Information on Red Cross record cards http://www.redcross.org.uk for Miss Florence Mary Allen, one stamped “Received 16th May 1919,” show that she was living at St Johns Vicarage, that her Service was from June 1917, this was also her Date of Engagement, and that she was still serving. Her Rank was Nurse, Part Time, and Number of Hours served 540. The entry on the card for Additional Information is “Soldier Wards at General Hospital Wolverhampton.” The cards also record “Commission Stafford 66.”

The birth of Florence Mary Allen was registered at West Bromwich in the 4th quarter of 1897, and she was baptised at Christchurch West Bromwich on the 19th of December 1897. The parish register records that her date of birth was also 19th December 1897, that her parents were Robert and Florence Mary Allen living at 57 Bratt Street, that her father was a Clergyman in Holy Orders, and that he performed the Ceremony.

The 1901 Census shows us Florence Mary age 3 born at West Bromwich living at 89 Bratt Street West Bromwich with her parents Robert Allen, age 30, Occupation Clergyman Church of England, and Florence M age 42 both born at Cambridge and 2 servants Mary C Cadman age 21 Occupation Cook born Wolverhampton, and Ada Bailey age 18 Housemaid born West Bromwich.

The 1911 census shows Reverend and Mrs Allen living at 16 St Johns Square Wolverhampton, with Household members Mary Catherine Cadman, Cook, Emily Hurben Cook Domestic, and Evelyn Maud Between Maid born at Bristol. Despite many searches, no trace could be found of Miss Florence Mary Allen on the 1911 Census.

Searches for Miss Florence Mary Allen turned up the death of her mother at age 52, registered at Wolverhampton in the quarter ended September 1911. Probate showed Florence Mary Allen living at St John’s Vicarage at the date of her death, 9th August 1911, Administration to reverend Robert Allen, Effects £5,536 17s 7d.

Nothing was to be found of Miss Florence Mary Allen subsequent to her work for the Red Cross, despite several on line searches: although several possible marriages were traced, none could be identified with any confidence as being this particular lady. Similarly no record of her death could be located.

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