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Name: Catherina (Sister) BABE
Casualty No.: Ranks: State Registered Nurse Initials: C Service No.:
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 65
Unit: Catholic Nursing Institute.
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Place of Residence: Nursing Institute, Lambeth Road, London.
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Civilian Employment: Roman Catholic Nun.
How Died: Killed as a result of enemy bombing.
Date of Death: Saturday 11th January 1941
Place of Death: London
Locally Commemorated: World War 1 Roll of Honour, St Mary and St Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, Stella, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: Southwark Metropolitan Borough Council, London.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Southwark Metropolitan Borough Cemetery, London.
Decoration and Medals: Albert and Elizabeth Medal. Certificate of St John of Jerusalem.
Photographs: 0
Service Records: No
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Family Details:
Daughter of Mr and Mrs Brian Babe, of Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Her colleagues at the Hospital of Our Lady of Consolation where Sister Lucy was based included four nieces, two of them being the daughters of her brother, Patrick Babe, of Ryton on Tyne, and two others being the daughters of her sister, Mrs O'Neill, of West Ryton on Tyne. Another niece was engaged in similar work in another district. Other relatives were Mrs O'Neill (sister) of the Ship Hotel, Wylam, Northumberland. Mrs Hamilton (sister) of Gateshead and Miss A Babe (sister) who resided in Australia. A brother John Babe, who served with the Northumberland Fusiliers during World War 1, died from the effects of malaria fever in September 1917, and is buried at Plumstead Cemetery, Cape Town, South Africa. All of the family were connected with the parish and church of St Mary and St Thomas Aquinas, Stella, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : Catherine, at the age of 26 years, was residing in the Tanfield area of Co. Durham and working as a servant / housekeeper. At the time of her death the Reverend Mother Lucy was tending her patients at the Hospital of Our Lady of Consolation where she had been engaged in nursing for 31 years out of her 39 years service with the Roman Catholic church. She had served throughout World War 1 in Belgium with her nursing colleagues and received her decorations from the King of Belgium. Because of her devotion to her work, Sister Lucy had cancelled a holiday which she was going to spend with her relatives back home in Ryton. She was killed during an enemy air raid.
Sources Used: Blaydon Courier, 2nd May, 1941. Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register (Civilian war dead).
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