VAD Elizabeth Ellen Naylor

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Elizabeth Ellen Naylor
Nursing, principally night duty; Member S.J.A.B.

Born September 22nd 1881 the only child of Thomas and Priscilla Rycroft, Elizabeth Ellen was baptised August 12th 1883 in the Parish of St. John’s, Great Marsden in East Lancashire. Sadly Priscilla died aged 21 before her daughter was baptised, and was buried at St. John’s on April 18th 1883.

The entry on the baptism register

Thomas was a carter by trade. He went on to marry Emily, a cotton spinner, and there were no children other than nine year old Elizabeth Ellen in the household in 1891.

At some stage in the next few years Elizabeth must have moved to Keighley as she married John William Naylor in the final quarter of 1900 in Keighley. They were living at 7 Little Street, Haworth in 1901. John, nine years Elizabeth’s senior, is described as a bootmaker/shoemaker. A son, Albert Edward soon followed. He was born April 14th 1902 and baptised on May 24th that year in Haworth, although by now the little family had moved to 59 Lidget Hill in Oakworth. Another son, Menville followed on January 27th 1904.

The family had moved again by the time of the 1911 census and were living at 4 Ilkley Road, Morton Banks. John William was by now a master bootmaker with his own account. Menville was a patient at Morton Banks, which was a fever/isolation hospital prior to the war.

Elizabeth worked at Morton Banks herself as a nurse and member of the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade during World War One, working principally night duties, from 1915 until May 1919.

In later life Elizabeth and John moved again, though remained in Riddlesden, to 5 Bar Lane by the time of the 1939 Register. Menville lived with them at this time, although described as married he wasn’t with his wife at the time, and they divorced after a few years of marriage. The 1939 register shows that John was still a boot and shoe repairer with his own account. Menville was a travelling salesman, and would go on to work with the A.R.P Service. Albert lived a few minutes away in Riddlesden with his wife.

The 1939 England and Wales Register

John William Naylor died the following year at the age of 69. The 1957 Electoral Register shows that Elizabeth and Menville moved to 13 Bradford Road. Elizabeth herself died in the first quarter of 1968, at the age of 86.

Lancashire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911
Lancashire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1986
1891 England Census
1901 England Census
1911 England Census
England and Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915
West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1910
1939 England and Wales Register
England and Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007

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