Brenda Marie Hoare was born about 1872 in Kandy, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Her father was a coffee plantation owner. He was a member of the aristocratic Irish Hoare family.

The 1891 census showed her living with her mother and siblings in Bournemouth having returned to England to be educated1. The 1901 census showed her visiting her sister in Bournemouth and gave her occupation as Army Nursing Sister2 . She trained as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, enlisting in the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on the 16th January, 1900 and served in South Africa3.

Nursing service in the Boer War

She served at No.9 General Hospitalin Bloemfontein4, and recieved her medals from the King at Marlborough House on July 29th, 1901.

After the Boer War

In April 1903 was appointed as Lady Superintendent of the Afzalgunj Hospital, Hyderabad, Deccan, India. In 1905 she married Charles Henry Dorwald Moberley, himself a ‘child of empire’ having been born in India. They were married in Madras India5. She eventually returned to the UK where she died in 19396.


  1. The National Archives: England Census 1891 RG12 903/56/2
  2. The National Archives England Census 1901 RG13 27/1043/113/14
  3. War Office: Nominal Roll of the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) as at September 30th, 1900
  4. War Office: Queen’s South Africa Medal Roll 100/229:p159, created at Bloemfontein.
  5. Indian Marriage Records 463303
  6. England and Wales Deaths Index (GRO) for 1939.