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September 2021
(Vol 15  Issue 4) 



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


*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 an illustrated article about the East London Children's Hospitals - link below.

Nurse Badges, pins and memorabilia from East London Children’s Hospitals. Link.
2. Nurse Belts and Buckles. *(Two new additions - A rare 'Naval Nursing Service nurses buckle; and one possibly related to the London Jewish Hospital  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 6323 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 594 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 183 photographs (nurse uniforms), both civilian and military. We have achieved 6323 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 Asserted

1. William Turner (Lt)
2. BarrySutton (Rt)

Fairfield Hospital
Stotfold UK

Assorted Badges

Ministry of Supply Nursing Service UK

We are now at 6323 - 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 V - I don't collect anything less....

So here we go again - 
 but no, new buckles this time, though we have 47 so far BUT...

I do have a new badge for you. This one from 1917 - an original 'old' pattern London School of Nursing badge - rather special too....
Have a good look at this one and you will see what I mean.... Total magic!

Copyright kent190544 - Point cursor at Photo for image 2.

A totally original London Hospital School of Nursing Large first pattern silver badge, complete and in excellent condition with original John Pinches fitted case. Presented to Caroline M Fletcher and dated Feb 1917 - April 1919 and May 1921. Weight 33.9 gms; height 47mm.

It is a quite exquisite badge, superbly designed. Crafted by the London badge maker John Pinches. But it doesn't end there. The original box was included in the sale... Grained leather inscribed of the face with 'The London Hospital School of Nursing and the hospital badge in the center. Gold embossed. Very nice and with a built in spring catch to open/close. Safety chain attached.

Caroline M. Fletcher Feb 1917 - April 1919. The badges were awarded one year later - in May 1921.  The perforations are usual in the first Pattern badges.   "the extremely well engineered pin and extremely sharp pin of over 47mm. Whilst the pin had secure fastenings it did protrude around 3mm. Long enough, perhaps, to be seen as potentially dangerous" (1). The Marking for 'Nurses Home' is not usual and needs explanation. I wonder if it is possible that Caroline M. Fletcher was a London Hospital Home Sister at some point.....

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The addition of later fittings of the pin and catch appears professional - it is a detraction but not enough to deter ownership of such a beautiful badge. But it's size (35mm wide) and weight (32 Grams) was the subject of much controversy at the time (1) and it was later replaced with a smaller version.  Presentation of the larger version ceased around 1933.  Numbers of the larger badge (the subject herein) is reported to have been low..... II  will try to discover the number.

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A Final Curiosity
The badge dates indicate a two year training, which seems correct.  But the badge issue seems to have been presented two years later. Was two years service before issue usual I wonder? Many questions. We will see....
A fuller history - a SoN article by Sarah Rogers - of this badge can be found Here (1). **It is very well worth a read by anyone interested in this badge and The Royal London Hospital - Promise!

Imaginein a recurring dream -  that the featured badge was the only one in existence. (It is!) But that you failed to bid on the day! (I didn't) Forgive yourself? You never would!.. But then, that isn't very likely, is it? Best carry on collecting...You might be lucky next time! WB.

Another photograph from the past

Letters From Matron to Nursing Staff



*We will attempt to automate this book to allow reading by next time.

**The first Matron of the LH was possibly Arabella Donne.
The Second was Eva Luckes - 
1880 to 1919
The third was Beatice Monk 1922 - 1933
The Fourth was 
Miss Littleboy - 1931 - 1941
Clare Alexander, later Lady  Mann, became Matron of The London Hospital in 1941

The London Hospital Link

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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