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« on: March 21, 2017, 10:11:37 AM »

Date of Death:24/02/1919
Regiment/Service:Voluntary Aid Detachment
Grave Reference: VI. F. 1.
Additional Information:Daughter of W. E. Meares, of 4, Bushmead Avenue, Bedford.

Member Ellen Caroline Meares, a nurse serving in the Voluntary Aid Detachment, lies in Brookwood Military Cemetery. I haven't managed to find any newspaper articles relating to her, or to her death, but I would hazard a guess that she died from pneumonia. The Imperial War Museum holds some letters from her mother which might give a clue, but I'm useless at deciphering handwriting - they also hold this rather fine portrait photograph of Ellen, © IWM (WWC H2-18-A).  The date of death on the photograph, as well as the spelling of her surname, are incorrect.

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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2017, 10:54:21 AM »

Death registered at St Georges Hanover Sq, age given is 36

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2017, 11:31:48 AM »

The CWGC page for her - on the "Headstone (2)" page shows that the family inscription was commissioned (if that is the right word) by

"Mr. W. E. Meares, The Rosary, Newbury, Berks"

I can't find reference to her on the Newbury War Memorials.
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2017, 12:24:06 PM »

Name:   Ellen Meares
Military Year:   1914-1920
Rank:   V.A.D
Medal Awarded:   British War Medal and Victory Medal
Regiment or Corps:   Voluntary Aid Detachment
Sub Unit:   T.F.N.S*

Born 1875 Mutra, India. Parents William Edward & Rose.

Believe a brother George William King Meares a Captain in the Army

In 1901 with mother Rose & a sister at The Shrubbery, Oxford Rd, Newbury. Also 2 servants. The 3 ladies have no occupation
In 1911 her parents at  4 Bushmead Avenue, Bedford. Her father, retired had been an engineer D.P.W(?)

*Territorial Forces Nursing Service. “Formed in 1908, the women enrolled in the service after 1909 were civilian nurses who continued to work in their usual capacity, but had undertaken to be mobilised at short notice in case of war. Just over 8000 women had enrolled by the Armistice of which 2,280 served overseas alongside their colleagues in QAIMNS & Reserve
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