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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:47 am
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 01:29 pm
Is there anything to substantiate any single fact in this? She doesn't appear in Kieron Spires list of nurses who served in South Africa, which included details of those women who received the QSA medal, although a few entries are not legible. It also includes nominal rolls and the names of locally employed nurses.
Boer War Nurses
It was not possible for women to train as nurses at 14 or even 'before 14' as I think it quoted somewhere, though of course she could have worked in private service as some sort of nurse-maid.
She was not a member of the Army Nursing Service.
'An Army sister attached to the Northumberland Fusiliers' does suggest that she was there officially as some part of the Army Nursing Service or Reserve, but it seems from the records that she was not.
She doesn't appear in the 1911 Medical Directory (1911 being the nearest in date to one in which she should have had an entry if she was a doctor). What was 'the service' that she was due to retire from in 1914?
I find it hard to believe any part of the 'Mons' story, and if there is any truth in it, why has nothing been heard of it before. How would a civilian woman find her way to a hospital 'within the sound of the guns' at that stage in the war, before any of the official British nursing service members were there and female nurses were confined to the bases?
Is there a picture, or any other provenance for the award by Kitchener?
The whole thing sounds like fabrication to me - there have been one or two others on the forum in the past few months. This one is more difficult as most of the 'action' happened very early on. It would be interesting if anyone could find anything that supports just a little part of it.