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The Wildest Dreams of Samuel Phillips

Margaret Norah Starsmore (1920-1993)

A great great granddaughter of Samuel Phillips, Margaret Starsmore trained as a nurse on leaving school, and became a sister.
She joined Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps during World War 2, serving as a lieutenant. She was sent to Burma, doing the difficult work of caring for released prisoners of war, then to Africa. She caught malaria and suffered recurrent bouts of it throughout her life.
Margaret sailed home from Lagos to Liverpool in 1947. She left the Army and lived with her family in the house Samuel built. Her father, a partner in the family farming business, retired in 1957 and she moved with her parents to Birmingham to care for them and her mother’s brother.
After they died, she returned to Northamptonshire, buying a house in Northampton where she lived for the last 20 years of her life.

Margaret Starsmore in QARANC uniform. The QARANC (Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps) has served the nursing and medical needs of the British army, their allies, prisoners of war and local civilians since 1854.
Margaret Starsmore in QARANC uniform. The QARANC (Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps) has served the nursing and medical needs of the British army, their allies, prisoners of war and local civilians since 1854.

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