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Midlothian / Constance Muriel Steell
« on: Saturday 02 April 16 12:42 BST (UK)  »
Re Constance Muriel Steell, Is there the remote possibility that anyone may have any details of this lady? I trust that I have identified the correct County?

The only information I have is that she was a Nurse (possibly a V.A.D.) who died on duty 20th March 1917 serving at Bradford War Hospital. . She is buried in Colinton Parish Churchyard, Edinburgh, suggesting that this was her hometown.

Grateful for any assistance.


Lanarkshire / Marion Macdougall A.R.P. warden
« on: Saturday 27 February 16 15:21 GMT (UK)  »
Marion Macdougall was born 1893 in Glasgow, Scotland to Alexander, an Accountant and Marion, nee Fox, Macdougall of 19 Kelvinside Terrace South, Glasgow. No references were found regarding her early life but she was educated in Glasgow and graduated from Hillhead High School possibly to University where she graduated with an M.A. and B.Sc. subjects unknown, and subsequently qualified as a Teacher. Marion is also recorded as a Scottish Hockey Internationalist.
When war was declared in 1939 Marion joined the Civil Defence as an Air Raid Warden and served at the Warden’s Post in Queen Margaret Road, Glasgow. On the night of 13 March 1941, German bombers attacked the munitions factories and shipyards of Clydeside. There were 260 bombers on the first night - waves of high-explosive bombs, incendiary bombs and land-mines were dropped over a nine-hour period. Streets were devastated, fires raged, and people were trapped in collapsed buildings. On 14 March, with rescue work continuing, 200 bombers returned; their bombing raid lasted over seven and a half hours. Over the two days 528 civilians were killed, over 617 people were seriously injured, and several housing schemes were completely wiped out; 48,000 civilians lost their homes, many of them shipyard workers and their families, packed into Clydebank tenements.
During the 14th March raid two land mines landed near Queen Margaret Road and the area was devastated including the Warden’s Post. The Post Warden Alex Munro, managed to scramble out but Marion was seriously injured and was taken to the Western Infirmary, Glasgow where she died on the same day aged 48 years.
I also understand, having studied the full details of the Clydebank Blitz. That the devastation was so severe that many Glaswegians moved from Glasgow and never returned.

The above, due to my physical disability, is all that I could find re Marion. Any further info welcome particularly where she is buried and a photograph of her grave.

Be grateful for any assistance.


Sussex Lookup Requests / Annie Taylor, A.T.S. Sergeant
« on: Friday 11 December 15 18:28 GMT (UK)  »
I have the following lady in my records
Rank: Serjeant
Service No: W/28829
Date of Death: 26/01/1945
Regiment/Service: Auxiliary Territorial Service
Panel Reference: Panel 22. Column 3.
Memorial: BROOKWOOD 1939-1945 MEMORIAL

I have now received information of a lady of the same name
With a home address of Stephenson House, Shoreham, Sussex
Annie Taylor
Buried in St Pancras Cemetery (Camden)
Burial date: 30 January 1945
Authority: London Borough of Camden

Most grateful if anyone can offer any possible connection between
these two ladies.


Lancashire Lookup Requests / Annettie Smithers Jenkinson
« on: Thursday 19 November 15 13:39 GMT (UK)  »
I have entered this item in Lancashire as I could not find a reference to the County Borough of Merseyside. If it is wrong perhaps the Moderators would kindly transfer to its correct county.

Annettie served under that name (an alias) as a Sergeant in the ATS and died 4th December 1942 age quoted as 23 However she was born Annettie Smithers, said to be 1919, assumed to be at Sefton, Merseyside; her place of burial being - Southport (Duke Street) Cemetery. Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside, Grave Ref. 443

Annettie was adopted by a Miss Amy Jenkinson of Blowick, Southport, Merseyside; obviously the reason for her alias. (There is no indication as to when she was adopted but an educated guess would be possibly as an unwanted baby.) Amy is recorded as died 1947 age 49 suggesting that she was born 1898. I could find no reference to her place of burial.

Due to my rheumatoid disability and concentration problems I was unable to find any further detailed information than the above. I would therefore be most grateful for any further details to help me compile a reasonable profile for Annettie.



Cumberland Lookup Requests / Annie Chatt Lusitania casualty
« on: Tuesday 27 October 15 17:55 GMT (UK)  »
I am attempting to compile a profile for Annie Chatt born 5th June 1869 and drowned as a result of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania on 7th May 1915, is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Cockermouth Cemetery, Cumbria and was the daughter of George Chatt who is recorded as being the first Editor of the West Cumberland Times some time in the 1800s as he died in November 1890.

I would initially be interested in where in Cumbria Annie was born and any other known details of her activities during her early days, particularly what she was doing in the USA.

Most grateful for any info you may br able to offer.


The Common Room / Mrs Wier, Scottish Boer War Casualty
« on: Saturday 20 June 15 16:26 BST (UK)  »
 I found Mrs Wier in “The Nursing Record & Hospital World” December 29th 1900 journal recording her as a Boer War casualty. An extensive search of the web produced nothing so Mrs Wier is virtually “a needle in a haystack”. However I feel that she was possibly newsworthy at the time in Scotland so I just wonder if anybody has any information on her?

Whilst I have general details of her activities in South Africa the following could possibly add to her Scoottish backgroundi. My initial primary interest is obviously her maiden and forename/s also date and place of birth.

Described as a kindly Scotchwoman and daughter of a sea-captain as a child she travelled the world with him. She was a nurse for years attached to a British regiment and after more travelling she married and settled in Zululand. Within a year of her marriage her daughter died leaving a baby daughter. (This comment appears to suggest that Mrs Wier was either previously married or her daughter was illegitimate)The farm where they lived was a village in Dundee, Natal near Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift where Mrs Wier tended the graves of the soldiers of the Zulu War. It was here that she buried her daughter.

As I say “a needle in a haystack” but grateful if anybody can assist. If anybody is interested in a copy of the Nursing Record report please PM your email and I will forward a copy.


Yorkshire (East Riding & York) Lookup Requests / Nursing Sister Mary Jemima West
« on: Saturday 16 May 15 20:19 BST (UK)  »
After extensive research I can find no personal details, date of birth, parents, schooling, etc. re Mary Jemima West other than a photograph of York War Memorial, on which she is commemorated and a very fuzzy one of Leeds War Memorial on which she is apparently commemorated.

The only other details are that she trained as a nurse at The Beckett Hospital, Barnsley that closed in 1977. She joined the Princess Christians Army Nursing Service Reserve on 9th March 1900, Service Number 402 and sailed soon after (?) for South Africa.

No indication of which hospital she was posted to other than she succumbed to disease - Dysentery or Typhoid, both plaguing the area, and died as a result on 20th October 1900
I am not sure where in Yorkshire she hails from but as she trained as a nurse in Barnsley and is commemorated on York and Leeds memorials I assume that there must be a connection so I put her in East Yorkshire where the impressive York Memorial is located.

Not a great deal to remember her by so I would be most grateful for any further information to enhance her profile.


Scotland / Sister Isobel Caldclugh, Boer War Nurse
« on: Wednesday 15 April 15 19:19 BST (UK)  »
 After extensive research all that I could find on this lady is as follows:-

Trained as a nurse at The Royal Infirmary Glasgow: Joined Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Reserve 16th March 1900, Service number 433: Attached to 17 General Hospital, Standerton, Mpumalanga, South Africa: Died of disease (possibly Typhoid) on 11th October 1900 recorded as at Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

To ascertain her age and possible home location I tried the Scottish censuses for 1871 and 1881 using Lanark and Midlothian as possible County connections but no luck.

Grateful for any assistance.


The Common Room / Nursing Sister Florence Bell
« on: Friday 10 April 15 15:21 BST (UK)  »
This unfortunate lady has presented me with research identification problems. No date of birth or location, no parents or any other personal details. Below is all that I have been able to locate. Even that has a query in the date of her sailing from Southampton however the date posted below does conform to the date of a group of nurses selected by Princess Alexandra for service in South Africa.

I did find a reference to the fact that she is commemorated on a war memorial in Barnwell, Somerset suggesting that could be her hometown but unable to find an illustration of the memorial.

Be most grateful for any bits and pieces that any member can locate.


“Nursing Sister Florence Bell trained as a Nurse at the Great Northern Central Hospital, London. She later enlisted on 26th June 1898 in the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Reserve Service Number 28.
At 18.15 on Saturday 23rd December 1899 she sailed from Southampton, with Lord Roberts on the S.S. Dunotter Castle for South Africa; on arrival she was posted to the Stationary Hospital, Modder River near Kimberley, Northern Cape where died from Typhoid Fever on 6th April 1900”

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