Tonbridge History

Volunteer personnel at Quarry Hill House VAD Hospital
in WW1

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Quarry Hill House in use as the VAD hospital. The building later housed Fosse Bank School but has now been demolished

The list below gives details of 75 women who served at the temporary VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) hospital at Quarry Hill House, Quarry Hill Road, Tonbridge, during World War 1. The hospital opened in October 1914 to tend wounded soldiers, and more than 500 men had been treated there by February 2016. It remained in operation until early 1919.
Most of the women who worked at Quarry Hill were part-time volunteers. The number of hours which they worked was recorded and is included below where known.
(List and photo provided by Dave Swarbrick & Pam Mills.
Further information is available on the Red Cross website.)


Miss Millicent Atkins Burnaby, Hamptons, Tonbridge
Served from November 1914 until March 1919 at Quarry Hill and at Maidstone
Duties: Cook
 
Miss Sarah Baker, Ellerslie House, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 23rd October 1916 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse in surgical and medical wards
 
Miss Ellen Beeching, Bordyke Lodge, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 4th October 1914 until 31st March 1919
Duties: Nursing member secretary
 
Miss Hilda Beeching, Bordyke Lodge, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House work - 5400 hours
 
Mrs Annie Beekingham, 39, St Mary’s Road, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 22nd January 1917 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House work - 410 hours
 
Miss Millicent Billington, Flore, Weedon
Served at Quarry Hill from 4th February 1915 until 1st November 1916
Duties: began as Cook, then Nursing Member
 
Miss Flora Campbell, no address
Served from 14th October 1914 until 12th September 1916, at Quarry Hill from 12th September 1916 until 10th August 1917
Duties: Nurse in surgical and medical wards
 
Mrs Marion Children, 7, Hadlow Road, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 15th October 1915 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Cook
Note: she was the mother of John Waterhouse Children, Rifleman 72167 95th Saskatchewan Rifles – killed in action 15th September 1916.
 
Miss Grace Clough, Reed House, Plaxtol
Served from 14th October 1914 until 1st April 1917. At King George V Hospital from 1st April 1917 until 1st November 1917 and Quarry Hill from 1st November 1917 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse in surgical and medical wards
 
Miss Dorothy Clough, Reed House, Plaxtol
Served from 14th October 1914 until 1st August 1916. At Birmingham and Chelsea and at Quarry Hill from 1st May 1917 until 1st February 1918 and again from 1st September 1918 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse in surgical and medical wards & theatre
 
Miss Violet Cooksey, Marehurst, Shipbourne
Served at Quarry Hill from 6th August 1918 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Housework - 115 hours
 
Miss Ada Cooter, Manchester House, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 16th September 1918 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Housework - 84 hours
 
Mrs Kate Dain, 3, Augusta Terrace, Aldeburgh-on-Sea
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 1st November 1918
Duties: Nurse on convalescent wards - 5148 hours
 
Miss Mary Dain, 3, Augusta Terrace, Aldeburgh-on-Sea
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse on convalescent wards (Started as Probationer - 3940 hours)
 
Miss Margaret Darling, Clare House, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 6th January 1917 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse on convalescent wards (Probationer Under Senior Nurse – 381 hours)
 
Miss Kathleen Dawes, Manchester House, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 17th March 1917 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse (originally Probationer – works under Senior Nurse – 1182 hours)
 
Miss Kathleen Dodd, 5, Yardley Park, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 27th February 1917 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Probationer – House-work Quartermaster’s orderly – 2700 hours
 
Mrs Blanche Evans (Emily Blanche Evans ), wife of John Evans, Head teacher at Judd School, Tonbridge (1908-1928 )
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 18th October 1918
Duties: Assistant Nurse Surgical, Medical & Theatre – 8950 hours
 
Miss Alicia Grice, no address
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 1st August 1916, then went to Birmingham and then to France
Duties: Nurse in surgical and medical wards and Theatre – full time
 
Miss Esther Elizabeth Hannington, St. Margaret’s, Bury St Edmunds
Served at Quarry Hill from 19th July 1917 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Head Cook
 
Miss Mary Harmer, Redlands, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Cook, Probationer, Gardener – 1000 hours
 
Miss Annie Hawes, High Street, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse on wards – 1000 hours
 
Miss Isabella Henderson, 96, Quarry Hill, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work – part-time – 500 hours
 
Mrs Eva Hollands, 17, Hectorage Road, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 11th October 1918 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work – 270 hours
 
Miss Annie Hougham, Hilden Cottage, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 29th January 1917 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse, first as Probationer, then on convalescent wards – 2200 hours
Note: she was the sister of Bertram William Hougham, Captain, Queen’s Own [Royal West Kent Regiment] 3rd Battalion, killed in action 6th September 1918.
 
Miss Agnes Howes, Clare House, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Assistant nurse – general wards – 7700 hours
 
Miss Mattie Jempson, Lyghe, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 16th September 1918 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work – 56 hours
 
Miss Ruth Jempson, Lyghe, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th September 1918 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work – 56 hours
 
Miss Edith Johnson, 24, St Mary’s Road, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 14th October 1915 then went to 3rd General London Hospital
Duties: Nurse, general wards – full time
 
Mrs Mabel Jukes, Southfield, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 31st March 1919
Duties: Quarter Master – nursing duties – 6650 hours
 
Miss Elinor Kingdon, The Daisies, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 20th September 1918 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work – 260 hours
 
Miss Sarah Kirby, The Vicarage, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work – 1100 hours
 
Miss Jessie Kitchin, Burnbrae, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 1st September 1915 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work, nursing – 4000 hours
Note: she was the sister of John Buchanan Kitchin, Captain The Buffs [East Kent Regiment] 6th Battalion, died of wounds, 5th May 1917.
 
Miss Ardie Kortright, Airlie House, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 20th July 1917 until 28th February 1919 Quarry Hill and at Parkside Orthopaedic Hospital, Hammersmith [dates not clear]
Duties: House-work – 270 hours and 6 months’ full time
 
Miss Winifred Langley, Manchester House, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 15th September 1918 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work – 84 hours
 
Miss Mabel Levers, High Bank, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 21st March 1918 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work – 944 hours
 
Miss Margaret Lloyd, 7, Ashburnham Road, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work - 2200 hours
 
Miss Hilda Francis Stafford MacGeagh, Hadlow Castle, Hadlow
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 15th June 1918 – 7800 hours - and then in Gaza, Egypt from 1st July 1917 until 15th June 1918
Duties: Nurse on surgical and medical wards – full time in Egypt - £2 per week
 
Miss Violet Mankellow, Manchester House, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 11th September 1918 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work – 84 hours
 
Miss Edith Marlow, Church Road, Southborough
Served at Quarry Hill from 7th May 1918 until 28th February 1919 (but had previously worked at Southborough)
Duties: Nurse – surgical and medical wards – 1662 hours
 
Miss Mary Maylam, Quarry Bank, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 4th November 1916 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Cook, later Cook supervisor – note: Assisted cook in catering, Cooked in emergency – 1398 hours
 
Miss Bertha Milner, c/o Commandant [Miss Ruth Turnbull], Vines, Hildenborough
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work, cooking – 1000 hours
 
Miss Ann Rhys Morgan, 18, London Road [or Cray Cottage], Crayford
Served at Quarry Hill from 12th September 1918 until 14th January 1919
Duties: Nurse, night and day – full time £2 1s 8d per month
 
Miss Jeanie Murray, Clare House, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 24th December 1916
Duties: Nurse, surgical and medical wards - full time – transferred to King George V Hospital, London, after 24th December 1916
 
Miss Kathleen Estelle Newton, Bayham House, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 28th November 1917
Duties: Nurse on wards under senior nurse – 3354 hours – after 28th November 1917 full time chauffeuse BEF
 
Mrs Kathleen Mabel Newton, Bayham House, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 1st October 1915 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work – 300 hours
Note: she was the mother of Fleming Newton, 2nd Lieutenant Royal Air Force, killed in action, 9th May 1918.
 
Miss Mary Palin, St Helens, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work, Quarter Master’s orderly – 6600 hours  
Note: she was the daughter of Brita Palin and sister of Henry William Bourne Palin, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, killed in action 27th September 1916
 
Miss Elsie Pemble, Tatlingbury, Capel
Served at Quarry Hill from 23rd June 1916 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse, worked under senior nurse, convalescent wards – 2133 hours
 
Miss Gladys Pemble, Tatlingbury, Capel
Served at Quarry Hill from 29th May 1917 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse on medical and surgical Quarter Master under senior nurse otherwise on convalescent wards – 2674 hours
 
Miss Gladys Pilditch, Parkleigh, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 31st March 1919
Duties: Assistant Quarter Master, later Quarter Master and Assistant Nurse on surgical, medical wards and theatre – full time
 
Miss Ella Price, Regent House, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 30th September 1916 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work 450 hours
 
Mrs Kathleen Pring, c/o Commandant [Miss Ruth Turnbull], Vines, Hildenborough
Served from 11th October 1918 until 28th February 1919 at the Institute, Lyghe and Quarry Hill
Duties: Matron – full time
 
Miss Katherine Punnett, St Margaret’s, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 30th August 1917 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work – 90 hours
 
Miss Wilhelmina Florence Dundas Quin, 78, Hadlow Road, Tonbridge
Served from 22nd April 1918 until 27th November 1918. Served at Bath War Hospital, but had previously completed 70 hours’ part time work at Quarry Hill
Duties: Pantry maid & Cook
 
Miss Gwynedd Rae, Knowles Bank, Pembury
Served at Quarry Hill from 1st July 1915 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse, surgical and medical wards – 3000 hours
 
Miss Elsie Robus, Manchester House, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 16th September 1918 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work – 84 hours
 
Miss Catherine Rudolf, 12, Bordyke, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 23rd October 1917 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse, under senior nurse – 1653 hours
 
Mrs Minnie Shaul, Avalon, Southborough
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse, surgical, medical, theatre wards – 10350 hours
 
Miss Margaret Shreiber, The Vicarage, Shipbourne
Served at Quarry Hill from 1st December 1915 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse [originally probationer], wards, general nursing – 2000 hours
 
Miss Jessie Taylor, Jaffna, Ceylon
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 30th November 1918
Duties: Commandant Nursing Member also served with Sandycome (Brigade) Hospital, Tonbridge B.E.F. Dartford War Hospital V.A.D. Hospital, Chislehurst – full time
 
Mrs Bessie Toomer, Lyndale, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 24th July 1916 until 28th December 1917
Duties: Cook – 100 hours – later seconded to work in National Kitchen
 
Miss Gwendolen Toomer, Lyndale, Tonbridsge
Served at Quarry Hill from 24th July 1916 until 28th February 1919
Duties: House-work – 700 hours
 
Miss Edith Topham, 42, Hadlow Road, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 27th February 1919
Duties: Lady Superintendent, later trained Nurse – 9000 hours
Note: Probably a relative of Michael Topham, 2nd Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps, 27th Squadron, killed in action on 13th April 1917. His father, Francis David Topham, was living at 42, Hadlow Road, when he applied for Michael’s medals in 1920.
 
Miss Ruth Turnbull, Vines, Hildenborough
Served from 20th October 1914 until 31st March 1919 at Quarry Hill and the Institute, Lyghe
Duties: Secretary acting Lady Superintendent, also Nursing Surgical & Medical, ended as Commandant – full time
 
Miss Evelyn Turnbull, Vines, Hildenborough
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th October 1914 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse [originally probationer] 3000 hours
 
Mrs Agnes Vivian-Phillipps, South Frith, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 1st March 1916 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse [originally probationer] – 1000 hours
 
Mrs Felicia Waite, Postern Park, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 24th July 1916 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Cook – 450 hours – seconded to work in National Kitchen from 28th December 1917
Note: mother of Margaret Bowman Waite, who served in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, and who was decorated for bravery with the Belgian Order of Leopold II for her part, with two other nurses, in tending to wounded men in the front line trenches, under shell fire, and ensuring their safe evacuation.
 
Miss Elinor Weldon [sic], Beech Lawn, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 12th January 1916 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse, surgical and medical – 6220 hours
Note: she was the sister of James Hoste Welldon, 2nd Lieutenant East Kent Regiment, killed in action on 30th November 1917.
 
Miss Eveline Weston, The Grange, Shipbourne
Served at Quarry Hill from 1st June 1915 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse, surgical, medical, theatre – 7020 hours
 
Miss Hilda Weston, The Grange, Shipbourne
Served at Quarry Hill from 24th July 1916 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse [originally probationer] – 900 hours
 
Miss Joan Whitby, Little Judd, Tonbridge
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th February 1917 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse Probationer – 1270 hours
 
Miss Lilian White, 67, Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells
Served at Quarry Hill from 14th November 1918 until 28th February 1919
Duties: Nurse, surgical, medical, theatre – 10500 hours
 
Miss Hilda Whittington, Sandhills, Betchworth
Served at Quarry Hill from Quarry Hill from 5th October 1916 until 3rd May 1917 - 2 days on duty, 2 days off, continuously - full time nurse.

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