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Donagheady, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Nurses in World War I

Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by Rene Donaghy, Donagheady, Co. Tyrone



1901 AND 1911 Census records
GRONI births and marriage records
TFNS records are held in National Archives in the 399 series under the individual nurses names and numbers.
AANS records are available online in Australian WW1 records under the individual nurses names and numbers.
2nd Donagheady Presbyterian Church records on the Co Tyrone site and recorded on the War Memorial.
No official record is held for Nellie Stevenson, Matron, as she was with the Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital in Henley-in-Arden for the duration of the war.( Many records from these VAD hospitals were deliberately destroyed after the war.) However, Douglas Bridgewater, Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for War Studies, University of Birmingham published a book in 2014, ISBN: 978-1-85858-528-4 entitled ‘A Small Town & The Great War Henley in Arden 1914 – 1919’ includes a chapter on the auxiliary hospital with Nellie Stevenson ARRC matron.
Personal recollections and photos from the family of Annie Porter.

Also an article in 1980 Magheramason Presbyterian Church Newsletter of an interview with the then Mrs McCrea.


Firstname Surname Birth Parents Record#   Area Notes
Sarah Jane Mathers 22/11/1873 James Mathers & Margaret Platt WO399/13218 TNFS 3rd Northern General, Sheffield mentioned in dispatches, trained in RVH Belfast, Died 05/08/1964
          Sister 58th & 30th General Hosps, France died 05/08/1964
            34th Ambulance Train buried Grange
Annie Porter 22/01/1895 Robert L Porter & Martha McLaughlin   VAD nurse 5th Northern General, Leicester married William L McCrea
            volunteer for 2 years Died 14/06/1990, buried Mountcastle
Mary Ann Stevenson 15/07/1872 John James Stevenson & Jane Mitchell WO399/14718 Acting Matron 4th General, Plymouth trained in RVH, Belfast
          TNFS 73rd General, Trouville Died 08/10/1962, Strabane
            hospital ship, Aberdonian  
Ellen (Nellie) Ellenor Stevenson 13/01/1881 John James Stevenson & Jane Mitchell   Matron Henley in Arden ARRC
          1914 - 1919 Red Cross VAD Hospital died 24/06/1961
Margaret Stevenson 05/02/83 John James Stevenson & Jane Mitchell NAA : B2455 AANS 1st Australian General, Egypt trained Glasgow
          Sister London, Rouen & No 26 married name Wilson
            Ambulance Train died 1976, Victoria
Elizabeth Long Stevenson 07/12/73 John James Stevenson & Jane Mitchell WO399/14713 Matron 4th General, Plymouth ARRC
          TNFS Seale Hayne Military Hospital trained at RVH, Belfast
              died 1969, Kensington