Mary Anne Green, centre, flanked by her daughters who all worked at Wardown V.A.D. hospital during WW1.
When she was 65, Mary Anne Green, wife of the Brewery Director John Willam Green, became Joint Commandant of Wardown V.A.D. hospital. She served in this role from 1915 - 1919. She is often referred to as 'Mrs J.W. Green' as per convention of the time i.e. she is the wife of John William green.
From 09/1914 to 25/03/1919, Nora Durler (nee Cumberland) was the Joint Commandant of Wardown VAD Hospital Luton, responsible for its management and supervising its administration. The other Commandant was her auntie, Mrs Green.
She was a member of an old distinguised Luton family, the Cumberlands, and married into the Durlers who were a family of Swiss plait merchants who emmigrated to Luton to be close to the pulse of the hat trade.
The 1911 Census shows she was married to Robert Durler, a plait merchant, and had a daughter, Pauline, born in 1910.
Mrs York is listed in the National Roll of the Great War as a Special War Worker at a TNT Filling Factory (likely to be the Chaul End site of George Kent's).
Volunteering for work of National Importance during the war this lady was engaged in a TNT Filling Factory for two years. Her work which was in connnection with pellet making and bomb-filling was of a highly dangerous character and was carried out in a thtoroughly capable and efficient manner.
Mrs Rowe of Lyndhurst Rd, Luton is listed in the National Roll of the Great War as a Special War Worker at Kent's Munitions Factory, Luton.
This lady was engaged for a period of over two years during the war on important work at Messrs George kent's Munitions Factory in Luton. She was engaged as a telephone operator and carried out her duties in a highly satisfactory manner.
Mrs Nicholls of Luton, is listed in the National Roll of the Great War as a Special War Worker at Kent's Munitions Factory, Luton.
Volunteering for work of National Importance, this lady accepted a position at the factory of Messrs Geo. Kent Ltd, Luton in February 1916 and was engaged as an Inspector of Fuses. She carried out her responsible duties in a thorough and efficient manner and to the entire satisfaction of her employers. until her discharge in January 1920.
Mrs MacGregor of Houghton Regis, is listed in the National Roll of the Great War as a Special War Worker at Kent's Munitions Factory, Luton.
During the war this lady offered her services for work of National Importance and from September 1915 until November 1918 was engaged at the Explosive Works, Chaul End, Luton. Engaged on inspecting staff she carried out her responsible duties in a thoroghly efficient manner throughout her period of service.
Mrs Burgess of Saxon Street, Luton, is listed in the National Roll of the Great War as a Special War Worker at Kent's Munitions Factory, Luton.
This lady was engaged at Messrs Kent's Munitions Factory, Luton for three years and was employed as an inspector of the fuses for anti-aircraft shells. Her duties which were of a dangerous and responsible nature, were carried out with great efficiency and she rendered valuable services.