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Marie Clad
Nursing Member, Surgical Nursing Duties

Marie Clad was born on 24th April 1893 in Bradford to Alphonso Francis Joseph Clad, a wool merchant who was a British Subject but was originally from Leipzig in Germany and Sarah Albinia Clad nee Bowman, from Tanfield in County Durham. They married in Bradford in 1894.

City and County Directories show Clad & Co. Wool Merchants at 48 Sunbridge Road in Braford for many years. The city was considered to be of huge importance for wool merchants at this time, and many Germans had located to the area for this reason.

In 1901 they lived at 53 Horton Grange Road in Bradford. At this time Marie had two younger brothers, Alphonso (age six) and Rudolphe (four). By 1911 they had moved to 2 Highfield Terrace in Shipley and were joined by another boy, Clovis, age nine and a servant from Hull. Alphonso (who appears to have been known by his middle names, Francis Joseph, and Sarah documented that they had been married 19 years (it was actually 17 years, possibly not wanting it to be known that Marie was born prior to their marriage) and had four children, all of whom had survived to that point.

Marie worked at the war hospital in Keighley, undertaking surgical nursing duties, from 19th August 1916 until 3rd June 1919. Her brother Rudolphe was a Gunner in the Royal Artillery, having previously served with the 2nd West Riding Regiment. It must have been difficult as a family with German descent to be fighting with and supporting the Allies.

Marie must have developed a passion for nursing as she went on to train formally from 1919 to 1922 in North Staffordshire, and later became a midwife. On the 1939 Register she is resident at the County Convalescent Home in Tendring, Essex as a State Registered Nurse and Midwife, and appears to have used this service during the Second World War also.

The 1939 Register

The Nursing Register from 1946

She died on 25th February 1978, having lived in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

England and Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
England and Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915
1901 England Census
1911 England Census
UK, British Army WW1 Medal Roll Index Cards, 1914-1920
UK and Ireland, Nursing Registers, 1898-1968
England and Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
England and Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995


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