VAD Hannah Corban

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Hannah Corban

Hannah Corban was the oldest daughter of Dennis, an insurance agent from Liverpool, and Sarah Ellen Corban Corban nee Bell, of Hebden, Skipton. They had married at St. John's Church in Ingrow, Keighley. Hannah was born on 13th September 1890.

In 1891 Dennis, Sarah Ellen and Hannah lived at 3 Ingrow Street. Sarah, unusually for a married lady and young mother was still employed as a worsted winder. By 1901 they had moved to 36 Rutland Street and Hannah had a younger sister, named after her mother, Sarah Ellen, who was one year old.

In 1911 the family had two more children, Clara aged nine and Fred aged seven. They lived at 39 Rawling Street, and Sarah's mother, Sarah Bell, a 75 year old widow, lived with them. Hannah was 20  years old by then and was working as a worsted weaver.

From 28th September 1916 until the completion of the VAD records Hannah worked full time as a nurse at Spencer Street Auxiliary Hospital. She must have found her vocation, as she continued to work as a nurse for the rest of her working life. The 1939 Register shows her living and working at Nook Convalescent Home, Saddleworth as 'Trained nurse sister, certified midwife in charge' and there is a notation to say she worked with Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) during the Second World War, though I haven't been able to establish where.

Hannah Corban on the 1939 Register

Nook Hospital. Photo from robmcrorie on flickr

Passenger records show that Hannah travelled abroad on at least two occasions in later life - in 1952 she travelled to Madeira - her address was still Nook Hospital and she was still a nurse, and in 1960 she went to New York on the Mauretania. Still a nurse, she had relocated as her address was in Bramhope, near Leeds.

Hannah died a spinster in the first quarter of 1973. I have located at least one descendant, likely a niece or great niece, though await a response to my contact.

West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935
England and Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
1891 England Census
1901 England Census
1911 England Census
1939 England and Wales Census
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
robmcrorie - flickr

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