Memorial Plaque and Window to Dorlinda Bessie Hyland Lady Nurse in The Boer War

Clementina Addison

Clementina is one of only four women commemorated on The war memorials in our area.

The detail on the next page is taken from a contemporary Press Report sent to us by a distant relative of Clementina.


Nurse Clementina Addison, daughter of Mr and Mrs Addison of Caton, was called to rest on Monday evening, at the early age of 26. After her four years of training at Leicester Hospital, she at once joined the Red Cross Nursing Corps for service with the French. She left England on the 9th April 1915, being at that time in perfect health. The latter part of her service was spent at Verdun. Twice she had ministered to soldiers in the trenches. That her services were appreciated we know from Dr F Tremelieres, Medecin Chef de l'Hospital, No 4 de la Butte, Besancon who states:-

"It is with the greatest regret that I see Miss Addison leave us, regret that is doubled by the seriousness of her illness. Although I have been Medecin de Chef at this Hospital for so short a time, I very quickly appreciated her moral and professional qualities."

Nurse Addison returned to England on the 3rd of March, utterly broken down by the arduous tasks she had so willingly undertaken, whilst ever speaking cheerfully, whilst knowing she had such a short time left, and constantly referring to the way the soldiers at Verdun bore their sufferings.

The Vicar invited the children to recognise her merit by singing at her funeral yesterday. The coffin was enfolded in the Union Jack, and was borne to the strains of the Funeral March (Chauvet) and "Dead March" (Handel). The service was conducted by the Rev T Mercer, and included the hymns "There is a green hill far away" and Now the labourers task is o'er", and, especially appropriate, " O Rest in The Lord" (Elijah).

A party of Soldiers from the Barracks (Bowerham) accompanied the remains.

We do not, at this time, know the date of her death, or where she is buried. One can assume from the above that it was some time after March 1916.

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