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August 2016
(Vol 10 Issue 3) 

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Welcome to our Fortieth news page here at Schools of Nursing. Our third edition for 2016. Only a couple of months away from our ninth Birthday. That it is still here is a real tribute to our members (now over 500) who have kept it alive. My heartfelt thanks....

The Nursing badges public gallery  - "When our website was first envisaged (we actually opened November 2007) one of our esteemed members, ('eric') suggested that our photograph galleries, then private, could be made public"... our current update is right here.

So what's new?
Well, apart from worn-out keyboards and seized typing fingers, we have been adding, vastly updated navigation, plus wherever available (and many are) the reverse images of each badge. Unique images from each badge displayed - not generic images from stock photographs. This is extremely important to making each badge photograph a standardized reliable and not least valid record of a particular badge. You need only point your cursor at a particular badge to see if a reverse has been added.

To Recap: We now have 50 fifty (50) pages of 24 badges per page and 1250 pages  - (2400 photographs) - since the last news page - with much detail being added to the actual labels. Last time I said 'Individual hospital/school locations have been (and are still being) added; badge shapes; materials used; badge weights; type of fixings; central design (picture) ; inscriptions on the rear (nurse names/dates/maker marks/hallmarks where applicable); designer/s; manufacturers; number made; and dates first awarded are all salient points in our quest being addressed'. Obverse sides being added to each badge. User navigation improved for first 20 pages...

So where are we now? Well, we are right here:-
(The original links are updated to page 20 so far)

CLICK THE LINK...   (**To Get Back Here Click the 'BACK'  Link at the Bottom of Page1)

Then click a badge photograph to see the single page!  The links can take you back and forward - a page at a time (24badges per page) - for all 1250 pages if you like.  Or go to the 'Gallery Start" page at the bottom of any individual badge to get back to the numbered 24 badge page. Sound complicated but you will quickly get the hang of it - promise!

Free Nurse/Hospital badges.  Last year, whilst on holiday, we 'gypsied' across the UK and much of Europe by car. Seems a long time ago now, but prizes were offered to members who attempted our paper-chase. The final clue was guessed by no-one, so all who entered will receive two free badges. Please contact 'backman' with your address to receive the badges after August 31st. The last ones sold for
40.00 each!

We have no new articles this time, but at least one on badge manufacturers and their marks is being developed for the next news with more in the offing...

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:- 

*But please note: We simply cannot respond to transcript requests individually.

Member Photograph Galleries.
Still accumulating, albeit now more slowly. The 'National' galleries now contain 5307 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 562 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 143 photographs (nurse uniforms), both civilian and military. Will we achieve 5500 by the end of 2016? 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

     North Wales Sanatorium

Rhyl School of Nursing

We are now at 5307. 5500 now 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. And it is not just a matter of quantity but rather a combination of quantity and quality. The quality of additions made to the site - both in the way of photographs and contributions to our forum has created an irreplaceable contribution to nursing history. 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 (41) 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.

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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.

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... Some collecting....Some giving back... Sometimes to me!

And here I am again, 'riddling' away, but not with any intent of causing confusion.  But rather in celebration of being, ultimately, the cause of a recent serious business of returning (with the greatest of pleasure!) what were the most superb items that I have ever collected - and then being able to acquire an equally superb set - the Garrard set - and then being completely out-shone as a collector by the absolutely unexpected and superb gift of another (historically traceable) Princess Christian's (PCANSR) badge! 

A very serious emotional roller-coaster ride in a very short period of time!....

The giving back the collection of the badge and absolutely stunning ephemera of Miss Sarah Alive Claridge originally featured in our News page 38 last September - ( ).  I simply could not believe my luck when I first became it's guardian. Not just because of the Princess Christian's (PECANSR) badge - a rarity but not really uncommon - but mainly because of the associated ephemera. To obtain both, as a single collection, was simply overwhelming....

All images copyright  'backman"  @SoN

And then the devastating sense of loss when I realized that (I felt ) obligated to return them to the family of the descendants of Ms Claridge was suddenly turned on it's head when I managed to acquire the incomparable Garrard set. 'That magnificent and so very collectable badge and presentation case of the Nightingale School of Nursing at St Thomas' Hospital - a prize in itself; the ARRC award; and the campaign medals.  All in superb condition!'  Life was, once again, fair and square..

Group of 6 to Margaret J Garrett - Garratt

GVI ARRC Dated 1946 In Box Of Issue June 1946

Nightingale School Award In Box Of Issue  1934

1 x 1939 Star

 1 x Africa Star

1 x War Medal

1 x Defence Medal

Copy of service records LG

No big deal you might think - I gave away a heirloom - and got that nice warm deep-inside glow associated with being able to make someone's day. That I was (to my way of thinking) rewarded by being able to acquire the Garrard set.  And I had enjoyed every minute of that roller-coaster ride. What better?...

What better? Was it possible to better those happenings?

It certainly was - in response to my gift, Sarah Alice Claridge's great niece, a retired GP, set up a thank-you gift. Afternoon tea at that well known London venue - as you might have guessed - 'Claridges' - Mayfair - London - for the main actors in this not to be missed spectacular! And it was according, to all, a real spectacular... Present were our host Patricia Mumford and cousin Thelma; Peter Maleczek (SoN);  Sarah Rogers and husband Harry Rogers (soN); and Dr Keiron Spires (British Army Nurses). Monday, 20th June,2016!

And at the end of the tea 'Claridges' handed out freebies in boxes  - just in case one gets hungry later I suspect.

Was that the end of a very fine thank-you story?  No, not even nearly.....

Pam and I were unable to attend Claridges. Worse, we were unable to hand over the Sarah Alice badge and heirlooms to Sarah to pass on at the Claridges Tea (27 different teas and out of this world snacks!) en-route home from Crete.  But there was still time... Royal Mail Next Day did just that, and Patricia herself received the package before the event. Plus Peter donated a related 'National Union of Trained Nurses' badge at the event. And there, I thought, it rested. Job well done, all safely delivered in time. Well done Will, pat yourself on the back. I had safely delivered the first 2500 miles myself, in person. Across Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Holland. The Royal mail had it easy.... Rest upon your laurels Will. I should have known better. A collectors life is never dull..

Almost before I could sigh and smile in satisfaction a package arrived at  our Waddington, Lincoln, home.

It contained another quite exquisite PECANSR badge. Fully documented. 'Sister Mary E. Jefferys - Princess Christian's Royal Army Nursing Service Reserve - Badge (service) No 19'. Badge number Nineteen!! Enlisted on May 6th 1897. Approximately 119 years ago....

images copyright@SoN

Mary E. Jefferys had trained at Bristol General Hospital. She joined the War Office Nominal Roll as of September 30th 1900.  But therein lies another conundrum.

Badge No 19 was also issued to another PCANSR nurse:-

Sister Mary Leonard - who trained at the Mater Misericordia Hospital, Dublin, who enlisted on October 21st 1898.  Sister Leonard served at Bloemfontein and at Pretoria, South Africa in 1901. There is obviously a whole story attached to this badge, which we will in due course follow up and publish here on site.

Is this then the same badge? Was it an (unlikely) accidental duplicate? Or was someone mixed up when entering the details for another badge - 61 perhaps?  Or was the original badge 19 deliberately re-issued to the second recipient - Sister Mary Leonard and if so why? So many questions.  Probably needs a group to answer - perhaps members of the SoN forum.

I have heard anecdotes alleging such re-issues of PCANSR badges and it would be good to know the definitive answer....

Imagine, that whilst dreaming, you found a whole box of the probably silver PCANSR badges. Knowing their historical value you took them to a numismatist for financial valuation, and when you awoke he was no longer there.....  Forgive yourself? You never would.....




Another photograph from the past - this one is of
Matron and nurses
 Milton Hospital
(Possibly Portsmouth)

*Training Hospitals/Details *Not currently Available.

It always seems impossible that a photograph will never be identified - but who knows?         Gallery Photo Here

*Sincere thanks to SoN member 'backman' for the supply of this photograph. I wonder if any of the nurses can still be identified? It is not too long ago.. Perhaps a descendant or friend will appear with names - or even one of the nurses in the photograph!

Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the 40th 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. Dart Silver Lid - ebay
48. 'gawincole' - ebay
49. Dr Patricia Mumford

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