|An extract from the 1918 Absent Voters' List (thanks to Barnsley Archives)|
In the snip above I was pleased to see a nurse listed. This won't be a very common occurrence as despite a universal franchise for men over 21 being brought in towards the end of the war women still had to be over 30 and fulfil certain property qualifications to have the vote. And of course they had to be serving abroad to appear in this list. That narrows it down rather a lot!
Katherine Sarah Blackburn was a doctor's wife living in the big house on Sheffield Road, Barnsley which is now the Warren House Dental Practice. She was born in 1879 in Hartlepool, Co Durham and had been married to Vernon Kent Blackburn, a physician and surgeon, for six years by the time of the 1911 census. They had two children, John Kent Hartley Blackburn aged 5 and Olga Mary Blackburn aged 3 in 1911. They married in the September quarter (Jul, Aug, Sep) of 1904 in Newport in Wales and Katherine's maiden name was Shotton, a great northern name and one that features in my own family tree!
I look forward to researching her in more depth ... having found that link to Durham I won't let this one go in a hurry! I also want to know what took her to Salonica as a nurse in WW1, that will be a great story I'm sure.