Nursing Badges - The London Aid Society Badge...
The history - Evolution and Identity.
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The London Hospital Aid Society Badge
Recently a number of London Hospital aid society badges were sold on eBay. There appears to be little information about the history behind the society. It appears like many aid societies to have been formed to help fund raise for a particular hospital.
"Googling", (the modern research tool) has revealed a little about the owner of one of these badges, Philip Halperin, who appears to have been a local merchant of Russian Jewish descent, who in 1925 owned the Houndsditch warehouse : (127, 128 and Part of 126, Houndsditch, City of London, along with Isaac Burstein and Philip Abraham Halperin of No.s 42/46, Houndsditch, E.G.) (1)
By 1932 he applied to change his name by deedpol,: "notice is hereby given that PHILIP HALPERIN, of 38, Heath Drive, Hampstead, in the county of London, a Director of the Houndsditch Warehouse Company Limited, registered on his birth as Philip Elpirin, but always known and described as Philip Abraham Halperin, has assumed and intends henceforth upon all occasions and at all times to sign and use and to be called and known by the name of Philip Halperin, in lieu of and in substitution for his former names of Philip Elpirin and Philip Abraham Halperin" (2)
Philip appears to have married a jewess, Eva Bursntein in 1918 (3) with a son Dennis being born in 1923, (4) who appears to have been killed as a civilian war casualty aged only 21 in 1944 (5)
"Dennis Halperin of 38 Heath Drive. Son of Mr. and Mrs Philip Halperin, of 126 Houndsditch, E.C.3. Injured 18 February 1944, at 38 Heath Drive; died at New End Hospital." (6)
appears to have died in Hove in 1972, with possibly his wife Eva dying 9
years later in Westminster, however I have not yet corroborated this.
From pictures found on the internet, Philip Halperin was one of a group of local supporters/fund raisers for the society and funded the extension of the outpatients dept at the LH (about to be pulled down on a recent visit, now ringed in barbed wire and tall security fencing), so I was unable to replicate the photo for myself.
On eBay this vice presidents medal.. on eBay looked rather gaudy with the .ribbon faded to arrange but original, would appear to have had red ribbon, more in keeping with the colours of the medal. of the other designs sent to me by Toyes there are none on display at the LH archives.
Of the other badge on eBay recently the sketches suggest that it is one
of 36 made (the one on eBay had no ribbon or founders bar), costing 21
shillings in 1935! (7)
1. 3352 THE
LONDON GAZETTE, 11 MAY, 1928.H.M. LAND REGISTRY, LONDON, W.0.2. LAND
2 . 6214 THE LONDON GAZETTE, 30 SEPTEMBER, 1932.
3, 4, 5 , 7,8. General Register Office Records
7. Toye , Kenning and Spencer
All sketches from Toye , Kenning and Spencer
Sarah Rogers 4/4/2012
Schools of Nursing.
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