Doris was born on 26/7/1892. Her father, Herbert E Jones (1855) was a Locomotive Superintendent on the Cambrian Railways prior to the First World War; Doris lived with him and her mother, Elizabeth M (1860) and two siblings (Elizabeth Marion (b. 1886) and Herbert A R (b. 1896)) in Oswestry. The family lived with three servants; a cook, a housemaid and a parlour maid.
Doris was already a member of the Red Cross, and had gained her efficiency badge in 1913, when she joined the Shropshire 40 VAD in January 1915. She was deployed to work as a Nurse in charge of theatres in Cranbrook Hospital, Prestwich, Manchester. Mrs Montgomery from Pentre Pant Auxiliary Hospital in Oswestry made a note on Doris’s VAD card that Doris ‘helped out at the hall’ when she was at home in Oswestry.
Whilst at Cranbrook Hospital Doris met and married the eminent Genito-urinary surgeon James Barlow Macalpine. They married in 1916.
After the war Doris became commandant for the Prestwich VAD in 1939.