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Hilda Raine (1890-1975)

One of four sisters who served as VAD nurses at the 7th VAD hospital in Brancepeth

Hilda Raine was one of four sisters who served as Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurses during the First World War at the 7th VAD hospital in Brancepeth.

Hilda’s family was a farming family who were living at Nafferton Farm when Hilda and her sisters began serving as nurses. Hilda’s parents were John Raine and Ellen Ryle Raine nee Dunn, both originally from Hamsterley. John and Ellen were married in 1888 and Hilda was their first born child. Hilda was born on 4 April 1890 in Stockley, County Durham. Hilda had three younger sisters and four younger brothers.

At the time of Hilda’s birth, the family were living at 176 ‘The Huts’, Stockley and her father was working as an agricultural labourer. In 1901 the family were living and farming at Pack House farm in Stockley. By the time of the 1911 census the family were living at Nafferton Farm in Brancepeth.

Hilda began serving as a nurse at the 7th VAD hospital in Brancepeth on 10 May 1915, the same day as her younger sister Annie. Her further two younger sisters Sarah and Mary later joined Hilda and Annie at the same hospital. Hilda remained working there as a nurse until 28 February 1919, the longest out of the four sisters.

At the time of the 1939 census Hilda was still living at Nafferton Farm with her parents and three of her younger siblings. Hilda died in Brancepeth on 24 December 1975 having never married.

Civil Parish: Brancepeth

Birth date: 04-Apr-1890

Death date: 24-Dec-1975

Armed force/civilian: Civilian

Residence: 176 ‘The Huts’, Stockley (1891 census)
Pack House farm, Stockley (1901 census)
Nafferton Farm, Brancepeth (1911 census, Red Cross nursing records, 1939 register)
7 Foxes Row, Brancepeth (1975, death register)

Family: Parents: John Raine, Ellen Ryle Raine nee Dunn
Siblings: John Richard Raine, Annie Jane Raine, Sarah Greenwell Raine, Mary Hannah Raine, George William Raine, Joseph Raine, Thomas Ryle Raine

Military service:

VAD nurse -7th VAD hospital, Durham

Gender: Female

Contributed by Fiona Johnson - Durham

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