Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurses VADs

Where is the picture taken?

By Pauline Marples

Mary Jane Lodge (known as Jennie) was a VAD nurse from  1913 till at least 1918, she was from Sutton in Ashfield. On the photograph she is stood  at the end (left) of the middle row.

She always told her family she was a nurse at Clipstone Camp, however she must have spent time at other hospitals before going to Clipstone as the camp hospital did not open till 1916.

There were many VADs training and nursing in Nottingham from at least 1911, at the outbreak of WW1 some would have stayed in the area while others opted to go further a field including France.

Sadly the British Red Cross archive do no have any information on Mary Jane lodge.

Does anyone recognise the building in this photograph?

A note on the back of the photo suggests it was taken August 1914 and gives the names of other VAD nurses who were from Sutton in Ashfield :-

Jenny & Mary Kitchen, Miss Lily Morley, Mrs Caunt, Andra [sic] Caunt - Wright?

If anyone knows of where I might find any records relating to Nottinghamshire VADs, I can be contacted at  heritage.foresttown@ntlworld.com

Pauline Marples


Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurses VADs' page

Private collection

This page was added by Pauline Marples on 13/12/2014.
Comments about this page

My great grandmother is there Mrs Caunt and she used to take me to see mary and jennie kitchen so interesting to see this

By Melanie Sentance
On 09/11/2020

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