Blanche Amelia Page

Blanche was the eldest of the six children of Edwin and Mary Page. In 1911 the family were living at 1 High Street, Eastleigh in Hampshire. She was 23 years of age and a telephone operator. The family had been living in Eastleigh for about 14 years, and prior to that they had been living in Southampton.
Blanche enrolled with the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and she was stationed with the Royal Engineers and Signals in France. The WAAC was founded in 1916, one of many voluntary organisations set up after the heavy military casualties of the previous year, and it was renamed the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps in April 1918. It did not have full military status and the role of Worker would have been equivalent to Private. About 9000 of the women in the WAAC served in France during the war.
Blanche died on 7th December 1918 and she is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, which is about 27 miles from Boulogne. It is the largest of the Commonwealth War Graves in France and was the major location for troop reinforcements and hospitals. It is possible that Blanche was working in the QMAAC convalescent home when she died.

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