Bessie Darling–Leaney

By August 23, 2015 at 8:46 pm0 Comments

ww1-leaney002Bessie was a VAD Nurse in 1915 during World War 1. She served in Erdington Birmingham nursing wounded soldiers returning from France. Note the photo of the rows of wounded in the great Hall of the Birmingham University which was turned into a Military Hospital. Three of her brothers Bert, Howard and Gordon also served .One of the first two brothers was a prisoner of war in Mainz Citidal. Unfortunately two died following the war in 1919 and 1920 due to war privations malnutrition and the flu epidemic the third brother lived till he was 90yrs old.

Bessie Darling–Leaney (nee Whittall).

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