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Elsie Vyvyan

Date of Bith: 1892
Place of Birth: Cornwall

Elsie Vyvyan was born in November 1892, Landewednack,Cornwall. In 1911,was living at The Rectory ,The Lizard,Cornwall with her parents.She was a Governess in a Nursery and her father was “Clerk in Holy Orders” She joined the Scottish women’s Hospitals on the 11th of October 1918 and headed for the Elsie Inglis Hospital for the Serbs, Sallanches, Haute-Savoie, France. Elsie’s sister Dorothy was serving with the SWH in Corsica. The hospital it self was based at the “Grand hotel Michollin” and operated from February 1918-May 1919. Primarily to help Serbian boys suffering from Tuberculosis. Principally the patients were Serb students studying in France. The Chief Medical officer for the hospital was Dr Matilda MacPhail. The hospital functioned with around 100 beds this increased to 150. Funding for the hospital was provided from donations mainly from Wales, Greenock, Kilmarnock and Birmingham and a ward was named after each of these places. Elise returned home in January 1919 and in 1959 she died. The hotel where they worked was closed down in the 1970’s.

Dorothy Kildare Vyvyan

Date of Bith: 1890
Place of Birth: Cornwall

Dorothy Kildare Vyvyan b.abt 1890 at Landewednack,Cornwall. In 1911,was living at The Rectory ,The Lizard,Cornwall with her parents. She was a Governess in a Nursery and her father was “Clerk in Holy Orders.
Dorothy joined the Scottish women’s Hospitals in January 1918 as an orderly and headed for the hospital at Ajaccio on the island of Corsica. She worked under the command of Dr Honoria Keer. The hospital had opened in 1915 to aid with the thousands of Serbian refugees who were homeless, starving and had a number of infectious diseases. The hospital in the first few years were tested to the limit. However by 1918 things were calm. The hospital was closed in April 1919. Dorothy left Corsica in July 1918 She also had a sister, Elsie who also worked the SWH in France. Dorothy died in 1975.

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