CLARKE, Nellie Auger

Biography

Nellie Auger BOND was born in Cretingham, Suffolk about 1870. Her father was a farmer, farming 580 acres1. She had a sister, Alice Sweeting BOND who also became a military nurse. She trained at the General Infirmary, Bedford2. The 1891 Census shows her working as a Staff Nurse there1 .

Nursing Service in the Victorian Wars

She joined Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on March 15, 18972. At the time of the publication of the Army List in 1898, she was married to George Gilbert Clarke, a physician, but remained working as a nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Nettley ¬†and in the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve)3.

Nursing Service in the Boer War

Sister Mrs Nellie Auger CLARKE was serving at the time of the Boer War3, but does not appear on any medal rolls, so may not have served in South Africa.

After the Boer War

The 1911 Census shows Nellie Auger Clarke living with her husband in Wakefield, Yorkshire. She died, a widow, in 1943. Her sons were the beneficiaries of her estate (One was a doctor and the other was clergy)4.

References

  1. The National Archives: England Census 1891 RG12/ 1251 Bedford, Beds
  2. War Office (1900) Nominal Roll of Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) as at 30th September
  3. War Office (1898) The Army List September
  4. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

CAMERON, Anna Gardiner

Biography

Anna Gardiner CAMERON was born on March 25th, 1855. She enlisted in the Army Nursing Service on June 13th, 1891.

Nursing Service in Victorian Wars

Sister Cameron served in Egypt during the campaign there 1.

Nursing Service in the Boer War

Sister Cameron served as a member of the Army Nursing Service during the Boer War, and was based at Ladysmith 2.

References

  1. Army List 1898
  2. The National Archives: War Office WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p152 created at General Hospital, Ladysmith; February 8, 1903

ADDAMS-WILLIAMS, Florence Ellen

Biography

Superintendent Miss Florence Ellen ADDAMS-WILLIAMS was born on April 18, 1859. She trained as a nurse at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh1.

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 Canterbury2.

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 Reserve3.

She went to South Africa on the Norman, sailing on February 10, 19004, serving at No. 7 General Hospital, Escourt5 and in Pretoria6.

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 19037. She was Matron at Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, where “she did valuable work in reorganising the nursing … after the institution of QAIMNS”1. In 1905 she was awarded the Royal Red Cross:

… 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 Netley8.

She succeeded Miss Kerr as Principal Matron in South Africa1:

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 stations1.

She resigned as a Principal Matron in 19089.

References

  1. Tooley, SA. (1906) The History of Nursing in The British Empire. London: S.H. Bousfield & Co. Ltd.
  2. The War Office (1898) The Army List September 1898
  3. Nursing Record & Hospital World, February 3, 1900, p93
  4. The Times, February 22, 1900 p5e
  5. The National Archives WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p51 created at No. 7 General Hospital, Escourt; dated July 23, 1901
  6. The National Archives WO 100/353 KSA Medal Roll p1 created at Pretoria March 19, 1903 Jump up
  7. The London Gazette, May 26 1903, p3364
  8. The London Gazette, 18 August, 1905; Issue 27828, Page 5695
  9. British Journal of Nursing, January 25, 1908, p.68