|This quite beautiful badge
was sent in by Hilda Schmidt
from Australia, who was wondering if we could help identify what
is quite obviously a heirloom. The badge belonged to her great
Aunt, who served during WWI with the QAIMNSR. Hilda's aunt also
has war medals in the collection. This one which could not be
She also has a Middlesex Nurse League badge in her collection,
so assumes she was there (in the UK) for a time.
|Whilst Hilda did not explicitly
state the Middlesex badge had belonged to her, it does not seem
outside the bounds of possibility that this was so. For now we
can but suppose upon the possibility of further badges, perhaps
yet to resurface, perhaps forever lost, which would help
reconstruct a picture of the as yet anonymous nursing relative
of Hilda Schmidt...
Hilda says that a
cousin has the medal in safe keeping and I have asked him to
possibly tell me what is written around the edge (in Latin). It
looks like it may be Latin. Being an obvious realist she adds
- And there is always the possibility it has nothing to do
with nursing at all.
One of our experts, 'backman' says that this badge
has the feel of a more religious item than a hospital or nursing
item per se? That being said, it could be linked to one of the
many religious nursing bodies such as the
League of Saint
Barnabus, etc. He requests a copy of the (Latin) inscription
around the edge it is still unreadable once enlarged...
Our own efforts
have likewise resulted in failure to decipher the inscription so
far. Our best bet is therefore Hilda Schmidt's cousin, since the
inscription is pristine, or one of those well known experts who
knows what the badge is all the time - they just need to be asked!
It is, regardless a superb badge, still in superb condition. It
would be really good to know what it is.
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