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October 2013
(Vol 7 Issue 4) 

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Welcome to our Thirtieth news page here at Schools of Nursing. Our fourth edition this year. It would be nice to increase the frequency, but without more help it is just not possible. But, looking on the bright side, we do try very hard to deliver an interesting and worthy page.

Nurse Histories - Ongoing...
Our next history - Anthony (Tony) Sisson - special and still progressing. Hopefully it will be complete by December.

And yet two more
new articles from Sarah Rogers. Both histories of QAIMNS nursing sisters and their badges - the first, Nursing Sister Lilian Ainsworth 1872 -1951; and the second Sister Florence Catherine Puddicombe 1867-1943.

Both are very nicely illustrated and well worth a read. As mentioned in the last news Sarah has commenced an external course at the University of Dundee. We hope that she will still be able to make her now regular and much valued contributions to SoN.

Ms Barbara Tyler - St Thomas Hospital - Scrapbook Part 4.
The fourth part of the scrapbook collection of Ms Barbara Tyler - "Assistant Matron-in-Charge at St. Thomas' Hydestile (Godalming, Surrey), when the hospital was moved out of London during the Blitz of 1941". We owe our thanks to  - Gina O - who kindly gave us permission to use her photographs. And also to Keith Haikes, an American nurse who is the current owner of the book and who has provided further photographs.

Ms Barbara Tyler Assistant Matron St Thomas Hospital Hydestle London

The scrapbook photographs are presented exactly as we received them - the icons above are linked to our own pages in a pseudo-reproduction - leaving a little room for us to perhaps eventually fill in the detail that the nurse creating the original, Ms Tyler, did not need since the scrapbook - and the memories it contains, was for her own use. As with any scrapbook, some of the photographs may well be meaningful only to Ms Tyler, but some are of recognizable, sometimes public figures. All are part of Barbara Tyler's story and are of historic importance as the scrapbook of a past Assistant Matron at St Thomas's Hospital. Especially this one! A glimpse of history. A treasure... PART 4 is here.

Email messages - Training Transcripts - Qualified Nurses.
In our experience it has not been possible for nurses seeking transcripts from schools which no longer exist to obtain copies. However, we can offer a couple of links which may help in your search:- 

Member Photograph Galleries.
Still accumulating, albeit now more slowly. The 'National' galleries now contain 3205 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 520 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 92 photographs of nurse uniforms, both civilian and military. Will we achieve 4000 by the end of 2013? Perhaps not, but we will have made solid progress and perhaps achieve the largest collection in the UK by then if not already....

National Galleries
 Member Uploads

Photographic rights
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary SRN badge Aberdeen Royal Infirmary SEN badge

We are already at 3827 - 4000 might just be possible by the end of 2013. We are well on the way and just maybe, we will see another magic number by the end of the year, thanks to our many contributors. We can now claim to have a mini photographic museum here at schoolsofnursing. Sincere, heartfelt, thanks...

But the photographs are not our be all/end all. Our online articles (19) are gaining too, to say nothing of our nursing histories and news pages. There is a very large amount of research involved. Someone's time. Someone's money. All given selflessly without thought of gain. What we have here are the seeds of success.

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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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... Miscellaneous - A nurse history and an unidentified Scottish badge...
Not being prone (often!) to impulse buying and being a great enthusiast of collecting nursing histories based on both badges and photographs, I could not believe my luck in being able to collect a complete badge set, plus a couple of photographs of the nurse in question, plus a definite lead to her personal history, albeit largely military, in one fell swoop! Nursing sister A.M. Blake SRN...

In the sellers own words:-
"A super little lot: bulletCased JR Gaunt & Son Ltd, Conduit St London Territorial Force Nursing Service badge with original ribbon.
bulletGeneral Nursing Council for England and Wales silver and enamel badge named to AM Blake, SRN, 7058 "22.9.22" with hallmarks and makers stamp.
bulletThe College of Nursing Founded MCMXVI (1916) silver and enamel badge marked Sterling Silver, 8361 JR Gaunt and registration number 674755.
bulletOriginal photo of Nurse Blake in her uniform and sporting her TFNS medal/badge. To the rear in pencil "Territorial Army Nursing Service 1915-1919.

Miss Blake never married but lived an interesting life working as a private nurse overseas in the 1920s and 1930s, in India and China. All items 100% original and in very good condition. An interesting researchable individual."  copyright Alastair Cox 2013

She certainly is! It is - and they are....!

All images copyright alastaircox 2013

Ms Blake's military records, rescued for us from service records held at The National Archives at Kew by Sarah Rogers, have already yielded over 50 pages of letters and records. The history of Ms Ada Maria Blake is now safely secured, we hope, for posterity. Collecting nursing badges - which is where this history started for us, is a superbly worthwhile activity. It is a real pity that the costs today will result in serious losses....

My second acquisition was what seems to be a quite beautiful and very old Scottish badge. Although I possess only a small selection of representative Scottish items, this one seemed to shout it's presence so loudly on an ebay auction that I found it a 'must try to acquire'...

All images copyright Margaret Maxwell 2013

I was lucky - and here it is...  But having achieved my goal I am left with another question - just what is the badge.  It is a very fine example, complete with bar and hallmarks and obviously named 'NURSES CoOPERATION' across the top bar and 'EDINŖ & EAST OF SCOTLAND' around the central oval with the central Scots X bounded by four decorative arms containing the Scottish thistle. Very, very nice!

All images copyright Margaret Maxwell 2013

Hallmarked for 'Duncan' - Edinburgh - 1904/1905 - solid silver. Unfortunately I failed to weigh the badge

The Hallmarks (J.D) were those of James Duncan - an Edinburgh manufacturer - dated 1904. Once again Phil, at 'silvermakersmarks' was able to confirm the hallmarks and date the badge for us. Unfortunately, like the badge itself nothing more came to light. The seller, Margaret Maxwell (dolly-deals - ebay) was able to add that she obtained the badge in Perth (Scotland) but had no further information about the badge. Perhaps we will discover more when this news page goes on-line and more people have a chance to see the badge.

Seeking to gather new information is, after all, one of the best parts of nursing history - that is discovering it.  Personally I always feel a sense of loss when faced with an item such as this one, about which I know almost nothing.  Somewhere along the line details of this Scottish  Nurses Co-operative must exist.  The badge itself is such an obviously very fine item, superbly designed and crafted in solid silver. Some history of the organization must surely have survived for it to have been responsible for the creation of such an item....

Imagine, that you were in a fairground lucky dip. That you had stuck in your hand and managed to grasp two badges - but were only allowed to take out one - no looking.... One felt like a nightingale - the other a GNC badge. You took the Nightingale. But was that other badge inscription a number 1 you had detected with your fingernail?  It was?  Forgive yourself - you never would! Now, just where does that fair stop next...?

Another photograph from the past - this one
from 1916

TFNS Nurses Pictured at the 4th Northern General hospital,
 Wragby Road, Lincoln.

TFNS Nurses Pictured at the 4th Northern General hospital, Lincoln 1916

*Training Hospitals/Details *Not Available.        

Back Row   1.     2.     3.     4.     5.     6.     7.     8. Eliza 'Mary' Walton.
Back Middle Row    9. - 18 .

Front Middle Row  19. - 27.                                Can you help name the nurses and others in the photograph above?
Front Row   28. - 33.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Photo Gallery Click Here.

Our sincere thanks. *Neal Cooke 'redimp37' - SoN (who can also be contacted at:- for Photo permission.

Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the 24th Schools of Nursing Site News, if you can remember any of the missing names Ann Williams, and of course ourselves, would be delighted to hear from you. 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).
37. pugwash - schoolsofnursing.
38. Sarah Rogers - schoolsofnursing.
39. Phil -
40. Bill, schoolsofnursing.
alastaircox - (ebay).
42. Margaret Maxwell - (ebay).

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*11. -  'backman' is also creator and webmaster of the 'nursingbadges'
'historyofhospitals' websites - now sadly closed with the demise of 'Multiply'.

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