VAD Agnes Quinn

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Agnes Quinn
Nursing Sister

The Quinn family moved from York to Keighley some time between the 1891 and 1901 census. Daniel, an iron moulder, and Elizabeth, had 12 children, three of whom died as young children. The siblings I have found records for were Walter David, Lewis, Edward, Emily, Ernest, Lawrence, Elizabeth Ann, Minnie and Leonard. Agnes was born in the third quarter of 1873.

In 1881 and 1891 the family lived at 10 Catherine Street, Walmsgate in York.

By 1901 the family had moved to 15 Gordon Street in Keighley, Agnes was not at the address and I have been unable locate her on this census, so I am unsure when she herself came to Keighley. In 1911 she was living and working at 6 Main Street, Haworth, as a professional sick nurse to Mrs Martha Ogden, a widow.

Her training and experience doubtless will have stood her in good stead, as she worked as a nursing sister at the Auxiliary Hospital on Spencer Street from May 1915 and was still serving at the time of the V.A.D. record completion. It is mentioned that she was awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class Medal, typically awarded for exceptional services, devotion to duty and professional competence.

Royal Red Cross (image from

At some point after the war, Agnes moved into the family home, which by 1925 was 60 Highfield Lane, and the following year they moved to 96 Spencer Street, with various siblings coming and going and their parents passing away in subsequent years.

The 1957 Electoral Register shows Agnes still with siblings, having now moved to Hard Ings Road:

Agnes never married, and died in the first quarter of 1959 at the age of 86.


England and Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915

1881 England Census

1891 England Census

1901 England Census

1911 England Census

West Yorkshire, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962

England and Wales, Civil  Registration Death Index, 1916-2007

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