|Birth|| 10 July 1909 44 30|
|Census|| 2 April 1911 (Age 20 months)|
Address: 6 Avondale Road
Shared note: 1911 UK Census transcript - George Longworth - Household
|Death of a maternal grandfather||George Walsh|
11 October 1923 (Age 14) Age: 76
|Death of a maternal grandmother||Sarah Leach|
17 April 1933 (Age 23)
|Death of a father||George Longworth|
June 1964 (Age 54)
|Death of a mother||Margaret Ann Walsh|
17 July 1966 (Age 57)
|Death of a sister||Sarah Longworth|
14 October 1972 (Age 63)
Cause: Cancer of the uterus
|Cremation of a sister||Sarah Longworth|
17 October 1972 (Age 63)
|Death|| 22 November 2000 (Age 91)|
|Cremation|| 28 November 2000 (6 days after death)|
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Birth: 20 July 1864 39 37 — Lower Darwen, Lancashire, England
Death: June 1964 — Darwen, Lancashire, England
Margaret Ann Walsh
Birth: 25 August 1878 30 29 — Darwen, Lancashire, England
Death: 17 July 1966 — Darwen, Lancashire, England
Marriage: 13 June 1905 — Darwen, Lancashire, England
10 monthselder sister
Birth: 2 April 1906 41 27 — Darwen, Lancashire, England
Death: 14 October 1972 — Bradford, Yorkshire, England
Birth: 10 July 1909 44 30 — Darwen, Lancashire, England
Death: 22 November 2000 — Darwen, Lancashire, England
|Census||1911 UK Census transcript - George Longworth - Household
An army major whose work took her to Egypt, North Africa and Italy, she died on 22nd November 2000 aged 91 who, except for her military service, lived with her parents at 6 Avondale Rd, Darwen, Lancashire, England In her final few months she lived at the Thorncliffe Nursing Home in Darwen. After leaving Darwen Grammar School she began work as a student nurse, which included scrubbing walls and floors at Blackburn Royal Infirmary. Shortly before the outbreak of World War Two she did a short spell of private nursing which she did not enjoy. At the outbreak of war she enlisted with the doctors and nurses who were formed into the 18th British General Hospital. Her military career was long and fulfilling and her work took her all over the world. She served in France with the BEF but was forced to leave through Dunkirk in the early 1940s. After a spell in Poona, India, with the 18th British General Hospital, she saw active service with the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps on many fronts including Egypt, North Africa and Italy. After the war she served in England for a while, then did a spell of duty in Gibraltar where she was deputy matron of the British Military Hospital. It was while she was in Gibraltar that she heard that she had been awarded the Associate Royal Red Cross, which was presented at an investiture presided over by the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace. On retirement from active service she served for some years as the Matron at the Army Apprentice School in Troon. After she retired, Major Longworth travelled widely, keeping in touch with her many friends at home and overseas. She never married after her close friend, a naval surgeon, was lost at sea while serving on HMS Daring.
MAJOR EDNA LONGWORTH ARRC , QARANC
Edna, born in Darwen, Lancashire, England, attended primary school and then Darwen Grammar School. After leaving grammar school, she became a student nurse. (she had to scrub the walls and floors at Blackburn Infirmary!). On qualifying she went on to Leeds General Infirmary rising to Theatre Sister. Shortly before the outbreak of WWII, she did a short spell of private nursing which she hated and so she enlisted into the Army along with many of the doctors and nurses at Leeds General Infirmary. They were formed into the 18th British General Hospital.
Her military career was long and fulfilling. She enjoyed her vocation which took her around the globe Her first foray overseas was with the British Expeditionary Force to France from which she was evacuated through Dunkirk. She then spent some time in India which she enjoyed enormously. She loved to ride and was able to buy and keep a horse. At one point she had to suffer the anti-rabies injections in order to escort another nurse, who had contracted the disease, across India from one hospital to another. Later, still with the 18th British General Hospital, she saw service on many fronts, including Egypt, Lybia (Benghazi), Tunisia and Italy, following the 8th Army as they advanced. After the end of the war she was deputy matron of the military hospital in Gibraltar and it was there that she heard that she had been awarded the ARRC. Due to the Queen’s pregnancy, the Duke of Edinburgh presented her with the award. She served a full career in the Army rising to the rank of Major in Germany and the UK. 1959 saw her in Northern Ireland. From there in the early 1960s she was appointed Matron of the military hospitals in Iserlohn, Germany and Wheatley in Oxfordshire servibg also in the military hospitals in Aldershot and Guildford. Her final regular posting was as Matron at the military hospital in Catterick Camp, North Yorkshire. On retirement she was sent as a 'retired officer', but still in uniform, to the Army Apprentice College, in Troon, Scotland where she had a happy three years tour.
After retiring from the army, she travelled widely staying with ex-colleagues in many army hospitals, visiting friends abroad and giving lectures about her exciting and varied experiences both in war and peace.
She never married. Her fiancée from Leeds, a naval surgeon, was lost at sea in H.M.S. Daring.