Thursday, 17 November 2016

Ethel Clara Ivall (1893-1959), Nurse

Ethel Clara Ivall was a great granddaughter of David Ivall (1795-1850), a highly successful coach maker. His youngest child was Albert Ivall (1839-97), who married Maria Streeter in 1861. Their eldest son was Albert Ivall junior (1862-1905), the father of Ethel.

In 1891, Albert Ivall junior married Clara Amelia Stock in Poplar, East London. They had six children, namely Mabel Edith (1892-1963), Ethel Clara (1893-1959), Albert Clifford and David William (twins born in 1896 who both died in 1897), Harold Victor (1900-1985) and Albert Edward (1902-1987). Ethel was born in Paddington on December 12th 1893 and baptised on January 28th 1894 at St Mary’s Church, Paddington Green.

The 1901 census shows Albert Ivall (aged 39, a grocery and provision dealer), his wife Clara (33) and children Mabel (8), Ethel (7) and Harold (4 months) plus a domestic servant living at 10 White Post Lane, a grocery shop in Hackney Wick. The building no longer exists.

Albert Ivall (Ethel’s father) died in 1905 aged 43 of “phthisis” (another name for tuberculosis), when Ethel was aged 11. His will left his entire estate (£608 net) to his wife, Clara.

I can’t find Ethel in the 1911 census. She wasn’t with her mother Clara, who appears as an apartment house keeper living at 29 Gensing Road, St Leonards on Sea, Sussex with her daughter Mabel (a sewing machinist).

Nursing Registers on Ancestry show that Ethel studied for a nursing certificate at Hull Royal Infirmary between 1918 (when she was 24) and 1922. She became a registered nurse on June 15th 1923 in London. The registers give her address as 56 Noel St, Nottingham between 1926 and 1934 and 242 Perry Road, Sherwood, Nottingham between 1937 and 1946.

Electoral Registers record that Ethel was living with her mother Clara and brother Albert in 1930 and 1931, at 56 Noel Road, Nottingham.

The 1939 Register lists Ethel, a trained nurse, single, at 242 Perry Road, Nottingham with her mother Clara (who died in 1947). Ethel  was a matron at Sherwood Hospital. One of her nieces remembers her as a very pleasant person.
Ethel in 1955

Ethel died in 1959 aged 65 of leukaemia in Nottingham. She was cremated and is commemorated on her mother’s gravestone in the Northern Cemetery, Bulwell, Nottingham. The inscription reads
“In loving memory of CLARA AMELIA IVALL who died April 25th 1947 aged 79 years.
Also of ALBERT IVALL husband of above who died March 3rd 1905 aged 43 years. At rest. Interred at Manor Park Cemetery, Essex.
Also their beloved daughter ETHEL CLARA died Jan 29th 1959. Cremated.”

Probate records say

IVALL Ethel Clara of 242 Perry Rd, Sherwood, Nottingham, spinster, died 29 January 1959 at The General Hospital, Nottingham. Probate Nottingham 11 May to Harold Victor Ivall turner and Albert Edward Ivall fitter. Effects £3,852 17s 9d.

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