Nellie Hammersley, Girl Guide and Red Cross Volunteer
Hurdsfield House Hospital, March 1917 to March 1919
Nellie Hammersley was born on 1st April and baptised on 1st May 1901 at St Paul’s Church, Macclesfield, the daughter of Mary Ann and William Hammersley, a cotton spinner of 39 King Street, Macclesfield (King Street lies behind the Arighi Bianchi store).
In 1911, ten year old Nellie was living at the same address with her parents and siblings May (18), John Willie (15), Mary (13), Rachel (7) and Annie (5), but Nellie was living at 13 Eastgate when she volunteered to work at Hurdsfield House Hospital in March 1917.
Nellie volunteered for the Red Cross in March 1917 when she was a girl guide. She worked in a mill during the week and worked unpaid as a cleaner at Hurdsfield House Red Cross Hospital on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings. This continued for two years until March 1919, when the VADs were disbanded after the end of the war.
In 1921, Nellie married Ernest Farrow at St Paul’s Church, Macclesfield. The couple had two sons, Gordon and William, and were living at 3 Davies Street, Macclesfield in 1939. Ernest Farrow died in 1969 and Nellie died in 1977.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages, Deaths
Cheshire BMD: Marriages
Census (England & Wales): 1911
FindMyPast: The 1939 Register
FindMyPast: Diocese of Chester Parish Baptisms (St Paul’s Church, Macclesfield)
WW1 British Red Cross Volunteers Records