Superintendent Miss Florence Ellen ADDAMS-WILLIAMS was born on April 18, 1859. She trained as a nurse at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh
Nursing Service in the Victorian Wars
She joined the Army Nursing Service on October 1st 1885, and in 1898 was serving at the Military Hospital in Canterbury
Nursing Service in the Boer War
The following is the nursing staff of the Seventh General Hospital, who will leave for South Africa shortly. Superintendent: Miss F. E. Addams- Williams Army Nursing Service; Nursing Sisters: Miss L. Basan, Miss; S. C. Chown, Miss A. N. Ferguson, Miss L. M. Fletcher, Miss E. M. Gardner, Miss M. L. Gordon, Miss M. 0. McNeill, and Miss E. H. Wilson, of the Army Nursing Reserve[mfn]Nursing Record & Hospital World, February 3, 1900, p93[/mfn].
She went to South Africa on the Norman, sailing on February 10, 1900
She is mentioned in some of the letters of Kate Luard.
After the Boer War
She was appointed to Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) as Matron 17th February 1903
… in recognition of her special devotion and competency in the nursing of the sick and wounded of His Majesty’s Army, and of her highly successful efforts in inaugurating the new Nursing System at Netley
The London Gazette, 18 August, 1905; Issue 27828, Page 5695.
She succeeded Miss Kerr as Principal Matron in South Africa
The position involves the general supervision and inspection of all military hospitals in the country, including the hospitals of women and children at the various military stations
Tooley, SA. (1906) The History of Nursing in The British Empire. London: S.H. Bousfield & Co. Ltd..
She resigned as a Principal Matron in 1908