Regiment or Ship: Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Order of Nurses
Occupation: Qualified Nurse
Date of Birth: 10.05.1878
Place of Birth: St Leonards
Date of Death: 1966
Place of Death: HastingsAddress: Buckhurst Road, Bexhill
Photos and newspaper articles
Father: Mr John Bray, born 1844, widower by 1914, Alderman of the Borough. Founder of John Bray and Sons, auctioneers and estate agents. Had a stroke in 1918, died 1921.
(Sources: Bexhill Observer, various dates: John Bray & Sons. 1872-1972 A centenary history. Copyright John Bray & Son’s Estate Agents, verbal permission to use given).
- Nursing Sister Cicely Evelyn, (known as Evelyn), born 1885, married name Garrod.
Nursing Sister Mary Francis married Edward Clayton N0005 BRAY Mary Francis (Sister)
- Margaret Sybil, known as Peggy, died July 1916. Funeral St. Barnabas Church
- Gertrude, married Walter Charles Morgan in 1916
- Isabel, engaged to Major French, RAMC
- Agnes, married Dr. John Shemmonds in 1915
- Commander John Bray, RNVR, FAI, served on destroyers and on Admiral’s staff. W0072 BRAY John (Brother)
- Charles Reginald Bray, Served in Army Service Corp.
First World War Experience
Trained: Hampstead General Hospital , worked there 1904-1912. Member of Incorporated Society of Trained Masseuses 1912.
Private Nurse between 1912 and 1914, no details known.
Mobilised to No2 General Hospital Colchester 08.08.1914. Sent to France, with Dame Maud McCarthy, 1914. Nursing on hospital ships, Astorias and Nevasa, 1914-1916.
In charge of Military Hospital, Ranleigh Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, 1918. Demobbed 16.05.1919 to nurse father after stroke.
For more information please see:
- N0001 (11) BRAY Ethel (Sister). Transcript. Observer 6th February 1915
- N0001 (10) BRAY Ethel (Sister). Transcription. Permanent Record For Reserves.
- N0001 (9) BRAY Ethel (Sister) Transcript. Extracts from QAIMNS Form of Application.
- N0001 (8) BRAY, Ethel (Sister) Transcription. Military Record of Service Minute Sheet.
- N0001 (7) BRAY Ethel (Sister) Transcription. Resignation letter. 1919.
- N0001 (6) BRAY Ethel (Sister) Transcription. Annual Confidential Report 3rd April 1918.
- N0001 (5) BRAY Ethel (Sister) Transcription. Bray family record. 4th August 1917 Observer.
- N0001 (4) BRAY Ethel (Sister)Transcript. Letter to Miss Beecher from Ethel 21.07.1916.
- N0001 (3) BRAY Ethel (Sister) Transcription. War record report. 5th August 1916 Observer. P1050833
- N0001 (1) BRAY Ethel (Sister). Transcript Observer 16th January 1915.
Never wounded but Hospital ship Astorias was attacked by a submarine and narrowly avoided being torpedoed. See “N0001 (2) BRAY Ethel (Sister). Brave Nurse. Transcript 5th August 1916 Chronicle”.
“Recommended for exceptional service and devotion to duty whilst serving in the M. Hospital Ship Nevasa M.8. F. in Gallipoli from August to December 1915.” R. N. Hunt Major RAMC, o/c of HM Hospital Ship Nevasa, Oct 12th 1915” (Military record of service in QAIMNS, National Archives)
POST-WAR NURSING SERVICE:
- Remained on reserve of QAIMNS until 14.07.1938. Called up to Military Hospital in Shorncliffe but requested release from service.
- Nursed her father until his death 1921.
- Private patient: Lady Francis Legge, The Lodge, Bexhill 1924
- P&O ship Narkunda 1929-1937, to Australia, etc.
- Private patients Miss Agnes Thorncroft & Miss M. P. Wilborn 1937
Firm of John Bray and sons, now in Hastings, have no contact with Bray family. Their centenary leaflet in 1972 gives some family history but from Hastings perspective. Bexhill office in Devonshire Place or Terrace was open from 1893. There was also an office in Sackville Road still open in 1972.