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October 2011
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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.

Our mail....

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)".


Click picture to enlarge

"All Copyrights Helen M Coan.

*No Photo this picture.

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.
Accumulating, but very slowly in the last quarter. The 'National' galleries now contain 2543 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 342 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 59 photographs of nurse uniforms, both civilian and military. 2944 photographs*. Have a quick glimpse of the two latest badges.:-

The Ulster Hospital Nurse badge
Ulster Hospital

 From the Irish collections of Eric Wilkinson

General Nursing Council (Ireland) official nurse badge
GNC Ireland

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 Wilkinson display gallery.

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 October 2011 visitors.
15261 visits. 61327 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 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).
 

QAIMNS (R) Sister E.O. Schofield - dog tags and personal charms

Sister E.O. Schofield QAIMNS (R)

And the next acquisition was one of my perennial favourites - The London Hospital badge.
 

Florence E. Perry - Aug 1935 - Aug 1938.

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 Pinches, London. delroyb

And now, on the subject of 'the one that got away' - and no this is not a 'fish' story but a genuine one that got away, and I was so pleased to discover it, as would anyone who cares about collecting badges would be. Another one - no, two (!) from The London Hospital! Boring - why not just collect The London and have done? Why? Because this badge (or two) was very, very, special.

One is a London Hospital SEN badge, the other a London Hospital Registration badge. To the same nurse - who earned both.... I didn't mind leaving the chance to own the registration badge alone. An explanation - this nurse had her own London Hospital registration badge stolen. She managed to win the one pictured on ebay - bravo! She felt that the nurse who originally owned the badge would approve - I know that I do - wholeheartedly....
 

Two London Hospital Badges - SRN and SEN - gained by the same nurse


Well done! What a double! I know of only one bit of competition - over at the Nightingale School I managed, in the past, to collect both an SRN and SEN set. But then they were not won by the same nurse......

Imagine. That you possessed both London Hospital badge SEN & Registration badges, and had one stolen for the second time. Forgive yourself? You never would, take good care....!
WB.

Another Photograph from the past - this one
from the copyright collection of Hellen M Coan.
c. 1890 -1920s
Thought to be ........  We are Searching.

Nurse Photograph - circa 1890 - 1920

Another where we don't have much further information,
but just maybe someone can add something!...

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..
Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the 21st Schools of Nursing Site News, so for now I will say goodbye and wish you all well.
WB.

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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).
28. Helen M Coan.
29. yazandlaz - (ebay).
30. delroyb - (ebay).

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

 
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