Sophia Flora Skipwith

Sophia Flora Skipwith

Title: Sophia Flora Skipwith
Description: By kind permission of Joanna Skipwith by-nc

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.

3 Responses to “Sophia Flora Skipwith”

  1. Sqn Ldr George Shelley RAF(Retired)

    My father 23695 Private Shelley HJ Royal Scots recuperated in the Hall after being shot twice in France during WW1. I have a old photograph given to me by my Grandmother( his mother) showing him and a group of other soldiers sitting on the lawn in front of the Hall with a lady who I take to be Sophia Skipwith!!! I would willingly send a copy of the photo to anyone who is interested and reads this comment. George Shelley

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