Eleanor was born about 1873 and became a housekeeper before joining the East Riding Yorkshire VAD in January 1915.
Eleanor was selected as a nurse in April 1916 but she first worked as a cook at Hotel des Anglaise from 2 January 1915 until 3 February 1915. On the 6 December 1915 she started as a Nurse at Charing Cross Hospital and served there until 2 January 1916, from there she moved to Tidworth Military Hospital and worked from 6 April 1916 until 16 November 1916. Again she was moved this time to a Military Hospital in France; she worked from 21 February 1917 until 25 February 1918 then on the 2 April 1918 she was transferred to Park Hall Military Hospital and she stayed there until 8 December 1919 when she went on to serve at another Military Hospital until 20 October 1920.
She lived at 14 Turner Avenue, Bridlington, Yorkshire.
British Red Cross Archives and Museum, 44 Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL
Hotel des Anglaise
Hotels in le Touquet had largely been requisitioned as Military hospitals but the British Red Cross Society took the Hotel Anglaise and turned it into a relatives’ hostel opening in 1915.
The hostel was under the management of a VAD Commandant and a staff of mainly VADs. The hostel was ideally situated just 3 minutes’ walk away from the Military hospital.
Westminster nursing staff and VAD hostel staff were housed in the upper stories of a large wing. Some rooms on the ground floor were used for a branch of the missing and wounded Enquiry Department and bedrooms for their staff. Also housed there were drivers and medical staff.