Dartford Hospital Histories

Life of Annie Caroline Lee

Annie was 1 of 6 children –3 brothers and twin sisters, 1 twin dying age 6 months.

She was born in Camberwell on 9 July 1916 at 128 Clifton Crescent Peckham North Camberwell County of London (Birth Cert) being the eldest child of the family. Twins were the youngest and 3 siblings are still alive today sister (82 yrs) in Weston-super-Mare Dorset, 1 brother in Longfield Kent (91yrs) and other brother (89yrs) in Nottinghamshire.

Her father Edwin John Lee b: 1889 Finchley Middlesex London was at the time of Annie’s birth Corporal in Army Service Corps. (Farrier Journeyman stated on Annie’s Birth Cert).

I believe that after Annie was born her parents went to live with Edwin’s family in Canton Glamorgan Wales as brother Robert was born there in on 19 January 1920 and also Herbert 20 December 1920! (2 in one year) After Robert and Herbert were born the family then moved to The Forge at Ash Nr. Dartford Kent where the next brother Ernest b: 27 August 1922 and Margaret & June (twins) on 4 June 1929.
June dying on 3 October 1929 and buried in Ash Churchyard Kent.

Annie attended Gravesend County School but now known as Gravesend Grammar School. Unfortunately I don’t know anything about her school years. Leaving I think in 1932.

Annie then worked as a probationer for a about 2-3 years at The Day Nursery for Jewish Infants, 23 New Road Whitechapel E1 passing her Prelimary Examination and one Elementary (have letters) but leaving before the final exam. From here I think she went to King Edward Avenue Hospital Dartford as a ‘Probationer Nurse’ (I have her chart). She became a ‘Registered Nurse’ on 25 December 1938.

Not sure how her life went then as I was born in Hackney on January 1939 and Annie was unmarried and living with her Aunt. From then on she went back to her mother’s and worked for a while at Sevenoaks Hospital where she met her husband (my stepfather) and they married at Hartley church on 28 December 1940. I think she returned to full time nursing in 1948/49 at Joyce Green Hospital Dartford as a ‘Staff Nurse’ and soon became a Ward Sister and moving on to Theatre Sister and for a while she was in charge of the night staff. She left to become a District Nurse in the Dartford Area but unfortunately became ill with a virus which affected her nervous system and spending some time as a patient in Joyce Green her consultant at the time I think was a Dr Streatham. But due to having never regained the full use of her legs she was put on ill health retirement and obtained a pension from Kent County Council until she passed away on 22 December 2006. The last ten years of her life was as a resident in Priory Mews a 24 care nursing home in Watling Street Dartford Kent.

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