BLACKLOCK Alice May – Territorial Force Nursing Service
Alice May Blacklock was born at Liverpool in 1885, the daughter of Anthony Blacklock and his wife Catherine (nee Booth). Anthony was a Master Mariner who appears to have been away at sea on the night of every census with the exception of 1881. In 1891 the family consisting of Catherine and their 5 children, Clara aged 14, Catherine aged 12, Anthony aged 7, Alice aged 5 and Margaret aged 3 were living at 20 Rockfield Road, West Derby, Lancashire. By 1901 Catherine and Alice were living at 9 Clifton Road East, West Derby along with Alice’s married sister Catherine Campbell. However by 1911 Alice had left home and had undertaken nurse training at Brownlow Hill Infirmary in Liverpool where she was working as a hospital nurse on the night of the census. The Infirmary was part of the workhouse and was the first nurse training school in such an institution.
In 1913 Alice left the Infirmary and took up employment at Fazakerley Hospital, remaining there when it became a military hospital after war broke out. It is not known exactly when Alice joined the Territorial Force Nursing Service (TFNS) but in early 1916 she made two trips to the Dardanelles on a hospital ship before working as a nurse in a British Hospital in Bombay, India. Leaving India her next posting was to Basra, Mesopotamia. However, Alice Blacklock sadly contacted dysentery shortly after her arrival and died at No 3 British General Hospital, Basra on 13th August 1916, aged 30.
Nursing Sister Alice Blacklock was buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq, Grave V. V. 12.