PATTERSON, Marion F

Biography

Sister Marion F. Patterson trained at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh. She joined the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on March 28, 19001.

Nursing Service in the Boer War

She left Southampton for South Africa on the Canada on April 14, 19002. During the Boer War Sister Marion F. Patterson served at the General Hospital, Wynberg3. General Hospital, Kroonstad4. General Hospital, Bloemfontein5 and General Hospital, Middleburg6.

References

  1. War Office (1900) Nominal Roll of Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) as at 30th September
  2. The Times, April 16, 1900 p8a&8b
  3. The National Archives: WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p4 created at No1 General Hospital, Wynberg; dated July 14, 1901
  4. WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p28 created at No3 General Hospital, Kroonstad; dated August 7, 1901
  5. WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p160 created at No9 General Hospital, Bloemfontein; September, 1901
  6. WO 100/353 KSA Medal Roll p23 created at Middleburg; February 23, 1903

PATERSON, L M

Nursing Service in the Boer War

Nurse L. M. Paterson joined the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on August 26, 19011. During the Boer War Sister L. M. Paterson served at Bloemfontein2.

References

  1. War Office (1900) Nominal Roll of Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) as at 30th September
  2. National Archives: WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p185 created at Lines of Communication, Bloemfontein; August 26, 1901

PARSONS, Mable

Biography

Sister Mabel Parsons trained at the Swansea General and Eye Hospital in Swansea. She joined the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on March 28, 19001.

Nursing Service in the Boer War

During the Boer War Sister Mabel Parsons served at the Stationary Hospital, Middleburg2 3.

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 p120 created at No17 Stationary Hospital, Middleburg; August 8, 1901
  3. The National Archives: WO 100/353 KSA Medal Roll p23 created at Middleburg; February 23, 1903

PARSONS, Louisa

Nursing Service in the Boer War

Nurse Louisa Parsons was a Nursing Sister in the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve). During the Boer War Sister Louisa Parsons served at the General Hospital, Bloemfontein1.

References

  1. National Archives: WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p160 created at No9 General Hospital, Bloemfontein; September, 1901

PARMINTER, Kate

Biography

Sister Kate Parminter trained at the London Hospital in London. She joined the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on July 11, 19001.

Nursing Service in the Boer War

During the Boer War Sister Kate Parminter served at the General Hospital, Pretoria2.

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 p174 created at No19 General Hospital, Pretoria; November 22, 1901

PARKER, Martha Donaldson

Biography

Nursing Sister Martha Donaldson Parker trained at the Warneford Hospital in Leamington. She joined the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on July 24, 19001.

Nursing service in the Boer War

During the Boer War Sister Martha Donaldson Parker served at No. 6 General Hospital and also at No. 13 General Hospital in Johannesburg2.

References

  1. War Office: Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) Nominal Roll dated September 30 1900
  2. The National Archive: War Office 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p72 created at No13 General Hospital, Johannesburg; dated October 17, 1901

PALLOTT, Adeline Annie

Biography

Sister Adeline Annie Pallott trained at the Royal Hants County Hospital in Winchester. She joined the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on March 9, 19001.

Nursing Service in the Boer War

During the Boer War Sister Adeline Annie Pallott served at Wynberg; Norvals Pont; and Bloemfontein2 3 4.

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 p4 created at No.1 General Hospital, Wynberg; dated July 14, 1901
  3. The National Archives: WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p63 created at No.10 General Hospital, Norvals Pont; dated July 15, 1901
  4. The National Archives: WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p95 created at No.5 Stationary Hospital, Bloemfontein; dated August 28, 1901

PAGET, Jane

Biography

Sister Jane 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 Jane 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

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