Hall, Beatrice M

Beatrice Mary “Trixie” Hall, Red Cross VAD
4th Northern General Hospital, Lincoln, 11th June 1915 to July 1916


EARLY LIFE

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.

 

WW1 SERVICE

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.

 

POST-WAR

It is not known what happened to Beatrice Hall after July 1916.

 

NOTES
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.

 

SOURCES
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


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Hall, Beatrice M — 1 Comment

  1. Great Aunt Trixie was registered in the UK Physiotherapy and Masseuse Registers as an “MG” and “ME” from 1920, with the last registration I can find in 1946, at which point she would have been 63 years old. The earlier registration records offer her address as 12 Rainow Road, Macclesfield. Although the later records do not show an address (other than “Macclesfield”), it is not unreasonable to believe that she remained at that address for some time, as her sister Evelyn lived and died there in February of 1963. Trixie had however apparently moved prior to her death – which was 17th December, 1955. At that point she was in Whitstable, Kent and still a spinster. I cannot vouch for her actual home being there, as she had a sister living nearby in Ashford, so it is not impossible that she was only visiting or had moved in with her sister during an illness. There is however no doubt about this being the correct person, as probate was granted to my father (a barrister-at-law) and the details are recorded in the Probate Books.

    I am intrigued that you have managed to eliminate Trixie’s alleged service on board the Glengorm Castle. I was surprised (and sceptical) when I had found this information initially, as it had never been mentioned in family lore. If you could share your information, I would be delighted to know more!

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