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August 2011
(Vol 5 Issue 4) 

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Welcome to our twentieth news page here at Schools of Nursing. The third edition this year.

Nurse Histories.
Our current nurse-history - Evelyn Betham - who trained at Oldchurch Hospital, is under current development and the one following, that of a male nurse - Tony Sisson - is now firmly on the drawing board. We still have several nurse histories on our list - most of serious interest, but gathering sufficient history has proven excessively difficult in all but a few cases.

Our mail since the last news page....

Has taken a rather interesting twist. There have of course been a number of requests for help replacing lost badges, and a small number seeking career validation details, which we simply cannot provide but do try to point enquirers in the right direction.

The is, however, an interesting twist in the tale! An increase, still small in number, of people seeking badge-related information.  One respondent wants to find information on Ballamona Psychiatric Hospital, whose uncle died on the Isle of Man and who may have married the Matron. We are following that right now.

Yet another lady seeks information about her grandmother, who was placed in a convent by a Southport Nurse, and who remained there for 'many years'. Both nurse and daughter are named so there is a chance that a connection can be made, although at the present time the link looks a little fragile. That is to say, attempting to identify badges which have been found, rather than those that are missing. And there seems to be some quite rare items.

Another Nurse is seeking photographs of her nursing career at Stracathro Hospital from the early 1970's - but unfortunately the mail was rather abbreviated - whilst I am pessimistic I think that the best thing would be to join the forum - post a notice and look at the photographs - it is all free and you never know..

And so to nursing/hospital badges!
ND has 'a Walsall General Hospital badge and from the marks on the back it is 1921 by Vaughton Birmingham and that is all I can find out. There is a name M J Stuart on the back and have attached picture. I would like to find out more as to why it was given to this person and any further info you may have would be great as it has got me intrigued..' It seems a very nice badge Nicola - and we don't seem to have one - we are looking further...

And finally (for now) A seriously star letter from Australia.

Hello, I was wondering if you could help me identify this badge. (Click to view)
t belonged to my great Aunt. who served during WW2 with the QAIMNSR. She has war medals in the collection and this one which I can't identify. She also has a Middlesex Nurse League badge so assume she was there for a time.
Thank you. kind regards Hilda

We are certainly going to try, it looks to be well worth it.....

Member Photograph Galleries.
Accumulating, but very slowly in the last quarter. The 'National' galleries now contain 2517 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 342 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 55 photographs of nurse uniforms, both civilian and military. 2914 photographs*. Have a quick glimpse of the two latest badges. This time - a few silver hallmarks - one very, (left) very old:-


Thomas Fattorin1; Birmingham; .925 sterling silver; Modern P = 1989.

Perhaps Charles Horner (Chester). The standard English lion passant gardant silver standard mark that you will find on almost all English silver; the three wheatsheafs; and the date assay mark the elaborate 'G'.

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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Our August 2011 visitors.
18738 visits. 68766 pages served up. A superb year on year increase in visits compared with the same period in 2010. 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.

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Collecting... Hospital/Nursing badges from particular geographical locations..
In our February 2011 news (newspage018) I remarked, on acquiring some very nice Plymouth Hospital/Nursing badges, that my interest in Nurse Histories also brought me to purchase a quite superb St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth badge... and that  our last Nurse History... that of sister Marjorie Earley...
had also started me on a new collector trend - one I had only previously described. Collecting badges from particular geographical locations. I must admit that Portsmouth is now one of my collected areas...

I had until then tried to resist this particular method of collecting nursing history, not out of any prejudice, but rather, having worked in several different AHA areas, a feeling that such a collection would be more representative of my ego than nursing history! However, having started with Portsmouth I find that I now feel justified (rationalisation) in extending my interest slightly into collecting badges from areas in which I had worked as a Nurse Teacher. Perusing ebay recently and bemoaning the lack of rare items for my main collection I noted a very fine looking silver midwifery badge from Halifax, West Yorkshire. Having already in the past acquired  a very old Halifax badge, simply because it looked (and is) a superb piece I just could not resist, and have added this area to my list. That is when fate stepped in!

I won the badge (pictured below) but then, quite unexpectedly, the seller remarked that he felt sure that he had a second badge from the same nurse and he would look for that and put it on ebay. Being in any case a collector of badge sets made that irresistible. He did, and I managed to win that too, so I not only have a badge set to Halifax/Calderdale, but one which outlines an interesting piece of the history of the area schools....

Calderdale (Halifax) School of Nursing

Halifax General Hospital School of Midwifery

Calderdale School of Nursing was one of those formed by the reorganization of the Health Service in 1974. The continuing independence of midwifery training in the area (in common with many other areas) is well illustrated by the second (midwifery) badge above which, although issued after the first badge, still retains the essence of the original Halifax School of Nursing badge long after the School of Nursing had become 'Calderdale' and had created a new badge.

An original Halifax General Hospital (School of Nursing) badge, is shown below.

Halifax General Hospital School of Nursing

Like the midwifery badge - it is a real pearl. Solid silver with a simple circle - otherwise identical with the midwifery badge. But the experience was not quite over yet - there was still one more badge to savor! Halifax General Hospital was formerly 'St Lukes (War) Hospital)' 1914 - 1920, and later (1929 - 35) Union St Lukes Hospital' before becoming the now well known HGH around 1948.

St Lukes (Halifax) School of Nursing 1924

This particular badge dates from 1924 - the date of origin of the school is unclear - perhaps the first school of the 1890's, though that is probably too much to hope for. The badge is inscribed 'St Lukes Hospital - D. Bardsley 4-1-24'. A superb gem of a badge with lustrous royal blue enamel and sterling silver on the face,  and a superbly sharp hanging hallmarked sterling silver pin on the reverse, together of course with the inscription.

(The National Archives relate that the hospital opened in 1901, but as a Training School for Nurses had already been established in 1890, the founding date of the institution probably lies in the 19th century. In 1929 there were 400 beds of which 367 were occupied on average, with a total of 2365 patients being treated per year. There was a maternity home with private wards).

Imagine. That you were actually there in 1924 when D. Bardsley was presented with that superb gem of a silver badge.. And missed out on all the later ones because you were not there! Forgive yourself? You never would....!

Another Photograph from the past...Again
from the collection of Peter ('backman')
c. 1950's
Thought to be Peace Memorial Hospital.

Another where we don't have any further information,
but just maybe someone will recognise someone!...

If you can add anything to our knowledge of this one please do let us know, Peter would be delighted..

Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the twentieth 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 - Grimsby.
19.themedalcentre - (ebay).
 20. Christmas 1923 - Eric Wilkinson, schoolsofnursing.
21. past-modern - (ebay).
22. susie1156 - (ebay)
23. redsunshine525 - (ebay)
24. nbarton8 - (ebay)
25. magpieantics - (ebay)
26. rayofhope0 - (ebay)
27. Anotheluckb - (ebay)

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

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