In 1916 Evelyn as a nurse joins the Scottish Women’s Hospitals at Royaumont abbey, near Paris, France.
Her father Joseph was a Schoolmaster and as a family they tended to move around.
In 1911 Evelyn was working as a Hospital nurse at Royal Free Hospital, General Hospital, Grays Inn Road, London.
Her parents were also on this voyage to NY,giving their address as New Jersey, USA.
1922 records show Ailsa departing Southampton on “Canopic” en route to visit an aunt in Newark, New Jersey.
In 1901 she was living with her mother in St Mary in the Castle, Sussex. In May of 1917 she joined the Scottish women’s Hospitals and headed to Salonika.
Where she joined the Girton and Newnham unit as an orderly unit January 1918.
By dint of much hard work the hospital was eventually given it certificate by the Service de Sante of the French Red Cross.
Their work was unremitting, the winters bitter and I was left with unstinting admiration for this very gallant band of doctors, nurses, orderlies ambulance drivers, cooks, who gave so much to their patients throughout the war.
The work load for the hospital was just unbearable, with most of the staff dragging themselves from day to day.