CARTER Vera Lorance – VAD Nurse
Vera Lorance Carter was born in Marylebone, London in 1888. She was baptised at the Parish Church, Eton, Buckinghamshire on 30th June 1888, the daughter of Lorance William Carter Esq. and his wife Henrietta Gleadowe Carter (nee Seager), of London. In 1891 the family consisting of Lorance aged 44, Henrietta aged 39 and their daughter Vera aged 3 were living at 2J Hyde Park Mansions, Marylebone, London along with 2 female servants (cook and housemaid).
By 1901 the family had moved to 97 Salisbury Road, South Mimms, Herfordshire with only one female servant recorded on the family’s census return. Ten years later the family were resident at Broomfield, Queens Road, Barnet, their census return revealing that Lorance (aged 64) and Henrietta (aged 59) had been married for 25 years and Vera (aged 22) was the couple’s only child.
It is not known when Vera undertook nurse training but she enlisted in the 44th Buckinghamshire Detachment of the British Red Cross as a Nurse without pay on 5th December 1917 when she was 29 years of age and resident at 28 Mackenzie Street, Slough. According to her British Red Cross VAD Index Card she commenced work at Charnwood Forest Auxiliary Hospital, Loughborough from this date until 19th March 1918. She then spent a short period of time working at Abbott’s Auxiliary Hospital, Ripon before moving on to a hospital in Huntingdon. The exact date Vera fell ill is not known but on 12th July 1918 she died of illness contracted whilst on duty.
Nurse Vera Carter was buried in St Mary’s Churchyard, Upton cum Chalvey, Slough, Buckinghamshire on 20th July 1918, aged 30. Probate for her effects totalling £1772 19s 6d was granted at London to her mother Henrietta Gleadowe Carter on 17th October 1918.