VAD Commandant Ethel August Pond

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Newspaper cutting showing Ethel Pond

Commandant Ethel Pond

Ethel was born in Hornsey, London in 1882. 

Born Ethel Augusta Coad she was the daughter of Richard Coad a Tobacco Merchant and his wife Elizabeth (nee Prime).  The family appear in the 1881 census as living in Hornsey and by the 1891 census they are living at 68 London Road, Bromley. Richard died in 1895 and by the 1901 census Ethel is living alone with her mother and Aunt and with just her mother in 1911 at 61 Masons Hill, Bromley.

During the First World War

Mrs Ethel August Pond MBE was Commandant and Officer in Charge of Masonic Hall, Elstree and South Hill Wood VAD hospitals. She served from October 1914 to January 1919.

Ethel married George Stanley Pond in 1917.  George had been born in Chislehurst in 1886, the son of a Police Sargent who later became a Prudential Insurance Agent before retiring.  The families address in 1911 was 33 Crown Lane, Bromley and George’s occupation was that of a School Teacher.

G. Stanley Pond acted throughout the war as Private Secretary to the Chief of Staff, Dr John Horatio Yolland.  He was also one of the authors of ‘Kent Care for the Wounded’.

Ethel’s address is recorded in the Red Cross records as The Elms, 34 Masons Hill, Bromley. George and Ethel had one son born in 1918, Murland S Pond. George died in 1955 and Ethel died in Farnborough Hospital on 29 January 1959.  Her address was given as Top Flat 2, Grasmere Road, Bromley.

Awards for service

Ethel Pond received her MBE in 1920 (London Gazette 30 March 1920) for her service.

This page was added by Ian Grant on 30/05/2016.

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