Endell Street Military Hospital

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  1. Nabean

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    Amongst my grandmother’s things, I have come across an autograph album belonging to Dora Frances Townsend.

    It covers the period from 1902 to 1918, and contains entries by wounded servicemen and staff at various hospitals in London: The London School of Tropical Medicine, The Seaman’s Hospital, Royal Albert Dock (SS ‘Erinpura’ features:
    Code:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Erinpura
    , and Endell Street Military Hospital: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1712367/

    and https://ezitis.myzen.co.uk/endellstreet.html

    This last is particularly interesting, as it is connected with the early days of women’s suffrage; I imagine Dora was a nurse there, although I remember my grandmother telling me that she was a lady, and had been presented at court.

    It is full of exquisite, hand-drawn or painted entries, in pencil, ink and water-colours, with poems, messages and autographs, most of which are clearly legible. I have taken digital photographs of each page, and I have managed to trace the war records of a couple of the servicemen/doctors who feature, now, long dead, sadly.

    It is a fascinating historical document, especially in view of the celebrations planned for November to mark the end of that terrible conflict.

    I have uploaded an image of one of the water-colours, as the page has come loose, and it has no signature; the backdrop is the lining of the front and back covers. If anyone would like any further information on the contents of the album, or can shed any light on its owner, please let me know – I may have the autograph of an ancestor of yours!


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    Dora Frances Townsend appears on the 1939 reg living in Chelsea her occupation is nurse, she is single and born 8/5/1881

    There is a birth reg in June qtr 1881 Derby 7b 550 mmn Pritchard

    From the Campaign, Gallantry and Long Service Medal & Awards
    Service number 44641 - Queen Mary's Army Auxillery Corps
    rank -worker:rolleyes:

    On Anc there is a s/nurse D F Townsend and she was awarded the following
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    British War and Victory medals (?) - the whole image is too large to copy
    It is in the Nursing - Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing (reserve)

    Strangely I do not see her on any census.
     

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    Thank you so much for that! My nana always referred to her as Miss Townsend, so perhaps she never married. I have found a death in 1959, which could be her
     
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    Nabean? I have not looked at the links as yet, but I notice the mention of Dora being a 'Lady'. From articles I've read that seems not to prevent forthright young Ladies from doing their bit to assist during war times nor the 'Women's rights' campaigns.

    Might she have been known by another Christian name in census records?
     
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    Probate.

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    Thank you @Sis
    Now I come to think of it, I remember being dragged up Whaley Lane as a young child! I can't think of anyone else we would have been visiting.
    There are entries in the album from Minnie Townsend, A V Townsend (Albert Victor George), and E Townsend, who I'm assuming were some of Dora's brothers and sisters.
     
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    Not to be beaten I looked on the GRO index for other Townsend births mmn Pritchard.
    Arthur Charles Sept qtr 1872 Derby 7b 427
    Eveline Annie Dec qtr 1874 Derby 432
    Albert Victor George June qtr 1878 Derby 7b 518

    So 1881 Census RG11/3400/68/38 - 24 Dashwood St. St Werburgh Derby
    William b1844 Bittern Gloucestershire -Private coach body maker
    Jane b 1843 Leicestershire
    + the 3 children above

    Marriage 1870 Barrow on soar (Leicestershire) Sept qtr 7a 253
    William Townsend and Jane Pritchard appear on the same page

    1891 census, the family are enumerated as Townshand
    RG12/3263/94/50 in Cheetham, Prestwick Manchester
     
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    Thank you @MollyMay , I have the same William Townsend (b. 1844 Bitton, Gloucs.) but with Jane (née Morgan b. 1844 Woodhouse Eaves Leics.).
     
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    Dora -
    1901 census Sale Cheshire RG13/3325/123/15
    1911 census in West Ham, London working at the Seaman's Hospital
    RG14 PN9478 SN1

    There is also this entry in "The Midwife's Roll 1904 -1959"
    date 1926 - enrolled 21/12/1914
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    the last column is headed 'qualification'.

    I have looked on Freebmd and cannot see a Willam Townsend/Jane Morgan marriage:(
     
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    Jane Pritchard can be found on the 1851 census in Woodhouse
    HO107/2087/297/29 born Woodhouse
    she is with her widowed father Charles and siblings
    in 1861 RG09/2280/130/19 in Woodhouse (FMP has her pob as Woodhorn:rolleyes:)
    ith now remarried father and siblings
     
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    Over to you MM, on my phone now and just can't grasp searching using it. :rolleyes::D
     
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    At first I could not find a birth reg for Jane Pritchard in Barrow upon Soar
    (but I did find Jane Morgan June qtr 1842 15 -32)
    Then the GRO came up with
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    Checking with younger brother George his mmn came up as Squires

    On 8/7/1833 at Woodhouse, Charles Pritchard married Catherine Squire

    FMP have the image of the marriage of Jane Pritchard to William Townsend
    13/9/1870 at St Pauls, Woodhouse Eaves
    William's occ is Coachbuilder, and address as Christchurch Derby
     
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    This is all really interesting; thank you.
    One of the entries in the album, from 1911 (a poignant little poem), is by one of the doctors at the London School of Tropical Medicine, Harold Sinclair Coghill, whose father, JGS Coghill, has a fascinating Wiki entry, from which this extract is taken.

    "Harold Sinclair Coghill (1880–1919) H Sinclair Coghill, JGS Coghill’s younger son was born in Ventnor, Isle of Wight. Following his father to Edinburgh University, he graduated MB ChB in 1905 and immediately showed an interest in going East, preparing himself well by taking the Certificate of the London School of Tropical Medicine in 1908 and the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at Cambridge in 1911. After serving as a senior demonstrator at the London School of Tropical Medicine he joined the West African Medical Service and was an assistant at the Medical Research Institute at Lagos, Nigeria. He was then sent to Sekondi in the Gold Coast as a member of the special commission investigating yellow fever and other non-malarial fevers. Important work was done on the differentiation of fevers and their insect carriers. He returned to the UK in 1919 and died that year at Guildford at the early age of thirty-eight.21 His obituarist records that he ‘was generosity and honour personified; great patience and care marked his work.’"
     
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    Another is by Gunner Joseph Benjamin Wilby (1916), who I have dicovered was at the Endell Street Military Hospital with a leg wound. He was with the New Zealand Field Artillery, and died in 1965, details of his life here:
    Code:
    http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C58523
    His contribution is a poem entitled 'Emetine', and carries the message 'kia ora ake ake', which I believe is Maori for 'Best wishes always'.

    I don't really want to post the original images, without first contacting any descendants, who may find it inappropriate, but I find the album such a treasure - each page tells a story.
     
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