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ETHEL ROSA BLOODWORTH 1884–1968

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Ethel Bloodworth

Born: 26 May 1884

Marriage: remained single

Died: 1968 age 84

Before the war

Ethel Rosa Bloodworth was born on 26 May 1884 in Lenton, Nottinghamshire and baptised on 12 July 1884 at St Anthony’s church in Lenton. Her parents Charles and Rosa Alice were married in 1883 in London.

In the 1891 census she is aged 6 and living with her father Charles aged 57 a Lace Manufacturer who was born in South Luffenham, Rutland, her mother Rosa aged 37 born in London, her step-sister Mary aged 30 and sister Dorothy Hills aged 4. They are living at Priory Cottage, 52A Abbey Street, Lenton.

In 1901 they have moved to 66 Cropwell Road, Radcliffe on Trent and Ethel, aged sixteen is is recorded as an apprentice ladies outfitter.

Her father Charles had died on 16 October 1910 and probate was granted to his widow Rose Alice and John Budd, bank manager and John Alexander Simpon a solicitor. Effects of £3,782.4s.2d.

In the 1911 census they are still on Cropwell Road, the house is recorded as having seven rooms. She is now aged 26 and living with her mother, a widow living on private means, and her sister Dorothy a typist for a shipping house.

During the war

 The following information about Ethel Bloodworth has been extracted from transcribed Red Cross VAD records available at www.redcross.org.uk. The record shows she began her war service for the Red Cross on October 16th 1916 as a general service member and was paid £1 a week. She was in the Notts. 40th Voluntary Aid Detachment. She then became a storekeeper at Nottingham Military Hospital and worked full time as a storekeeper for £1.15.6d a week.  She was still working at the hospital in June 1919.

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After the war

By 1924 Ethel, her sister Dorothy and their mother had moved to The Cottage on Walnut Grove, Radcliffe on Trent. Their mother died on 24 December 1940 and probate was granted to John Henry Trease, incorporated accountant and Ethel Rosa and Dorothy Hills, both spinsters. Effects of £2632.12s.5d

Ethel and her sister were active in the village and for a number of years were leading lights in the Girls Friendly Society. This nationwide society had been formed in 1875 and run by women. It was originally establised to protect young girls who had left the family home, many from the countryside, to work in large towns.

Ethel died in 1968 aged 84

Dorothy died in March 1974 aged 87.

Author: Marion Caunt