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Nurses - in WWI

Some of Rushden's Nurses served at the VAD hospitals and others went overseas.

Elsie Priestley also served, but sadly died just at the end of the war.

This nurse is unidentified, and is wearing the uniform of one of the officers. At the time a Commandant was in charge, with a Matron, Sisters, and the Nurses.

Many from the St John Nursing division or the local Red Cross would have served in the local VAD hospitals.

Unidentified WWI Nurse

Rushden Argus, 25th May 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

As Nurse—We have to congratulate Miss Helen M. Groome, daughter of Mr. G. H. Groome, of Higham Hill, on her patriotic motive in volunteering for service in France with the Red Cross. She resigned her position as a school teacher at Newton-road School in order to go abroad.

Rushden Argus, 6th July 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

News - Mrs. A. Fensome, of 12 North-street, Rushden, has heard that her husband, Pte. Albert Fensome, of the Suffolks, is suffering from severe wounds in the right forearm, being in Netley Hospital. Sister Emily Sanders, daughter of Mr. W. B. Sanders, “Moorland House,” Hayway, Rushden, has written to the wounded soldier’s mother saying that he is making satisfactory progress, and it is hope to save the use of the limb. The soldier joined up last Christmas, and went to France three months later.

Nurse Tye
Nurse Tye
Rushden Argus, 2nd November 1917

Rushden War Nurse Honoured

The name of Miss M. Tye, a sister at the Duston War Hospital, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tye, 17 Moor-road, Rushden, has been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War. Miss Tye has been at Duston since the War Hospital was fitted up.

 Rushden Echo, 30th November 1917, transcribed by Gill Hollis

The Independent Wesleyan Roll of Honour contains the names of three ladies, one of whom is in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and two of whom are engaged in hospital work.

Rushden Echo, 1st February 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

For FranceMiss Miller, daughter of Ald. G. Miller, J.P., is spending six days’ leave at home prior to undertaking nursing duties in France. Miss Miller, for upwards of two years past, has been engaged in similar duties at a military hospital in London.

Rushden Echo, 1st February 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Prisoner of War - Telephonist Frank Tye in German Hands[extract]
Mrs. Frank Tye (nee Miss Kate Foster), who is residing with her husband’s parents at 17 Moor-road, Rushden, has received official news that her husband, Telephonist Frank Tye, of the R.G.A., is a prisoner of war in Germany, having been taken at Cambrai.

Telphonist Tye has two other brothers serving with the Colours, namely, Pte. Howard Tye, of the Leinster Regiment, who is in Palestine, and Lance-Corpl. R. Tye, of the Northants Regiment, who was seriously wounded at Aubers Ridge on May 9th 1915, and who is now stationed in Ireland. A sister, Miss Mabel Tye, has been on the nursing staff at Duston Hospital since the opening.

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