VAD Annie B. Oughterson

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Annie B. Oughterson
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Ann Brooker Smith was born in the first quarter of 1879 in Whitehaven, Cumbria to John and Mary Smith. In 1881 Annie and her one-month-old brother John J, along with their mother, lived with Mary’s parents John and Jane Cartmer and brother, also John, at 60 Furnace Lane, Crosscanonby in Cumbria. I haven’t located Annie’s father at this time.

At the time of the 1891 census the family were living at 1 Elizabeth Street, Ellenborough, Cockermouth. Her father John was a butcher. Annie and her brother John, now 12 and 10 years old, had been joined by Marian R, Elizabeth G and Sydney.

By 1901 Annie had moved to Keighley and was living and working at Keighley and District Hospital, Riddlesden, as a nurse.

The 1901 Census

Later that year she married John G. Oughterson in Cockermouth, who was a house painter from Maryport.

On 24th November 1907 she was baptised at the Baptist Church in Keighley.

In 1911 they lived at 30 Clock View Street, Beechcliffe and had one son, John, who was nine years old. Annie was described as a sick nurse. There is a boarder who is a house painter named Sydney Smith who I believe was Annie’s brother.

The VAD records indicate that Annie worked from 12th July 1915 until 14th July 1917 in the T.N. Department - the T.N. may refer to 'Territorial Nurse' as in  the Territorial Force Nursing Service (for more information on the TFNS, visit )

Annie’s husband John died in early 1930.

Annie later spent some time travelling. Passenger records show that she sailed to Sydney, Australia on the ship 'Orsova' on 14th September 1935 from London, she travelled with a lady named Miss E. Eeles of 30 Fell Lane, Keighley, and at the time had the intention of residing in Australia. However, she returned in June 1936 on the 'SS Oxford'.

The passenger list of the 'Orsova' on which Annie travelled to Australia

For several years she lived at 425 Skipton Road with her son. On the 1939 Register she and her son were still at Skipton Road, her date of birth is 1880 (though her birth was registered a year earlier). Her son John was working in local government as a public assistant.

The 1939 England and Wales Register

She lived in Keighley until her death on 6th December 1961 at Morton Banks Isolation Hospital.

The following year her son John married, to a lady named Mary C. Rhodes.

England and Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
1881 England Census
1891 England Census
1901 England Census
1911 England Census
England and Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915
West Yorkshire, Non-Conformist Records, 1646-1985
UK and Ireland, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960
UK and Ireland, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
England and Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
England and Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995


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