CREWDSON Dorothea Mary Lynette – Trained Nurse VAD
Dorothea Mary Lynette Crewdson was born in 1886 at Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire, the daughter of Henry Crewdson (solicitor) and his wife Margret Croom Crewdson. By 1891 the family consisting of Henry, Margaret and their two daughters, Jean Eleanor aged 6 and Dorothea aged 4 were living at 17 Cavendish Road, Standard Hill, Nottingham. Also resident was a governess and 3 servants. In 1903 Dorothea was Confirmed at the age of 16 at All Saints Church, Wandsworth, London. In 1911 at the age of 24 she was a visitor at the home of Richard Wilson, in Armley, Leeds.
Dorothea Crewdson did her nurse training in hospitals in Nottingham. Following the outbreak of war in August 1914, as a trained nurse she enlisted with a Voluntary Aid Detachment and went overseas, landing in France on 12th June 1915. At some point she was awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal (ARRC) in recognition of special devotion or competency while engaged on nursing or hospital duties with the Army. In May 1918 Sister Dorothea Crewdson was working at one of the hospitals at Etaples in France when German bombers targeted the area. Injured by one of the bombs, she bravely refused treatment, continuing to treat others who were wounded. For her courage she was awarded the Military Medal (MM).
Dorothea remained working at the hospital in Etaples after the armistice. Sadly she died of peritonitis on 12th March 1919 at No 24 General Hospital at the age of 32 while still on active service. She was buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France, Grave XLV. C. 13.
In 1920 probate for Dorothea Mary Lynette Crewdson of 25 Lenton Avenue, The Park, Nottingham was granted to her father, Henry Crewdson, Solicitor. Effects: £251 17s 1d.