In her early years and as early as her third year, Ailsa had crossed the Atlantic from USA to UK and back.
In 1911, Ailsa is listed on the Anchor Line “Caledonia”.
Royaumont Abbey north of Paris, France became during WW1 an all women hospital run by the Scottish Women’s Hospitals and by the end of the war had saved and aided thousands of lives.
The women who served and devoted a slice of their life, helping mainly the French soldiers are remembered by plaques on the walls and in the grounds of the Abbey.
Ruby was raised by her parents, James and Martha Abbott.In 1901 she was living with her mother in St Mary in the Castle, Sussex. In May of 1917 she joined the Scottish women’s Hospitals and headed to Salonika.Where she joined the Girton and Newnham unit as an orderly unit January 1918.The hospital was situated near the front line and nursed 10,861 patients, many with serious injuries.The fact that the death rate among the mainly French servicemen was 1.82% is a testimony to the skill, endless compassion and boundless energy shown by the women.
Her parents were also on this voyage to NY,giving their address as New Jersey, USA.