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August 4, 2014

Nursing Sister Constance Philip's WW1 Album - the Cover

This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One.  

The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain. 

The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission. 

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus a number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page. 

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos" in the vertical menu bar on the right side of your screen. You can also click on that phrase at the bottom of this post.

These newspaper clippings are pasted inside the front cover of the album. First clipping titled "Kut Prisoners' Long Trek" about Captain C. T. Warner, 22nd Punjabis.

Lorine's Research:  Charles Thornton Warner was born in England in 1889 to Oliver William and Leila (Justice) Warner. His mother Leila was born on the Isle of Wight to Major William Clive Justice and his wife Leila Parker. The family lived in India for some time.
As a young boy Charles attended Portmore School in Dorset and is found there as a boarder in the 1901 census.

British Officers Prisoners of War shows the following:
Name: C T Warner
Rank: Capt.
Regiment: Kut Garrison. 22/Punjabis
Repatriation Date: 16 Dec 1918
Record Number: 7977
Section: East Theatre of War.

Sadly Captain Charles Thornton Warner of the 22nd Punjabis died of disease in India at the age of 31. His burial took place in October 1920 in the Jandola Cemetery, Bengal India.

Charles' will leaves his estate to his father Oliver William Warner. It appears he never married.

The second clipping, in two pieces, titled "Military Medal for Farnham Officer", detailing an award of the Military Cross to Capt. A. H. N. Gatherer of the 46th Punjabis. Captain Gatherer was a cousin of Connie Philips. 

Lorine's Research: Arthur Henry Norman Gatherer was born in October 1887 in Shillong, Bengal India to parents  Arthur Brander Gatherer and Margaret Pattulle. His father was a civil engineer appointed to the Indian Public Works Department. Little 3 year old Arthur is found with his mother Margaret in the 1891 census for Bristol in Gloucestershire England, so presumably his father was still in India.
Lieutenant Arthur Henry Norman Gatherer of the 46th Punjabis was awarded 3 medals. British Officers Prisoners of War shows the following:

Name: A Gatherer
Rank: Capt.
Regiment: Kut Garrison. 46/Punjabis
Repatriation Date: 30 Dec 1918
Record Number: 7988
Section: East Theatre of War.

In 1919 Arthur married Hazel Blandy in Sussex England and in 1955 he was married for a second time to Jessie B. Weiser. Just one year later on 27 December 1956, Arthur died in Middlesex England. His will left his estate to his wife Jessie Bertha Gatherer.

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