UK Nursing Badges...
Researching Nursing Badges - Original Recipient Histories
Researcher - Sarah Rogers
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Researching Nursing Badges - Original Recipient - Ann Madock-Jones
Having had much "success" researching the nursing career history of Mary Eliza Pinsent,(*) rather like success's in family history research, it can be easy to become complacent and expect to find out much about the name on a badge, either by only using a resource like 'Ancestry', or for researching birth and death certificates, wills, etcetera, which will increase the required expense.
Sometimes I find that a badge will not give up the secrets of its original owners life, with no name or number (G.N.C) there can be little to go on. A badge may have changed hands several times since it was awarded - sometimes the seller knows a little about the estate, or a death notice may be found on the internet, and surprisingly it appears that the a family may have relinquished a part of their family history. However sometimes the unexpected occurs...
A recent acquisition is a case in point - a University College Hospital League of Nurses badge and supposedly corresponding G.N.C. badge issued to M. Sweeney in 1964. When the UCH badge was gently cleaned, revealed under the tarnish was its original owners name crudely scratched on the back, as if by her own hand, as being Ann E. Madoc-Brown (as seen and barely distinguishable in the photographs in Fig.1).
It appears that this was, in all probability, the UCH badge is that of
Ann E. Madoc-Jones.
Sadly however the death registration date was rather too early. Ann appears to have died in Oxfordshire, aged only 26, the registration being in the December 1964. Her badge gives no hallmark year being marked simply "silver", but it would appear that she trained at U.C.H. and joined the league upon qualification, obtaining her badge then, probably dying only about 5 years after becoming a registered nurse.
Having emailed the UCH league I got this helpful reply:
"Maddoc-Jones. Ann Elspeth SRN no 277249 joined league
Sadly this corroborated the research that I had done - which was a rather short and in some ways sad search into the life of a badge owner - that two pieces of apparent evidence turn out to be unrelated. Perhaps not that uncommon; I can remember young nurses dying during their training/ on the ward/early in their career - as with Mary Eliza Pinsent 's* sister Ada. but not what we would wish to find when researching into a nurses life and career.
Fig 1/Fig 3. Copyright Sarah Rogers.
1. U.C.H. League of Nurses.
Sarah Rogers 8/01/2013
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