Elsie Marina Sayles


Red Cross    

Photo courtesy Fred Sayles

Photo of Elsie Sayles nurse in WW1

Elsie was born at Fritchley in 1889, the daughter of William and Alice Sayles. In 1911 she was a nurse at Smedley’s Hydro at Matlock. In 1917 she joined the Red Cross for war work. August 1917 found her working at Salonika in the Military Hospital, where she served until February 1919 before being transferred to Netley Military Hospital, Southampton. While in Salonika she met her nephew Percy Sayles who was with the Derbyshire Yeomanry. Percy is also on the Roll of Honour.

There is a Pathé News clip showing "ambulances" moving British soldiers in Salonika during WW1. View the clip (wait for download)

Red Cross Index Card

Courtesy Red Cross Archives

Elsie Sayles' red cross index card

Elsie Sayles Red Cross index card



1891: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Sayles Head 46 Woodman South Wingfield
Alice   Wife 45   Holloway
Joseph Fred   son 15 Apprentice Holloway
George Smith   son 12 Scholar Holloway
Samuel B   son 10 Scholar Holloway
Alice E   daughter 6 Scholar Holloway
William C   son 5 Scholar Holloway
Elsie M   daughter 2   Fritchley

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1901: Bull Bridge

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Sayles Head 56 Timber agent South Wingfield
Alice   Wife 55   Holloway
George S   son 22 Joiner Holloway
Samuel B   son 30 Sawyer Holloway
Elizabeth A   daughter 15   Holloway
William C   son 14 Blasksmith apprentice Holloway
Elsie M   daughter 12   Fritchley

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1911: Smedley's Hydro, Matlock

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Elsie Marina Sayles Nurse 22 Nurse Fritchley

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