The British Red Cross has recently launched a new website providing access to the First World War service records of members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment, including ambulance drivers, nurses, stretcher bearers, etc. The first tranche of 30,000 records (surnames A and B) is now available (www.redcross.org.uk/ww1), and I did a search to see if I could find people from Wolverhampton.
The first person who came up (alphabetically) was Eunice Cicely Boys Adams. Information on her record included the following:
- Her address was Pendeford Hall, Wolverhampton
- She had served from January 1916 until November 1918
- She worked as a V.A.D. nurse in Christ Church Hospital, Beckenham
- She was deceased.
Using the information, I was able to do a bit more research. Eunice was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the daughter of Charles Lemesh Adams and Margaret Maria S. Boys. I have not been able to find her on the 1901 census, but we have a file of papers relating to a C. L. Adams selling the fixtures of Pendeford Hall in 1903 to an L.B. Moreton, so presumably this is Eunice’s father.
Unfortunately Eunice died in 1919, aged just 24. We do not appear to have any further details about the circumstances surrounding her untimely death. If anybody is able to find out more, please get in touch.