Florence Nightingale Shore was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire on 10th January 18651,3,4. Florence Nightingale was one of her Godparents2. She appeared in the 1871 Census living in Mickleover, Derbyshire3 and on the 1881 Census visiting Middlethorpe Hall in Yorkshire4. In 1891 she travelled to China to work as a nursery nurse2. In 1893 she returned to the UK and started her nurse training at The Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, Scotland (aged 28)2, 13. In 1897 she completed her midwifery training at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin5. Towards the end of 1897 she enrolled at the Queen Victoria Jubilee Institute for Nurses in London and became a Queen’s Nurse6. She completed district nurse training later working in Reading and Sunderland.
Nursing Service in the Boer War
She joined the Princess Christian's Army Nursing Service (Reserve) May 18th 19007, and served with the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital at Deelfontein8,9, then returned to district nursing in Sunderland10,11.
Nursing Service in WW1
In 1914 she started war nursing service with the French Red Cross in France12. In 1915 she joined the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (Reserve) and nursed in various hospitals, Casualty Clearing Stations and Ambulance Trains in France. She was awarded the ARRC in 191913. After returning to England from nursing duties in France, Florence stayed with her former nursing colleague, Miss Mabel Rogers, at Carnforth Lodge on Queen Street in Hammersmith, London. Florence was struck three sharp blows to the left side of her head while seated in her carriage on a train between London, Victoria and Lewes, Sussex on the 12th January, 1920. She was found comatose and rushed to East Sussex Hospital in Hastings, where she died14.
Miss Shore is a daughter of Mr. Offley Bohun Shore, formerly of Norton Hall, near Sheffield, and a sister of Brigadier-General Offley Bohun Stovin Shore, C.B. D.S.O., of the Indian Army. Her father is a cousin of Florence Nightingale. Miss Shore, who is 55 years of age, served during the war with the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve, and, according to the records of that organisation, of which Miss Beardsmore Smith C.B.E. R.R.C., is the matron-in-chief, rendered most valuable service. Miss Shore "joined up" in October, 1915, and served continuously for four subsequent years in France. She was demobilised as recently as November last year. Her final station in France was at Boulogne, but she volunteered for service at an advanced dressing station, where she served for some time. After periods of service at other hospitals in france Miss Shore was transferred to Etaples, where she was one of the heroic band of nurses who declined to leave the wounded and sick men and seek shelter in prepared dug-outs during the appalling bombing attacks of April, 191814.
- General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office
- Cook, R. (2011) The Nightingale Shore Murder: Life and Death of a Queen’s Nurse. Salt Spring Island, Canada: Spire Publishing
- The National Archives: England Census 1871 RG10; Piece: 2898; Folio: 57; Page: 13; GSU roll: 836397
- The National Archives: England Census 1881 RG11; Piece: 4721; Folio: 120; Page: 19; GSU roll: 1342141
- The Wellcome Trust; London, England; The Midwives Roll; Reference: b24389596_i13779497
- The Wellcome Trust; London, England; Roll of Queen's Nurses; Volume: 5; Reference: SA/QNI/J.3/5
- War Office (1900) Nominal Roll of Princess Christian's Army Nursing Service (Reserve) as at 30th September
- WO 100/130 QSA Medal Roll p216 created at The Imperial Yeomanry Hospital, Deelfontein; dated July 12, 1901
- Nursing Record & Hospital World, June 16, 1900, p477
- The National Archives: England Census 1901 RG13; Piece: 4712; Folio: 107; Page: 30
- The National Archives: England Census 1911 RG14; Piece: 30194
- The National Archives: WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls; Class: WO 329; Piece Number: 2323
- The National Archives: WO 399/ 7549
- The Daily Telegraph, Thursday January 15th, 1920
Picture of Sister Florence Nightingale Shore with permission of her family.