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Christine Alice Theodora Chattey
Birth: Jan. 5, 1895
Greater London, England
Death: Aug. 23, 1918
Peterborough, England

Possible casualty of the Great War,the inscription on her grave states that she "died for her country." She shares the grave with Charles Church,RNVR , a (certain) casualty of the Great War. (relationship not known)She was 23 and the second daughter of Robert Henry Chattey, schoolteacher, and the late Alice Chattey (nee Coleman),of 2 Government Row,Enfield;baptised at St James, Enfield Highway,8th February 1895.
(Civil Registrations:
Births Mar 1895
Chattey Christine Alice T Edmonton 3a 481
Deaths Sep 1918
Chattey Christine A T 23 Peterbro 3b 209)
The 1911 Census finds the family living at 96 First Avenue, Enfield. Robert Henry Chattey (born 1868) is a schoolmaster and Diocesan Reader at St. Pauls. He is married to Jessie Beatrice Chattey (born 1871 in Plumstead). An anomaly here is that the census shows that they had been married 19 years ie in 1892, when in fact they married in 1900:
Marriages Sep 1900
Black Jessie Beatrice Edmonton 3a 625
Chattey Robert Henry Edmonton 3a 625

There are four children (all at school) being Gladys Mary Chattey (born Icklesham, Sussex in 1894), Christine Alice Theodora Chattey (born Enfield Lock, Middlesex in 1895), Robert John Kingsley Chattey (born Enfield Lock in 1902) and Marjorie Chattey (born Enfield Lock in 1904).

Her address at the time of her interment was 16 Putney Road, Enfield Lock.

The War memorial in St Georges Church, Freezywater, Enfield, commemorates her and shows that she was with the VAD nursing service (Voluntary Aid Detachments). These were formed in 1909 to provide medical assistance in time of war. By the summer of 1914 there were over 2,500 Voluntary Aid Detachments in Britain. Of the 74,000 VADs in 1914, two-thirds were women and girls.During the next four years 38,000 VADs worked as assistant nurses, ambulance drivers and cooks. VAD hospitals were also opened in most large towns in Britain.

At first the military authorities were unwilling to accept VADs on the front-line. However, this restriction was removed in 1915 and women volunteers over the age of twenty-three and with more than three months experience, were allowed to go to the Western Front, Mesopotamia and Gallipoli. Later VADs were sent to the Eastern Front.

VADs do not automatically qualify for commemoration as they were a civilian unit.To do so, they had to die serving with a Commonwealth military force overseas prior to 12.11.18. They can qualify if they died in the UK of a condition sustained overseas during such service or if they died in the UK between 12.11.18 and 31.08.21 of a condition relating to service overseas prior to those dates.

Note: Interred 29th August 1918
St James Churchyard
London Borough of Enfield
Greater London, England
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Record added: Jan 02, 2011
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Christine Alice Theodora Chattey
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Christine Alice Theodora Chattey
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Christine Alice Theodora Chattey
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