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Dever Mayfly

Queen Mary's Army Auxilary Corps Centenary

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Dever Mayfly

On 12th October 1918, the long awaited detachment of Queen Mary's AAC arrived at the Inns of Court OTC at Berkhamsted to take over some of the administrative roles in the headquarters.  About this time there was a serious outbreak of influenza and one of the women died, along with 13 male members of the Corps.  Does anyone have any idea who this unfortunate woman was, or the first name of the matron (Mrs Haygarth Brown) of the VAD Hospital where they were treated?

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DavidOwen

From CWGC these are the possible candidates from 12/10/1918 - 31/10/1918

MADDOCKS DOROTHY BATEMAN D B 17   14/10/1918
TWADDELL MAUDE ELIZABETH M E     17/10/1918
GALLEY AMY COOTE A C 21   18/10/1918
WHITWORTH NELLIE N 26   21/10/1918
COTTON ROSE R 26   23/10/1918
ROGERS MARIE LOUISE M L 34   23/10/1918
PEAKE SUSAN JANE S J 27   24/10/1918
BILLINGTON SARAH S 28   26/10/1918
McMAHON AGNES A 22   27/10/1918
PATRICK LILIAN PRETORIA L P 19   27/10/1918
SAINT LUCY JANE L J 23   27/10/1918
BREWER KATE SWINN K S 30   29/10/1918
HARROLD HELEN CHARLOTTE H C 27   29/10/1918
TODD BARBARA RAMSEY B R 26   29/10/1918
WRIGHT JEANNIE TURNBULL J T 20   29/10/1918
HOWELL EMMA E 34   30/10/1918
PRIESTLEY ELSIE E    

30/10/1918

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Dever Mayfly

I am cross referencing these names with the list of staff in the Inns of Court record - no match yet so might have to journey to the Berkhamsted memorial.  Many thanks for the leads

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DavidOwen

What do you think the timescale is? Is it later than those I have posted?

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Dever Mayfly

I have checked the names on the War Memorial and none of the staff of the Inns of Court OTC who died at Brkhamstead are mentioned.

 

The entry in the journal states:

 

"On October 12th the long expected detachment of the QMAAC arrived.  About this time there was a further and serious outbreak of influenza.  During the latter part of the month and the early part of November the Corps lost 14 members by death, including one QMAAC, and one attached Sergeant" (elsewhere in the journal this is revealed as Sergeant A Kay).

 

I have a letter from a cadet to his brother in Canada dated 5th November 1918 in which he states "We are just emerging from quite an annoying epidemic of the "Flu" but in that I imagine we are not alone...".  Sorry I don't have an exact date 

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DavidOwen

In that case here are the November 1918 possibilities:

HODGSON FLORENCE CAROLINE F C 32   01/11/1918
LEE ELSIE MAY E M 24   01/11/1918
BRADLEY JANE J     02/11/1918
FOULKES ELSIE E 26   02/11/1918
BARROW MARGARET ANN M A 24   03/11/1918
SHAYLER NELLIE ELIZABETH N E 20   03/11/1918
SIMMONS CHARLOTTE MARY KATHERINE C M K 26   03/11/1918
WHITCOMBE AMY LAURA A L 24   03/11/1918
JOHNCOCK FLORENCE MINNIE F M 23   05/11/1918
LORD WINIFRED JANE W J 25   05/11/1918
ROWLANDS MARY MINNIE M M 26   05/11/1918
COOPER HARRIOT H     07/11/1918
GOSLING CLARA C     07/11/1918
HARRIS MARY EDITH M E 23   07/11/1918
HOOPER KATHLEEN EDITH ANDERSON K E A 21   07/11/1918
BROWN ELEANOR E 20   09/11/1918
RODGERS CATHERINE HEDLEY C H 27   09/11/1918
DUNNE SHEILA S     10/11/1918
KNOX JANE J 31   11/11/1918
HARRICK   M K     12/11/1918
GOODING FLORENCE F 33   14/11/1918
TOOBY   F M     14/11/1918
BOTTOMS GLADYS ANNIE LOUISA G A L 20   15/11/1918
BAILEY ETHEL MARY E M 22   16/11/1918
O'NEILL NELLIE TERESA N T 28 Mentioned in Despatches 16/11/1918
BROWN   M F     17/11/1918
CROZIER CLARA C     17/11/1918
JONES   A E     21/11/1918
CARY HILDA H 19   22/11/1918
HAMER   E B     22/11/1918
TAIT EVELYNE EUPHEMIA E E 22   22/11/1918
IRWIN KATE K     23/11/1918
BALL CORA CORNISH C C 22   24/11/1918
CARY BETSY B 28   25/11/1918
BARHAM ETHEL ADELA E A 20   28/11/1918
GEOGHEGAN   B E     29/11/1918
INGLIS   K M     30/11/1918
WATT ALICIA A     30/11/1918

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