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May 2012
(Vol 6 Issue 3) 

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Welcome to our Twenty-fourth news page here at Schools of Nursing. The second edition this year.

Nurse Histories - Moving on...
Our next history - Anthony (Tony) Sisson is now on the work bench - special....

Our mail....
Continues apace, not many lost badges reported; several requests for help with training transcripts (we can't); and of course requests for us to help find people. For lost badges - our advice is always sent upon request. For training transcripts the only place we can advise is the NMC. For people - there is the website forum - free and public. it is always worth a try!

Two pieces of news in our mail got my own attention immediately. The first is a forthcoming auction, and a very special one it should be. We are aware that Nightingale School of Nursing badges are rare, and that many find their way home to St Thomas's. But sometimes, on rare and usually expensive occasions, a Nightingale badge of special note and desirability to collectors. And one very special item is about to appear on ebay! Our correspondent, Gina O, is based in the USA. She has decided not to collect nursing pins any longer and is about to put, we believe at the beginning of June, this Nightingale badge on ebay. Gina says that the badge is:-


This badge had belonged to Barbara Tyler, by Florence Nightingale School, St. Thomas' Hospital London.

Reverse has engraving that reads 'Duplicate' and 'Loyalty'

Information given to me with this badge when purchased, had said that Miss Tyler had a most distinguished career, and was 35 years at St. Thomas', where she achieved rank of Assistant Matron-in-Charge at St. Thomas' Hydestile (Godalming, Surrey), when the hospital was moved out of London during the Blitz of 1941. She was one of the team of three nurses who nursed KING GEORGE VI, father of present QUEEN), at Buckingham Palace prior to his death in 1952.

The badge is in great condition with enamel intact. This badge is contained in it's original velvet lined presentation case'. Want a quick look? Ok....
Ms Barbara Tyler Assistant Matron St Thomas Hospital Hydestle London Badge box - Florence Nightingale School of Nursing Badge Box & Badge - Florence Nightingale School of Nursing  St Thomas hospital Badge of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing  St Thomas hospital Badge (reverse) of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing  St Thomas hospital Terms of Service Florence Nightingale School of Nursing  St Thomas hospital

But interested parties can get a much closer look right Here (Left Click).
We will certainly try to ensure that as soon as this item appears for sale we will post the news on the schoolsofnursing forum.

The Second piece of news to get our attention was news of the publication of a new Book - Nursing and Women’s Labour in the Nineteenth Century - The Quest for Independence. By Sue Hawkins. You can get the book direct from Routledge for £20 for a while if you quote 'AC2012' when ordering. Offer ends 31/12/2012.

It all sounded a bit dry to me until I visited the Amazon website and had a look inside the book on their site - Then it became much more interesting. Click the book icon and have a brief look inside. There are some interesting looking chapters. The Amazon price is around
£70 though!!

Member Photograph Galleries.
Accumulating, but very slowly in the last quarter. The 'National' galleries now contain 2633 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 348 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 68 photographs of nurse uniforms, both civilian and military. will we achieve 4000 by the end of 2012?....

Withington Manchester School of Radiography badge National Galleries -
Latest Member Uploads

All photographic rights
Dewsbury & District General Infirmary nurses badge
(Lt) Withington School of Radiography. (Rt) Dewsbury & Dist general Infirmary.

There is a terrific amount of cataloguing to do because all the labels and descriptions have to be added so that search engines, and thereby searchers (you perhaps?), can find them on the internet. It seems an impossible task, but my, haven't we just come a very long way? I think that we are going to need help....

But please, don't break copyrights when uploading/sending photographs. If you are ever uncertain please ask. Most copyright holders we have met so far have been only to keen to assist.

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Collecting... Badges Galore!!...
But this time  quite a large collection which I didn't buy. I didn't even attempt to as there were just too many badges and several questions which I couldn't handle in the time available. 18 badges in all from the same seller in the same sale. All from 'madeinireland' and all apparently from the collection of a nurse Mary Kelly.

There were some nice collector items, including a much sought Crichton Royal Dumfries and a Scottish GNC Enrolled Nurse badge. To say nothing of the GNC (England & Wales) SRN and a somewhat chipped (but part of a pair) Ancoats Hospital (Manchester) badges. There was also an Orthopaedic Nursing Certificate badge - the one which has a threepenny  bit-like shape and a nice earlier hallmarked and numbered RCN badge. A Scottish Catholic Nurses Guild badge and a lowly older COHSE union badge completed the package. The seller and his spouse kindly supplied a full set of images and hope to follow up with a history of Nurse Kelly after moving from Ireland to the UK.

But my own badge collection did expand with one I had not been able to acquire for some time - A Registered Nurse for Mental Defectives badge. Not a very flattering title - but a part of our history nevertheless.

RNMD badge. Registered Nurse for Mental Defectives (Scotland)

RNMD badge. Registered Nurse for Mental Defectives (Scotland)
Copyright: jamesmcg (ebay)

RMND (Scotland) M.G.Flynn, Registration F6438 Hamilton & Inches Edinburgh - Hallmarked Silver

When collecting anything it is nice to have the complete item - including the excellent condition original Hamilton and Inches original box - cardboard maybe, precious beyond doubt - and expensive!

And, not quite finished, an impulse buy! When I logged into ebay looking for something else completely - I saw a Princess Christians Nursery Nurse badge for which I had always had a hankering. I logged in with only a couple of minutes to go before the sale ended - and just couldn't believe the price - or should I say serious lack of it...

HRH Princess Christians Nursery  Nurses Training College badge

H.R.H.Princess Christians Nursery Nurses Training College

It looks rather the worse for wear, but I will have to wait and see if it has scratch/enamel damage, and if so whether I will keep it or not. I just hope that I can bear not starting a new section called 'Impulse buys'. But at 4 seconds to decide
at £2.14 with postage might be worth the excitement!

Imagine then, that you had been given a box full of Children's Hospital badges, every one, and you lost them at marbles..... Forgive yourself? You never would.... Nor would your mum!...

Another Photograph from the past - this one
from October 1954

Medway Central Preliminary Training School at Oakwood Hospital, Maidstone

Medway Central Preliminary Training School group Photograph 1954
*Training Hospitals/Details Click Here

Back Row (standing): 1.Jerry Parker. 2. Maureen Lawrence, 3.Ron Thwaites. 4.A Thomas. 5. Norman Carr*.  6.Jean Branson. 7.J Hogan.
Middle Row (standing):  8.Anthony Smith*. 9.Julie Wadham. 10.Shirley Burrows. 11.Maureen Ibbott.  12.Dinah Hamel. 13.Maureen Murphy. 14.Julie McWater*. 15.Sheila Ramshaw*. 16.Susan Coker.
Front Row (seated): 17.Thelma Cherry. 18.Jose Chick.  20.Shirley Evans.  21.Miss G Ferris. &  22.Mr K Darley (Nurse Tutors).  23.Beryl Jackson*. 24.Janet Abbot*. 25.LilianWaldie. 26.Evelyn Rossiter.
The six names marked with * were student nurses at the West Kent General Hospital, Maidstone.        
Photo Gallery Click Here.

Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the 24th 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).
28. Helen M Coan.
29. yazandlaz - (ebay).
30. delroyb - (ebay).
31. Burmeseblue - (ebay).
32. amersham417 - (ebay).
33.Bethesda - (ebay).
34. nikkibarnard - (ebay).
35. madeinireland - ebay.
36. jamesmcg - (ebay).

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

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