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October 2014
(Vol 8 Issue 4) 

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Welcome to our Thirty-fourth news page here at Schools of Nursing. Our third edition for 2014.

New Nursing badges public gallery opening at
When our website was first envisaged
one of our esteemed members suggested that our photograph galleries could be public.  A little like flicker I suppose. The problem was one of security. Leaving the original galleries open to all meant just that. Not on option. But now we are well into making all our galleries public and secure, thanks to the benevolence of several members who have given permission for the use of their uploaded photographs.  We already have several hundred photographs and available technical details prepared for our first public gallery. An enormous task with many hours of work involved.  We still have over 3000 badges to process, but we might have some online by Christmas. It may take a long time, but it will be done. Watch this space!!

And another two new articles
from Sarah Rogers. The first
an outstanding Nurse Badge set and Personal  History - Eleanor Mason, nee Jasper, 1875-1938. The second, the history and superb badges of Helen Waddell 1878-1949. Both are very well worth reading and great contributions to the history of the nursing profession.

Early birds may well have already seen the links on the notice board, but if not, the links are above.

Ms Barbara Tyler - St Thomas Hospital - Scrapbook Part 8.
The page 8 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 8 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 3944 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 546 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 115 photographs of nurse uniforms, both civilian and military. Will we achieve 4500 by the end of 2014? It is possible, we continue to make solid progress and will perhaps achieve the largest collection in the UK if we are not already there....

National Galleries
Member Uploads

Photographic rights

Royal Worcester Figurine  - Sister St Thomas Hospital, London - and badge!

We are already at 4205 - 4500 seems a definite possibility. We are well on the way and just maybe, we will see another magic number very shortly, 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 (36) are gaining too, to say nothing of our nursing histories and news pages. There is a great deal 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.

And if you want to join - welcome to the Forum and Member Galleries - Register Here.

Please be aware, our site is rated on Google by Norton Internet Security as being absolutely safe. We intend to keep it that way. You can help by using a reasonable ID and your own genuine email address. Anything that appears dubious may result in failed registration. Our site is free to users. It is hosted by the largest ISP in Europe at commercial rates - with highly professional back-up. Safe and secure!

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.

E-Mail Contact - 'contact' link (here and throughout the site) arrives directly on the webmaster's desk. Use it to communicate directly with the site. All mail is considered confidential unless the contents are stated to be otherwise. Stated to be for public consumption by you. Publication itself is an editorial decision.
Collecting... And whilst on holiday - Red Cross Badges!...
Yes, I know, I said 'holiday' and I was enjoying ever minute. But if there ever was such a thing as a 'badgeman's holiday' - (rather like a busman's holiday - but with badges and not buses) at least a part was going to be about badges! Buying them that is. But on this occasion for someone else. Schoolsofnursing member Barry Sutton. Greek Red Cross badges. A collectors challenge  - now where in Greece will I find?...  Well, almost every collector of Greek items (including Lord Elgin apparently) knows where to find old Greek anything.  Athens. The famous flea market at Athens Plaka!  Just don't ask for marbles. Antiques/antiquities yes, but marbles no, very definitely, no....

And here we were. Everything was old. Some of it very old. Some of it had obviously been 'aged'. Some of it just old junk. Some things brand new. Some had obviously been 'found'... All of it was mixed in this large untidy flea market.  The ancient; the 'old'; the 'aged'; the 'found'; the new... Telephones, coins, musical and scientific instruments, electricals, medical equipment, cameras, furniture - antique (and not so antique), oil paintings, bank notes, books, stamps, telephone cards, et al. Name it, it's there somewhere in this myriad of a bric-a-brac and surrounding side streets...  Finding something specific it is quite another matter...
The Athens flea market finds.
A quiet side street. A store with old books and old records; a glass display case at the back containing some obviously rarer (more expensive) items . There, amongst badge and medals were two badges with Red Cross emblems and Greek symbols and lettering. Red Cross badges/medals. Bingo!

The first was officer issue, about 1942 - 1948, nice ribbon with a lieutenants single star, no bar. Silver. No hallmark. Superb uncleaned condition. A very nice collector item. Identified and listed in a (Greek) catalogue.

All images copyright  'OPDbarry@schoolsofnuring['.

The second medal (below) was also in fine uncleaned condition - with a nice bottom suspension bar and ribbon, but again no top bar. Quite possibly there had never been a top bar on either of these items. This latter was 1965 issue and contained much more detail than the first, including silver hallmarks.  Again very nice and much, much better than the photographs!

All images copyright  'OPDbarry@schoolsofnuring['.

But a word of caution - negotiating prices with Greeks in an Athens flea market is not for the inexperienced - there are no gifts (financially) in Greece. No 'Greeks bearing gifts'...  But there are some nice rare/rarer items if you collect Military and/or international badges and know what you are about. We took both, and delivered them safely to Barry in Wales.....

But then, we had been there before! A year or so earlier... A different seller offered a better (the medals above were there then) deal on that occasion so the negotiating was not so difficult, though personally I did like the first medal above. Below - very genuine 1940 - 1941. Double pin hanging (Not shown)...

All images copyright  'OPDbarry@schoolsofnuring[

I don't really  know how easy it is to find these items in Greece generally - but having dealt with dealers in Plaka before, I can safely say that either a few is too many because they don't sell, or they are quite rare which is why they don't get many! I can also say that the deals were fair, not especially cheap, but then not especially expensive either! To a collector of Red Cross items in the UK I would say that all were bargains.... It had been a very good experience, very worthwhile. Our serious thanks to 'barrysutton'.

Imagine, that whilst dreaming, you had located a catalogue of every first nursing badge ever issued. But then, on awakening you suddenly remembered that it was among the old books you had donated to a Salvation Army collection appeal!  Gone!!  Forgive yourself - you never would!  Perhaps start seeking salvation - as quickly as you can!!.....




Another photograph from the past - this one
unidentified Group of Army Territorial Force Nursing Service,
 VAD and possibly other nurses

But where was the photograph taken, when, and who were the nurses?

*Training Hospitals/Details *Not Available.


Peter Maleczek ('backman') who supplied the main photograph says it is of an 'unidentified group of Territorial Force Nursing Service Nurses'.  Also in the photograph are seven other nurses, two clearly in VAD uniform. It would seem likely that all are forces nurses. Fitting perhaps that News is just a few days from the eleventh hour of the eleventh day......           Gallery Photo Here

*Sincere thanks to SoN member 'backman' for the photographs used... 

Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the 34th Schools of Nursing Site News.

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. Anotherluckyb - (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.
40. Bill, schoolsofnursing.
alastaircox - (ebay).
42. Margaret Maxwell - (ebay).
43. soisjack - (ebay).
44. blubberlover - (ebay).
45. the collectique - (ebay).
47. myk1066 - SoN.

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