Sons of a Mighty Nation

Most resources available for researching those ancestors who fought in the Great War are ‘official’, but it is private documents which often provide more revealing human-interest stories such as the nurse’s autograph book described here by Sandra Taylor.


Elsie Catherine Thompson was born on 14 June, 1896, in Ashton on Mersey, Cheshire, the third child and only daughter of Edward James and Emily Hulme (nee Rogerson) Thompson. The family resided in Ashton Grove, Ashton on Mersey, and Edward ran his own business as an estate agent, surveyor and architect, the family being wealthy enough to employ servants.

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