Collecting Nursing History 14
Nursing Photograph Identity...

Unidentified Photographs - Possibly Nottingham Bagthorpe...

Will B
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  Unidentified Photographs.  


Helen Coan is researching some nursing-related photographs, particularly to discover if they are related to Nottingham Bagthorpe.  "My great aunt Ellen DISNEY trained at Nottingham, Bagthorpe and qualified 1911/12. Ellen seems to have a Maltese shape cross on her right breast in the individual photo. I'm not sure if these photos relate to Bagthorpe or not. Her service records have survived so I know which hospitals she worked at before 1916 and wondered if you could recognise where the photos were from the uniform, as I believe each hospital had its own particular cap and collar".

Nurse Ellen Disney circa 1911 - 1912
Ellen Disney

The main question here concerns the uniform in the photograph. Can anyone identify the uniform?

The possibilities appear to be Nottingham Bagthorpe, Warwick Infirmary and St Mary's Islington. (Outside possibilities are Hardwick Infirmary and Selly Oak, Birmingham - Ed.) Helen says that If anyone has access to photos of Warwick Infirmary or St Mary's Islington it could eliminate those for certain. The badge? At the present time, I don't think the identification can ever be more than educated guesswork...(Ed).

The QA uniform is not in question. "She joined the QAIMNS in 15th February 1916. My aunt was with Queens Alexandra's nurses in Bagdad 1919 - 1920 and I have photos of her in that uniform. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class in 1920 for her work out in Iraq but sadly I do not have that medal or any others except her War & Victory medals".

QAIMNS Nurse Ellen Disney - Baghdad - circa 1920
Ellen Disney QAIMNS

Nor is this interesting Parkhurst staff picture.
"She was also at Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight in 1916 and I have a group photo of her there".

Parkhurst Military Hospital, Isle of Wight - circa 1916
I believe Ellen Disney is either 5th or 8th from the left 2nd front row - Ed

Schools of Nursing.

Hospital Photograph Collections.

Nursing and Hospital badges.

Irish Nursing Badges.
Eric Wilkinson.


Nursing Organizations

Statutory Bodies.
Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Professional/Trade Unions.
Royal College of Nursing.

Badge Makers.
Thomas Fattorini.
Marple & Bradley
Brooke (Edinburg)
K&S (Edinburgh)
J.Gaunt (London)
(Stirling Scotland)
Bladon (London)
Toye&Co (London)

Collector links.

Nursing Badges.

Auction sites.
Eg.Tip: Select 'search', 'View Forthcoming Auctions' select 'Search or Browse Lots to be Sold' and enter 'hospitals' in the description field.

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