Constance Kathleen PHILLIPS

Constance Kathleen PHILLIPS(1560) was born in Manchester in 18971, the daughter, and I think only child, of the Rev. Hugh Stowell PHILLIPS <1334> (1865-1940), and his second wife Alice Maud HANKIN (1335) (1869-1947). She had two older half-siblings, children of Hugh's first marriage. Constance was baptised on 28 May 1897 by her maternal grandfather at St. Jude's, Whitechapel2.

In 19013 Constance, aged 4, was staying with her 71 year old widowed paternal grandfather, Robert PHILLIPS at 1 Park Avenue, Ormskirk, Lancashire. Also present are her two half siblings, Robert and Mary, and they are obviously under the care of a governess, Mary R. DAKER

In 1911 Constance K. PHILLIPS is a pupil aged 14 at a boarding school at 57 Edgar Road, Margate, Kent 4.

On 23 Apr 1915 she and her mother are recorded as arriving on the SS Aki Maru at Seattle, having sailed from Yokohama, Japan, and on their way to London5. Then on 17 May 1918 Constance K. PHILLIPS, aged 18 and of no occupation, arrived in Liverpool on the SS Transylvania from New York, accompanying her mother Alice M. PHILLIPS, aged 46, a missionary. They gave their country of last permanent residence as China6 .

In 1921, aged 23, she is recorded as entering Canada en route for China, and describing herself as a missionary7. Her passenger declaration says that her fare was paid by the Church Missionary Society and that she was going to the Union(?) Kindergarten Training School in Foo Chow. Her nearest relative in the UK is given as the Rev. R N S Phillips, The Vicarage, Cull(?)ompton8.

Later, as Miss Constance Kathleen PHILLIPS (209023) she was commissioned a Sister in Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve on 30 May 19419. She was released on grounds of ill health on 09 Oct 194210. I don't know where she served in the interim, or what happened to her afterwards. Probably she already had a nursing qualification when she joined up. It is not clear whether or over what period she actually worked for the Church Missionary Society.


1) GRO births index, Salford, Lancashire, Jun quarter 1897, vol.8d, p.62.
2) London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Jude, Whitechapel, Register of baptisms, P93/JUD, Item 004,accessed through
3) 1901 England and Wales Census, RG13, piece 3536, folio 106, p.10.
4) 1911 England and Wales Census, RG14, piece 4499, ref.RG14PN4499 RG78PN185 RD63 SD2 ED17 SN191, accessed through
5) Seattle Passenger and Crew Lists 1882-1957, accessed through
6) UK incoming passenger lists, 1878-1960, via
7) Canadian Passenger Lists 1865-1935, accessed through Arrival at St Johns, New Brunswick on 16 Feb 1921 on the SS Scandinavian.
8) Canada, Ocean Arrivals, (Form 30A), 1919- 1924, accesses through
9) Supplement to the London Gazette, 09 Dec 1941, p.6986; Women's forces, Emergency Commissions. Available online.
10) Information provided by J. N. Houterman, on 16 May 2011, through the website

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