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Monica Mary Joseph King

Rank: Nurse
Town/Village: Kenagh
Civil Parish: Kilcommock
Catholic Parish: Kilcommock
Alternative Address: 58 Devonshire Road, Forest Hill, S.E. 23; 'Glen Lion' 54 The Avenue, Beckenham, Kent (final address)
Census 1901: Resident at Main Street, Kenagh
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Joint War Committee Voluntary Aid Detachment (Red Cross & St John's Ambulance) - County of London Reserve and Detachment
Regiment Number:
Date of Death: 09-12-1943
Cause: Survived WW1, died of natural causes.
Memorial: St Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London

Monica was born in Kenagh on the 11 February 1886, one of the elder children of James and Ellen King, and later moved to London. She was a trained nurse practicing in hosptials in the London area.

Monica became a Red Cross nursing volunteer in August 1918, serving with the County of London Reserve & Detachment (Voluntary Aid Detachment or VAD). She was deployed to the 1st Southern General Military Hospital in Birmingham. She remained there until March 1919 when the hospital closed and her contract was completed.  

Her younger brother, Augustine (Gus), served in WW1 and later in the War of Independence before joining the Irish Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. 

From the late 1930s, Monica resided at 'Glenlyon' 54 The Avenue, Beckenham in Kent, and died there in 1943. Glenlyon was a nursing home owned by Monica's elder sister, Alice. Monica and Alice's other sister, Helena, also worked as a nurse: in the 1911 Census of England & Wales, she is working as a sick nurse in the Gould household at Brooklyn, Trapis Hill, Loughton, Essex.

Parents Names: Daughter of James King and Ellen (née Waters), Kenagh, Co. Longford.

Link to British Red Cross entry; link to Civil Record of birth

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