News of Old Mistresses and Old Girls – Summer 1916

Nora Bingham has been very busy at Leeds making sandbags. She has been Hon. Secretary to the Committee for this work, and their work grew so rapidly that they were made officially the Depot for Yorkshire.

K. Garmons William. writes from Bart’s, Hospital. She sends a most Interesting description of the arrangements in the Hospital and of her work. She passed her first examination in October, and is now a Stall nurse.
Barbara Garmons Williams has been cooking at a Red Cross Hospital at Chepstow.
C. Peel is working two or three afternoons a week at an Auxiliary Military Hospital in Southall, in the kitchen department.
Molly Sanctuary is helping with Girl Guides at a European School in Calcutta, in addition to her own work there.
Molly Sanctuary has just passed her massage examination. She has had hard work, as what generally takes a year was crowded into six months, as masseuses are so badly needed. She has now joined the Almeric Paget Corps, and has been, sent to Seaford Camp.
Susan Sanctuary is at No. 13 General Hospital, at Boulogne. and before that she was nursing at Versailles. Both their brothers are at the Front.
France Lewarne has done a spell in the Exeter Hospital; and tells, us that Muriel, has been there for a Year, and is telephone clerk. hall porter, and general message runner.
T. Smith says:” I am Secretary to Mr. T. C. Smith (no relation), the head of the wages’ section. He is very able and very kind and charming, which makes the post a very pleasant one. The chief drawback (if there is a drawback) is the length of the working hours; in the winter we used to be kept till 7.30 or, 8p.m. nearly every evening and occasionally later, but now it is generally possible to get away earlier. The work itself is rather difficult to describe, being variegated, and consisting largely in diverting as much work as possible off my Chief and imposing it on other people; `work’ in this case including callers and telephone calls and letters.”
Gladys Scott has a most interesting post as Secretary to Mr. L. Curtis, the, author of the book just published by Macmillan called “The Problem of the Commonwealth,” a book full of interest at the present time and heartily to be recommended.
Cathmar Eustace (nee Airy) writes front Wellington College, and says: “All the boys go into Woolwich or Sandhurst, and all of us College folk are busy with our fine Depot in the village for War Hospital Supply.” Her youngest brother has been all through Gallipoli, and came home on sick leave after miraculous escapes. Her husband is in group 41, called up for May 29th, but Mr. Vaughan is asking for his postponement as the tutors are so very necessary.
Dorothy Sanders is in No. 1 Hospital, Exeter, Edith Read in No. 2, and Lilian Soutwood in No. 3.
Auriol Parish is helping Mr. Frederick, her step-father, in his School, Aldwick Place, Bognor.
Doris Lenton is still at Cordwalles, Maritzburg. She has decided not to come home this year, and so has made it easier for the junior master to come to Europe with the South African Contingent.
Nancy Humphreys is nursing in the County of Cornwall Royal Naval Auxiliary Hospital.
Gwynnyth Hope is nursing in the American Women’s War Hospital in Paignton, quite a model Hospital, in the beautiful house of Mrs. Paris Singer.
Cicely Janson is working in the Military Hospital in Malta.
Path Thatcher (Trethowan) and Dorothy Sheldon Williams are living together while their husbands are away.
Evelyn Du Buissom is working in the Red Cross Hospital at Guildford as emergency ward maid, and they seem to require her services very often. She is also learning type-writing and shorthand, so as to be ready to help in her father’s office if needed. Red Cross cooking lessons also employ part of her time.
Dorothy Le Cren is in a Bank at Dartmouth, and likes the work very much.
Molly Thomas has been working for some months at the National and Provincial Bank in High Street, Kensington.
Miss Edwards writes how glad she was to see Olga Thompson (nee Baillie Grohman) in the “Walmer” on her way back to B.E.A., via the Cape. Miss Edwards says of her own work in Grahamstown: “Things go on happily here. The girls are being very nice.” She says Miss Jones minds very much being “out” of things, and “it actively hurts her not to be there in England.”
Marcia Mathews is very happy in her work at St Mary-‘s School, Calne, and the, School is growing.
Audrey Currey has been getting up a garden fete in aid of War Funds. Miss Jones’ small niece and nephew were among the performers.
Winifred Osborne has been staying near Crape Town while Parliament was there. She is Secretary to one of the members. She met Miss Ralph there, and knew her, though she was just “running up” after a bathe.
Agnes Robb is in a Bank in London.
Pera has been to stay at Nelson House, and gave great pleasure with her singing.
Dorothy Vicary is clerk in one of the offices of the Sutton Military Hospital.
Muriel is working at the Dressing Depot, and she does all the gardening, too, as they have no gardener.
Dorothy Macdonald is nursing at King’s College Hospital.
Kathleen Ashford is teaching gym at Berkhamstead. She trains Girl Guides in leisure moments. Bessie and Dorothy getting quite clever on the land, showing how well women can do that work.
Lord Methuen came to inspect one of the Hospitals where Miss Fairclough is, working, and when she introduced herself to him as having come from the Godolphin he said nice things about us and how proud he was to belong to us. Fairclough says Lord Methuen has a wonderful memory for faces and whenever he meets her now he asks if she has heard from 5alisbury.
Mary Sale is Matron at Oaklands Court, St Peter’s, in Thanet – a Boys’ Preparatory School.
Joyce Osmond is doing a great deal in the garden, and making it pay too.
Urith Huyshe is doing Secretary work for the Exeter War Depot.
Mary Huyshe is getting up an entertainment with her infant’s at St. Martin’s Schools on July 10th for raising funds for feeding the Belgian children under German rule.
Irene Maude is much, stronger. She has a post at Harrogate, in St. Ethelburga’s.
Margaret Tracey is working un the King Edward Hospital, Bristol.
Hilda Nixon (Scott) writes from Benha, Egypt. She and her husband being the only British, have to do a great deal towards entertaining and helping the soldiers who are in hospital there.
Lucy Seton has been nursing since July 31st, 1915, and is now at the Weir Hospital, Balham.
Joyce Newman has been nursing at the Dover Military Hospital for 13 months, and finds the work tremendously interesting. She is probably leaving in September to take up her School work again.
Hope Paley says: “I am an Assistant Organiser of Children’s Care Committees under the London County Council, and find the work most interesting.”
Irene Oldham works as a V.A.D. member at Abbots Barton Hospital, Canterbury, and also at the Kensington War Supply Depot.
Agatha Lumby says: “All the week I work at the National Training School of Domestic Economy, and on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings I help as general bottle-washer at a Hospital in Queen’s Gate.”
Nell Fitzherbert is now a Chartered Accountant’s clerk. She says: “I work in an office in Lincoln’s Inn from 9.45-6, and find the work most varied, congenial and Interesting. I am uncommonly lucky in having got into a particularly nice office, the only other girl working there being a friend of mine, and we work together mostly.”
Phil and Kitty Stewart are working very hard gardening, growing vegetables, and housework, and have their names down for work on the land as soon as they are wanted.
Muriel Young has Just been doing housemaid’s work for six months at a Nursing Home for Officers in London.
Betty Whately teaches her small sister, and spends a great deal of her spare time helping at a Depot for making bandages, &c., for the hospitals. She also helps at one of the Y.M.C.A Huts once a week.
Naomi Legge has a post at the War Trades Department. Where she has been for over a mouth, and likes the work very much.
Annette Ludlow-Hewitt says: “I have been nursing in a Red Cross Hospital for six months, and now at home helping in the hayfields.”
Rose and Sylvia Toms are still working at the Officers Convalescent Home at Watermouth Castle, near Ilfracombe.
Nora Montgomery has been working at Liverpool as a waitress at a Luncheon Club for Lady Clerks. It is called “The City Girls’ Club.”, in connection with the Y.W.C.A. She also helps one night a week at the Bidston Y.M.C.A Canteen.
Florence Bradford helps with the cooking at the Paignton Red Cross Hospital.
Marjorie Napier is working in the Intelligence Division of the Admiralty, and is very much interested in her work.
Lois Mason says: “At the present moment I am learning shorthand, &c., as I have been invalided out of the Hospital, and am hoping to get a war job in September.”
Margaret Baynes is working in the laundry at the V.A.D. Hospital, Standish House, Gloucester.
Esther Field, is still nursing at a Hospital in Oxford, where she has been nine months.
Edith and Cicely Porter are both nursing at a Hospital near Sheffield.
Enid Butler is a probationer at St. Thomas’ Hospital, going in for the regular three years’ training.
Norah Chapman is working at St. Mary’s Hospital, Worthing.
Ruby Convention is helping in all sorts of ways at Oxford, meeting Ambulance trains and looking after the stretchers, &c., packing and unpacking hospital things, besides running a “Wolf Cub Pack” (Junior Scouts) and teaching Board School children how to swim, &c.
Katharine Jarrett says: “I have been at Hornsey Cottage Hospital for six months, and I’m having a holiday just now. I am starting work again next week, and am going to Endell Street Military Hospital.”
Irene Ruttledge is helping at a Home for Soldiers in Fermoy.
Ella Burden has most interesting work in France in No. 1 B.R.C. Hospital, where she is a probationer. The nurses all live in a hotel close by, and are looked after by other V.A.D.’s. She says it is a most delightful Hospital near the sea, and with pine woods all round. She is in one of the big surgical wards.
Lacy Panting (Partridge) has plenty to do in her own home and looking after her family.
Mary Partridge works in her garden at home, and helps at the Attleborough Red Cross Needlework Depot.
Mildred Partridge is doing temporary gardening work wherever she is wanted.
Alice Foljambe has done a long spell at Acton making munitions. She is now a milkmaid on a farm.
V. Trevor Thomas is working in a small V.A.D. Hospital near Newport, and also goes one day a week to mend uniforms in a Hospital and another day a week to serve in a Canteen for ammunition Factory.
Audrey Randall is doing, V.A.D. work and at a Red Cross Hospital at Reigate.
Lynton Crabtree, helps at the Y.M.C.A. Hut Canteen at the Military Hospital in Halifax. She also works for the “Girl Guide Movement” and often plays at the Soldiers’ Wives’ Clubs.
Phyllis Horne is a cook at a V.A.D hospital at Ottermead, Ottershaw.
Enid Alexander is registered for work on the land, such as on haymaking and harvesting.
Edith Talbot, has been nursing for 18 months, and is now working in her father’s law office.
Margaret Talbot is still going on with her physical training for children.
Dacre Alexander is at the London (Royal Free Hospital) School of Medicine for Women, and takes her first medical examination on July 10th.
Gladys Crombie is still working in the Munition Workers’ Canteen, Woolwich, and she says if any Old Girl wants to do some work in August, the Secretary, Drill Hall, Woolwich, will be only too glad of their help.
Katharine Sydenham is working in a herb garden in Bucks.
Dorothy S. Denham has been in the Military Hospital, Red Cross, at Devonport since last August.
Marian Tatham is working at the War Office in Whitehall (Registry), and lives at Bedford House, York Place, Portman Square.
Betty Alexander says: “I am doing gardening, growing vegetables in particular, in a large patch of my own.”
May Smart is doing canteen work for the men at the Woolwich Arsenal.
Margaret Brown works at a Y.M.C.A. Canteen in the Richmond Park Camp. She also belongs to an Orchestra, which sometimes gives concerts for the soldier.
Edith Villar is working for her drawing examination, which takes place next June. She says she is doing a certain amount of war work, too.
Bythia Hawkins says: “I am working for Matriculation with a view to taking, a London B.A. degree, and then qualifying as a teaching missionary.”
Winifred Blackett is a V.A.D. cook in a Red Cross Hospital at Guildford.
Rosalind Bowker is in France, where she is doing Rest Station work and nursing. She has just been home on leave.
Cecil Lock nurses in a V.A.D. Hospital at Oxford.
Lorna Wells says: “At present I am working up for the, Junior Examination of the College of Preceptors, preparatory to going in for dispensing, which I hope to do afterwards. My exam is in September.”
Betty Pryce Jenkins is her father’s chauffeur, and looks after the car entirely. She has lots to do at home, keeping house and helping her father.
Margaret Bourke tells us of her work at the Maidenhead Red Cross Hospital. She is a probationer, and has seen a good many operations.
Mary Bourke is nursing at the Weir Red Cross Hospital at Balham, where there are 160 beds. She has been there nearly a year now, and loves the work.
Iris Lang has been working very hard on the land. She does three whole day, and three half-days a week, and has done ploughing and hoeing and other farm work. She will soon have her “Land Worker ” armlet. In the evenings she helps at the Soldiers’ Recreation Hut, serving tea, coffee, stamps, &c., from 6-9.30 p.m.
Erica Essex was doing Red Cross Hospital work for some months, but the Hospital at which she was working is closed now, and she is doing war work in London.
Madge Rothera, says she is “attempting to fill a man’s place in a Bank until he’s helped England to win the, war and requires his stool again.”
Ruth and Barbara Turfnell are both working at the Braintree Munition Factory. Ruth is inspecting, and Barbara won the competition for turning out the greatest number of shell cases in one week.
Doris Brookes-Smith is taking a dispensing course at the Nottingham University with a view to taking the Apothecaries Hall Assistants’ Examination in October. She has her first aid and home nursing certificates, and hopes to go as a probationer after October to the Ulverston Cottage Hospital till she is old enough to train as a nurse at one of the London Hospital.
Dorothy Lowe is still nursing at the War Hospital, Clopton, Stratford-on-Avon
Dorothy Sayers is French Mistress at the Girls’ High School, Hull.
Dorothy Leeke says: “I am helping to Serve out butter, jam, &c; in the steward’s store; at the 4th Northern General Hospital, Lincoln.”
Mary Allen (Fuller) has gone to Italy to see her husband, whose ship is among those we have lent to Italy – for the duration of the war. Her baby, ”Clarinda,” is living at Weybridge with her grandmother while Mary is abroad.
Irene Wordsworth is taking the full nurses’ training at St. Thomas’ Hospital.
Mabel Stanford is nursing at Highfield Hall, Southampton.
Sybil Stanford is doing pantry work at Elmsleigh Hospital at 5outhanlptun.
Dorothy Taylor tells us of her work at a branch of the War Office. She works from 10 till about 6.30 every day and every other Sunday and likes it very much.
May Douie is nursing at Queen Mary’s Royal Naval and Military Hospital, Southend.
Olivia Wyndham works in a V.A.D. Hospital in Gloucestershire every alternate fortnight, and is on duty from 8am, to 8pm, with two hours off daring the day. She is taking first aid and home nursing lectures now, as the Hospital is closed temporarily.
Ena de Jersey is a “washer-up” at the Guildford Red Cross Hospital.
Estella McKean, is very busy acting as Secretary to the Matron of the Bath War Hospital, which has over bed 500 beds. She says the work is most interesting and she loves it.
Ethel Calvert is working in a Y.M.C.A. Canteen at the big Military Hospital near Leeds. She plays her violin at concerts for charities and for soldiers. She went to Queen’s Hall to sing in the Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Festival last April. Her four brothers are serving. One has been missing since Ypres; we send her our sympathy.
Marjory Pennell is farming.
Marjorie Banks is working at a Hospital Supply Depot at Carshalton, where they make all sorts of things to send out to her father’s Hospital in France.
Grace Cobbold says “I have been doing telephone duty at the big War Hospital, Bath, and am now doing dining room work there, and I am cook at a local Canteen and do Rest Station work when convoys of wounded come in.”
Margaret Housley is studying shorthand in order to fit herself for secretarial or shorthand work.
Marjorie Bucham-Brown is living with a Miss Cobbold in Suffolk, and helping her in the garden and incidentally looking after chickens, ducks, turkeys, and rabbits.
Winifred Ramsay (nee Turner) is with her husband, ‘who is stationed at Ormskirk, working at a big Remount Depot. She was doing Canteen work in Aintree, but they have now stopped all voluntary work there.
E. Gilroy has been at the Clearing Hospital at Havre (No. 2 General) for 15 months, and had seven days’ leave at the New Year. She has been suddenly ordered elsewhere, and is not allowed to tell her people her destination, but they know she is at a big Hospital under canvas. Before she left Havre she had been Sister-in-Charge on night duty in a little ward of seven beds called the acute ward, and bore the great responsibility very well, and was spoken of very highly by the chief surgeon.
Edith Faithfull has been working hard at the Bank of England for four months.
M. Hardy has been driving a van in London to qualify for driving an Ambulance,
Beth Roe is Dispenser to the Royal Hospital for Incurables, and also dispenses for her father.
Gladys Thornndike says: “I am at present engaged in trying to organise the training of the Girl Guides throughout the Empire. I am also G.G. Commissioner for East London, where I have annually to inspect about 46 Companies of Guides (about 1500 Guides). I am also Captain of three Companies of my own in Blackheath, one of them at the High School. My chief work is organising training weeks for G.G. Officers. I am also a member of the Red Cross Society, and although I am not doing any actual nursing at present, owing to lack of time, I am still on air raid duty, which in the neighbourhood of Woolwich is no sinecure.”
Norah Slaney has been nursing at the Military Extension of the North Staffs Infirmary for the last nine months.
Nancy Chalk keeps poultry and helps in the garden at home.
Doris Gowenlock says: “I have been doing farm work and cheesemaking, but at present am helping in our own garden, and shall probably do more farm work later on.”
Marjorie Hardy says, “I have passed the War Office Motor Ambulance test, and am just going out to France to drive a motor ambulance there, we are not definitely told where until we get there. It was rather funny I had to go and sign my name at Devonshire House, in a book, and there I found Ella Burden’s name, 8th Wilts, a few names above.”
Beatrice Greiq has been given a medal, “The Order of St. Solva,” by the Serbian Crown Prince when he was over here, for the splendid work she did in the Serbian Red Cross.
Phillips Kitchener has been working in the G.P.O.
Nancy Thomas has been appointed assistant tutor in the, Social ‘ Science Department of the School of Economics; we wish her all success:
Winifred Knowles is secretary of a War Hospital Supply Depot at Harpenden.
Rita D. Paulley’s (nee Douglas) husband is in Egypt.
Gladys has been busy getting married.
Kathleen Douglas is nursing again.
Louie Evans (nee Foster) is now in England with her two children; her brother Claude is in the 2nd Queen’s; her husband is with the New Zealanders in France.
Audrey Peto is training; as an accountant and auditor, and has completed nineteen months of her apprenticeship.
Vera Barber lives at home and works in the office of a large firm of electrical engineers, Government controlled.
Norah Knight has done nursing at the Devizes Military Hospital, and after a holiday hopes to work at Heywood House Hospital, near Newbury.
Emma Burt is doing nurse work at an Australian Auxiliary Hospital at London, and during her holiday is helping with hay making and fruit picking.
Catharine Capel is nursing at the Cambridge Military Hospital at Aldershot.
Alix Beans (nee Martin) writes from Ontario, Canada, and tells us that her eldest boy Cedric enlisted the week after he was 18, with the 93rd Battalion, which was formed there. He left at the beginning of June for Battlefield Camp, near Kingston, where the 93rd will train till they leave for overseas. Her two brothers have both earned their Commissions.
Margo Mawer was nursing in the V.A.D. Hospital at Wells, till it closed down in April.
Ella Jefferson is making munitions in a small factory in Rothney, Bute, N.B.
Irene Woodman-Smith is working as Surgery- Assistant in Aboyne Auxiliary Hospital; Aberdeenshire.
May Baxter (nee Litherland-Jones) finds time, In spite of four children, to help in the Y.M.C. A. Canteen, at Rock Ferry.
Geraldine Preece is Matrons maid at Kingston Red Cross Hospital.
May Wyld and Mary Wyld during their very hot weather holiday have been doing nursing and massage at a Hospital for wounded from Mesopotamia at Bolarum in the Deccan.
Carola Middlemore is working on a farm, and enjoys her hard work.
Jean Raven (nee Robertson) says, “I am secretary of the Prisoners of War Relief Committee, and have to see to the week’s parcels. Every other week we send each of our men a wooden box containing about 9s. worth of groceries, and the alternate weeks we send 4 lbs. of ship’s biscuits, instead of bread, which has travelled badly the last few weeks. We have boxes for gifts in kind in each grocer`s and tobacconist’s shop, and pack the parcels at a different grocer’s each time, so as to widen the circle of interest! My other `bit’ is to organise the sending of parcels to our local men at the Front – 50 parcels go to individual men each week. I am responsible for 25 of these, collecting the money (mainly in Subscriptions of 2d. a week), keeping, collecting, and revising addresses, &c. The men’s letters of thanks flow in in a steady delightful Stream, and make one feel that it is all very much worth while, as they seem to appreciate so much the fact of being individually thought of. We send socks always, and some of the following: Cake, sweets, cigarettes, kippers, smoked sausages, lemonade powder, handkerchiefs, small medicaments like ‘foot powders,’ boracic ointment. Keatings, and some lovely stuff for keeping flies off one’s face and hands, &c. Each man gets a parcel about once in five weeks. I wish You could see some of the men’s letters, they are always so cheery, and so touchingly grateful, whereas one cannot help feeling all the time that it is we who owe the gratitude I did think of writing about this parcel-sending scheme in the magazine, as there might be some O.G’s who could organise a similar one, if they can neither nurse nor wash-up. The weekly collection of pence brings one into touch with so many of the poorer people who are glad to give – most of my subscribers are voluntary, and the kind of people often who don’t often give to other things. I did not start this, the originators left, and I have gradually had to undertake the responsibilities.”
Ruth Strange is nursing at Newton Red Cross Hospital, Sturminster Marshall. She is theatre sister. Stephanie does housework there, too.
Ruth Williamson has been playing with the “Follies” in Liverpool, but has now gone back to London,
Kathleen Pearce is working in a Military Hospital at Purley, one of the relief Hospitals for Woolwich.
Peggy Coldstream is doing the housekeeping at home, and is busy with her music.
Nellie Kenyon hopes to sail for India on October 20th in order to work under S.P.G, at St. Monica’s Mission, Ahmednagar, in the Bombay Diocese.
Marjorie Strange (Beath) has no time to do special war, as she goes from place to place with her husband and tries to keep him from over-working. He has been very ill, but is better now.
Margery Bush (Scott) is still doing a great part of the cooking in the hospital in their house at Bishop’s Knoll. When the King and Queen visited the hospitals in Bristol Margery and her husband were presented.
Freda Haines helps Margery in the kitchen, and is storeroom maid too.
Edith Roquette (Scott) is in Dublin with her husband; who was sent there during the riots.
Marcia Matthews has had a missionary festival at her School St. Mary’s, Calne – which was much appreciated. There were about 500 people there. The pageant was repeated for the Workhouse people.
Marjorie Burnard is working in her father’s office, keeping a place open for one of the clerks.
Molly Case is helping at a Y.M.C.A. Hut at Corton. She goes for about four half-days a week to relieve the regular workers.