WIVENHOE: Wivenhoe Red Cross V.A.D. Hospital

WIVENHOE V.A.D. HOSPITAL

REST STATION

Infants’ School, Wivenhoe, Essex

Former Infants’ School, Wivenhoe, Essex. Courtesy of John Stewart of Wivenhoe History Group.

Infants’ School, Wivenhoe, Essex. Courtesy of John Stewart of Wivenhoe History Group.


At the outbreak of the First World War, the first Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital to open its doors in the area was Wivenhoe … at the village’s 1891 Infants’ School in Philip Road.  The Hospital appears to have been a “temporary” one and, then, the V.A.D. members operated a Soldiers’ Rest Station.

The following web page enlightens the reader about ‘The Wivenhoe at War 1914 to 1918’ from http://www.maritimeheritageeast.org.uk/:

“In the first week the Red Cross had commandeered the Infants’ School as a hospital, a great many men had volunteered for the Naval Reserve and the Territorials had been embodied. 

In August 1914 the Ballast Quay was entertaining the Royal Army Medical Corps in tents, and by October 100 men were billeted in the town.”

'Colchester War Memorial Souvenir, The Great War 1914-1918' (Printed/Published by The Essex Telegraph)

‘Colchester War Memorial Souvenir, The Great War 1914-1918’ (Printed/Published by The Essex Telegraph)

It would appear that all women listed in this chapter (bar Trained Nurse Amy Kate Head) were members of the Wivenhoe Voluntary Aid Detachment, Essex 62.

The school was only a four minute walk from Wivenhoe’s railway station and, thus, was an ideal location for accepting servicemen off the train.

After a new Wivenhoe school was built in Broome Grove, the building has been called ‘The Philip Road Centre’ and used by community groups.


Friday, 14 August 1914, Essex County Chronicle [sic]:

THE CRY FOR HELP.  The County Organising.   Numerous Patriotic Offers.  Care of the Wounded. “A Willing Helper Does Not Wait To Be Called.”

Essex is always to the fore to answer the cry for help, and she is at one with the nation in the intention to do everything that is necessary for the suffering and distress which the war must unfortunately incur. … … …

RED CROSS WORK.  SPLENDID RESPONSE IN ESSEX.  2,000 MEMBERS: ACCOMMODATION FOR 2,000 PATIENTS.

The voluntary Aid (Red Cross) Detachments in Essex have responded nobly to the call of their country, and the Essex Branch of the British Red Cross Society now consists of 73 Voluntary Aid Detachments with a personnel of about 2,000 of whom some three-fourths are women.   Three of the detachments are formed from the St. John Ambulance Brigade.  For organising purposes the county is divided into divisions corresponding generally with the police divisions of the county.  The Countess of Warwick is president of the branch, and Col. R. B. Colvin, C.B., is the county director.  Each division is controlled by a vice-president and assistant managing director.  The offices of the Branch are now at 74 Duke Street, Chelmsford, with Col. G. H. Coleman, V.D., as hon. Secretary, it being felt that Chelmsford is a more convenient centre than Colchester.

The Voluntary Aid Detachments are officially inspected annually by an officer from the R.A.M.C., who reports to the War Office.  Most of the inspections for this year have taken place, and the reports in all cases have been very good, testifying to the zeal and energy which have been so conspicuous in all ranks of the organisation.

Since the commencement of the war many generous offers of private houses, institutions, and other buildings for use either as hospitals or convalescent homes have been made, and in many instances steps have been take to equip some of these buildings at short notice.  Among the private houses that have been offered are the following:- … …

Thorpe Hall … …

The following have also been placed at the disposal of the branch:- … …

Severalls Asylum, Colchester, accommodation from 270. … …

Middlesex Hospital, Clacton, 90.

Messrs. Cooper, Tabor, and Co., a large building at Witham, with three floors, to hold 200 beds.

The hall of the Essex and Suffolk Fire Office at Colchester. … …

As already mentioned, the G.E.R. Hotel at Harwich has been requisitioned as a hospital, and the Essex No, 33 Detachment (men), under Mr. Etherden, late of the Essex Yeomanry, and the Essex 84 (women), under Mrs. Brooks, are now employed, 120 beds having been prepared.

At Wivenhoe a 12-bedded rest-station has been prepared, and the local detachment, under Miss Dewhurst, has been mobilised. … …

A depot will shortly be formed at Chelmsford, where voluntary contributions, in the shape of stores and clothes will be collected.  Contributions should be addressed to the Secretary, Essex Branch, B.R.C.S., 74 Duke Street, Chelmsford.”


15 August 1914, Essex County Standard [sic]:

Wivenhoe News.  Owing to the school being fitted up as a hospital and used by the local Red Cross Detachment the weekly meeting of The Brotherhood was postponed”.


Friday 21 August 1914, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

RED CROSS IN ESSEX. Since the commencement of the war temporary hospitals have been established and occupied by patients at Harwich, Brentwood, Wivenhoe, and North Fambridge, the staff being provided for the most part by the local V.A. detachments.  Provision was also made for dealing with cases during the progress if the troops through the county at Hylands and at Witham.  The V.A. detachments at Colchester are likewise giving their assistance in conjunction with the 2nd Field Ambulance.

Fresh offers of houses and other places to be used as hospitals and convalescent homes have been received.”


19 June 1915, Essex County Standard [sic]:

Wivenhoe News.  Members of the Wivenhoe Red Cross Detachment attended an Open air concert at St Marys Church on Empire Day.  Those attending: Mrs E E Brown; Mrs W Frost; Miss E Chadwick; Miss L Husk; Miss B Mitchell; Miss L Cole; Miss E Jones; Misses E and K Pearson.”


26 June 1915, Essex County Standard [sic]:

WIVENHOE. BRITISH RED CROSS.In connection with the local detachment of the above a series of lectures on “home nursing” have recently been given by Dr. A. Fleming, following which an examination was held by Dr. F. Atthill, of Great Bentley.  The results were as under:- Miss Marjorie Mortoc (Colchester) passed for proficiency badge, Miss L. Husk passed for badge; Miss E. Chadwick passed for second certificate.   The following recruits also passed the first examination:- Misses B. Mitchell, C. Wisbey, and Edith Pearson, Rowhedge.”


Saturday 12 August 1916, Essex Newsman [sic]:

WIVENHOE.  A MARQUEE, erected in Wivenhoe Park under the auspices of the Y.M.C.A., was declared open for the use of the troops by Major-General C. J. Blomfield, C.B., D.S.O., on Monday.”


Saturday 23 September 1916, Essex Newsman [sic]:

SOLDIER CHARGED WITH STEALING £50.  At Colchester on Thursday, Robert Jones, private in the Manchester Regt., was charged with breaking and entering the canteen of Messrs R. Dickinson and Co., Ltd., at Wivenhoe Park Camp, and stealing £52 12s. 10d. belonging to the firm.  

It was stated that when arrested in Manchester prisoner said, “I have had enough soldiering.  I done this so that I might get out of it.”  The sum of £47 12s. 2½d. was found in his possession.

Prisoner was remanded by C. E. Gooch, Esq., until Saturday.   Prisoner stated that he was only 15 years of age.”     



LIST OF PEOPLE KNOWN TO HAVE WORKED AT WIVENHOE V.A.D. HOSPITAL:  The following five individuals have Wivenhoe V.A.D. Hospital noted on their Service Card.  It is deduced, however, that every member of the Wivenhoe V.A.D. would have been involved in the running of the Hospital – during its short life.  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 Wivenhoe V.A.D.]:-                                 

BARLOW, Mrs. Sophie Matilda (Commandant. Organising & nursing. Also connected to Gostwycke V.A.D. Hospital, Colchester)

CHIDWICK, Miss Emily Jane (9.1914-? V.A.D. Nurse for “few days” at Wivenhoe. Nursing and ward work. Also worked at the Gostwyke and Essex County Hospitals, Colchester)

HAINES, Mrs. Joyce Henrietta Lancaster (4.8.1914-? Quartermaster and Nursing Duties. Also worked at Gostwycke & Essex County Hospitals.  Carried out “ordinary V.A.D. work” for 5 years at Wivenhoe)

LILLEY, Mrs. Minnie (9.1914-?  V.A.D. Nurse at “Wivenhoe V.A.D.”  Also worked at Gostwycke & Essex County Hospitals)

BERRY, Mrs. Maud J. nee Martin (9.1914-? V.A.D. Nurse at Wivenhoe Hospital. Also worked at Essex County Hospital)


PROFILES

BARLOW, Mrs. Sophie Mathilda  nee Salomonson = Mrs. Alexander K. Barlow  (Commandant. Organising & nursing. Also connected to Gostwycke Red Cross Hospital, Colchester)

Born 1862 Birch-in-Rusholme, Manchester, Lancs. Daughter of Manchester-born Merchant and Gentleman Henry Salomonson and his wife Henrietta

1871 Census:      South Villa, Denison Road, Birch-in-Rusholme, Lancs. With parents; six siblings; and five servants.

1881 Census:      Oxford Pl., Victoria Park, Birch-in-Rusholme, Lancs. With father (Shipper employing 8 men); Mother; & five siblings.  Plus five servants.

1890, 10.12:        Married Alexander Kay Barlow at Birch-in-Rusholme Parish Church, Lancs.

1891 Census:      Lynders Wood Farm, Black Notley, Essex.  With husband and one Gentleman guest, plus three servants.

1901 Census:      The Hall, High Street, Wivenhoe, Essex.  With J.P. (Employer) husband; four children; and six servants.

1911 Census:      Wivenhoe Hall, Wivenhoe, Essex.  With Land Owner and J.P. husband; four children; and five servants.

N.B. Husband Alexander Kay Barlow was born 1855 in Thornbridge, Bakewell, Derbyshire.  Member of many leading yacht clubs including:-  Royal Harwich; Royal Mersea; Royal Portsmouth Yacht; Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht; and Burnham Yacht – “well known as a yachtsman and master of his own craft”.   He died 15 September 1928, his death was registered in Southampton.

Friday 27 July 1917, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

ESSEX REGIMENTS’ COMFORTS FUND : RESULTS OF FLAG DAYS, 1917 : FIRST LIST …  …  Colchester Division …  …  Wivenhoe, Mrs. Barlow, £66 10s. 6d.;  …  …”

Friday 05 October 1917, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

ESSEX ROLL OF HONOUR

Sec.-Lt. John Lancashire Barlow, R.F.C., killed on Sept. 23, aged 18, was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander K. Barlow, of Wivenhoe Hall.  He was educated at Mr. Brown’s School, Eastbourne, and at Shrewsbury School.  He was very fond of shooting, and a good shot at an age when many boys are in the nursery.  When war was declared on Aug. 4, 1914, at the age of 16 he joined the 8th Essex Cyclist Corps as a dispatch rider, and served in that regiment till the December of that year.  Being much under age, and keenly interested in aviation and aeroplane engines, he went to the Bournemouth Aviation School, where he took his pilot’s certificate.  Then, still too young for a commission, he joined the Wells Aviation Factory, where he gained much knowledge of his favourite subject.  He received his papers for the R.F.C. Cadet Corps, and passing through that, his commission in the R.F.C.  His military training in flying was very rapid, just a month, to qualify for his wings, which he obtained in April this year, and he was sent to the Front, where he took part in the battle of Messines and many other fights, making a very good tell of enemy machines.  His C.O. writes of Sec.-Lt. Barlow’s brilliancy as a pilot and how much his brother officers loved him and the men adored him.  The Brig.-General wrote to his father: “No loss experienced by us this summer has been more regretted than that of your son.  He was so gallant and cheerful, that his example will be always remembered by all those who knew him.”  Sec.-Lt. Barlow’s elder brother, Alexander, has also served his country in this war, joining the R.E. as dispatch rider, through his Varsity (Cambridge), in 1914, and enduring the hardships of that severe winter at the Front (silver badge), afterwards serving as a Sec.-Lieut. in the K.R.R., from which he was invalided in 1915.  The motto of this family is “Ready in Faith,” and these two lads have proved it.”

Saturday 22 December 1917, Essex Newsman [sic]:

PERSONAL WAR NOTES.  … The late Sec.-Lt. I. L. Barlow, R.F.C., son of Mr. and Mrs. Barlow, of Wivenhoe Hall, is in Sir D. Haig’s list of mentions for gallant service on the Western Front.” 

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?sname=barlow&hosp=wivenhoe&id=11509&first=true&last=true

ADDRESS: Wivenhoe Hall; COUNTY: Essex; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Commandant; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 1912; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Commandant; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Organising & nursing; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round Wivenhoe Hospital Gostwycke Hospital Query List returned unanswered; COMMISSION: Essex 62.


CHIDWICK, Miss Emily Jane (9.1914, for “few days” at Wivenhoe. V.A.D. Nurse. Nursing and ward work.  Also worked at the Gostwyke and Essex County Hospitals, Colchester)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=wivenhoe&id=40882&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Park House, 2 High St, Wivenhoe; COUNTY: Essex; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Few days duty at local temporary hospital in 1914 & one Sunday per month at Essex County Hospital, Colchester since June 1918; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: VAD Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: VAD Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/1919; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing & ward work; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time amounting to few weeks annually / 125 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Gostwycke Hospital Colchester County Hospital; COMMISSION: Essex 62.


HAINES, Mrs. Joyce Henrietta Lancaster (4.8.1914-? Quartermaster and Nursing Duties. Also worked at Gostwycke & Essex County Hospitals.  Carried out “ordinary V.A.D. work” for 5 years at Wivenhoe)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=wivenhoe&id=93141&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Meyrick Cottage, Meyrick Crescent, Colchester; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Ordinary V.A.D. work for previous 5 years at Wivenhoe; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Quartermaster; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 04/08/1914; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: Quartermaster; DATE OF TERMINATION: 02/02/1915; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing & Quartermaster duties; WHOLE OR PART TIME: Whole; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wivenhoe Temporary Hospital. Gostwycke. County Hospital (Colchester); COMMISSION: Essex 62.


LILLEY, Mrs. Minnie (9.1914-?  V.A.D. Nurse at “Wivenhoe V.A.D.”  Also worked at Gostwycke & Essex County Hospitals)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=wivenhoe&id=134589&forwards=true

ADDRESS: The Robins Anglesea Rd Wivenhoe; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Wivenhoe V.A.D. & Sundays at Essex County Hospital; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1914; RANK AT TERMINATION: Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 28/02/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: None; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing duties; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 1 week per month Gostwycke Hospital Colchester; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Christian name crossed out. Gostwycke Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: Essex 62.


BERRY, Mrs. Maud J. nee Martin (9.1914-? V.A.D. Nurse at Wivenhoe Hospital. Also worked at Essex County Hospital)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=wivenhoe&id=171241&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Berry House, Wivenhoe; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Essex County Sunday & Wivenhoe Local; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 09/1914; DATE OF TERMINATION: 28/02/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: None; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing duties; WHOLE OR PART TIME: part time, 200 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wivenhoe Hospital Gostwyck Hospital Colchester County Hospital; COMMISSION: Essex 62.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=wivenhoe&id=146437&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Berry House, Wivenhoe; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: See Rand, Mrs Maud J. Berry House, Wivenhoe.



WIVENHOE RESIDENTS ONLY WORKING ELSEWHERE

COOK, Mrs. Dora M. (6.1918-21.12.1918. Cook at Gostwycke V.A.D. Hospital, Colchester)

DEWHIRST, Madeline Dewhirst (4.1915-1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse. Worked in France, under French Red Cross; and Dartford)

HAWKINS, Miss Helen Mary (8.1914-29.12.1917. V.A.D. Nurse. Worked in France, under the French Red Cross; and in Norfolk)

HEAD, Miss Amy Kate (19.12.1916-10.2.1919. Trained Nurse. Worked at Worthing and Derbyshire)

VARROW, Mrs. Beatrice Ethel (23.3.1916-30.4.1919. Head Clerk. Worked at Hamilton Road Extension Hospital and Colchester Military Hospital,  Colchester)


PROFILES

COOK, Mrs. Dora M. (6.1918-21.12.1918. Cook at Gostwycke V.A.D. Hospital, Colchester)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=wivenhoe&id=47124

ADDRESS: The Robins , Anglesea Rd Wivenhoe; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Gostwyck Hospital Colchester; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Cook; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 06/1918; DATE OF TERMINATION: 21/12/1918; PAY AT TERMINATION: None; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Cookery; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 4 days per week; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Gostwyck V.A.D. Hospital Colchester; COMMISSION: Essex 62.


DEWHIRST, Madeline Dewhirst (4.1915-1919+ J.C. V.A.D. Nurse. Worked in France, under French Red Cross; and Dartford)

Born 1887 Stowmarket, Suffolk. Daughter of Clare, Suffolk-born Bank Manager John Reeve Dewhirst and his London-born wife Mary Frodsham (nee Frost).  Sometimes spelt “Dewhurst”).

1891 Census:      The Bank, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk.    With Bank Manager father, brother Noel: visiting a Sully relative.  Plus two servants.  Mother visiting Scott and Sully cousins in Lambeth.

1901 Census:      48 Bateman Street, Cambridge.  Boarder at a Private School.   Parents were living at 43 Ipswich St., Stowmarket – with son Noel plus one servant.

1907:                     Address for father J.R.D. Pine Ridge Cottage, Serpertine Road, Broadstone, Dorset. (Kelly’s Directory).

1911 Census:      Ballast Quay, Wivenhoe, Essex.  Occupation: “Secretary”, with John Bawtree

Hawkins (“Private Means & Farming”) & family, including wife & 2 daughters plus 4 servants.   One daughter was Miss Helen Mary Hawkins (15 yrs old).  Dewhirst parents living at Pine Ridge Cottage,

Serpertine Road, Broadstone, Dorset.

1915, 25 Jan:       Left for the WW1 Front (transferred to the French Red Cross)

23 January 1915, Essex County Standard [sic]:

WIVENHOE. RED CROSS LADY FOR THE FRONT.

– Miss M. Dewhirst, commandant of the Wivenhoe Detachment of the British Red Cross Society, has been given a position at the front, and proceeds there on Monday, January 25.   The commandant will carry with her the best wishes of the local detachment.”

“From here Miss Hawkins and Miss Dewhurst did brilliant work in France.”  (from ‘Colchester War Memorial Souvenir, The Great War 1914-1918’).

1915, Apr-Oct:   French Red Cross Medal Roll shows Madeline working as an un-trained nurse (at the French temporary hospital at Arc-en-Barrois, Haute-Marne, Champagne-Ardenne).

1916, 28 June:    Role of Chauffeuse  (under the auspice of the Joint Committee) – until 02 September 1918.

1918, 09 Oct:      Started working at U.S.A. Dartford.   “Still serving” when JC card was dated on 23 June 1919.

It is recorded in the Essex County Standard that Madeline left for her duties at the Front on Monday, January 25 1915.  Her Joint Committee card states her role as a “Chauffeuse” from 28 June 1916.   Female drivers seem to be described as ‘Chauffeur’, less often, ‘Chauffeuse.’     Most would have driven ambulances, but a proportion would drive staff cars of the JC/BRCS ‘top brass’ in France to and from the base and their hospitals.

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=wivenhoe&id=60675&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Ballast Quay, Wivenhoe, Colchester; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 29; SERVICE FROM: 28/06/1916; SERVICE TO: 23/06/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Chauffeurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 28/06/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: 23/06/1919; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: J.C. France 28.6.16-2.9.18. USA. Dartford 9.10.18 at present (Still serving written on front of card); DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex 62.


HAWKINS, Miss Helen Mary (4.1915-29.12.1917. V.A.D. Nurse. Worked in France, under the French Red Cross; and in Norfolk)

Born 1895 Clifton, Bristol. Daughter of Colchester-born Farmer John Bawtree Hawkins and his Teignmouth, Devon-born wife Georgina Mabel.

1901 Census:      Ballast Quay, Wivenhoe, Essex.  With parents; a Governess; and four servants.

1911 Census:      Ballast Quay, Wivenhoe, Essex.  With parents; a sister; and four servants.

Additionally, “Secretary” Miss Madeline Dewhirst (see above)

Helen’s father was Essex Regiment Captain (Adjt.) John Bawtree Hawkins died of pneumonia following influenza, on 30 August 1916.  Aged 47.   He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.   He was the son of Borough & County J.P. Charles Henry Hawkins.

John Bawtree Hawkins: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Courtesy of Heather A. Johnson.

John B. Hawkins: Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Courtesy of Heather Anne Johnson.

Friday 08 September 1916, Chelmsford Chronicle [sic]:

DEATH of Capt. J. B. HAWKINS.  News has been received of the death of Captain J. B. Hawkins, J.P., who died at the base from pneumonia.  Capt. Hawkins resided at Ballast Quay, Wivenhoe, and was born on September 17, 1868.  The late officer, before the out-break of war, held many public positions in the district, including that of hon. Sec. to the Harwich Conservative and Unionist Association.  He was also a member of the Essex County Council.”

Saturday 13 January 1917, Essex Newsman [sic]:

WILLS AND BEQUESTS. – Capt. John Bawtree Hawkins, of Wivenhoe, died in France, Aug. 30, age 47 … 20,360. …”

From Wivenhoe “Miss Hawkins and Miss Dewhurst did brilliant work in France.”   Perhaps Helen’s father’s death in France motivated her to cross the Channel and “do brilliant work”, taking with her Madeleine Dewhurst?     ‘Colchester War Memorial Souvenir, The Great War 1914-1918’ (Printed/Published by The Essex Telegraph)


HEAD, Miss Amy Kate (19.12.1916-10.2.1919. Trained Nurse. Worked at Worthing and Derbyshire)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=wivenhoe&id=101277

ADDRESS: Oakleigh Wivenhoe; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 28 years; SERVICE FROM: 19/12/1916; SERVICE TO: 10/02/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Trained Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 19/12/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £1-1-0 pwk; RANK AT TERMINATION: Trained Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 10/02/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: £1-4-10 pwk; 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?hosp=wivenhoe&id=101278&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Oakleigh Wivenhoe; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 18/12/1916; SERVICE TO: Date & still working; HOSPITAL: Cecils Red Cross Hospital, Chappell Croft, Mile Road, West Worthing (transferred from Clifton Road, Worthing); PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: Sister at “Moorfield” Military Hospital Glossop. Derbyshire from 18.12.16 to 28.5.17; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Sister; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 13/06/1917; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: £64.12. per annum; RANK AT TERMINATION: Matron; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still working; PAY AT TERMINATION: £64.12. per annum; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing etc; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Acted as Head Nurse (trained) & then became Matron at the Cecils Red X Hospital at Chappel Croft & St Edwards Hostel Clifton Road (Paid Salary by BRCS Head Quarters); COMMISSION: Sussex Trained nurses.


HEAD, Mrs. Margaret E. (8.1918-3.1919. V.A.D. Nurse. Nursing & ward work. Worked at Gostwycke and Essex County Hospitals)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=wivenhoe&id=101318&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Oakleigh Wivenhoe; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 08/1918; SERVICE TO: 03/1919; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: None; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: V.A.D. Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 08/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: Nil; RANK AT TERMINATION: V.A.D. Nurse; DATE OF TERMINATION: 03/1919; PAY AT TERMINATION: Nil; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing & ward work; WHOLE OR PART TIME: When required 150 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division, Miss Round. Gostwycke Hospital Colchester County Hospital; COMMISSION: Essex 62 Women’s V.A.D.


LILLEY, Miss May Hilda (25.11.1918-1919+ J.W. V.A.D. Nurse at Colchester Military Hospital)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=wivenhoe&id=134587&forwards=true

ADDRESS: The Robins, Anglesea Road, Wivenhoe; COUNTY: Essex; AGE WHEN ENGAGED: 20; SERVICE FROM: 25/11/1918; SERVICE TO: Present; PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT: P.T.O; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Nurse; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 25/11/1918; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: With; DATE OF TERMINATION: still serving 28.8.19; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mil Hos. Colchester; DEPARTMENT: J.W.V.A.D; COMMISSION: Essex 62.


MARTYR, Mrs. Constance Muriel (?-? V.A.D. Nurse. Worked at Gostwycke and Essex County Hospitals)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=wivenhoe&id=146595&forwards=true

ADDRESS: The Avenue Wivenhoe; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: VAD Nurse; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Nursing; WHOLE OR PART TIME: 276 hours; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lexden & Winstree Division. Miss Raund. Gostwycke Hospital Colchester County Hospital. No more information; COMMISSION: Essex 62.


VARROW, Mrs. Beatrice Ethel (23.3.1916-30.4.1919. Head Clerk. Worked at Hamilton Road Extension Hospital and Colchester Military Hospital,  Colchester)

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Card?hosp=wivenhoe&id=213319&forwards=true

ADDRESS: Hamilton Villa, Wivenhoe; COUNTY: Essex; SERVICE FROM: 23/03/1916; SERVICE TO: 30/04/1919; RANK AT ENGAGEMENT: Clerk; DATE OF ENGAGEMENT: 23/03/1916; PAY AT ENGAGEMENT: 20/- week; RANK AT TERMINATION: Head Clerk; DATE OF TERMINATION: Still Serving; PAY AT TERMINATION: 42/6 week; PARTICULARS OF DUTIES: Clerical work at Hamilton Rd HP. Colchester; WHOLE OR PART TIME: whole time; ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: March 23rd. 1916 to Nov: 11th. 1916 at Fort Pitt Military HP. Chatham Kent. Transferred to General Military Hospital Colchester Nov: 1916 Side 2: ‘still serving there’ crossed through.


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