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Violet Scott


Violet Cecil Scott was born on 4th June and baptised on 20th August 1897 at St. Luke's Church in Manningham, Bradford.

The baptism of Violet Cecil Scott

Her parents were Herbert Scott, a manufacturer from Bradford, and Emmy Alice (known as Alice) Scott nee Peters. Alice had been born in Paris, France to German parents who had settled in Bradford in the 1870s.

In 1901 they lived at 6 Selbourne Terrace in Bradford, Herbert was described as a plush manufacturer manager. Violet was three years old and an only child at this point. Two servants were also at the home.

The Scott family shown on the 1901 census

Just around the corner lived Greta Thompson, another VAD who was also born in June 1897. It seems reasonable to assume they knew each other growing up and they certainly worked together as VADs.

By 1911 the family were living at a house called Merschfield on Wilmer Drive in Bradford. Violet had been joined by younger siblings Alice Maisie Rutherford (known as Maisie, born in 1903) and Harold Herbert (born in 1905). Again there were two servants, a cook and housemaid, as well as a visitor called Alfred A Scott who I believe was Herbert's brother, a motorcycle engineer.

From October 1917 until May 1919 Violet worked at Morton Banks War Hospital full time, undertaking surgical nursing duties. She had family serving in the war. Interestingly, despite their German ancestry, two of Violet's uncles fought. Ernest Rudolf Peters served with the West Yorkshire Hussars and Labour Corps, and George Henry Peters (who had emigrated to Australia) served with their Army Service Co.

On 15th June 1923 Violet married Lionel Sykes Wooler who was also from Manningham, at St. Barnabas' Church in Heaton. He was an electrical engineer who had served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Artillery and Royal Field Artillery, and was awarded the British War, Victory and Star Medals.

The marriage of Violet Cecil Scott and Lionel Sykes Wooler

Violet and Lionel had one daughter, Joan Maisie Upton Wooler who was born on 9th November 1926, her birth registered in Wharfedale and I assume this was Ilkley, as further records show them living there.

The electoral rolls show Violet and Lionel living at Greenway, Bolling Road for many years. This is borne out by the 1939 Register, when Lionel was still working as an electrical engineer. This register also shows that they both volunteered during World War 2 also - Lionel as an ARP Warden and Violet with the Women's Voluntary Service at Ilkley Hospital.

The 1939 Register entry

Lionel died in 1973, his death registered in Wharfedale. I assume Violet relocated some time after, as her death on 6th January 1994 at the age of 96 was registered in Hereford, and her probate record gives her address as The Old House, Wormelow in Hereford.


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

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

1901 England Census

1911 England Census

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

UK, British Army WW1 Medal Roll Index Cards, 1914-1920

Australia, WW1 Service Records, 1914-1920

West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962

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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