LOUISA MARY LONG 1892–1981
St John of Beverley Church, Whatton
Before the War
Louisa was born in Whatton, Nottinghamshire on 28th February 1892 and baptised at St John of Beverley Church, Whatton on 25th March 1892. In 1901 she was lodging with her mother Louisa M. in the house of Thomas Brown, farmer, and his wife Jane in Whatton. Also living in the household were the Brown’s grandson David, lodgers Eliza Townsend and Ethel Haire, and Minnie Hawey, domestic servant.
In 1911 Louisa, 19, was living in Whatton with her father George, a maltster, mother Louisa, brother George, 21, also a maltster and Ada Shipman, general domestic servant. Kathleen Annie Stafford was a visitor.
During the War
The following information about Louisa Mary Long has been extracted from transcribed Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment records, available at www.redcross.org.uk
Louisa volunteered to serve as Red Cross V.A.D. during the war. She was a member of the Notts 94 detachment led by Commandant Claire Birkin of Lamcote House, Radcliffe on Trent. Louisa worked part time as a pantry maid at Lamcote House Auxiliary Hospital for a total of 760 hours from 18th April 1918 to 13th January 1919.
After the War
Louisa remained single and pursued a nursing career. In the 1939 electoral register Louisa was living at Florence Boot Students’ Hall, University Park, Nottingham, where she was institutional matron. She died in Nottingham on 9th August 1981, age 89. Her address at date of death was The Bungalow, Dark Lane, Whatton.