Page 4 of the photograph
scrapbook which once belonged to Ms Barbara Tyler. Gina O - (an American correspondent)
- kindly contributed photographs of the original scrapbook. The
book subsequently passed to Keith Haikes an American male nurse
who has maintained contact with SoN. Keith also purchased
Barbara Tyler's badges and other memorabilia from Gina O. On
with the photographs...
The left-hand is of Fred
Neilson - but the scrapbook gives no clue as to who he was. Dr?
Chairman of the Hospital Board? He certainly has with him a
model of the Nightingale hospital. And who is that Staff Nurse?
Again, the plate with cake indicate some sort of celebration - a
Gold Medalist perhaps. Another mystery?
No - not much mystery here - it is December
25th and although the model of the hospital remains, there is no
sign of the cake in the previous photographs! And perhaps a
closer look at that Staff Nurse (or perhaps student) might just
ring a few bells, even after all this time.....
And not a lot of mystery here either, King
George VI and Queen Elizabeth are unmistakable, along with their
entourage and, is that Matron I see? But is the rubble
wartime bomb damage or rubble frombuilding work outside
the entrance? At a guess I would say rubble from bomb damage -
especially given the scars on the front of the entrance. The
King and Queen were renowned for visiting the sites of air raids
as a means of offering their support during WWII. A damaged St
Thomas's would have undoubtedly gained their attention....
We may well be able to find out and
document considerably more about the hospitals involved and some of the
more senior nurses. Whatever every page more of Barbara Tyler's photograph scrapbook
published is adding another grain of knowledge, another piece of nursing history, available to all
who may have an interest. More pages next time...