Beatrice Mary “Trixie” Hall, Red Cross VAD
4th Northern General Hospital, Lincoln, 11th June 1915 to July 1916
Beatrice Mary Hall was born in September 1883 and baptised on 21st October 1883 at St. Michael’s Church, Macclesfield, the sixth daughter of Elizabeth and Frederick Hall, a silk pattern designer of Macclesfield. She was known within the family as Trixie.
In 1891, seven year old Beatrice was living in Henbury, with her parents and sisters Emma (16), Gertrude (15), Edith (14), Alice Maud (12), Florence Elizabeth (10), Constance Ellen (6), Annie Evelin (5), and two (no doubt much longed-for) younger brothers, Frederick Victor (4) and Frank Leslie (1). Her father, Frederick, was then employed as a silk designer and manager. Ten years later, the family had moved to 405 Park Lane, Macclesfield, and Frederick was a silk manufacturer in his own right.
By 1911, the family had moved again, this time to Spring Mount, Macclesfield, at the junction of Old Hall Street and Station Street. Thomas was still a silk manufacturer, with two of his children working in the business, while daughter Constance was employed as a governess. Beatrice was not with the family: she was an assistant mistress at The Hill School, Westerham, Kent.
Beatrice returned to Macclesfield, possibly at the start of the war, and on 11th June 1915 she enrolled with the Red Cross as a paid nurse at the 4th Northern General Hospital in Lincoln (formerly Lincoln Grammar School). The Western Front Association has an illustrated article about this hospital on their website.
Since Beatrice worked as a paid nurse, she must have had some previous experience of nursing.
Beatrice left the Red Cross in July 1916, possibly to work for another organisation.
It is not known what happened to Beatrice Hall after July 1916.
This is not the same person as Beatrice Mary Hall of South Australia, born 1888, who served with Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) from November 1914 in France, and from May 1916 served on the Hospital Ship Glengorm Castle; she married Major H P Shaw of the Indian Army in 1917, and was later awarded a 1914 star medal.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
FindMyPast: Diocese of Chester Parish Baptisms (St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield)
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
WW1 British Red Cross Volunteers Records