Leeds born Gwendolen Mary Piercy spent the war in Birmingham and Doncaster working as a V.A.D. nurse.

The eldest daughter of 3, Gwendolen first joined the Red Cross in March 1917. She worked as a nurse at 1st Southern General Hospital in Birmingham. It was one of the many large military hospitals developed to treat casualties from the front. She stayed there for a month.

In September 1917 she started working at Hooton Pagnell Auxiliary Hospital in Doncaster. She was working as a nurse responsible for ‘general nursing’ according to her Red Cross record. She worked full time there and was still working there in 1919.

After the war ended it is not clear what Gwendolen did; records cannot fill in the gaps between her Red Cross career and her death in 1976. She did not marry; neither did her two younger sisters, Beryl and Marguerite.

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