Flora Blanche and Frances Helen Skipwith

L-R Helen, May, Blanche

Title: L-R Helen, May, Blanche
Description: By kind permission of Joanna Skipwith by-nc

Flora’s twin daughters, (Flora) Blanche and (Francis) Helen were born in 1889 in India, where their father was based with the army. Their father died in 1900 and they were based at the family home of Loversall Hall. During the First World War Blanche served at Loversall Hall with her mother, and also at Cambridge Hospital in Aldershot. She began her service in December 1914 when the hospital opened and finished in February 1919. She spent time both as a nurse and as a Quartermaster for the hospital. Blanche married Reginald Wellington Ross at Loversall Parish Church in 1923. Reginald was a son of the Ross family of Wadworth Hall. Flora died in December 1967 and is buried in Loversall.

Helen also served at Loversall Hall as a nurse and Quartermaster. She married George K Sullivan, a Captain in the 5th battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, in September 1917. Helen died in Surrey in 1979.

The children of Grey Skipwith’s previous marriage also served in the military during the First World War, and also as nurses at the Hall. Mary Effie Skipwith, the oldest of the children from the first marriage, worked at Loversall Hall assisting nurses and doing pantry work. Mary’s three brothers, Fulwar, James and Frederick served with the military in India and France.

One Response to “Flora Blanche and Frances Helen Skipwith”

  1. Elizabeth Ann Garritt (nee Carr)

    My grandmother was an auxiliary nurse at Loversall hall at that time. The family lived in the village. I possess some photos of the nurses and some of t soldiers that were there

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