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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!
messages - Training Transcripts - Qualified Nurses.
*But please note: We simply cannot respond to transcript requests individually.
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...
Some collecting....Some giving back... Sometimes to me!
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..
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.
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....
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.
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.
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
*Training Hospitals/Details *Not currently Available.
*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!
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