed) Dec 1915 – Feb 1919 was away (handwritten) for a year; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: BRX badge & certificate – Fr, War nursing badge.


DE ZAETE, Mrs. Edith (12.1915-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Layer Breton; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot 83 attendances Dec: 1915 – Feb 1919 10 miles away had alway to come by train Registered Number not given; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: BR & Badge & Certificate. French W.E.F Badge.


FOWLER, Miss Margaret (12.1915-3.1918. Witham Work Depot. Worked at Hospital, see Hospital list)


GEPP, Mrs. Constance Emma nee Gepp (12.1915-2.1919. Did the darning. Witham Work Depot)

Born 1858 Chelmsford, Essex. Daughter of Chelmsford-born parents William Barlow Gepp and Margaret Jane.

1861 Census:      High Street, Chelmsford, Essex. With “Principal Clerk in the Essex Bank” father; mother; two brothers; two sisters; and four servants.

1871 Census:      ?

1881 Census:      1 High Street, Chelmsford, Essex. With “Head Clerk in the Essex Bank” father; mother; a younger brother; and three servants.

1889, 1Q:             Married Walter Payne Gepp (Chelmsford District).

1891 Census:      56 New Street, Chelmsford, Essex. With “Solicitor” husband; and four servants.

1901 Census:      55/56 New Street, Chelmsford, Essex. With “Solicitor (L. Col. Essex Volunteer Retired)” husband; a Gepp niece; and four servants.

1911 Census:      56 New Street, Chelmsford, Essex. With “Solicitor” husband; brother-in-law Nicolas P. Gepp; and three servants.

1947, 7 Aug:        Constance Emma Gepp “of Adderbury Cottage Witham Essex widow” died.

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ADDRESS: Avenue Rd., Witham; COUNTY: Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 64 attendances. Worked chiefly at home; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot – Reg No 5326 Open 1 whole day every week. Commenced Dec 1915 & worked on its own paying for everything till Nov 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red X rooms in London till Feb 18th 1919 when it closed. 165 pr. socks made B.R.X supplied the wool [On front of card:] Did the darning for Red X [Transcriber’s note concerning Surname: records suggest Constance E Gepp married Walter Gepp, therefore name on card is Constance, Mrs Walter Gepp]; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: BRX Certificate.


GEPP, Mrs. Mary Noel nee Grimston (12.1915-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

Born 1881 Montagne Square, Marylebone, London.  Birth registered 1Q, Marylebone. Daughter of Pebmarsh-born Malster Walter E. Grimston and his Hunstanton, Norfolk-born wife Emily (nee Pryor).

1881 Census:      White House, 1 Station Road, Bures St. Mary, Essex. With parents; two sisters; and five servants.  Colne Place, Earls Colne, Essex. With father; step-mother; and six servants.

1891 Census:      Hylands Mansion, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex. At the home of her Pryor grand-parents. With Pryor grand-parents; one sister; four Pryor cousins; and seventeen household servants.

1901 Census:

1905, 1Q:             Married Oxfordshire-born Henry Hamilton Gepp (H. H. Gepp) at St George Hanover Square, London.

1911 Census:      Hill House, Hatfield Peverel, Essex. With “Solicitor” husband; two daughters; one Nurse; and two servants.

1937, 4 Mar:       Mary Noel Gepp “of Pantiles Witham Essex (wife of Henry Hamilton Gepp) died 4 March 1937 at Essex County Hospital Colchester”.

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ADDRESS: Hill House, Hatfield Peverel; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Registered Number not given 96 attendances Dec 1915 Feb 1919; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: BRX badge & certificate & French W2F badge.


GILL, Mrs. Jane (1918. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Member of Red Cross Depot, Witham; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Member of the Red Cross Depot, Witham, Essex. Res. no. 5326 from 1918, one afternoon a week This member worked on an average about one afternoon the year the depot was still open after she joined. She belonged to Witham. The depot started December 1914 and worked on its own, paying for everything, till November 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Rooms in London till 18.02.1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: British Red Cross badge and certificate.


GOODHART, Mrs. Maud Clara (14.10.1918-20.1.1919. Witham Work Depot and White Notley Red Cross Work Party)

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ADDRESS: White Notley Vicarage, Witham; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot. Depot started Dec. 1914 affiliated to Central W.R London Nov.1917 to Feb.1919 when it closed. Had work party at home – subordinate to Witham; COMMISSION: Essex Reg. no. 5326.

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ADDRESS: White Notley Vicarage, Witham; SERVICE FROM: 14/10/1918; SERVICE TO: 20/01/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Making Bandages &c at The Sticlands, Wanstead 1915-16; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 14/10/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: 20/01/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: work at White Notley Red X work party; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 32 hrs; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: White Notley Red X work party. Met from 2 hours weekly. Attended regularly; COMMISSION: Essex.


GOODY, Mrs. Caroline (1918. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1 afternoon a week Red X Depot, Witham Reg no. 5326 Attended regularly This member worked on an average about 1 afternoon the year the Depot was still open after she joined. She belonged to Witham. The Depot started Dec. 1914 and worked on its own paying for everything till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Rooms in London till Feb. 18th 1919 when it closed. COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: B R. X badge & certificate.


HOATH, Miss Annie (1.1916-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Faulkbourne Hall, Witham; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot 26. Attendances. Worked at home Jan 1916 – Feb 1919. Registered Number of Working Party not given; COMMISSION: Essex.


HUBBARD, Mrs. Julia (1918. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1 year; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part-time, attended 44 afternoons; ADDITIONAL ]INFORMATION: 1 afternoon a week. Red X Depot, Witham, Reg. No. 5326 Attended regularly. Witham Work Depot open 1 whole day every week. Commenced Dec. 1915 worked on its own paying for everyting till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Rooms in London till Feb. 18th 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: B.R.X. Badge & certificate.


HUBBARD, Mrs. Sarah (1918. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1 year; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 37 afternoons; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Left a week. Attended regularly. 1 Reg. No. 5326 Witham Work Depot open 1 whole day every week. Commenced Dec. 1915 worked on its own paying for everything till No. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Rooms in London till feb. 18th 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex.


HULTON, Miss Minnie (Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Manor House, Boreham, Chelmsford; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Party The Depot started December 1914, worked on its own paying for everything till November 1917 when it was affiliated to the C.R.C.W.R. London till February 1919 when it closed. Work party for one year. Had a work party subordinate to Witham; COMMISSION: Essex Depot Reg. No. 5326; HONOURS AWARDED: B R X Certificate.


HUNT, Miss Dorothy (Witham Work Depot)

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


HUNT, Mrs. Jane (Witham Work Depot)

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


HUTLEY, Mrs. Elisabeth Mary (12.1915-7.1919. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Powers Hall, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot. Registered Number not given. 34 Attendances. Worked at home. Dec: 1915. July 1919. Gave proceeds of Bridge party to Work Depot; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: B.R.X. Certificate.


JOSLIN, Mrs. Sarah (1918. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1 afternoon a week Red X Depot Witham. Reg. No.. 5326 Attended regularly This member worked on an average about 1 afternoon for the year the Depot was still open after she joined. She belonged to Witham. The Depot started Dec. 1914 and worked on its own paying for everything till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Rooms in London till Feb 18th 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: B.R.X Certificate & Badge.


KING, Mrs. Ada E W (Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Witham Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 19 Attendances. Worked chiefly at home; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Reg No 5326 Open 1 whole day a week. 19 attendances The Depot started Dec. 1914 and worked on its own paying for everything till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Rooms in London till Feb. 18th 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex.


LAWRENCE, Miss Grace (Witham Work Depot. Also at the Witham Hospital, see Hospital List)


LOW, Mrs. Alison (1916-1918. Witham Work Depot.  Cycled 6 miles each attendance)

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ADDRESS: Cardfields, Hatfield-Peverel; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot. Registered Number not Given. 32 Attendances. 6 miles away & only a bicycle. 1916 – 1918; COMMISSION: Essex.


LUARD, Miss Edith Jane (1915-1918. Witham Working Party. Also at the Witham Hospital, General Service Member. See Hospital List. Organiser at the Y.M.C.A. military hut, Collingwood Road, Witham)

Friday 31 December 1915, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

A RETROSPECT. COUNTY EVENTS OF 1915.   

… July … 29. Marquis of Salisbury opens Y.M.C.A. military hut at Witham.”

During the First World War, these Y.M.C.A. huts were put up all over Great Britain and abroad.  Other local Essex ones were at Braintree; Chelmsford; Coggeshall; Dovercourt; Great  Baddow; Harwich; Maldon; Terling; and Writtle – to name just a few discovered in newspapers.

Friday 29 January 1915, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

Y.M.C.A. HUT AT WHITTLE.

The new Y.M.C.A. hut for the troops at Writtle –100 feet long, 30 feet wide, and costing, with the furniture, £450 – was opened Friday evening. The hut is like those at Danbury and Southend, already described. The site was given by kind permission of Mrs. Hilliard, landlady, and Mr. H. Green, tenant. The hut is in charge the camp leader, Mr. W. G. Umpleby, who has able staff of assistants Messrs. F. Roker, A. H. Furlonger, C. W. Sales, and Scout C. Polley. The official opening was celebrated by aconcert, presided over by Lieut.-Col. F. W. Schofield, of the Oxford and Bucks. Light Infantry, who was supported by Majors Ovey and Rowell, Mrs. Roffey and the Rev. H. Hammond. … …”

Outside Witham Y.M.C.A. military hut, Collingwood Road. Edith Laurd was organizer. Courtesy of Janet Gyford (‘Images of England: Witham’).


Outside Witham Y.M.C.A. military hut, Collingwood Road. Edith Laurd was organizer.
Courtesy of Janet Gyford (‘Images of England: Witham’).

Friday 22 December 1916, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

Y.M.C.A. HUT OPENED AT CHELMSFORD.

A Munificent Gift. A magnificent Y.M.C.A. building, fully equipped, with piano, a full-sized billiard table, and other games, and suitable accommodation for music and other forms of recreation has been presented by the Prudential Assurance Company for the use of troops. The building, which is in Market Road, Chelmsford, was formally opened on Tuesday afternoon, when the Mayor and Mayoress (Ald. and Mrs. J. O. Thompson) held a reception previous to the ceremony. There was large and fashionable gathering, and the speeches which followed eulogised the splendid gift and the fine work of the Y.M.C.A. among the troops.”

Soldiers relaxing in Y.M.C.A. military hut, Collingwood Road, Witham. Edith Laurd was organizer. Courtesy of Janet Gyford (‘Images of England: Witham’).

Soldiers relaxing in Y.M.C.A. military hut, Collingwood Road, Witham. Edith Laurd was organizer.
Courtesy of Janet Gyford (‘Images of England: Witham’).

Saturday 20 October 1917, Essex Newsman [sic]:

Y.M.C.A. HUT BURNT OUT.  

The largest and best Y.M.C.A. hut in the Harwich area was completely destroyed by fire on Monday night. The hut stood in Kingsway, Dovercourt, and was exceptionally well appointed and furnished. It had been closed for the night, and everything appeared to be in order when the leaders left, but about 10.40 fire was discovered. The building being built entirely wood, with a tarred roof, the whole structure was soon ablaze.  In less than an hour nothing remained but smouldering debris. The Fire Brigade attended. The damage amounts to not far short of £1.500.”


LUCKING, Mrs. Martha (10 months in 1918. Witham Red Cross Depot)

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ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 10 months; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 22 afternoons; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1 afternoon a week. Red X Depot, Witham Reg. no. 5326. Attended regularly. Witham Work Depot open 1 whole day every week. Commenced Dec. 1915, worked on its own paying for everything till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Room in London till Feb. 18th 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: B.R.X. badge & certificate.


MAXLOW, Miss Katharine (12.1915-3.1917. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: c/o Braxted Rectory, Kelvedon; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Registered number not given. 25 Attendances Dec: 1915 . March 1917; COMMISSION: Essex.


MOORE, Mrs. Ada (23.10.1917-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Avenue Rd, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Registered Number not given. 46 Attendances Oct: 23rd. 1917. Feb: 1919; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: B R X badge & Certificate.


NELSON, Mrs. Hylda (Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Deurwards, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 112; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Reg. No. 5326 Open 1 whole day a week 14 attendances Depot started Dec. 1914 worked on its own paying for everything till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross W.R. London until Feb. 18th 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex.


OWERS, Miss Angelina (Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Worked at home; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depôt Reg: No. 5326 Witham Work Depot started Dec. 1914 worked on its own paying for everything till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central work rooms in London till Feb. 1919 when it closed. Side 1: Surname – ‘Graham’ crossed through Permanent Address – ‘Maid to Mrs. Wilson’ Side 2: ’30 attendances’ crossed through; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: V.W. Badge.


PARKER, Miss Cecilia (Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Faulkbourne Hall, Witham; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Witham Work Depot; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 51 attendances of a possible 150; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Registered Number 5326 51 attendances of a possible 150; COMMISSION: Essex.


PARKER, Miss Flora Helen (Witham Work Depot plus  V.A.D. Nurse at Witham Hospital and Chauffeur in Macedonia. See Hospital List)


PARKER, Miss Frances (12.1915-11.1917. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Woodham Mortimer Place, Maldon; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Over; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Witham Work Depot; WHOLE OR PART TIME: one whole day per week. Worked at home; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Reg. no 63210 Made 186 garments at home during 3 years Witham W.D. open 1 whole day every week. Commenced Dec.1915 worked on its own paying for everything till Nov.1917 when it was affiliated to the Central R.C. Rooms in London till 18.02.1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex.


PARKER, Mrs. Helen Cecilia (1.12.1915-18.2.1919. Hon. Secretary of Witham Work Depot. Also worked at Hospital, teaching soldiers needlework.  See Hospital List)


PARKER, Miss Maria Louisa (19.1.1916-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Woodham Mortimer Place, Maldon; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 19/01/1916; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 86 attendences; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Worked at home, lived a long way off Witham Work Depot 86 attendances Jan 19. 1916 – Feb. 1919 Registered Number of Working Party not given; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: B.R.X. Badge.


PELLY, Mrs. Mary (12.1915-11.1917. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: The Lodge, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 11/1917; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Work Dept; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 50 attendances; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot open 1 whole day a week 50 attendances Dec 1915 2 yrs. The Depot started Dec 1914 affiliated to the C.W. Rooms, London, Nov 1917 to Feb 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex Reg. No. 5326.


PIPON, Mrs. Alice (Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Mill House, Hatfield-Peverel; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot. Registered Number not given. 72 attendances Dec 1915. July 1919 An elderly lady, had always to come by train lived 4 miles away and no conveyance; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: British Red X badge & certificate.


PLAYFAIR, Miss Nancy (Witham Work Depot)

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


ROUND, Miss Catherine (Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Avenue House, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Registered number not given 25 attendances December 1915 December 1918 worked at home; COMMISSION: Essex.


ROUND, Mrs. Sylvia (Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Birch Hall, Colchester; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 72 whole day Attendances; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Depot started Dec.1914, affiliated Nov. 1917 to Central W.R. London till 18th Feb.1919 when it closed. Reg. No. 5326 Witham Work Depot Open 1 whole day a week. Paid for everything till Nov./17 72 attendances. 2yrs & then had a work party at home for 1yr; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: B R X certificate & French W.E.F badge


ROUND, Mrs. Emily [Francis] (Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Avenue House, Witham; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: [Typed Side 2] Registered number not given. [Written Side 2] Witham Work Depot 70 Attendances Dec: 1915 – Feb: 1919 Did a great deal of work at home; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: BRX certificate French W.E.F. badge.


SHOOBRIDGE, Miss Edith (Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: worked a little at home; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Depot was open 1 whole day a week. Witham Work Depot Reg No 5326 31 Attendances Worked at home The Depot started Dec. 1914 and worked on its own paying for everything till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Rooms in London till Feb. 18th 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex.


STRUTT, Hon. Mrs. Louisa (Edward) (Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Whitelands, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot 32 Attendances The Hon. Mrs Edward attended work Depot 32 times and worked a good deal at home. (Sgd) H C Parker Hon Sec of Depot; COMMISSION: Essex.


TENNANT, Mrs. Alice (29.12.1815-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Hatfield Priory, Hatfield, Peverel; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Registered number not given 91 Attendances 4 miles away and no conveyance Dec 29 1915 – Feb 1919; COMMISSION: Essex.


TUFNELL, Mrs. “Ethel” = Miss Harriet Ethel Cicely Woodhouse (6.1916-10.1918. Witham Work Depot. Lived 8 miles away, cycled to attend)

Born 1863 Writtle, Essex.  Daughter of Cambridge-born J.P.; Banker; Barrister Robert Woodhouse and his Sicklesmere-Suffolk-born wife Ellen.

1871 Census:      Writtle Place, Writtle, Essex. With parents; four sisters; a Governess; and five servants.

1881 Census:      ‘Longmeads’, High Ongar Road, Oxley Green, Writtle, Essex.  With parents; three sisters; a Governess; and six servants.

1889:                     Married Danbury-born Edward Augustus Murray Tufnell, Writtle in Essex.

1891 Census:      The Common, Weybridge, Surrey. Visiting Civil Servant Francis Round & family; with Farmer husband.  The Round household had a Governess plus three servants.

1901 Census:      Porters, Boreham, Essex. With Farmer husband; daughter Ruth; son Samuel Jolliffe; and two servants.

1911 Census:      Porters, Boreham, Essex. With Brewery Director husband; daughter Ruth; son Samuel Jolliffe; and two servants.

1964, 7 Jun:         Harriet Ethel Cicely Tufnell “of Wormingford Hall Wormingford Essex” died at Bayshill Nursing Home, Cheltenham.

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ADDRESS: Porters, Boreham, Chelmsford; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Registered number not given. Witham Work Depot. List states 86 attendances. 69 attendances. 8 miles away and only a bicycle. Worked at home. June 1916 – Oct. 1918; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: B.R.X Certificate – French W.E.F. badge.


TUFNELL, Mrs. Sybil (6.1916-10.1918. Witham Work Depot. Lived 8 miles away, cycled to attend)

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ADDRESS: Fairfields Hatfield Peverel; COUNTY: Essex; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot Registered Number not given. 33 attendances Lived 8 miles off and only a bicycle. June 1916 – Dec: 1918; COMMISSION: Essex.


TURNER, Mrs. Mary Anne (1.1918-? Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Witham, Essex; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1 Afternoon a week Red X Depot Witham. Registered Number. No. 5326. Attended Regularly. 26. Attendances did not start until January 1918; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: BRX badge & certificate.


VAUX, Miss Sarah (12.1915-2.1919. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Chantry Cottage, Witham; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Witham Work Depot. Registered Number not Given. List States 33. Attendances. 103 Attendances Dec: 1915 Feb 1919 Side 1: Honours – ‘& badge’ crossed through; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: B.R.X. Certificate.


WEBB, Mrs. Lily (1918. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1 afternoon a week. Red X Depot, Witham Reg. No. 5326. Attended regularly. This member worked on an average about 1 afternoon for the year the Depot was still open after she joined. She belonged to Witham. The Depot started Dec. 1914 and worked on its own paying for everything till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Rooms in London till Feb. 18th 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: B.R. Badge.


WEST, Mrs. Alice (1918. Witham Work Depot)

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ADDRESS: Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1 afternoon a week. Red + Depot Witham Reg No. 5326. Attended regularly. This member worked on an average about 1 afternoon for the year the Depot was still open after she joined. She belonged to Witham. The Depot started Dec. 1914 and worked on its own paying for everything till Nov. 1917 when it was affiliated to the Central Red Cross Work Rooms in London till Feb. 18th 1919 when it closed; COMMISSION: Essex; HONOURS AWARDED: Red + badge.


WESTON, Miss Frances (Witham Work Depot.  Also Quartermaster at Witham Hospital, see the Hospital List)



“WITHAM” RESIDENTS FOUND WORKING ELSEWHERE

APPLETON, Mr. Albert (Hall orderly at Waverley Abbey Hospital, Farnham)

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ADDRESS: Spring Cottage, Little Totham, nr. Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 07/1917; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Orderly; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Pd; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Pd; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Hall orderly, Waverley Abbey Hospital, Farnham; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Albert Appleton was a discharged soldier – with one arm – who worked here until he went into hospital again for further treatment; COMMISSION: 56 Surrey.


ASHTON, Mrs. Mary Bruce (12.1915-3.1919. Making slippers for the wounded.  Where?)

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ADDRESS: Home Farm, Tudwick Nr. Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 12/1915; SERVICE TO: 03/1919; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 12/1915; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Making slippers for wounded; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time, (about) 672; COMMISSION: Bedfordshire.


BEVINGTON, Mrs. Annette (1.1915-1.1919. Worked at Portsmouth Bandage Depot)

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ADDRESS: Roslyn House. Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 01/1915; SERVICE TO: 01/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: Over; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: None; PAY AT TERMINATION: None; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Making surgical dressings; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time 5 hrs per wk. 1040 hrs in 4 yrs; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Portsmouth Bandage depot; COMMISSION: Hants.


BRADHURST, Miss Christine (7.4.1917-18.1.1919. General Service Probationer. Earls Colne Red Cross Hospital. Entertaining soldiers and arranging concerts etc.)

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

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


CAMP, Miss Alice Elizabeth (27.9.1916-10.6.1919. J.W. V.A.D. at Military Hospital, Hapsbury)

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ADDRESS: East House, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 47; SERVICE FROM: 27/09/1916; SERVICE TO: Present date; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 27/09/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving 10.6.19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mil. Hos. Hapsbury; DEPARTMENT: J.W. V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex 26.

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ADDRESS: Eastern Road, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; HOSPITAL: Auxiliary Hospital, Witham; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Was at Napsbury War Hospital St. Albans; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nursing Member; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1915; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Paid; PAY AT TERMINATION: Paid; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Joined for service at Military Hospital; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Two years; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Joined Detachment Essex 26 Aug 28 1916 Went to Napsbury War Hospital 27th Sep 1916 and did full time service till July 22nd 1919. Recommended for Red X; COMMISSION: Witham V.A.D. Hospital Essex/26.


HILLS, Mr. William K. (18.1.1918-31.1.1919. Orderly at Milton Hill Section Hospital, Steventon, Berks and St. Dunstans, Blackheath and Regents Park)

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ADDRESS: The Cedars, Faulkbourn, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 1918; SERVICE TO: 1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Orderly; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 18/01/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 25/- per week; RANK AT TERMINATION: Orderly; DATE OF TERMINATION: 31/01/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: 25/- per week; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Milton Hill Section Hospital, Steventon, Berks; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; COMMISSION: BERKSHIRE.

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ADDRESS: The Cedars, Faulkbourn, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 27 years; CHARACTER: Very Good; SERVICE FROM: 31/01/1919; SERVICE TO: Still serving 13/5/19; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Orderly; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 18/01/1918; RANK AT TERMINATION: Orderly; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Served at Milton Hill Hospital, Steventon 18.1.18 to 31.1.18 St Dunstans, Blackheath 4.2.19 to 22.3.19 St Dunstans, Regents Pk 27.3.19 Still serving. 13.5.19; DEPARTMENT: Orderlies; COMMISSION: Miss New.


MURRELLS, Miss Myrtle (7.1916-2.1919. Secretarial work at V.A.D. Hospital, Wisbech)

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ADDRESS: Newlyn House, Witham; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 07/1916; SERVICE TO: 02/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 07/1916; RANK AT TERMINATION: Clerk; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Secretarial work, V.A.D. Hospital, Wisbech; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 5468 hrs; COMMISSION: Cambridge 50.


SNELL, Miss Amy Catherine (1916. Lay Worker, secretarial work at Rivercourt Hospital, Maldon, Essex)

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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.


The Bridge School/Witham Union Workhouse. ©Peter Higginbotham © www.workhouses.org.uk

The Bridge School/Witham Union Workhouse. © Peter Higginbotham  www.workhouses.org.uk


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