Blencowe (Ingram) Mabel F 1861

Mabel Frances Ingram
1861-1945

Father Nm: James Ingram 1817

Mother Nm: Eliza Sarah Ingram 1821

Marriage Dt:1889 to John Ingham Blencowe, Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1889, Registration district: Lewes, Sussex, Volume Number: 2b, Page Number: 243

Kin Comment: Husband John Ingham daughter Margaret Penelope, brother-in-law Robert Campion sister-in-law Frances Isabel served in the war with distinction

Spouse Comments:John Ingham Blencowe 1860

Children:Margaret Penelope 1890

(Research):GR[M] Lewes March 1888 or 1889 vol 2b p 243 [or 1899] Monumental Inscription [KenToll]

1891 Census Court House, Chailey Sussex
  1. John Ingham Blencowe 30
  2. Mabel Frances Blencowe 29
  3. Margaret P Blencowe 1
  4. Eliza Bryant 22
  5. Ada Markwick 22
  6. Emily C Tenner 23
1901 Census Pelham House St Michaels Lewes
  1. Thomas A Ingram 19
  2. Margaret P Blencowe 11
  3. Mabel F Blencowe 39
  4. John J Blencowe 40
  5. Eliza Bryant 32
  6. Amelia Gander 57
  7. Mary A Wilkins 27
  8. Charlotte S Willian 33
  9. Lily Barnard 32
ICON ONLINE WAR GALLERY Voluntary Aid Detachment
Online War Photo Album Voluntary Aid Detachment
WW1

Blencowe Mabel Frances, Quartermaster, Voluntary Aid Detachment.

1914 Chailey Roll Call

Three Blencowe women on the roll call, Miss Frances Isabel Blencowe, Nurse And Commandant, Mrs Mabel Frances Blencowe, Quartermaster (Sister In Law), Miss Margaret Penelope Blencowe, Nurse (Niece).

This grouping of the 54 VAD at Chailey almost certainly includes Frances Mabel but we do not have any identification of her. Sister-in-law Frances Isabel Blencowe is sat in front rowon her own.
This grouping of the 54 VAD at Chailey almost certainly includes Frances Mabel but we do not have any identification of her. Sister-in-law Frances Isabel Blencowe is sat in front row on her own.

During the First World War, Sussex 54 VAD operated two hospitals at Chailey and Newick. Hickwells, in Chailey, was used by the detachment between March 1915 and June 1916, first as a convalescent home and then, from October 1915, as an auxiliary hospital attached to the 2nd Eastern General Hospital in Brighton. In June 1916, Sussex 54 VAD moved its operation to Beechland House in nearby Newick and continued caring for wounded soldiers there until the end of the war.

Sources
  1. Paul Nixon for the research and great amount of material that he has collected on the Sussex 54 VAD and Frances I Blencowe is particular. Chailey Blog
  2. Sue Light who has contributed to this profile of VAD nursing.
Medals

Red cross
Mabel was most likely awarded the Red Cross Medal

Note: The medal was awarded to members of the British Red Cross or its Voluntary Aid Detachment who served in the UK between 4 August 1914 and 31 December 1919 and were therefore not eligible for British military medals. Those who were eligible had to undertake at least 1,000 hours of unpaid service, or be ambulance drivers and bearers who gave 500 hours unpaid service. No diploma was issued with the medal and it was not an official decoration. Between 41,000 and 42,000 were awarded.

1939 Census,Penchers Hill , Chailey R.D., Sussex, EnglandScreen Shot 2016-02-19 at 12.45.47 pm

John I Blencowe 15 Dec 1860 Male Justice Of The Peace
Mabel F Blencowe 27 Aug 1861 Female Unpaid Domestic Duties Married
Margaret E Ingram 13 Feb 1863 Female Private Means Single