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March 2021
(Vol 15  Issue 2) 



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Welcome to our fifty-seventh news page here at Schools of Nursing.  This is our second issue this year for 2021.

Much of the News everywhere is still dominated by the Coronavirus outbreak and actions taken by governments to try to overcome it.  The current (January 2021) lockdown is now extended until the middle of March.  We can only hope that our governments are selecting the correct course of action and follow the rules of the current lockdown/s. There is still no certainty about an end being in sight the current (new) variant apparently being far more infectious than previously. Our history will, no doubt, reflect the outcomes.

*Publishing errors. We do have one or two. Please - if you do see errors, just say so, I will be offended and remove them asap!!

The article links in this column - 'Badge Manufacturers' marks and 'Nurse belts & buckles & Badges' - are continued  below - plus a brand new illustrated article about the East London Children's Hospitals - link below.

Nurse Badges, pins and memorabilia from East London Childrenís Hospitals. Link.
2. Nurse Belts and Buckles. *(Two new additions - Royal Army Medial Corps; and a the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, Belt Buckle) Link.
Schools of Nursing NEWS PAGE 51 - 'A News Page Outline' - is a brazen attempt to show the origins of Link.
4. Badge manufacturers and their Maker Marks. (No Change)
5. Miss Ann Braddick - Military Nose/Hospital Matron - QA/Bristol Southmead Hospital/Matron 
St John's Hospital, Towbridge, Wilts. Link

The Nursing badges public gallery - nursesue's Gallery start.

We now have 5 galleries which are open to the public without login.  'nursesue's' gallery is the latest.  They take a LOT of time:-

1. Eric's Gallery - The original and much neglected gallery still awaiting update.
2. Peter's 'backman' gallery - 50 pages of 24 badges per page and 1250 pages  - (2400 photographs). CLICK LINK...
3. Mike's 'myk1066' gallery - 17)pages of 24 badges per page and 34 pages - (816 photographs) *with more in progress.
4. Barry Sutton's gallery is now started and updates will follow as soon as possible - many more badges - en-route.... CLICK LINK...  
5. **nursesue's gallery is started and the first page is online now. CLICK LINK...  

(*Temporarily - You may need to use your browser 'back' button to get back here).

Our original aim is unchanged.  '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'. Reverse sides being added to each badge wherever we have the photographs.

In short, everyone who has agreed to our publishing a public gallery will have one - using their own photographs wherever possible. We must surely have a copy of almost every UK nursing/hospital badge ever produced.

Click a badge photograph to see the single page!  The links can take you back and forward - a page at a time (24 badges per page) - for all 1310 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!

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. 
Member Photograph Galleries.
Still accumulating, albeit very more slowly. The 'National' galleries now contain 5910 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 594 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 181 photographs (nurse uniforms), both civilian and military. We have achieved 6681 already! By the end of 2021?  7000 is a target. 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. New additions continue, albeit slowly...

National Galleries
Member Uploads

Photographic rights



Montagu Hospital Mexborough

Rotherham School of Nursing -SRN

Rotherham School of Nursing SEN

Rotherham & Mexborough Hospital Management Committee

We are now at 6681 - 7000 now seems a possibility. We are on the way and just maybe, we will see another magic number this year, 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 (42) 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 us. 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.

Failed Registration. 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. **Please note that we cannot supply transcripts of training.

Collecting... It must be the impossible IV - I don't collect anything less....

So here we go again -
 ANOTHER TWO, new, belt buckles...

Last time (I realy need to stop saying this!) I said... '
And there I was, scraping around desperately inside what was left of my brain to produce a worthwhile column out of the apparent nothingness of Covid19, when I almost fell over the feet of one of our founder members, One from 'backman'' and one from 'ODPbarry'.  The first an Army, (RAMC), sweetheart buckle, and the seconda a Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, buckle... Onward!

The first one mine again! - but then any addition to our history is more than welcome - many are 'Genuine, solid silver nurse belt buckles with clasps!.... I find it almost unbelievable that they continue to resurface, but resurface they do!! Perhaps we will find one for every hospital we have listed - perhaps many less than the 700+ schools of nursing we know of, but there must be a good few out there. Anyone with a donation of even a photograph will be welcomed like a long  lost brother! Or sister!

And here's one that I have never even imagined existed.  Beautiful....

'backman' describes it as 'an unusual two piece buckle in pressed brass metal onto which the regimental badge of the Royal Army Medical Corps has been added in white metal. I believe this to be a souvenir/sweetheart piece from around the time of the First World War. I have been told that such pieces were often gifted by soldiers to the nurses caring for them and might carry the regimental badges of that soldier. Whilst I have seen similar items ,they do not come up too often. Condition is good with some minor dents in the soft metal. Belt loops and clasp are intact, Width 119mm Height 56mm'

Copyright backman@SoN


(**It is worth another mention that all Belt/buckle images, larger and with more detail, can be found at the 'collections60' Link above. Well worth a visit - or perhaps two!)

Rotunda Hospital Dublin, Midwifery Badge/Buckle
And, I certainly was not expecting these photographs of Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, Hospital Buckle - we are unexpectedly amassing quite a collection. How many more I wonder?  This is yet another!!

Copyright backman/ODPBarry@SoN


'backman" describes this as 'a large bronze (origiinally pinback) badge awarded for Midwifery Training at the Rotunda Hospital Dublin which has been converted to have a buckle fixing. This particular type of badge (not buckle) was first issued in 1916, then manufactured by John Smyth & Sons Ltd of Wicklow Street, Dublin. The central roundel represents the female personification of Charity with two small children. It was adapted for the badge from an original plaster panel that can still be seen in the hospitalís chapel. This motif together with the titles forms the Rotunda hospital crest. The letters B and M acknowledge the hospitalís founder, Bartholomew Mosse (1712Ė1759).
Good condition with the addition of belt fixing as pictured. Stamped to rear is a number and the motto "To Do my Duty" height 49mm'

Well what can one say? If a nurse felt strongly enough to convert an original badge into a buckle which was probably otherwise unavailable - a very worthy cause.

And now, an extremely nice heirloom from WWI era...  Greenwich and Deptford hospital - awarded to L.F. Humby 1n December 1923!  The owner, Kris Mercer said:-

'I have just inherited one from my great aunt. I thought you may like a copy of the front and rear. Elsie Florence Humby - SRN 38840'....


              Copyright: Kind Permission krismercer@SoN                 

I wonder if Miss Humby's State Registration badge is out there somewhere?

Imagine, in a recurring dream - a buckle from every single hospital/school of nursing arrived in a crate which was so heavy that no one could lift it. So you spent a week hiring a large crane - by which time the box had vanished!  Forgive yourself? You never would!.. But then, that isn't very likely, is it? Best carry on collecting - and chain down any crates arriving next time!

Another photograph from the past

Jessie Mc or MacDonald

 1914-15 Approximately

*Training Hospitals/Details *No Link

*Sincere thanks to Dixie Mills for the supply of this photograph.

Dixie says - "I have attached the photo.  I think it was taken sometime around 1914-15 given one or two years.
**Her name was Jessie Mc or MacDonald.  She had lived in Glasgow but was born in North Uist. DOB - 15/5/1865.

I have attached a photo of my grandmother in her nursing or midwifery uniform from the mid 1910ís.  I have been unable to identify the school she graduated from.  Does anyone there have any idea where I should start looking"?

Thank you, 

Dixie Mills, MD (retired surgeon) **this has become my pandemic research project,

Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the 57th Schools of Nursing Site News..... But just before I go have a look at this superb badge from the now closed Harold Wood Hospital:-


Another 'Gifted' photograph - already added to our SON gallery

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
57. The Welcome Institutue
58. Val Smyth.
59. Rebbeca D.
60. Sue Sullivan (SoN)
61. 'backman'@schoolsofnursing.
62. Krismercer@SoN
63. Siobahn Parry

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