NORAH GREEN 1898–1924

West Bridgford Military Hospital, Musters Road

Norah was born in Cropwell Butler Nottinghamshire. Her birth was registered in January quarter 1898 and she was baptised on 9th February 1898 at Holy Trinity Church, Tithby, Notts. Her parents were William Pacey Green, born in Radcliffe on Trent and Ellen Susannah Green, born in Swinderby Lincs. In 1901 Norah, 3, was living in Cropwell Butler with her father William, farmer, 37, mother Ellen, 37, sister Mary, 4, and brother John, 10 months. The family had two servants: Laura Jones, mother’s help and Ellen Thorpe, general servant.

In 1911 Norah and her sister Mary were at school and living at The Chestnuts in Radcliffe on Trent with their aunt Sarah Green and domestic servant Mabel Footitt.

During the War

The following information about Norah Green has been extracted from transcribed Red Cross V.A.D. records, available at

Norah’s home address was given as The Rookery, Cropwell Butler when she volunteered to serve as a General Service V.A.D. in the Notts 94 Voluntary Aid Detachment of the Red Cross. A General Service section of the VADs was established in September 1915, carrying out roles such as dispensers, clerks, cooks and storekeepers. Norah commenced work on 9th March 1916 as a clerk in the Medical Office of the Military Hospital, West Bridgford, with starting pay of £1-0-0 per week. The hospital was situated on Musters Road in the council secondary schools which had been requisitioned by the War Office. She had achieved the rank of head clerk by the time her Red Cross record card was completed in 1919, and was still working at the hospital, receiving pay of £2-2-6 per week.

1921 Census

Address: Cropwell Butler, Nottingham

Employment: home

Household: father William Pacey, farmer, mother Eleaner, brother Charles Sheldon, assisting on farm

After the War

We do not know whether Norah continued to work after the war. She died on 2nd March 1924 in Cropwell Butler, age 26. The cause of her death is unknown. At probate administration was granted to her father William Pacey Green.

Norah Green VAD card side 1

Norah Green VAD card side 2

Red Cross V.A.D.Registration Card