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Kathie

From VAD to Staff Nurse

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Kathie

Constance Halse played the piano and rode horses in South Africa.

in 1915 she went to England and is recorded as being a VAD and being sent to Aldershot Hospital - think a VD hospital.

She then moved on to Cahiers 4 General Hospital.

On her return to SA I 1920 her service card records her as 'Staff Nurse'.

Is this possible? How could she have trained in this time and if she was working all the while?

Kathie

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alf mcm

Kathie,

Constance has a Red Cross record card which you may already be aware of. She gave her rank at engagement as 'Nurse' and rank at termination as 'n/a'. Perhaps she thought she hadn't finished her nursing career.

Other South Africans can be found by putting 'South Africa' in the Location/Hospital section of the search screen.

Regards,

Alf

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Kathie

Alf,

Thanks for this. I do have her record card - but I don't think she was a nurse - after her return to SA she was a 'masseuse' not a nurse.

Kathie

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Kathie

Alf,

You have made me look more carefully at her card. What is '1 scarlet stripe'???? Who and why were they awarded those?

Kathie

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Dragon

I wonder whether this page from Sue Light's very interesting blog might help explain the stripe. Scroll down to paragraph 6 beginning "During the autumn of 1917..."

By the way, I think you may mean Camiers 4. (My grandfather was taken to Camiers 4 in with a severe wound August 1917.)

Gwyn

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TEW

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in 1915 she went to England and is recorded as being a VAD and being sent to Aldershot Hospital - think a VD hospital.

Her VAD card says she became a VAD 24th July 1917 and served at a 'Military Hospital France' she has BWM and Victory medals and the Scarlet Stripe. She may have been engaged as a VAD and resigned and then re-engaged with 1st card now lost, where does the Aldershot and 4th GH appointment come from?

She may be the Miss C Halse who came to England with family in 1893 from Cape Town? Indexed as Miss L Halse.

Interested to see what the Service Card looks like, any chance of attaching it?

I don't think the Rank = Nurse on a VAD card means a great deal, certainly doesn't imply she was qualified or training although she was receiving some pay. I have cards that say 'Rank = Nurse, duties = cleaning dining room'. Or this one for Sophie Salt who was obviously a highly experienced but unqualified VAD nurse with a string of hospital appointments but her rank is simply Member.

TEW

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Kathie

Thank you. As always I will look up Sue's information on the stripe.

As for Constance - I do have her SA service card but I don't know how to put it on the Forum. I will try.

I have local papers and a brother writing how she had done a three month course in 1916 and was then at Aldershot and have a photo of her at Aldershot. I have local papers referring to her as at No 4 General Hospital and so does her SA service card (which only records as a VAD up till then) record her as being struck off strength of No 4 General Hospital in 1919. Her SA service card is the confusing one because it refers to 'Staff Nurse'.

I am now going to try and work out how to load service card.

Kathie

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Transvaal_Ranger

Good evening all,

 

Apologies for the thread resurrection.

 

I am in possession of Constance's medal pair and have listed them on ebay (starting Thursday 24th of Jan).   Not a plug for business by any stretch but just thought I would raise it in case any of the previous posters where actively looking for it.

 

Regards,

 

Neil

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kjharris

Greetings all,

 

Red Cross cards usually denote trained nurses by use of the term 'TN' . Trained nurses in the Red Cross were usually paid and this is shown on the card too.

 

Scarlet stripes - weren't they for years of active service in a war zone??

 

cheers, Kirsty

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Michelle Young

The scarlet stripe was an efficiency stripe. 

 

Michelle

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