Bracegirdle, Ada

Ada Bracegirdle, St John Ambulance Brigade Volunteer
Macclesfield Auxiliary Military Hospital, July 1916 to March 1919

 

EARLY LIFE

st-john-ambulanceAda Bracegirdle was born on 21st December 1891 in Macclesfield, the daughter of Ellen and William Bracegirdle, a carpenter and joiner of 198 Buxton Road, Macclesfield. In 1901, nine year old Ada was living at 71 Waterloo Street, Macclesfield with her parents and siblings Ellen S (15), Annie (14), Mary (11) and Fred (2). By 1911, the family had moved to 19 Boden Street, Macclesfield, where Ada was living with her parents, older sisters Ellen and Annie, and younger brothers Fred (12) and Leonard (8); Ada was then employed as a fancy trimmer.

Ada’s father died in 1915 and the family later moved to 29 James Street, Macclesfield, where they were still living at the start of the second world war in 1939.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Ada Bracegirdle and her sister Ellen both volunteered as VADs for the St John Ambulance Brigade. Ada volunteered part-time as a nursing sister at Macclesfield Auxiliary Military Hospital for a total of 646 hours from the day the hospital opened, 27th July 1916, until the hospital closed on 10th March 1919.

 

POST-WAR

Ada never married, continuing to live with her family working as a fancy trimmer, and died in 1965. She is buried in a family grave in Macclesfield Cemetery (Grave Ref Z. 18584); the headstone has the following inscription:

In loving memory of William (1850-1915) and Ellen (1862-1947) Bracegirdle
also their son and daughters Ellen Shortridge (1885-1961) Leonard (1902-1962) Ada (1891-1965)

 

SOURCES
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Deaths
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
FindMyPast: The 1939 Register 
WW1 British Red Cross Volunteers Records
Family History Society of Cheshire: Macclesfield Area Monumental Inscriptions CD.


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