BENNETT Kathleen Cecilia Furber – VAD Nurse
Kathleen Cecilia Furber Bennett was born in Aldershot, Surry in 1894, the eldest of the 4 daughters born to Ernest E. and Cecilia A. Bennett. In 1901 the family were living at The Towers, Beckford, Worcestershire and Kathleen had 2 younger siblings, Noel aged 4 and Phyllis aged 10 months. The family were wealthy enough to employ a cook, a nurse and a parlour maid. By 1911 Kathleen aged 16 was a pupil at Gardenhurst School for Ladies, Rectory Road, Burnham, Somerset reflecting a family’s wealthy status. Her 3 younger sisters Noel aged 14, Phyllis aged 10 and 7 year old Joyce were all educated at home in Beckford Towers by a private governess employed by their father. Ernest was a Barrister and as well as the governess he employed a nurse, a cook, a housemaid and a parlourmaid.
Kathleen joined the British Red Cross in 1915 as a VAD Nurse and worked at Dumbleton Hospital from either May or November 1915 until April or May 1916 when she transferred to Bath War Hospital. There are 2 British Red Cross Society VAD index cards for her with slightly conflicting dates. She died on 16th December 1920 from tuberculosis contracted while on duty as a nurse and was buried in the churchyard of St John the Baptist, Beckford, Gloucestershire.