EVANS, Margaret Hurchinson, 1880-1962
From Quaker Dictionary
Margaret Hurchinson Evans (March 12, 1880 - June 21, 1962), an English Friend, was a nurse during the First World War and an active community member in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.
- Name: Margaret Hurchinson Evans
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- Gender: F
- Birth date: 12 March 1880
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- Nationality: England
- Meeting: Tunbridge Wells Meeting
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- Death date: 21 June 1962
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Margaret H. Evans, the eleventh child of Josiah (1830-1896) and Mary Hannah (born Sharp) Evans, was born on March 12, 1880 (1). She was educated at Christchurch School and at a small private Quaker school at Reading. From 1900 to 1901 she trained at the Norlind Institute and she worked for it until 1915 when she joined the Friends War Victims Relief Committee. She worked behind the lines in Holland and France and then went to the Maison Maternelle at Chalons-sur-Marne. In 1919 the Maternite was handed over to the French, and Margaret Evans stayed on as a village nurse in Les Senades under the French government.
In 1924 she returned to England to live with her aunt Caroline Sharp in Tunbridge Wells. Here for many years she worked for the Kent Invalid Children’s Aid Society and later visited foster parents under the County Council. She served on many Tunbridge Wells committees, including Moral Welfare and the National Council of Women. She served on the Leage of Friends of Pembury Hospital and on the committee of Champneys Holiday Home. She was a foundation member of the Council of Christian Churches for Tunbridge Wells & District, and served on its executive committee for many years. She was active in Tunbridge Wells meeting and was regular in attendance at monthly and quarterly meetings. She was a member of the QM Extension Committee and had a large share in planning and running Easter settlements.
She is said to have had clear vision, reliability and strength, and a forthrightness combined with practical wisdom and humour. She died on July 21, 1962.
- The Friend vol 120 (1962) p.1078