VAD Mary Alice Sant

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Mary Alice Sant

Probationer Nurse, St. John's Ambulance Brigade

Born on 12th December 1890, Mary Alice Sant was baptised in Bingley on 18th January 1891. Her father was Joseph Sant, a quarryman originally from Mobberley in Cheshire, her mother Elizabeth Sant nee Haigh, from Bingley. She had one older and three younger siblings.

The baptism record of Mary Alice Sant

At the time of the 1891 census Mary was just three months old. Joseph and Elizabeth were 34 and 30 years old. Their older child was John, aged two. They lived at Moor Edge in Harden at this time.

By 1901 the family had moved to Crowther Fold in Harden. Although only 12 years old, John was working as a worsted doffer. He and Mary had been joined by younger siblings Annie, Ada and Norman.

The Sant family on the 1901 census

Joseph died in 1910, so Elizabeth was described as a widow on the 1911 census. John was working as a steel spring maker, Mary and Alice were worsted weavers.

Mary worked at Keighley War Hospital as a Probationer Nurse and was a member of St. John's Ambulance Brigade, from October 1916 until March 1919. She worked 1,800 hours during this time and didn't claim a wage. Her address on the VAD record was Church School House, which was where her brother Norman lived.

Mary never married. At the time of the 1939 England and Wales Register Mary was working as a worsted weaver in dress goods and living with her mother and sister Annie at 2 Keighley Road, Harden.

The 1939 England and Wales Register

She was still living at this address when she died on 12th March 1977.



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

West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1935

1891 England Census

1901 England Census

1911 England Census

1939 England and Wales Register

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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