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Annie Southwell
Nurse and cook, St John's Ambulance Brigade


Annie Brown was born 4th March 1877 in Hogsthorpe, Lincolnshire to Edley, a blacksmith, and Emma Brown. In 1881 she lived with her parents and a younger sister, Lizzie.

In 1891 she was living with and working as a general servant with a farming family in Deeping St. James, her family being nearby where her father was by now an inn keeper as well as a blacksmith at the Horsegate Walnut Tree. She had more younger siblings by now – Minnie, Daisy, Fred, Frank and Fanny.

By 1900 Annie had moved to Keighley and was living on Cavendish Street, she married Thomas Holmes Southwell, a widowed clerk of Utley, on 8th December 1900 at Holy Trinity, Lawkholme. Thomas had three sons from his first marriage, Walter, Wilfred and William.

Annie Brown and Thomas Holmes Southwell's marriage

In 1901 they lived at The Bungalow, Utley. Thomas was working as a clerk in a textile machine works, Walter and William were living there also, working as a hardware shop assistant and bank clerk.

By 1911 the family had moved to 29 Victoria Park View, and they had two daughters. Nancy Beatrice was baptised 13th June 1902 at Holy Trinity, Margaret was born in 1904.

During the First World War Annie worked part time at Morton Banks and then Spencer Street Hospital in various roles including nursing (including nights) and cooking, and was a member of St. John’s Ambulance Brigade. She worked 1353 hours during 1916 and until May 1917.

At some point after, Annie and Thomas moved to ‘Lyndhurst’ on Scott Lane in Riddlesden. The electoral registers show them there from 1919 onwards, and the 1939 Register shows them there with Thomas described as a mill furnisher. They had two lodgers at this time, a Douglas Dawson who was a bank clerk, and Brian Clay who worked for the Borough of Keighley Schools.

The 1939 England and Wales Register

Thomas died in May 1942 and is buried at Utley Cemetery with his first wife, and daughter Margaret who had died in 1921. Annie lived for several more years, and died in 1966 aged 88.

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, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935
1939 England and Wales Register
West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962
England and Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007


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