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Helen Mary Wolfe-BarryRed Cross VAD
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Helen Mary Wolfe-Barry nee Strain
Date and place of birth: 7th September 1879. Glasgow
Date and Place of Death: 15th February 1964, St Marys Convent Guest House, Burlington Lane, Ealing, London
Childhood: One of 4
Parents: John Strain and Euphanie [in] [Euphanin] nee McNaughten/McNaughton
Parents occupations: Civil engineer/ authoress
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Red Cross VAD
Place of residence at Gretna: With husband who was Kenneth Alfred Wolfe Barry
Marital status: Married
Travels: 1933 Gibralter
Awards/recognitions: N/K Husband awarded OBE
Positions held: Honorary Commandant Chelsea division Red Cross. President Gretna Red Cross work part June 1918 to March 1919
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https://vad.redcross.org.uk/ gretna Card?hosp= &id=15864
Helen Mary Wolfe -Barry nee Strain 1879 -1964
Helen Mary Strain was born in Glasgow on 7th September 1879 to John and Euphrasin [e]H nee McNaughten [McNaughton. Her father was a civil engineer and mother an authoress. She was one of 4 children.
1881- staying as a visitor at The Manse, Irongray, Kirkudbrightshire. Mother described as “ wife of civil engineer”
Quarter 2 1902 – married Kenneth Alfred Wolfe- Barry at St. George’s, Hanover Square, London.They subsequently had 3 sons and 1 daughter
1911- husband a civil engineer ( also in data base) , 16 room house at 4 Embankment Gardens, Chelsea with 3 children and a staff of 7
From Red Cross VAD records
“Nursing & Commandants duties. Part approx. 1000 hrs.
Additional information: Lady Superintendant 0/0/15 – 1/2/16 Commandant 1/2/16 – 1/3/19 May – Aug 1915, February 1916 – Mitchison Hosp. for Officers Chelsea .
Resigned Commandantship owing to husbands appointment in Scotland.” Gretna.
“Appointed Hon. Commandant in Chelsea Division.
President Gretna Red X Work party June 1918 – Mar 1919”
1921 – Chelsea.Helen Mary, Kenneth Alfred, Margaret Eugene and 7 others are on this record
1933 – sailed to Gibralter, alone
1939-living at daughter’s home -Boxteds Cottage, Earls Colne, Halstead R.D., Essex, Widowed
February 15th 1964 died at St Marys Convent Guest House, Burlington Lane, Ealing, London aged 85