Nurse Irene Rose

Welcome to the start of the Orange trail in Wycombe Cemetery.

You will now be standing at the side entrance to the cemetery along Benjamin Road, near to the Snowdrop Garden.

Stop number ORANGE 1: There is no grave here for Nurse Rose (although her father is buried in C UnCon) as she died elsewhere, but during WW1 she worked as a Red Cross VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurse in the hospital buildings which were located behind you, on the other side of Benjamin Road. In fact part of the old building still exists if you walk across to Lady Verney Close. (You can see it at the far end of the close.)

Standing at the cemetery gate read her story below and when you are ready to move on click on the dot/circle for C. Heath.

A hospital ward, Benjamin Road A school classroom c.1907
A hospital ward, Benjamin Road A school classroom c.1907
Irene Agnes Rose (1890 - 1970)

I am the daughter of Charles and Mary Rose of Stuart Road. I went to Wycombe High School from 1902 - 1909 and, like other Wycombe girls, applied myself in any ever way I could to the war effort. I became a VAD at the Benjamin Road Military Hospital which was set up in the buildings of my old school.

Other High School girls also served in the VAD. The School Magazine from 1916 has the following entry:  "Marjorie Child, who has been nursing since shortly after the outbreak of the war, is at present in France, working in the 20th General Hospital. She is just now doing two months night duty, looking after seventy two beds in two lines of tents. The censorship is so strict that she cannot tell us much now. She is well, and enjoying her work, and we shall hope to hear something of her experiences when the war is over." Here is the story I wrote for the magazine about my experiences at the hospital:
Irene Rose's story, courtesy of Wycombe High School Irene Rose's story, courtesy of Wycombe High School


My brother, Ronald, went to Wycombe Grammar School. He became a Sergeant during WW1 but I'm glad to say that he survived.
In 1930 I married David Dobbie and finally settled down to married life. We went to live in Sussex so I'm not buried in High Wycombe but my father is. He's in a private plot C 37 Uncon.
Irene Rose researched by Sally Scagell and performed by Rosemary Brerton, JHGS The real Irene Rose
Irene Rose researched by Sally Scagell and performed by Rosemary Brereton, JHGS The real Irene Rose


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