Ada Eleanor Richards was born in Windsor on the 9th November 1882. She was the daughter of a traveller and was bought up at 17 Maesbury Marsh with her mother and grandmother.
Ada trained at Lambeth Infirmary from 1906 to 1909 before returning to Oswestry where she worked at Oswestry Cottage Hospital from 1910 to 1913. She went on to train in “Nursing at Home” and joined the UK and Ireland Queens Nursing Institute and moved to work as a District Nurse from 1915 to 1920. Reports about Ada stated that she was “A reliable and painstaking nurse who never spares herself. Conscientious and hardworking but untidy in work and appearance”. As a district nurse she would have been helping with families to cope without husbands and sons as well as working in territorial hospitals to help provide extra support.
Once the war was over she returned to nursing and passes away on the 11th of December 1960.