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Welcome to our Twenty-First news page here at Schools of Nursing.
The fourth edition this year.
Nurse Histories - both on hold until December, apologies...
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.
We continue to receive some very interesting contributions to our website. Not unusually it is the pictorial submissions which attract most attention - in this case it seems that nursing uniforms are the order of the day. This missive is from correspondent Helen Coan, busy proofing her ancestry - which in this case comes as a bonus for schoolsofnursing:-
"I'm not sure if your group can help or not. My great aunt Ellen DISNEY trained at Nottingham, Bagthorpe and qualified 1911/12. I have a photo of her on her own and another with a group plus a photo of the same gentleman in a ward with some of the nurses. Ellen seems to have a Maltese shape cross on her right breast in the individual photo. I'm not sure if these photos relate to Bagthorpe or not. My aunt was with Queen Alexandra's nurses in Bagdad 1919 - 1920 and I have photos of her in that uniform. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class in 1920 for her work out in Iraq but sadly I do not have that medal or any others except her War & Victory medals. She was also at Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight in 1916 and I have a group photo of her there. Her service records have survived so I know which hospitals she worked at before 1916 and wondered if you could recognise where the photos were from the uniform as I believe each hospital had its own particular cap and collar. I will send copies of all the photos if you are interested but there is no point if in my spending time to do that if you are not interested in that sort of thing. Regards Helen Coan (nee Disney)".
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We are certainly interested and are willing to give this a try. It looks to be well worth it
- but we have to admit at the outset that I don't think that we have ever
tried to identify a particular nurse by uniform before.....
Member Photograph Galleries.
Here, just a couple of samples from the
Ulster/Irish collection of Eric Wilkinson. There are some absolutely superb
badges displayed both in our Irish 'National' galleries and the Eric
Collecting... Hospital/Nursing badges personal preferences...
Just occasionally, in the several short years that I have been collecting items of nursing history, I give in to my own feelings about an item - a badge; a photograph; a letter collection; the occasional postcard; a book; an item of uniform - a belt, a buckle perhaps, or as in the present case, a set of military dog-tags (and in this case silver charms) with some rare traceable history attached! I just couldn't resist - especially as I was able to trace some recorded, published history of one of those very special ladies of the QAIMNSR.
That this lady was very special there can be no doubt. Sister E.O. Schofield, QAIMNS(R); RRC; There are several published references to her active nursing participation on the website scarletfinders.co.uk - a superb website detailing the many aspects of British military nursing history. 'scarletfinders' is by no means the only website devoted to British military nurses, but it is a very good place to start.
Just who was Sister E.O. Schofield? Where did she come from? Where did she train as a nurse? What did she do during her career? How did she end up carrying those precious dog-tags? The who? What? where? When? How? and Whys? of a nurse's career... I for one will be seeking as many answers to these questions as I can find. In fact, I have already started! (if you already have any answers - even a few clues - please contribute).
And the next acquisition was one of my perennial favourites - The London
Complete with safety chain. Florence E. Perry Aug 1935 - Aug 1938. Badge
awarded October 1939. As was usual, the badge was awarded only after the
satisfactory completion of the fourth year of service. Regrettably there was
no mention of what might have happened to the certificate. Burt the badge
itself is quite exquisite - beautiful. 'Three feathers' - Silver - John
Another Photograph from the past - this one
Helen Coan says "I'm interested in trying to track down where the photos were taken as the Nottingham Local Studies is interested in Bagthorpe. ..... the ward photo has postcard backs with USA studios and London and Provinces written on it. According to her service papers Ellen trained at Bagthorpe 1st August 1908-- 1st August 1911. She was there as a probationer on the 1911 Census. Ellen left Bagthorpe on 3rd Nov 1912 at which time she was working as a ward sister there. She went to Hardwick Infirmary as a ward sister until ........... Next she moved to St Mary's Infirmary Islington on 3rd March 1914 as a night superintendent She joined the QAIMNS in 15th February 1916. A reference was from Mrs Sigeland (?) (difficult to read). Matrons she worked under were Miss Dwight in Bagthorpe, Miss Dorking(?) Warwick Infirmary and Miss Little at St Mary's. After demobilisation in 1920 she went to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham and retired from there after WW2" .
If you can add anything to our knowledge of this one please do let us know,
Helen would be delighted..
We express our grateful appreciation to those people
who have contributed the original photographs
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