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Staff - Sick Bay

There was always a sick bay in the ships. At Rock Ferry there was also a shore sanatorium, Willow House from 19?? to 1914 and from 1914 to 1940, the purpose built Conway House adjacent to the Knowlsey Road playing fields. The latter has been demolished and replaced by a very conspicuous block of flats with a blue top.

At Bangor from 1940 to Conway had use of Bryn Mel (now an Old People's nursing home) along the road from Glyn Garth slip/the Antelope Hotel. Bryn Mel was a large summer holiday residence owned by Miss L Johnson of the Johnson Warren Line (later Furness Withy).

At Plas Newydd from 1949 to 1974 there was the sick bay in the house. That has now been converted into a staff flat for the National Trust.

There are photos of many member so staff for whom I have no names. See them here. If you know any of them please email them to me.

MEDICAL OFFICERS

1911 (at least)
Not known


At least 1919 to 1920'sDr J NOBLE MB CM



At least 1930 to 1940
Dr J T GRIERSON MB ChB DPH

Listed as providing Ambulance lectures in 1919

1941 to ???
Dr R G WALKER MC FRCS E



1943 to 1951 Dec
Dr John WILSON-READ MB CHB

Born in Ayr and educated at Ayr Academy.

Trained as an enginner and served in the RFA in WWI.

Strated studying medicine in 1918 and qualoified in 1924-25.

GP in Beaumaris.

"Popluar and well liked"



1952 Jan - at least 1954
Dr Jack DUBBERLEY MB CHB

Appointmmet

Graduate of Manchester University and Manchester and Sheffiled Royal Infirmaries.

Local GP and Clinic al Assistant in Orthopaedics at Bangor and Caernarfon hospitals.



19??- to 1974
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MATRONS

Dates are taken from various editions of The Cadet - various overlaps cannot be explained.

From the late 1920s to 1953 there was a Matron in the ship and one ashore (Sister Walters throuhout).  From 1953 to 1960 when Walters retired there seem to have been two Matrons, the overlap cannot be explained.

For images of nursing staff and sick bays click here

1859 - circa 1877 Not known


circa 1877 - 1914 Mrs WILLIAMS

She ran the sanitorium in Willow House until it was closed on the opening of Conway House.

She was "the personification of kindness and sympathy ... had a very large heart ... a capable mind and body ... was always a faithfull and trusted servant of the ship ... ever cheerfull".

Died Dec 1915 leaving a husband and son.


??? - ???
Nurse FILLINGHAM

1902 - 1905 Night nurse and part time nurse in sickbay.

1905 Became Nurse full time

?? became Matron


1906 Dec - 1910 Easter term Miss C LENDRUM

1910 Easter term - 1910 Dec
Miss I HAWS.

Sister in Charge

She trained at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading before working at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. She returned to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading  as sister in charghe of a large male surgical ward from where, after two years, she joined Conway. Click here.

She left in December 1910 to get married to Dr A P Yonge of Twickenham..

She was much appreciated for "way she carried out her duties in the sick bay and the hearty and sympathetic manner in which she had entered into the social life of the ship".

"An ever cheerful friend."



1911 - 1912 Sister C F WALLACE
Joined from Bimbala District Hospital NSW wher she ha dbeen MAtron and joined with excellent credentials.

"Her experience in an up coutry hospital should stand her in good stead in Conway."


1914 - 1919 Name not known
1919 - 1924 Dec Sister SHEARER Miss A


Jul 1924 to at least 1930
Sister IRONMONGER

Start date clashes with Sister Shearer above.


Late 1920s - 1960
SISTER ASHORE
Mrs WALTERS

Assisted by her husband they:
-
ran the sanatorium (Conway House) at Rock Ferry
- then t
he sanatorium at Bryn Mel, Anglesey.
- finally sick bay at Plas Newydd.

Before Conway she had beeen Matron of a small hospital.

She was known for her "spotlessly crisp white hospital uniform".

Retirement 1960



circa 1931 to 1951 Jul
Sister L M PARRY SRN

Retired after 20 year on board.

She was “a good-humoured and gentle lady who made being sick a pleasure. I never knew her get ruffled, though she had plenty to try her patience.”

Wrote an articel on her time in Conway for The Nursing Times.

Fell and broke her leg in the Summer of 51 and depsite a long recovery she eventually resigned her position.

Profile Sep 1951.

Obituary The Cadet 1958



from 1951 Jul to 1952 JanSister GREAVES

Held the post temporarily until a full time Sister coul dbe appointed.


from 1952 Jan to 1954 Apr Sister SZUMSKA SRN BRCS

"She had a thick accent and I remember her wielding a very large and thick needle full of penicillin when I was in Sick Bay for boils in my ear,despite her rather scary appearance she was a real softy at heart."

Previously a lecturer and inspector for the Red Cross.

She gave First Aid lectures to the cadets.


1954 May to at least 1963 Jun 13th
(But also listed as a Sister in the 1952 Prospectus)
Sister (Miss) GRIFFITHS

aka "Sexy Griff"

Photo in Staff

Looked after the altar linen, helped with harvest festiovals,  prioze days aand other occasions.

Left to be closer to home for her sick mother.

Mr Rooney said of her "I found her a very hard lady that took no prisoners. I undertsnad she left Conway to become Matron of a nursing home in Caernarfon. Pity the senior Citizens.



1964 Sep to 1965 Dec
Sister B E EVANS SRN
Previous;y worked in the fat east and Europe.

Fell off her scooter in her first term and so was off sick with facial injuries. Sister Wynn-Jones covered for her.

Left to take up a post ijn Zambia.

Valete


1966 Jan to ???
Sister BAIRD SRN


??? to early 1970 Sister Glenys WYNN-JONES



early 1970 to 1971 Aug Miss Fay Kendal CRISPIN SRN

Obtained her SRN qualification at the Liverpool Royal before joining Conway.

Left to join a course in Sociaal Welfare at the London Polytechnic.


1971 to 1974 ???


 

NURSING STAFF

Several of these ladies were qualified Sisters but seem to have been emplyed as Nurses under the Matrons listed above.

circa 1882 to 1902 DecNurse Annie ADAMS

Gave 21 yaers service as nurse onboard.


1902 - ???
Nurse FILLINGHAM

1902 - 1905 Night nurse and part time nurse in sickbay.

1905 Became Nurse full time

Later became Matron


Dec 1908 to Dec 1918F COPPACK

Ward Maid  

Click here



??? to Feb 1915
Mr T DREW

Ran the infirmary in Conway House


At least 1951-63
Nurse name not lnown but believed to be Miss WILLIAMS




??? to 1960 Aug to ???
Sister SHANKS SRN

Resigned. It is assumed she was a nurse employed to support Sister Griffiths


1960 Aug to at least 1961 Summer
Sister ROGERS SRN

Joined to support Sister Griffiths presumeably as a nurse

Married Mr Caldwell of the academic staff in Summer 1961at Ross on Wye.

"I seem to remember she had a wooden leg from the kne
I seem to remember she had a wooden leg from the knee down, but this did not seem to interfere with her nursing duties.  She was a compassionate and well-liked staff member."e down, but this did not seem to interfere with her nursing duties.  She was a compassionate and well-liked staff member."


At least 1961
Nurse name not lnown but could be Sister Rogers




1962 to 64 Apr
Sister HUGHES

Again a sister who is assumed to have worked as a nurse.

Moved to be matron of Llangefni geriatric hosptial







 
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