Born today at White Cottage, Sarre, Kent was my great-aunt Charlotte Elizabeth Young. The 5th of seven children to William Young and Mary Ann Hayward.
Charlotte was baptised at St Nicholas, St Nicholas at Wade, Kent on 26 Apr 1898. On 23 Sep 1918 Charlotte married Robert Alfred Stothard in Bekesbourne, Kent. They had 4 children. Robert was from Sunderland and served in the First World War as a bugler with the B.E.F.
Charlotte was worker 16519 in Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps during the First World War, which is likely how she met Robert. The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (1917–1918), later named the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps (1918–1920), was the women’s unit of the British Army during and immediately after the First World War. After a German air raid in September 1940 most of the service records did not survive so we do not know much more about her service. There are some 7,000 records available at The National Archives, but Charlotte’s are not one of them.
Charlotte’s Medal Card
Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps during the First World War, France Members of Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps on the beach at Paris Plage, France, on 25 May 1918.
This shows the khaki coloured uniforms with small cap, jacket and skirt, which was no more than twelve inches from the ground.
Charlotte died at the young age of 37 on 6 Jun 1934 at 28 Dryden Street, Southwick and was buried on 9 Jun 1934 at Mere Knolls Cemetery.
Marriage certificate of Robert and Charlotte, showing Robert as a Bugler in the British Expeditionary Force.
You can read more about the QMAAC at Qaranc.