The friends and neighbours of Jessie Darnell and Arthur Worrall dedicated a liturgical prayer book in their memory at St.Herbert’s church Darlington in 1946. Darlington Historical Society are trying to trace the families of Jessie and Arthur, following some research by a member of the society.
Arthur Worrall was born on 30 September 1920 to Fred and Violet Worrall of 5 Harris Street, Darlington, County Durham. He had four brothers, Fred, George, Jim and Jack, a sister named Agnes as well as a half brother named James and a step sister Lily. Arthur worked for the United Automobile Services Ltd in Darlington. During World War 2 Arthur served as a Stoker on board H.M.S. Hood. He lost his life when H.M.S. Hood was sunk by the German battleship Bismark on 24th May 1941.
Jessie Darnell was the daughter of Robert and Catherine Darnell who originally came from Acomb in York. The family came to live at 12 Estoril Road, Darlington. Jessie’s nursing training was at the Royal Infirmary, Newcastle Upon Tyne from 1936 -1940. After her training was completed, Sister Darnell was appointed to Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Nursing Service in September, 1941 and served at various hospitals in the UK until March 1942 when she was posted to India in March, 1942. She died at Mhow military hospital in India on 14th October 1942.
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