Mary Ridley Makepeace

A ward on the Hospital Ship Spartan, Sister Makepeace in charge
A ward on the Hospital Ship Spartan, Sister Makepeace in charge

While browsing through copies of the Black and White Budget from 1900 I came across some photographs of the nurses on the Hospital Ship Spartan. Unusually the nurses are named. One of them, Sister Mary Ridley Makepeace was a nurse in my Boer War database who was also one of the Boer War veterans to serve in WW1, retiring in 1917 because of ill-health, having served over 22 years as an Army nurse.

MAKEPEACE, Mary Ridley

Biography

Mary Ridley Makepeace was born on the 7th January 1860, in Newcastle-on-Tyne. She was privately educated and entered nurse training at the London Hospital in August 1890. She completed a two-ryear certificate and then had a short spell as a staff nurse at the Throat Hospital, before moving to a post at Croydon General Hospital1.

Nursing in the Victorian Wars

Mary Ridley Makepeace joined the Army Nursing Service in October 1894. She was posted to the Royal Victoria Hospital Netley and then moved to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital in March 18971.

Nursing service in the Boer War

In October 1899 she was posted to the Hospital Ship Spartan, and then to the Hospital Ship Avoca from February 1900 to October 1901. She then had several postings in the Orange River Colony1.

The crew, Medical Officers and Sisters on the Hospital Ship Spartan.
The crew, Medical Officers and Sisters on the Hospital Ship Spartan. Mary Ridley Makepeace is numbered ‘5’2.
A ward on the Hospital Ship Spartan, Sister Makepeace in charge
A ward on the Hospital Ship Spartan, Sister Makepeace in charge2.

Nursing service after the Boer War

In February 1903 she was accepted into the newly formed Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service as a Sister3. She came back from South Africa in 1905 and returned to the RVH Netley for a short while before being posted to the Military Hospital Cork. During her time in Cork she passed her examinations to become a Matron.

She was next posted to the Military Hospital Devonport in November 1909, where she remained until being sent to Malta as Matron in June 1914.

Nursing service in WW1

Matron Makepeace was serving in Malta at the outbreak of war and remained their until being invalided home in July 1916. She was placed on retired pay on account of her ill health on the 21st April 1917, having served over 22 years as an Army nurse1.

References

  1. The National Archives: War Office 399/ 5554
  2. Black and White Budget January 6th, 1900 pp. 22-23
  3. London Gazette May 26th, 1903 p.3365

PAGET, Annie

Biography

Sister Annie Paget trained at the Royal City of Dublin Hospital in Dublin. She joined the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on 30th September 19001.

Nursing Service in the Boer War

During the Boer War Sister Annie Paget served at the Military Hospital, Aldershot1, and in the lines of communication, Cape Town2.

References

  1. War Office (1900) Nominal Roll of Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) as at 30th September
  2. The National Archives: WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p187 created at Lines of Communication, Capetown; August 13, 1901

LLOYD, Ethel Beatrice

Biography

Sister Ethel Beatrice Lloyd
Sister Ethel Beatrice Lloyd

Ethel Beatrice LLOYD (known as Beatrice), was born in Lewisham, Kent in 1874 1. Her father was a ‘Tea Broker’ 2 3. She trained at The London Hospital 4. Beatrice was one of the second group of nurses from the London Hospital to be chosen to go to South Africa:

It is an open secret how deeply the gentle heart of the Princess of Wales has been moved by the suffering of the sick and wounded during the war, and rumour has it that neither she nor the Duchess of Argyll have been satisfied by existing methods of organisation for providing nursing care for our brave soldiers. We were not surprised to learn that the Princess of Wales was anxious to send out more nurses, and that on Friday last she paid a private visit to the London Hospital, where a pretty and touching ceremony took place in the nurses garden, where 100 nurses were assembled. The Hon. Sydney Holland, Chairman of the Hospital, presented 20 nurses selected from the hospital staff for service in South Africa, at the expense of funds at the Princesses disposal. The Princess spoke to the nurses in turn, and, after tying round their arms her own badge, presented to each a warm Shetland shawl and rug. Each nurse will take with her a box filled with medical necessities for typhoid. The Princess is also sending with them two large boxes of presents for soldiers whom they may have to nurse.

The 20 nurses selected sailed for the Cape in the transport Assaye on Wednesday last, their names being:- Miss H.O. Luckie, Sister-in-charge and Misses M.S.Baines, E.Baldrey, L.Bristow, E.Fry, A.Gore, C.Hanbury, M.M.Holloway, L.Humphreys, I.Lawson, B.E.Lloyd, E.E.C.Marsh, K.Parminter, M.E.Tate, C.E.A.Thorpe, A.Thomas and E.Whistler5.

Miss Luckie (late Sister Gloucester) was placed in charge during the voyage, and for so long as our twenty Nurses remained together, with the understanding that Miss Lloyd – one of the Office Sisters – would assist her, or act for her, in the event of illness, or other necessity arising6.

Nursing Service in the Boer War

We have not found Sister Beatrice LLOYD on the medal rolls, but a Letter written to her brother indicates she was at the ‘Distillery Hospital’ at Eerste Fabrieken, outside Pretoria. This hospital was not mentioned in the medal rolls, but was likely to have been a detachment of No.2 General Hospital. The hospital in Eerste Fabrieken was mentioned by a war corespondent who was there:

So serious was the position considered that even the local military hospital was depleted of its inmates, and some 50 patients armed and ordered into tho trenches. It was pitiful to see so-called convalescents marched out towards our lines of defence. Some were emaciated and weak, others becoming stronger after attacks of enteric and malarial fever, but all anxious to take part in defending the position. These men, though they should have been in warm cots in a comfortable hospital, moved forward with swinging step, chatting and laughing, never dreaming of uttering one word of complaint, anxious to meet the foe, and referring in a jocular way to tho number of Boers they hoped they would account for if the worst came and the positions were wrested from them7.

The hospital would have been in the Hatherley Distillery which is now derelict. Beatrice collected a number of photographs of herself and other nurses in South Africa. In this photograph she is standing, with other nurses, outside a bungalow. In a recent photograph of the derelict Hatherley Distillery, similar bungalows are visible.

Sister LLOYD contracted enteric fever and died on April 24, 1901. She was buried in Pretoria.

The death of Sister Ethel Beatrice Lloyd, Army Nursing Service Reserve of enteric fever in South Africa, has added another to the list of lives laid down in the countries service by our devoted nurses. To die on duty is so good an end that, whilst sympathizing with those who are left to mourn, one cannot commiserate the brave spirits thus released from the weariness of the flesh8.

We cannot forget, however, how saddened we were last spring when news arrived of the death of one of the brightest Sisters amongst the number who were eager to go to South Africa – Miss Beatrice Lloyd. She had made herself greatly beloved out there, as she was among her fellow workers at home, but she fell a victim to a sharp attack of enteric9.

When she died, her fellow sister’s collected money for a memorial clock which is still at The London Hospital.

References

  1. England and Wales FreeBMD Birth Index 1837-1915
  2. The National Archives: England Census 1881 RG11/ 738/ 53/ 34
  3. The National Archives: England Census 1891 RG12/ 526/ /39/ 3
  4. War Office (1900) Nominal Roll of Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) as at 30th September
  5. The Nursing Record and Hospital World Army Nursing Notes July 21, 1900 pg 55
  6. Matron’s newsletter No. 8 March 1901 The London Hospital
  7. Shaw, JA. (1900) The Boer War. Otago Daily Times, October 27, 1900: p2
  8. Nursing Record & Hospital World Pro Patria May 4 1901 pg 35
  9. Matron’s newsletter No. 9 March 1902 The London Hospital

JOEL, Amy Bertha

Biography

Sister Amy Bertha JOEL trained at the St Marylebone Infirmary, Notting Hill, London1. She is noted as a “locally employed nurse” on the medal roll for No. 7 General Hospital, which means she would have made her own way to South Africa and then offered her services to the Army2. She joined the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on 16th February, 19001. Many locally employed nurses joined the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) for the duration of the Boer War.

Nursing Service in the Boer War

She served in Johannesburg, Howick, Bloemfontein and Pretoria3-7.

References

  1. War Office (1900) Nominal Roll of Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) as at 30th September
  2. WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p53 created at No7 General Hospital, Pretoria; dated August 7, 1901
  3. WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p71 created at No13 General Hospital, Johannesburg; dated October 17, 1901
  4. WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p80 created at No15 General Hospital, Howick; dated July 15, 1901
  5. WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p159 created at No9 General Hospital, Bloemfontein; September, 1901
  6. WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p173 created at No19 General Hospital, Pretoria; November 22, 1901
  7. WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p191 created at Bamato Park, Johannesburg; October 10, 1901

HOARE, Brenda Marie

Biography

Brenda Marie Hoare was born about 1872 in Kandy, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Her father was a coffee plantation owner. He was a member of the aristocratic Irish Hoare family.

The 1891 census showed her living with her mother and siblings in Bournemouth having returned to England to be educated1. The 1901 census showed her visiting her sister in Bournemouth and gave her occupation as Army Nursing Sister2 . She trained as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, enlisting in the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on the 16th January, 1900 and served in South Africa3.

Nursing service in the Boer War

She served at No.9 General Hospitalin Bloemfontein4, and recieved her medals from the King at Marlborough House on July 29th, 1901.

After the Boer War

In April 1903 was appointed as Lady Superintendent of the Afzalgunj Hospital, Hyderabad, Deccan, India. In 1905 she married Charles Henry Dorwald Moberley, himself a ‘child of empire’ having been born in India. They were married in Madras India5. She eventually returned to the UK where she died in 19396.

References

  1. The National Archives: England Census 1891 RG12 903/56/2
  2. The National Archives England Census 1901 RG13 27/1043/113/14
  3. War Office: Nominal Roll of the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) as at September 30th, 1900
  4. War Office: Queen’s South Africa Medal Roll 100/229:p159, created at Bloemfontein.
  5. Indian Marriage Records 463303
  6. England and Wales Deaths Index (GRO) for 1939.

FITZMAURICE, Flora Kathleen

Biography

Flora Kathleen FITZMAURICE trained at the Royal City of Dublin Hospital. She joined the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on 2July, 19001.

Nursing Service in the Boer War

Sister Flora Kathleen FITZMAURICE served with the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital at Deelfontein before transferring to the South African Constabulary2, 3.

References

  1.  War Office: Nominal Roll of the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) as at 30th September 1900
  2. The National Archives: War Office WO 100/130 QSA Medal Roll p228 created at The Imperial Yeomanry Hospital, Pretoria; dated July 13, 1901
  3. The Times, July 10, 1900 p7c

DASENT, Ethel Margaret

Biography

Ethel Margaret DASENT was born in Alford, Lincolnshire in about 1866. She trained at the London Hospital and joined Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on February the 9th 19001.

References

  1. War Office (1900) Nominal Roll of Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) as at 30th September

DALY, Louisa Ann

Biography

Louisa Ann DALY was born on October 30th, 1878. She was one of the first nurses to graduate from the Johannesburg hospital. Her grandfather was Dr Ramsay Daly who was a surgeon at The Johannesburg hospital1.

Nursing Service in the Boer War Nurse

Louisa Ann DALY served in the Boer War as a civilian nurse. She was employed at the civil hospital in Johannesburg, and looked after military patients when this hospital was used by the British Army2.

After the Boer War

She married William George CARR who was an ambulance driver (or medic/ medical officer) in the Boer War. She had 10 children. She died in 19511.

References

  1. Family History
  2. The National Archives: War Office WO 299 Queen’s South Africa Medal Roll p149 created at the Civil Hospital, Johannesburg

CRAWFORD, AM

Nursing Service in the Boer War

Nurse AM CRAWFORD was noted as a civilian nurse at Mafeking during the siege1,2, for which she was awarded the Royal Red Cross3.

References

     

  1. The National Archives: War Office WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p153 created at Victoria Civil Hospital, Mefeking (siege), note: to Imperial Hospital, Mefeking
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  3. The National Archives: War Office WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p224
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  5. The London Gazette, September 27, 1901; p6324