Collecting Nursing History 51
Maud ‘Kathleen’ Moor, 1888-1979
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The autograph book, identified as the property of Nurse Kathleen Moor, appears to be that of Maud Kathleen Moor; there is only one Maud Kathleen Moor on Free BMD.1 Identifying Kathleen was made simple with the aid of the British Red Cross Society Cards, which are in the process of being transcribed by volunteers and placed on their website; so far at the time of writing A-E are now online and searchable for free: http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War/Search. More volunteers would speed up the project process!2
Kathleen was born in Clapham in 1888, the third of four daughters born to her parents; her mother Elizabeth and her father Arthur who was a commercial jeweller.3
The BRCS cards
give much valuable information, which can be cross corroborated with
other primary sources such as BMD’s and censuses. They can help fill
in between censuses exactly what an individual was doing as part of
the war effort.
Front sides of both of
Kathleen’s BCRS cards
Reverse sides of Kathleen’s BCRS cards.
book is typical of the period; it includes sketches, prose and
poetry. Many examples thank Nurse Kathleen Moor. Tragically beneath
one, Kathleen has poignantly written that the soldier was
subsequently killed in action. What a waste of medical and nursing
care, which saw the soldier injured sufficiently gravelly at the
front to have got a ticket back to ‘Blighty’, and then for him then
to get killed at a later date.
Two photographic postcards were found inside the front of the book;
It is thought likely that these photographic postcards are of the soldiers that she cared for, and may include Kathleen and her colleagues; they are taken by a Bristol photographer.
It is not known what Kathleen did after 1917. Kathleen may have subsequently trained as a nurse; the General Nursing Council Registers for England and Wales will be consulted at some point. Kathleen appears to have settled in Bristol as she died nearby in Western-super-Mare in 1976; her mother died in Bristol in 1930, leaving the administration of her will to Kathleen.7
1. www.freebmd.co.uk, accessed 24th January 2015.
3. The National
Archives of the UK (TNA), 1911 Census Returns of England and Wales,
1911, RG14, 2292, accessed via
4. BCRS V.A.D. cards for Kathleen Moor.
5. TNA, 1911 Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911, RG14, 2292, accessed via www.ancestry.co.uk on 24th January 2015.
6. BCRS V.A.D. cards for Kathleen Moor.
7. www.freebmd.co.uk, death registers for England and Wales.
BRCS Cards reproduced with grateful thanks to the BRCS, copyright BRCS.
All other illustrations, copyright; the author.
© Sarah Rogers 24th January 2015.
© Sarah Rogers 11th January 2015.
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