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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 won't be giving up...
We continue to receive some very interesting contributions to our website. Not unusually it is the pictorial submissions which attract most attention - and in this case a badge that we did not, until now, have in our 'National' galleries.
The Walsall General Hospital badge mentioned last month. From 1921 by Vaughton of 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 didn't have one - we are still 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.
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, QAIMNR; 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).
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
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..
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