Margaret Mary Heaton, Red Cross Volunteer
Hurdsfield House Hospital, 12th June 1916 to 20th February 1919
Margaret Mary Heaton was baptised on 27th February 1886 at St. Nicholas Church, Fulford, near Stone, Staffordshire, the daughter of Sarah and Walter Shirley Heaton, a farmer of Stallington Grange. In 1901, fifteen year old Margaret was living at Stallington Grange with her parents and older brother Walter, aged eighteen.
By 1911 the family had moved to Shakespeare House, Buxton Road, Macclesfield and Margaret’s father was employed as a clerk in a solicitor’s office. Margaret’s brother was a stone carter for a quarry but Margaret herself, now aged 24, was not employed. However, two years later in 1913 Margaret, who had been educated to secondary level, enrolled at Macclesfield Technical College on a course in Physiology and First Aid, paying a fee of 5 shillings.
During the Great War, Margaret lived at 112 Brook Street, Macclesfield.
Margaret worked as a masseuse (or physiotherapist) for the Red Cross at Hurdsfield House Red Cross Hospital between 12th June 1916 and 20th February 1919, providing all massage and electricity therapy required in the hospital, for which she received payment of between 15 and 30 shillings per week. Her Red Cross service card notes that ‘she came whenever wanted; most painstaking’.
Margaret’s parents died in Macclesfield in the 1930s and are buried in grave Ref. C. 2884 in Macclesfield Cemetery. It is not known what happened to Margaret after 1919, although it is believed that she never married and died in Macclesfield in 1966.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Deaths
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
FindMyPast: Staffordshire Baptisms (St Nicholas, Fulford)
FindMyPast: National School Admission Registers & Log-books 1870-1914 (Macclesfield Technical School)
WW1 British Red Cross Volunteers Records
Family History Society of Cheshire: Macclesfield Area Monumental Inscriptions CD.