Members of Wivenhoe Red Cross Detachment WW1

Helen Polom and Heather Johnson

Red Cross Proficiency Badge

Red Cross Proficiency Badge

Names and qualifications of Wivenhoe Red Cross volunteers identified from the Wivenhoe News Column of the Essex County Standard editions between 1911 and 1918.

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Mrs Sophie Barlow

Red Cross Medal card indicates that in 1912 she was living at Wivenhoe Hall Wivenhoe and that she resigned in 1919. She served at both Wivenhoe and Gostwycke Hospitals. Her role was organizing and training with the rank of Commandant.

Sophie Mathilda nee Salomonson born 1862 Lancashire

m Alexander K Barlow in December 1890 in in Lancashire

1891 Black Notley

1901 and 1911 Census shows living at The Hall, High Street, Wivenhoe with her husband and 4 children and 6 servants.


Miss E Berry


Mrs Ellen E Brown

Mrs. Ellen E. Brown, Born 1874 Wivenhoe.  

1911 Elfreda Cottages, Alma St., Wivenhoe  + 3 children (M 16yrs, c1895)


Mrs A E Carter


Miss Emily Chidwick

Born 1886 Wivenhoe.

Red Cross Medal card indicates she was living at Park House, 2 High Street, Wivenhoe  Red Cross Medal awarded for serving 1,000 hours in a military hospital in WW1

1915 Awarded second certificate First Aid

Parents: Dover-born Mariner Joseph R. Chidwick & ‘Live & Let Live’ Innkeeper Wivenhoe-born wife Fanny (1891 census).

1891 ‘Live & Let Live’, Alma St., Wiv. With parents and siblings.

1901 The Quay, Wiv.  With parents and siblings.

1911 The Folly, Wiv. Elementary School Teacher. With parents & siblings.


Dora M. Cook

Red Cross Medal card indicates that she worked at Gostwyck V.A.D. Hospital, Colchester between June and Dec 1918 –  Volunteer Cookery 4 days per week. She was at this time living at “The Robins” Anglesea Road Wivenhoe

? Dora Minnie Lilley.   Born 1896 Wivenhoe

Parents:  Wivenhoe-born Mariner James Samuel Lilley & wife Tominia (nee Ingate).

1901 Anglesey Road, Wivenhoe. With mother & siblings

1911 Anglesey Road, Wivenhoe. With 3 siblings + paternal grandfather “Head”.

1917 4Q Married George Arthur Cook (District of Lexden)

1967 Dec.  Death registered in the District of Colchester


Mrs/Miss Cranmer

Awarded 3rd certificate First Aid


Miss Madeline Dewhirst


Mrs W Frost/ Mrs E Frost

Mrs. Walter G. Frost (Eliza M. nee ? Born Crockleford/Ardleigh c1870)

1891 Anchor Hill, Wiv.+ Mistley-born shipwright husband.

1901 Roberts Place, Ernest Rd + shipwright husband + 3 children.            

1911 High Street, Wivenhoe + 6 children. ‘Married’ but husband not at home.


Miss Helen Hawkins (daughter of Mr J B Hawkins),


Miss L Heath

Awarded 3rd certificate First Aid


Mrs James Husk

Awarded 3rd certificate First Aid


Miss L Husk

Awarded Proficiency badge First Aid

?Lilly May Husk.   Born 1883 Wivenhoe.

 Parents:  Wivenhoe-born Boatbuilder Nicholas J. Husk & Elmstead-born Amelia.

 1891 Brook Street, Wivenhoe. With Widower father, 5 siblings & a housekeeper.

1901 The Folly, Wiv.  Pupil Teacher.  With parents, sister & brother.

1911 The Folly, Wiv. Certificated Elementary Teacher. With parents & siblings. 


Miss E Jones

?Emma Catherine Jones (Bn 1848 Wivenhoe) Schoolmistress.

Parents: Wivenhoe-born Ferryman/Tobacconist John & Marks Tey-born wife Ann.

1881 High Street, Wiv. + 2 sisters.

1891 Black Boy Hill, Wiv. + widowed father + 1 sister + 1 visitor.

1911 Black Boy Hill, Wiv. 


Miss E Kent

Awarded 3rd certificate First Aid


Miss B Mitchell

Awarded 1st certificate First Aid


Mrs  Lilley

Awarded Red Cross medal for 22 years long service

?Tominia (nee Ingate). (Bn 1865 Rowhedge/East Donyland)

Parents: ? Ingate & Isabella (nee Hudson, born Aberdeen. M Alfred G.Wilson 1876)

1871 4 Head Street, East Donyland. Lodging with widowed mother + baby sister.

1881 33 Queens Rd, Wiv. (Seam) Machinist. With mother & step-father & sister.

1888 2Q Married Wivenhoe-born James Samuel Lilley, Mariner.

1891 28 Queens Road, Wiv. With husband and son Samuel (Elmstead District).  Living next door to sister, mother & step-father)

1901 Anglesey Road, Wivenhoe. Married (but Mariner husband not home) with 5 children. Next door to in-laws.

1940, 07 Sept: Death at Head Street, Donyland. “of Fayle, Anglesey Rd., Wivenhoe”


Miss E Pearson


Miss K Pearson


Miss E Scrutton


Miss C Wisbey

Awarded 1st certificate First Aid

? Caroline Mary Ann Wisbey (Born 10 December 1889 Rowhedge).

Parents: Rowhedge-born Mariner Joseph Henry Mills Wisbey & Wivenhoe-born Tailoress wife Caroline Jane (nee Blyth).

1891 Queens Street, Wiv. With parents.

1901 The Folly, Wivenhoe.  With parents.

1911 The Folly, Wivenhoe.  Tailoress.  With parents. 

1916 1Q Married Robert M. Cross in the District of Lexden.        

1979 Death registered in the District of Colchester.



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