STALLARD Alice May – VAD Nurse
Alice May Stallard was born in Shrawley in 1893, the daughter of Charles Richard and Mary Ann (nee Knowles) Stallard. Charles and Mary Ann married in 1880 and the couple had 10 children, all of whom were still alive on census night in 1911.
Alice was baptised in the parish church of St Mary, Shrawley on 12th February 1893 when her father’s occupation was given as a Provision Dealer. On the 1901 census, the family were living at 2 Greenland Villas, Lower Chestnut Street, Worcester although her father Charles was absent from the house on the night the census was taken.
On the 1911 census, Charles and Mary Ann were living in Hallow with three of their children, the youngest two, Edith and Frank aged 13 and 11 were still attending school. Annie Stallard at the age of 16 assisted in her father’s bakery business along with her mother. Alice aged 18 was working as a domestic housemaid and was living with her aunt, Elizabeth Stallard at 26 McIntyre Road, St John’s, Worcester.
With the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 many military hospital sprang up all around England. Some were existing hospitals that expanded to cope with the ever growing number of casualties from a succession of battles, many others were in halls, schools, universities, stately homes or any other suitable building. Alice was recorded as 23 years old and living in Moseley Turning, Hallow when she was engaged on 24th August 1917 as a VAD Nurse by the British Red Cross Society. Her place of work was the large 1st Southern General Military Hospital which was based in the university buildings at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Sadly Alice’s career was short lived. According to the Hallow parish magazine and the inscription on her gravestone, she died after a short illness at the Orthopaedic War Hospital, Northfield Birmingham on 14th July 1918 aged 25 years.
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