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Mary Eleanor Poe

Rank: Volunteer / Head of Work Party
Street: Shrule Glebe
Town/Village: Ballymahon
Civil Parish: Shrule
Catholic Parish: Shrule
Alternative Address: Great Bookham, Surrey, England; Preston House, Little Bookham, Surrey; 2 Alexandra Terrace, Bognor, Sussex; Tashinny Glebe, Co. Longford; 37 Northumberland Ave, Dun Laoighre
Census 1901: Resident at Bognor, Sussex, England
Census 1911: Resident at Glebe, Ballymahon
Regiment/Unit: Joint War Committee Voluntary Aid Detachment (Red Cross & St John's Ambulance) - Work Party No. 139
Regiment Number:
Date of Death: 26-05-1955
Cause: Natural Causes

Mary Eleanor Poe was born Mary Nixon c. April 1881 in Great Bookham, Surrey, England, the eldest daughter of a Church of England minister. Prior to her marriage she was residing at Tashinny Glebe, likely moving there after the deaths of both her parents. Mary married Rev. Purefoy Poe,  Shrule in Holy Trinity Church, Tashinny on the 30 March 1910. 

During WW1 Mary Eleanor was a dedicated volunteer with the Voluntary Aid Detachment/ Red Cross, and was Head of Work Party No. 139. Her VAD record notes:

Head of Work Party no. 139 Made 13 garments with help of work party knitted 5 pairs of bed socks, made 6 comforts bags Helped to pick sphagnum moss for Moate Depot

They also note:
Winner of 'Daily Sketch' Certificates for excellence of work sold at Red Cross Sale Nov 1915 & also in 1916 awarded certificate as contributor to National Egg Collection. British Red Cross Society & Order of St John Joint War Committee Leinster, Munster & Connaught

She was awarded the Long Service Medal and Self Sacrifice Medal in recognition of her work. 

Mary and Rev Poe lived in Shrule until 1932; they later moved to Dun Laoighre, where Rev Poe died in 1940. Mary Eleanor died in Blackrock Co. Dublin in May 1955. 

Parents Names: Daughter of Rev. Thomas William Nixon and Eleanor Jessie (née Ryder)
Notes: *Rev Nixon died in 1904 and Eleanor Nixon in 1906.

Link to British Red Cross entry; link to Civil Record of Marriage; probable link to Civil Record of death (recorded as Mary Elizabeth)

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