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Posted 26 June 2011 - 03:13 pm
Reading through this thread again, the main points of the discussion originally seemed to revolve around whether she died in service, or if she had been discharged prior to her death. But now the doubt seems to lie in whether she was actually part of the Territorial Force Nursing Service at all. If she was a nurse, and working at Stobhill, then she must have been employed under the auspices of the War Office, either as a member of the TFNS, QAIMNS or as a military VAD, so the 'proof' would now seem to lie with whether she was a nurse at all.
The details from her death certificate outlined above don't seem to include her job description, so as it stands at present, however compelling the evidence, there is nothing there that would satisfy MOD. I did email 'johndick' who started the thread, but there has been no response, so posssibly it will move no further on.
Posted 04 February 2012 - 03:37 pm
Elizabeth Fraser Macdonald was my great-aunt. I am confident that she was in the TFNS and died in service.The extract of the death register does describe her as "Hospital Nurse".The local Newtonmore and Kingussie newspaper, The Badenoch Record" of Oct/Nov 1918 which I have seen, carried info and copies of letters sent to her mother by Captain H.J.B. Rice, American Red Cross and Colonel S.H. Wadhams of GHQ, American Expeditionary Forces, France. A memorial service led by Colonel Adamson was held for her at Stobhill Hospital on 13.10 1918 and was attanded by "a large gathering of patients,nurses and officers". Col. Adamson stated that "she had done her duty nobly to the end ---" and " it could be truly said she died for her God, her king and country" The article of 16.11.1918 also states that "the authorities at Stobhill Hospital where she was serving,desired a military funeral but the officer at Inverness was unable to arrange for this."
I, too, have so far been unable to find official records of her, but hope this helps to dispel doubts that she was a TFNS nurse and that she did indeed die in service. The cause of death was indeed "Spanish flu"
Posted 05 February 2012 - 06:01 pm
Posted 05 February 2012 - 06:57 pm
I have her as serving with the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service this taken from the York Minster panels where casualty females are commemorated. This is different to the Territorial Force Nursing Service. Yet on the St. Giles High Kirk memorial to Scottish nurses she is shown as TFNS. Some confusion somewhere.