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February 2011
(Vol 5 Issue 1) 

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Welcome to our eighteenth news page here at Schools of Nursing.
Our first edition this year and hopefully off to a good start - the way we intend to carry on!

Nurse Histories.
Our second nurse history - Sister Marjorie Earley - was generally very well received by all who have made comment. The link is here.

Our third is already moving well and our fourth, which because of the rate at which we are able to research and get it all together for presentation is likely to be online in the very near future. Before the third! Being the guilty party who get's it all together, all delays are inevitably mine! I would love to be able to plead old-age, but since the new retirement age is undoubtedly to be our 70th year I am still apparently a youngster! At least in the future hospital care for the elderly will most probably be led and delivered by those who know them best, the elderly! Living history!

Missing, Stolen and Mystery Badges.
A perennial - but by no means unwelcome. Are we any good at helping? I suppose it depends
upon whether you get your badge back or manage to get a replacement. But, to be modest, we have managed one or two successes - one within 24 hours of a nurse receiving (and using) our advice!  Again, to be honest, in several instances we have been unsuccessful... But in all cases we will have tried our best. For this news - we have been asked to identify the badge on the right.

Our correspondent says "I am wondering if the unidentified example might be a nursing badge from one of the Edinburgh hospitals, the question is, which one? The mystery badge is hallmarked for 1915 and has “CITY PROPERTY EDINBURGH” and the number “117” engraved on the back".

Anyone who can help, and all/any suggestions are welcome and should be addressed to me at webmaster@schoolsof

We are also working on previous requests to help find/replace missing or lost items, so if you have made such a request and are wondering - no, you are not forgotten, as soon as we have progress I will contact you again, but don't let that stop you asking about the state of play.

Time, persistence and patience are essential for badge seekers, plus perhaps a little luck. Just as an example I recently won a Scottish Assistant Enrolled Nurse badge on ebay. I had waited and watched all around the internet for over three years for this particular badge, had put it about that I was looking for one, even offered money for one from a collector I know well. All to no avail. Then suddenly one appeared on ebay and I won the auction - for a lot less than what is a rare item (in perfect condition) is worth.

Three years (perseverance and persistence) is rather a long wait. Winning the auction with a relatively low bid was where the luck came in.  Missing badge? Don't give up, ever!

Member Photograph Galleries.
Accumulating, but more slowly in the last quarter. The 'National' galleries now contain 2444 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 328 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 50 photographs of nurse uniforms, both civilian and military. 3822 photographs. Have a quick glimpse of the two latest badges:-
(Logged-in members can click images to enlarge).

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The galleries are becoming a small on-line museum and are adding to our knowledge of nursing history quite nicely, thanks to our contributors. It is available to anyone who cares to register as a member - a very simple process. All is free...

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The site forum - Membership and Visitors.
In January 2007 we opened the forum for business.  I new topic; 4 replies; 2 new members; and 5 unique visitors!! The current situation is just a little different. At December 2010 we now have 192 topics'; and 956 posts from 257 members. Not too bad for a history site, but since this one deals with nurses, nursing and hospitals we still have some way to go. We have that in hand. So far we have still not sought to openly promote the site. Our preference has always been to ensure quality and more importantly, 24/7 availability. We seem to have achieved that...

Our January 2011 visitors. 11748 (unique) visits. 35013 pages served up. A year on year increase in visits of well over 55.32% compared with the same period in 2009. Very nice - But then you are worth it!!.

Worldwide.. Certainly our visitors are wide ranging - from 44 countries worldwide... Australia & New Zealand and Canada are well represented in addition to the UK and USA. There are also some more esoteric sounding countries - China; Russia; Cayman Islands; Japan; Malaysia; plus Romania and Spain.

E-Mail Contact - 'contact' link (here and and throughout the site) arrives directly on the webmaster's desk. Use it to communicate directly with the site. All mail is considered confidential unless the contents are stated to be otherwise. Stated to be for public consumption by you. Publication itself is an editorial decision.
Collecting... More 'Nurse Histories'
Back in January 2008- only our third issue of schoolsofnursing news, I said that ....I found the collection of the history of a nursing career the most fascinating - the one which I felt the most rewarding - (is) a  'Nurse History'...

Often, although by no means exclusively, the real first clue to a fascinating nurse history is found by the auction of badge sets - sometimes (though rarely) with accompanying memorabilia. Imagine then my excitement when, casually searching ebay, I struck the most amazing seam of gold that I have seen so far. Fate was smiling upon me I thought. I was dumbstruck. A complete set of memorabilia, GNC and hospital badge, certificates (GNC, training school, midwifery training school, letters - even a signed card from WWII Field Marshall Montgomery), photographs, birth certificate et al - of Amy Ann Braddick - a hospital Matron, no less!

Ann Braddick's nursing career spanned at least 37 years from the date she commenced training in 1931 at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. She finally retired as Matron of St John's Hospital, Towbridge, wiltshire, having previously been an Assistant Matron at Melksham Hospital, also in Wiltshire. She also served during WWII as a member of QAIMNS(R) (Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service) with the 21st British Army Group.
I lost the auction!

Happily as it has turned out, as the collection went to a possible relative of Ann Braddick who lives in Canada, and who has kindly supplied and allowed the use of his material, including his own photographs from the auctioned Lot. He is currently researching, with the aid of our own Sue Barker (researching the Civilian Nursing Career), Miss Braddick's history. We hope to publish this later here on schoolsofnursing as he has volunteered that too. A gentleman.

I say that I lost the auction 'happily' for a simple reason. Acquiring the belongings of a person which are wanted by a relative is not a way in which I would want to be seen to behave! If someone bought your mother's wedding ring at auction, unless you were the seller, how would you feel?.... Need I say more?

One of the problems at auctions is that you may never know who you are bidding against, whatever your personal feelings. We will be adding the photographs of Ann Braddick's memorabilia, badges and WWII campaign medals to our website gallery in the near future.

My interest in Nurse Histories also brought me to purchase a quite superb St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth badge. Our last Nurse History, that of sister Marjorie Earley (Para 2 top column above) which went online fairly recently aroused my interest in owning one. Firstly because of the history and secondly because it is a superb badge in it's own right.

Made by Toye & Co London, the silver plated badge measures 5cm in diameter and including the ribbon measures 3.5" from top to bottom, it is in excellent condition. It has also started me on a new collector trend - one I had only previously described. Collecting badges from particular geographical locations. Something I simply did not do! Before you could say 'You do now' Plymouth became my new badge collecting area!

Whilst I have written about this aspect of collecting, and we have several examples within the member photograph galleries - try searching 'Birmingham' or 'Essex' - or any other location of your interest in the galleries' search engine:-

Seven pages of photographs for 'Birmingham' and 4 for 'Essex' - some members are much more serious about their local area collections than I ever fully understood. And now I am already on my second Portsmouth item,
an unusual City Hospital Plymouth medal - hallmarked for silver and has working pin to top of fob bar and the recipient's name engraved on rear - Doreen Riddell SRN June 1951. It measures approx 6.5cm (from top of fob) x 3.0cm. Very nice! What next I wonder?...

So there we are, I seem to be off on a new tack because of my interest in nurse histories, and in any case, are there enough Portsmouth badges to hazard the contents of my bank account? There must certainly be more. And, if I am so easily influenced, is collecting nurse histories a good idea for me? Perhaps I should only concentrate on nurse histories from Macclesfield!

Having said that I had better get back to my current nurse-history - Evelyn Betham - Oldchurch!......

Imagine. That in order to buy every badge that you wanted you would have to rob a bank,  And that you decided not to because it was against the law.. Forgive yourself? You never would....! Especially in the present economic climate!!

Another Photograph from the past...This time
Sister Amy Ann Braddick SRN., RM., QAIMNS (R)
c. 1942
Trained at Southmead Hospital, Bristol.

Later became Matron Ann Braddick
(St John's Hospital, Towbridge, Wiltshire)

Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the eighteenth Schools of Nursing Site News, so for now I will say goodbye and wish you all well.

Would you like to see your PTS or training group featured here? We desperately need more photographs to feature. Can you help?  If so please Contact us.

We express our grateful appreciation to those people
who have contributed the original photographs
used to produce the News Pages.

1. News heading photo (all dates) - John Reeves
2. Bristol Southmead Gold (April) - John Reeves
3. St Bartholomew's Gold (April) - Ruth Watkin-Jones
4. Haygarth Silver (April) - 'ukhistory' (ebay)
5. Newcastle LS (April) - Peter Backman (Nursing badges)
6. RRC Medal (April)  photo's- 'Caulgisbo' (ebay)
8. 'catandfrog' (July) - (ebay).
9. bokojnr (Dec) - (ebay).
10. blue.bottle (Dec) - (ebay).
11. 'backman' - (ebay).*
12. Hotminicooper (Jun) - (ebay).
13. Right-one50 (Oct - (ebay).
14. jcollinsmedals (Dec - (ebay).
15. Brittania Medals (Dec 2009).
16. elaine3080 (Feb 2010) - (ebay).
17. Fran Biley (Feb 2010) - schoolsofnursing.
18. St Andrews Children's Hospice - Grimbsby.
19.themedalcentre - (ebay).
 20. Christmas 1923 - Eric Wilkinson, schoolsofnursing.
21. past-modern - (ebay).
22. susie1156 - (ebay)
23. redsunshine525 - (ebay)

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*11. -  'backman' is also creator and webmaster of the 'nursingbadges'
'historyofhospitals' websites.

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