VAD Alice Janet Hartley

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Alice Janet Hartley


Alice was born on 26th March 1895 to Robert Hartley, a worsted spinner and manufacturer of dress goods from Haworth, and Susannah Hartley nee Steel of Bingley. She was baptised on 5th May at All Saints, Bingley.

Alice Janet Hartley's baptism record

She was the oldest of nine children, two of whom died in infancy.

In 1901 the family lived at 8 Aire Street in Crossflatts. Alice was six years old, her younger siblings were Mary Ellen (3), Sarah Edith (2) and James Edgar (7 months). They had a servant called Constance Hunt.

The Hartley family on the 1901 census

The family still lived at Aire Street in 1911 and had been joined by Elsie (8), Amy (6) and Phyllis (9 months).

The VAD record for Alice does not explain the role that she undertook during the war, though she worked at the 2nd Northern General Hospital in Leeds from 21st July 1916 until 17th July 1919. The hospital was built in 1913 as a teacher training college but became a military hospital when war broke out, it was more commonly known as Beckett Street Hospital. It treated 57,200 soldiers between 1914 and 1918.

Alice married John William Davy, a wool and worsted dealer, of Melba House in Steeton on 7th December 1921 at All Saints in Bingley.

The marriage of Alice Janet Hartley and John William Davy

They had one son, John H.S. Davy, born 3rd April 1923, though sadly Alice died eight days later at Elmhurst in Baildon.

John H. S. Davy went on to serve in the Royal Navy.


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

West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1962

1901 England Census

1911 England Census

West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935

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

England and Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1935

UK & Ireland, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960

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