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Monica Yeats

Date of Bith: 1885
Place of Birth: Hertfordshire, England

Monica Kathleen Balderstone Yeats
Monica was raised in Yorkshire, her father was George Yeats a local clergyman. Monica it seem had the taste for adventure and she certainly fits the profile of many of the women who volunteered as drivers. Youthful, carefree and eager to shoot the moon.
Monica joined the Scottish Women’s Hospitals in May 1917, she sailed to Salonika where she worked as an ambulance driver. The SWH had a large hospital in Salonika and her role was supporting the manly Serb soldiers in their push for home. In July she was in France again working as a driver at Royaumont Abbey close to Paris. Monica in December 1918(after the Armistice) was involved in a rescue mission. A French Corporal required a driver to help find his wife, who had been a imprisoned by the Germans, she was now free but was somewhere around the town of Fourmies. Fourmies had been part of the invaded land and the surrounding area had often witnessed some of the bloodiest fighting of ww1. The journey to Fourmies near the Belgium border took them through some hellish sites. The towns and villages were often raised to the ground. A treeless landscape, rivers of mud, shell holes, trenches and dugouts. A once beautiful countryside torn and blasted was now full of streams of the displaced and the starving. Worn out soldiers tramped along with refugees begging for food, clothes or perhaps a lift. The ambulance hurled and bumped its way along the battered roads, passing through the towns of Villers-Cotterets, Soissons, the Chermin des Dames and Laon. Monica was to triumph though, with the Corporal and his wife reunited for the first time in four long years she headed back to Royaumont. Stopping along the way to hand out what blankets and food she had and sharing cups of tea made with water from the radiator of the ambulance, the ground so cold frost, Monica gingerly made her way to the abbey. Monica was so distressed about the plight of the lost souls she encountered along the road she filled a report to encourage organisations to send help forthwith. Lion-hearted and full of spirit seems to describe Monica.

January 1885 • New Barnet, Hertfordshire, England
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Birth of Brother Thomas Flasby Yeats(1886–)
January 1886 • Heworth, Yorkshire, England
Birth of Brother Basel E Yeats(1888–)
abt 1888 • Heworth, Yorkshire, England
Birth of Brother Austin Gerard John Yeats(1889–1919)
October 1889 • Heworth, Yorkshire, England
1891 • St Cuthberts, Yorkshire, England
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
1 Source
Death of Mother Rosa Bertha Yeats(1852–1900)
January 1900 • York, Yorkshire East Riding
1901 • York, Yorkshire, England
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
1 Source
02 Apr 1911 • Broadview, Meopham, Kent, England
Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Sister
1 Source
Death of Brother Austin Gerard John Yeats(1889–1919)
24 Jan 1919 • Kent, England
28 May 1944 • Chichester, Chester, England

Wilhelmina Yorkston

Date of Bith: 1878
Place of Birth: Edinburgh

Wilhelmina Yorkston was born in Edinburgh about 1878.In 1901,she was residing at Devizes Cottage Hospital,Wiltshire.She was a trained Hospital Nurse,aged 23.
In 1911,Wilhelmina,aged 33,was a Member of Staff at Grimsby Sick Nursing Hospital.Wilhelmina, joined the Scottish women’s hospitals in September 1916, working with the Girton & Newnham unit as an nurse. She served for two years at the large hospital at Salonika under the command of Dr McIIroy. That particular time at Salonika was unusually quiet, which might explain some of the quarrels that took place between some of the senior members of staff. In August 1917 Wilhelmina would have witnessed the great fire of Salonika which burned most of the old town to the ground and once again the hospital was full with refugees and casualties of the fire. The hospital its self being close to burning down, as it was under canvas and sparks were at one point falling down on the tents. Luckily the wind direction changed on time. Salonika became a transit center for Allied troops and supplies, and the city filled with thousands of French and British soldiers, numbering up to 100,000. The hospital was often busy and had been mainly used to support the Serbs and allied troops pushing back into Serbia. Most of the work at that time involved nursing malaria patients, Wilhelmina remained in Salonika until November 1918.

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