Sophia Flora Cooke-Yarborough, known as Flora, was born in 1854 in London. Flora married Grey Townsend Skipwith in 1887, and resided with him and their family at Loversall Hall, Doncaster. As soon as war broke out, Flora stepped up to care for wounded soldiers in the town. She ran a rest hut on the platform of Doncaster railway station for the use of wounded soldiers passing through the town by rail. She went one step further in December 1914, and opened Loversall Hall as a hospital. Using the house and later an additional annexe, she provided 100 beds for wounded soldiers throughout the war. The nurses who served with her at the Hall were members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment, and her work with the V.A.D. was recognised when she was awarded an OBE after the war. Flora lost her son, Granville Arthur Skipwith to the conflict when he was killed in action in June 1915 while serving with the Royal Field Artillery. Flora died in December 1940.
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