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Helena Violet Alice (née Fraser), Countess of Stradbroke

(died 1949), Wife of 3rd Earl of Stradbroke; daughter of James Keith Fraser

Sitter in 2 portraits

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Helena Violet Alice (née Fraser), Countess of Stradbroke as Delilah, by Lafayette, photogravure by  Walker & Boutall - NPG Ax41152

Helena Violet Alice (née Fraser), Countess of Stradbroke as Delilah

by Lafayette, photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 2 July 1897; published 1899
NPG Ax41152


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Sue Taylor

20 October 2018, 15:28

In August 1914 the vicar of Southwold told the readers of his magazine that the Countess of Stradbroke had given up the best part of Henham Hall for the provision of a Red Cross Military Auxiliary Hospital complete with operating theatre. VAD members came from as far afield as London and Birmingham to work there, and the women’s section of the Southwold Detachment also assisted. At Henham Hall Military Auxiliary Hospital, Helena the Countess of Stradbroke was appointed Commandant by the Red Cross. She continued in this role until the first week of April 1919, when it closed. Among her many duties she kept meticulous records of her patients in black bound notebooks, a page for each; she also corresponded with her patients’ next of kin, and they with her.

Helena, the daughter of Lt General James Fraser, had married George the 3rd Earl of Stradbroke in 1898. James had been a leader on one of the first expeditions the British Red Cross mounted to the front of the Franco Prussian War in November 1870. In 1914 when World War 1 broke out, Helena was acting President of the East Suffolk Branch of the Red Cross.

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