Quane Doris

Isle of Man, Select Births and Baptisms, 1821-1911 on

This document shows that Doris Annie Sophia Quane was born on 26th April 1898 in Douglas, Isle of Man.

Her parents, Herbert Percival Quane and Francis Elizabeth (nee Keig) both came from sea-faring families. Herberts father Ceaser Quane was a Harbour Master and Elizabeth’s father, Thomas Keig, was a Master Mariner.

Although Doris’ parents were living in Liverpool when they married in 1897, the 1901 Census for England on shows her place of birth as Liverpool when in fact her birth registration shows Isle of Man. As both sets of parents were still living in the Isle of Man it seems possible that Doris’ mother went back to her parents for the delivery.

The 1901 Census reveals that Francis E. Quane is Head of the household, she was 30 years of age and did not have a trade. Her children were, Doris A.S. age 2 and Idris A. age 1. There were also her sister Florence E. Keig age 18, a Telephone Operator by trade and Annie Pipes age 14 a Domestic Servant, living at this address, 6, Liscard Road, Wavertree, Liverpool. Lancashire.

The 1911 Census shows two additional children in the family, namely Evelyn age 7 and Gwendoline, age 2 both born in Liverpool. There were also two other people living at 56, Stuart Gardens, Waterloo,West Derby, Johana Windale age 28  a Domestic Servant and Frances James Yates, a Boarder and Carpenter by trade. Doris was 12 years of age and a scholar.

I have researched the outgoing Liverpool crew lists on Ancestry and have found a Percy Quine on quite a few crew lists on various ships going between Liverpool and New York. Although this is not proof that Doris’ father was a Sailor, there is definately a possibility given that both families had ties with trades associated with the sea and also that he does not appear on any census returns after the marriage.

UK Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919 on

Doris Quane enlisted into Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps attached to the Reserve Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment. Her regimental number was 10515 and she enlisted in Warrington, she served in the U.K.

I have not been able to find a Service Record for Doris or Medal Roll.

The following information is from

Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps

The history of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps which became the QMAAC and served in frontline hospitals in France during the First World War with members war graves pictures

The Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps was formed on 9 April 1918 with Her Majesty as Commander-in-Chief of the Corps. It was formerly named the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps which was formed in 1917 as a result of Lieutenant General H M Lawson’s report of 16 January 1917. This recommended that the army employ women in France and at home to free up more men, doing non combative work, for frontline duties. Their Chief Controller was Mrs Chalmers Watson and recruiting began in March 1917.

During the Great War years over 57,000 women served, including the 10,000 women employed at Royal Flying Corps air stations and transferred to the Women’s Royal Air Force when they formed in April 1918. They were first sent to the front line on 31 March 1917. This was fourteen cooks and waitresses to the battlefields of France where they cooked in hospitals and camps. Their most senior officer was Helen Gwynne-Vaughan and Florence Leach was the controller of the cooks. As the First World War progressed they served in other countries like Belgium, Greece and Italy.

No rank was held, though they were known as officials (controllers and administrators) and members (workers) and divided into four sections of cookery, mechanical, clerical and miscellaneous and later included an auxiliary corps of the Royal Army Medical Corps to administer to their own personnel. Roles of the WAAC and QMAAC included telephonists, mechanics.

Their uniform was the khaki coloured uniforms of male soldiers. They wore a small cap, jacket and skirt, which was no more than twelve inches from the ground.

Five members of the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps were awarded the Military Medal during the Great War.

Demobilisation began upon Armistice in November 1918 and the QMAAC was no longer formally in existence on the 1 May 1920 although a small unit was attached to the Graves Registrations Commission at St Pol and was disbanded on 27 September 1921.

Doris died in Kinmel Camp Military Hospital on 19th April 1918.

The address of her next of kin is shown as Mrs Quane, address, 97, Albion St. New Brighton.

Her funeral was held on 23rd April and she was buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Bodelwyddan Memorial

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