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QSA (0) (Nursing Sister T. A. Cobbold)

Nursing Sister Theodosia Agnes Cobbold [nee Sinclair] (1870-1933) was born in 1870 on the Isle of Wight, the granddaughter of Lord Chief Justice Denman. Studying nursing at the Radcliff Infirmary, Oxford, she joined the Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) and served in the Boer War as a Nursing Sister at the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital, Pretoria. She married Captain Charles Augustus Cobbold (heir to a brewing company), who served in the Great War with the 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment but was killed in action at Loos on 13 October 1915. Serving again as a nurse in WWI, she appears to have received a mention in despatches for her work at the Portman Hospital for Officers, London, in late August 1918 (as recorded in the ‘Nursing Times’ of 24 August, 1918). She soon after remarried, to Mr Henry Martley Vandeleur, of South Nutfield, Surrey.
Dr David Biggins

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