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Constance Dorothy Manfield was the daughter of Cuthbert David and Kate Elizabeth Manfield of Ash. Cuthbert Manfield was Chairman of the Parish Council during the War years 1939-45. Mr and Mrs Manfield lived at Holmwood in Church Road in 1937.
In the History Room, Ash Museum has copies of letters and photographs Constance Manfield sent home to her family whilst on active service during World War II in Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (322/-).
Miss Manfield went out to West Africa in late 1941, and the photographs include pictures of the hospital and her patients. On the back of this one she had written, "Taken 25/3/42 Self with some patients taken beside my ward."
|Cuthbert Manfield was the son of George Manfield, verger, sexton of the cemetery and Captain of the bell ringers, who was tragically killed crossing the railway line near the Cemetery Chapel in 1908. He is buried in Ash Cemetery near the chapel in D723. You can read more about George Manfield in “Ash Cemetery and Churchyard Trail” - on sale in the Museum at £2, and featuring many well known local names. In this booklet you can also discover who was the first to be interred in Ash Cemetery, find out who the Emery Gates commemorate, and more about Charles White who “passed away in church”.