Lilian Maud Brown (nee Booth), Red Cross Volunteer
Hurdsfield House Hospital, March 1916 to November 1918
Lilian Maud Booth was born in Walkden on 16th October and baptised on 6th December 1874 at St Paul’s Wesleyan Methodist Church, Station Road, Swinton, near Manchester, the daughter of Alice and John Booth, a cotton manufacturer. In 1881, six year old Lilian was living at 10 Memorial Rd, Worsley, Walkden, with her parents, older brothers William (15) and Frederick (13), and 11 month old sister Clara. By 1891, the family had moved to 73 Adelaide Street, Southport, where Lilian was living with her parents and siblings Frederick (24), Clara (10) and Herbert (9).
Four years later, in 1895, Lilian married Richard Robinson Brown at Ormskirk. Richard Robinson Brown was a Welsh draper and silk mercer who had a shop in Mill Street, Macclesfield in 1891. The couple set up home in Victoria Road, Macclesfield, and by 1901 they had two daughters: Mabel Annie, aged five, and two year old Ethel Doreen.
By 1911, the couple were living at Ellesmere House, Buxton Road, Macclesfield and had four children living with them: seven year old twins Eric Robinson and Gerald Mather, and daughters Beryl Marjorie (4) and Enid Olwen (2); plus two servants and a nurse. Fifteen year old Mabel Annie and twelve year old Ethel Doreen were boarding at Queenswood School, 79-81 King’s Avenue, Clapham Park, London. The family later moved to Westbrook House, a large property off Westminster Road, now demolished, after which Westbrook Drive is named.
Lilian Brown volunteered for the Red Cross in March 1916 and worked at the Prisoner of War Packing Centre, where she helped to prepare parcels of food and other essentials for British prisoners of war held in Germany, and also assisted by mending clothing at Hurdsfield House Red Cross Hospital in Macclesfield. She worked part-time for a total of 300 hours until the Armistice in November 1918.
Lilian’s husband Richard died in 1929, and by 1939 Lilian was living with her unmarried daughter Mabel at Dale Brow, Prestbury. Later details of her life have not been found.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages, Deaths
Ancestry: Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms, 1758-1912
Census (England & Wales): 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
FindMyPast: The 1939 Register
WW1 British Red Cross Volunteers Records