it was said that during WW1 my grandmother helped wondered soldiers in a nursing home in Cheshire ( this would have been around Bunbury, Acton area by Nantwich) This is where she met her 2nd husband apparently ( my granddad died a ypres in 1915). I have tried all sorts of searches to no avail,
Can anyone see if they can find or know of any record of a military hospital or nursing home for WW1 soldiers in the Cheshire area? :-)
Cheers - Gaynor
Are there any large houses in the area? Quite often these were used as hospitals then. Is there an address for your grandmother on the marriage cert? Nurses quite often lived in.
Have you looked for her 2nd husband's Army record? That would have details of where he was nursed.
Good Points Potty.
I have looked at the history of local manor houses etc, and at the history of Military hospitals. A good bet is my step- granddads army records so I will try and find out his service no.
I am interested when they actually met, as when she remarried, she remarried as a spinster and not widow. She married Tom in 1921 in Cheshire and then moved back to Stratford which was Tom's home town
My granddads grave say's the following
In Memory of
Private A BEBBINGTON
7084, 1st Bn., King's Shropshire Light Infantry
who died age 28
on 23 June 1915
Husband of Alice Deacon (formerly Bebbington), of 13, Percy St., Stratford-on-Avon.
Remembered with honour
POTIJZE BURIAL GROUND CEMETERY
The put Alice's new married surname on his grave as she remarried a Tom Deacon ( her maiden name was actually Alice Edge before she married Albert Bebbington.
So, I want to know when and where Alice met Tom ?
An interesting story!
Do you have her first marriage?
Marriages Mar 1913 (>99%)
Bebbington Albert Edge Nantwich 8a 546
Edge Alice Bebbington Nantwich 8a 546
I did have this and then her 2nd marriage to Tom when my dad as about 9. Wanted to see why Tom was in Cheshire for so long after the war ended, before they moved to Stratford where he was born. The family always said it was because he was convalescing after his surgery so have been trying to track down where he was. may never know. Just found out the church hall in Acton was used as a nursing home so maybe a connection there I will pursue.
[IMAGE] Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery - Bebbington, A
Cemetery: Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery
Area: Ieper West-Vlaanderen
Official Number: 7084
Unit: 1st Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry.
23rd June 1915. Age 28. Husband of Alice Deacon (formerly Bebbington) of 13 Percy St. Stratford-on-Avon. Z. 13.
Photograph and details by volunteer/s: Rudy van Kerckhoven
The War Graves Photographic Project have photographed his headstone, you can obtain copies etc , but they do ask for a donation, see link for details etc.
Or you can ask on this site, they say they have photos of all headstones etc
This is free just follow the info on the link
Is there a local history group in the area? They might be able to help find a possible war time nursing home
You need to visit Sue Light's website on WW1 Nurses at
she has a list of all the hospitals at the time
(wonder if below)
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Name: Tom Deacon
Regiment or Corps: 1st Wiltshire Regiment
Regimental Number: 4326
UK, Silver War Badge Records, 1914-1920
Name: Tom Deacon
Discharge Unit: Wilts Regt.
Regiment Number: 4326
Badge Number: 7091
Unit: Infantry (Exeter)
List Number: C 0001-0300
Record Group: WO
Record Class: 329
(Cause of Discharge, Wounds. Served Overseas, Yes. Date of Enlistment, 21/10/95. Date of Discharge, 5/6/16)
The British Empire lost more than 700,000 service personnel killed in World War 1. An even greater number were discharged because of wounds or illness. In September 1916, King George V authorized the Silver War Badge (SWB) to honor all military personnel who had served at home or overseas since 4 August 1914 and who had been discharged because of wounds or illness. The SWB was a small, circular badge made of sterling silver, bearing the king’s initials, a crown, and the inscriptions ‘For King and Empire’ and ‘Services Rendered’.
The SWB was not simply an honor; it also served a practical purpose. At the time, men of military age who were not obviously in the service were sometimes accosted or insulted by civilians presenting them with white feathers — a symbol of cowardice — for shirking their patriotic duty. The badge served as an outward symbol that the wearer’s duty to country had been honorably fulfilled.
edits (might tie in with below)
DEACON, Tom Single ? 34 (34 YEARS) 1877 Wiltshire Wroughton
RG number: RG14
Reference: RG14PN34977 RD641 SD2 ED2 SN9999
Enumeration District: 2
Address: Pretermaritzburg Natal South Africa
County: Overseas military
1st Battn Wiltshire Regiment, 1ST BATTALION WILTSHIRE REGIMENT, PIETERMARITZBURG, NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA
Military details: Corporal