PAYTON, Hilda Frances Elizabeth Lucy

Biography

Picture of HFEL PaytonHilda Frances Elizabeth Lucy PAYTON was born in Calton, Staffordshire on the 9th July, 19091. Her father was the Vicar2.

She had two brothers who died in WW1. Cpl Fredrick Thomas Croydon PAYTON died on the Somme on the 1st July, 19163. He was a member of the Special Brigade created to conduct gas attacks as well as smoke barrages. Lt. Clement Wattson PAYTON (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clement_W._Payton) was an RAF ace awarded the DFC and also the Crois de Guerre from Belgium. He was shot down and killed on the 2nd October, 19184.

She trained as a nurse at the Charing Cross Hospital, London, 1930-19335. In 1938 she was working as a nurse in the Trinity Nursing Home, Torquay in Devon, where the British Journal of Nursing records a patient leaving a legacy of £1000 to her “who nursed me during my illness” 6.

Nursing in Service WW2

She joined the Territorial Army Nursing Service (TANS) on the 30th May 19417, and transferred to the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) on 1 January, 1946 with a seniority of 1 February 19418. Her Commission was made substantive on 1st February, 19499.

After WW2

She transferred to the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps on it’s foundation. Capt HEFL Payton was posted to BETFOR (British Element Trieste Force) in 195110, and in 1951 she was also promoted from Captain to Major11. She was present at the Regimental Dinner given for the retirement of Brigadier Dame Helen Gillespie DBE RRC QHNS, held at Millbank in 195612. In 1958 she was posted to BAOR (British Army on the Rhine)13, and her retirement was announced the same year14. Later that year she married Dr. John Horsfield Otty15. She died on 8 January, 1977 in Bingley. West Yorkshire16.

References

  1. England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906
  2. The National Archives: England Census RG14 Ashbourne 437/20/211033
  3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/293167/payton,-frederick-thomas-croydon/
  4. Commonwealth War Graves Commission https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/486365/payton,-clement-wattson/
  5. UK & Ireland, Nursing Registers, 1898-1968. General Nursing Council, England 1946
  6. Legacies to Nurses. British Journal of Nursing. 1938, February pp.44
  7. London Gazette, 6th February, 1942 pp.608
  8. London Gazette, 17th May, 1946 pp.2338
  9. London Gazette, 25th February, 1949 pp. 991
  10. QARANC Association Gazette Vol 1(6) p16
  11. QARANC Association Gazette Vol 1(9) p22
  12. QARANC Association Gazette Vol 2(15) p15
  13. QARANC Association Gazette Vol 3(4) p24
  14. QARANC Association Gazette Vol 3(5) p47
  15. England & Wales, Marriage Index 1916-2005
  16. England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007

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

NUTTALL, Phyllis

Nursing Service in WW2

274639 Sister Phyllis NUTTALL Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service was killed at sea on the 12th February, when the SS Khedive Ismail was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Indian Ocean 1 2 3.

She is commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial, Panel 22. Column 2 4.

References

  1. Smith, AK (2002) Gender & Warfare in the twentieth century: Textual representation. Manchester: MUP. p112.
  2. Worsley, P.(Ed) (2010) SS Khedive Ismail. Maritime Heritage Association Journal Vol. 2 (12). p7.
  3. Crabbe, B. (2014) Beyond the call of duty [WWW] http://www.briancrabbmaritimebooks.co.uk/beyond-the-call-of-duty
  4. Commonwealth War Graves Commission http://www.cwg.org

MORGAN, Sarah

Nursing Service in WW2

274164 Sister Sarah MORGAN Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service was killed at sea on the 12th February 1944, when the SS Khedive Ismail was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Indian Ocean1, 2, 3. She is commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial Panel 22. Column 24.

References

  1. Smith, AK (2004) Gender & Warfare in the twentieth century: Textual representations. Manchester: MUP. p112.
  2. Worsley, P. (Ed) (2010) SS Khedive Ismail. Maritime Heritage Association Journal Vol 21(2). p7.
  3. Crabbe, B. (2014) Beyond the call of duty [WWW] http://www.briancrabbmaritimebooks.co.uk/beyond-the-call-of-duty
  4. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. http://www.cwgc.org

MOORE, Isabella

Nursing Service in WW2

215107 Sister Isabella MOORE Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service was killed at sea on the 12th February 1944, when the SS Khedive Ismail was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Indian Ocean1 2 3. She is commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial, Panel 22. Column 2. Daughter of Thomas and Mary Moore4.

References

  1. Smith, AK (2004) Gender & Warfare in the twentieth century: Textual representations. Manchester: MUP. p112.
  2. Worsley, P. (Ed) (2010) SS Khedive Ismail. Maritime Heritage Association Journal Vol 21(2). p7.
  3. Crabbe, B. (2014) Beyond the call of duty [WWW] http://www.briancrabbmaritimebooks.co.uk/beyond-the-call-of-duty
  4. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. http://www.cwgc.org

McMILLAN, Marion Lennox

Biography

Prior to going into the military she was employed at Gartloch Emergency Hospital as a sister, receiving her early training at Belverdere Hospital and Royal Infirmary, Glasgow1.

Nursing Service in WW2

Sister Marion Lennox
Sister Marion Lennox

266937 Sister Marion Lennox McMILLAN Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service was killed at sea on the 12th February 1944, when the SS Khedive Ismail was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Indian Ocean2, 3, 4. She is commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial, Panel 22. Column 2. Daughter of Samuel Mitchell McMillan, and of Marion McIntyre McMillan, of California, Falkirkshire. S.R.F.N., S.R.N.5.

References

  1. Twinspire (2015) Polmont Old Parish Church Newsletter Issue 61.
  2. Smith, AK (2004) Gender & Warfare in the twentieth century: Textual representations. Manchester: MUP. p112.
  3. Worsley, P. (Ed) (2010) SS Khedive Ismail. Maritime Heritage Association Journal Vol 21(2). p7.
  4. Crabbe, B. (2014) Beyond the call of duty [WWW] http://www.briancrabbmaritimebooks.co.uk/beyond-the-call-of-duty
  5. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. http://www.cwgc.org

MACLAREN, Jean Noel

Nursing Service in WW2

238130 Sister Jean Noel MACLAREN Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service was killed at sea on the 12th February 1944, when the SS Khedive Ismail was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Indian Ocean1 2 3. She is commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial, Panel 22. Column 2. Daughter of James Anderson Maclaren, K.C., and of Margaret Yule Maclaren (nee Young)4.

References

  1. Smith, AK (2004) Gender & Warfare in the twentieth century: Textual representations. Manchester: MUP. p112.
  2. Worsley, P. (Ed) (2010) SS Khedive Ismail. Maritime Heritage Association Journal Vol 21(2). p7.
  3. Crabbe, B. (2014) Beyond the call of duty [WWW] http://www.briancrabbmaritimebooks.co.uk/beyond-the-call-of-duty
  4. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. http://www.cwgc.org

LOUGHNAN, Margery

Early Years

When Margery Loughnan was born in October 1888 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, her father, Alfred, was 30, and her mother, Mildred, was 31. She had three brothers and five sisters1,2. In 1911 she was a Governess at a house near her family in Croydon3. She trained as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital, London 1913-1916, joining the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (Reserve) (QAIMNS(R))in April 19164.

Nursing Service in Word War One

Margery Loughnan was a Staff Nurse in the QAIMNS(R) serving mostly in hospitals in the UK, with one posting to the Hospital Ship Karylan4. Her postings are listed on a copper plate.

Two of her sisters, Kathleen and Isabel served overseas with the Red Cross as VADs5. Her brother Edmund served as a telegraphist in the Royal Navy6.

Nursing Service between the wars

Staff Nurse Loughnan transferred from the Reserve to the Regular Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Nursing Service on the 2nd May 19197. She had numerous postings during this period8,9,10, being promoted to Sister in 192611. She was in India at the start of World War Two.

Nursing Service in World War Two

By 1941 she was a Matron (acting Principal Matron) and was awarded the Royal Red Cross12. She was confirmed as a Principal Matron in 194213. In 1944 she was made an Officer of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services in India14. Her citation reads:

For her conspicuously successful administration of the Nursing Services of the Eastern Army throughout its formation and action and especially during the period (June – October 43) under review. In spite of initial shortages of personnel and of the low standard of training of many of the A.N.S., she has raised the general standard of nursing throughout the Army area to a satisfactory level. By continued personal contact she has directed and improved nursing in hard pressed outstations and always provided nursing staffs for forward units as soon as these could be posted. By her cheerfully firm handling of some 750 members she has most ably administered the Nursing Service of the Eastern Army.

She served with the 14th Army. This was a multinational force comprising units from Commonwealth countries during World War II. Many of its units were from the Indian Army as well as British units and there were also significant contributions from West and East African divisions within the British Army. It was often referred to as the “Forgotten Army” because its operations in the Burma Campaign were overlooked by the contemporary press, and remained more obscure than those of the corresponding formations in Europe for long after the war.

In June 1946 she was retired from her post as Principal Matron, but was then re-employed as a Matron16. She was reconfirmed as Principal Matron, and given the honorary title Chief Principal Matron in 194717,18.

References

  1. 1891 England Census RG12; Piece: 749; Folio: 127; Page: 57
  2. 1901 England Census  RG13; Piece: 990; Folio: 38; Page: 23
  3. 1911 England Census RG14; Piece: 3388; Schedule Number: 199
  4. UK & Ireland, Nursing Registers, 1898-1968
  5. http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War
  6. The National Archives ADM 127/362 Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Ratings Campaign Medal Rolls 1914-1920
  7. The London Gazette 20th February 1920 31789 p. 2151
  8. The Army List 1922
  9. The Army List 1933
  10. The Army List 1936
  11. The British Journal of Nursing, August 1926 p. 188
  12. The London Gazette 1st July 1941 Supplement p3751
  13. The London Gazette 1st December 1942 Second Supplement p.5259
  14. The London Gazette 19th October 1944 Supplement p.4784
  15. The National Archives WO 373/79 Pt.2
  16. The London Gazette 4th October 1946 Supplement p.4941
  17. The London Gazette 2th April 1947 Supplement p.1543
  18. The London Gazette 8th July 1947 Supplement p.3116

Indian Copper Tray bearing all of Margery Loughnan’s postings

Tray with Margery Loughnan's postings inscribed
Tray with Margery Loughnan’s postings inscribed

QAIMNS(R)

  • Brockenhurst 1916
  • Sheffield 1916
  • HS Kalyan 1917
  • Cosham 1918
  • Blandford 1918
  • Reading 1918

QAIMNS

  • Aldershot 1919
  • Constantinople 1922
  • Gallipoli 1923
  • Millbank 1923
  • Colchester 1915
  • Allahabad 1927
  • Maymyo 1928
  • Rangoon 1930
  • Ranikhet 1930
  • Lucknow 1931
  • Jhansi 1931
  • Millbank 1932
  • Agra 1935
  • Peshawar 1937
  • Muree 1938
  • Lahore 1939
  • Oxford 1940
  • Millbank 1940
  • West Africa 1940
  • N.W. Army 1942
  • Eastern Army 1942
  • 14th Army 1943
  • C.M.F. 1944
  • HS Doresetshire 1946-47
  • RMA Sandhurst 1947-56

LITTLETON, Mary Joyce

Nursing Service in WW2

236448 Sister Mary Joyce LITTLETON Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service was killed at sea on the 12th February 1944, when the SS Khedive Ismail was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Indian Ocean1, 2, 3. She is commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial, Panel 22. Column 2. Daughter of John and Louietta Mary Littleton, of Wheyrigg, Cumberland4.

References

  1. Smith, AK (2004) Gender & Warfare in the twentieth century: Textual representations. Manchester: MUP. p112.
  2. Worsley, P. (Ed) (2010) SS Khedive Ismail. Maritime Heritage Association Journal Vol 21(2). p7.
  3. Crabbe, B. (2014) Beyond the call of duty [WWW] http://www.briancrabbmaritimebooks.co.uk/beyond-the-call-of-duty
  4. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. http://www.cwgc.org