Maud Elizabeth SCRUBY (1876 – 1956)

Maud Elizabeth SCRUBY (1876 – 1956)

Maud(e) Elizabeth SCRUBY, a.k.a. Elizabeth Maud SCRUBY, was born in the Southwark region of London in 1876.  She was the daughter of Arthur John SCRUBY (ironmonger) and Elizabeth Rosetta Scruby (née TREDGETT).  Maud had two younger brothers – James Stuart SCRUBY (born 1878) and Stanley Thorpe SCRUBY (born 1882).  In 1881 the family lived in Faraday Street, Newington, London.

When Maud was about 10 (in 1886) her father died, and her mother died three years later.  Maud was sent to complete her education at Ivy Cottage girls’ boarding school in Dedham, Essex.  Later she trained as a nurse, and in 1901 was working in St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.

In about 1905, possibly in Africa where she may have been working, Maud married Hugh Norton TATE, who captained steamships on Lake Malawi in Nyasaland (now called Malawi).  In December 1912 Maud returned to England with her husband for the birth of their son, Hugh Dawson TATE (born on 3 April the next year).

Maud’s husband returned to Malawi for work, but in early 1915 came back to England because of illness.  He died from suicide in August 1915.  After this Maud went to Nigeria to work as a nurse, while her young son, Hugh Dawson, lived in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England with the family of her brother-in-law (George Temple TATE).

In 1921 Maud and Hugh emigrated to Vernon, British Columbia, Canada so Maud could help her friend Mrs MARSDEN run the Grange Hotel, a local boarding house. However, the next year Maud and Hugh moved to Rochester, New York, United States, where Maud became an insurance nurse.

Maud and Hugh remained in Rochester until 1935 when, at the age of 22, Hugh returned to England (without Maud). Some time later Maud also returned to England, and from about 1945 until her death in 1956, lived with Hugh at 23 Belsize Crescent, Hampstead, London NW3.

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Image source (top of page)

Top left: “Русский: Лондон” by Zzz04, Wikimedia Commons, under CC Attribution-Share alike 3.0 unported licence (image has been cropped)
Top right: Maud probably in Mansfield in about 1920 – 1921, Maskill family photograph collection.

Information sources

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