Laura Moysey was born on the 23rd September 1886, in Stoke Fleming near Dartmouth1 2 3 4. She was educated at Totnes High School for Girls1 before undertaking nurse training at the South Devon and East Cornwall Hospital, Plymouth1. After qualifying she remained on the staff, living at St Stephen’s Mount, Saltash4, until she joined the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (Reserve) on 23rd November 19151.

Nursing Service in WW1

Picture of Laura Moysey

Staff Nurse Laura Moysey with kind permission of Totnes Archives

Staff Nurse Laura Moysey was posted to Salonika. She left the UK for Alexandria on the Targus, arriving there on the 10th December 1915, and then transferred to Salonica on the Egypt arriving there on the 1st February 19161.

She had a number of postings whilst in Salonica1:

  • 41st Ambulance Train
  • 29th Field Hospital
  • 31st Casualty Clearing Station
  • 28th General Hospital

She was also admitted to hospital herself with malaria1.

She was contracted until October 1917, and at that time because her father was very ill she opted to leave the QAIMNS(R) and returned back to the UK. She rejoined in March 1918 and was posted the the Military Hospital in Grantham until finally leaving the QAIMNS(R) in September 19191.

She was awarded the Associate Royal Red Cross (ARRC) in July 19195.


  1. The National Archives: WO 399 6026 (incorrectly labelled as Mowsey)
  2. England and Wales Census: 1891 RG12 Kingsbridge
  3. England and Wales Census: 1901 RG13 Totnes
  4. England and Wales Census: 1911 RG14 Saltash
  5. London Gazette 31 July 1919 p.9824