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Sarah Jane Anderson (1893-1950)

Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse from Shotleyfield

Born in Shotleyfield in 1893, throughout her life, Sarah Jane Anderson showed devotion to helping others – from her time as a servant in the Consett Infirmary under Dr William Beaton in 1911, through her service as a volunteer nurse in the Red Cross during the First World War. She served from 6 August 1918, to 7 April 1919, based at 5th Southsea General Hospital, Portsmouth.

Then, during the Second World war, Sarah Anderson worked as matron at the Swinton Grange Convalescent Home in Malton, Yorkshire. Beloved by family, she passed away from cancer in 1950.

Birth date: 11-Jul-1893

Death date: 27-Oct-1950

Armed force/civilian: Civilian

Residence: 1901: Mosswood, Shotley Low Quarter, Northumberland (Source: 1901 Census)
1911: Consett Infirmary (Source: 1911 Census) Occupation: Servant.
1931, 1934 and 1937: Allan Croft, The Grove, Rowlands Gill, Durham (Source: UK & Ireland Nursing Registers, 1898-1968)
1939: Homegarth, Malton Rd. Yorkshire (North Riding) (Source: 1939 Register). Matron in Swinton Grange Convalescent home during WWII per note on postcard.
1950: Bywell, Craig Walk, Bowness on Windermere, Westmorland (Source: UK Probate Records)

Education: Registered Nurse Registry (years 1931, 1934, 1937) no.: 32253.
Date and place of certification: July 25th, 1924, London.
Qualification: Cert. 1919-1922, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Religion: Church of England

Employment: 1) Consett Infirmary, circa 1911 – exact dates unknown
2) Red Cross. Southsea General Hospital, Portsmouth 6/8/1918 – 7/4/1919 (Source: VAD database, though there are 2 cards with slightly varying dates)
3) Swinton Grange Convalescent Home, Second World War

Family: Father: Robert Edward Anderson (1862- 948), Forester.
Mother: Isabella Bushby (1865-abt 1950)
– Edith Mary (1886-1979)
– Annas Isabel (1888-1976) Annas worked at the Consett Infirmary with Sarah Jane, and later, after she was widowed, worked as Cook at the Swinton Grange Convalescent Home in Malton. Could she be the Miss Annie Anderson in the VAD database who worked at the Shotley Bridge Hospital?
– Tom Edward (1891-1983)
– William (1900-1905)

Gender: Female

Contributed by H. Anderson