Nellie Auger BOND was born in Cretingham, Suffolk about 1870. Her father was a farmer, farming 580 acres1. She had a sister, Alice Sweeting BOND who also became a military nurse. She trained at the General Infirmary, Bedford2. The 1891 Census shows her working as a Staff Nurse there1 .

Nursing Service in the Victorian Wars

She joined Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on March 15, 18972. At the time of the publication of the Army List in 1898, she was married to George Gilbert Clarke, a physician, but remained working as a nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Nettley  and in the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve)3.

Nursing Service in the Boer War

Sister Mrs Nellie Auger CLARKE was serving at the time of the Boer War3, but does not appear on any medal rolls, so may not have served in South Africa.

After the Boer War

The 1911 Census shows Nellie Auger Clarke living with her husband in Wakefield, Yorkshire. She died, a widow, in 1943. Her sons were the beneficiaries of her estate (One was a doctor and the other was clergy)4.


  1. The National Archives: England Census 1891 RG12/ 1251 Bedford, Beds
  2. War Office (1900) Nominal Roll of Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) as at 30th September
  3. War Office (1898) The Army List September
  4. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966