Amy Evelyn Howard was born in Orpington in October 1890 and was aged 23 when war broke out.
Before the war
In the 1911 census Amy is recorded as living with her father, a barrister, along with four older sisters, one younger sister and one older brother. The family lived at Bark Hart in Orpington.
During the First World War
Amy joined the Kent 108 (Orpington) VAD as a nurse in February 1913 and continued to serve full time until March 1919. During that time she worked as both a nurse and also undertook theatre work. Her younger sister Clare also volunteered with the Kent 108 VAD.
As recognition for her contribution with the VAD she was awarded the four years war service stripe (a bar with a blue and white herring bone pattern) as well as the blue efficiency stripe which indicated that she had served in a naval hospital.