CROWN COPYRIGHT: THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, WO95/3991
DECEMBER 1st – 31st 1918
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Miss V. C. Campbell, VAD: Received War Office letter requesting that Miss V. C. Campbell, VAD should be returned to the United Kingdom for transfer to the United Kingdom owing to her brother’s death and her mother’s need of her. Received a 2nd wire asking for the departure of this lady to be expedited, and arranged that she should proceed by the first boat on the 2nd inst.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS application to resign from Miss E. Lang, VAD. In view of the fact that when this application was received in this office Miss Lang had been admitted to Hospital and was to be evacuated to the United Kingdom on December 1st, probably to be invalided out of the Service, asked if it was necessary to take any further action.
HM Queen Alexandra: Sent wire of respectful and affectionate congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Alexandra on the part of all the Nursing Services in France, and myself, on the occasion of her birthday.
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Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS for favourable consideration application from Miss N. Donnelly, VAD to be permitted to resign her appointment as a VAD, on account of urgent family affairs and the ill health of her mother. This lady is anxious to avail herself of the first transport to Newfoundland. As this lady’s last leave expired on 26.7.18, asked to be informed by wire if she might be permitted to proceed. Reported to DGMS that Sister I. M. Johnston, QAIMNS, proceeded to the United Kingdom on resignation on 30.11.18. This lady had 14 days’ leave from 6 to 28.8.18, so no leave from France was due to her. Forwarded to DGMS for consideration application from Miss V. D. Scrobie, VAD to resign owing to 3 deaths in the family from Influenza during the last month: she is now required at Home.
Monthly return: Forwarded to DGMS detailed statement shewing total numbers of Nursing Staff in the BEF including Overseas Services and American Units, BRCS workers in British Hospitals, and also General Service VADs. Total 4835 Trained, 27 Civilians and Red Cross Workers, 3237 VADs of all branches.
Anaesthetists: Forwarded to DGMS for what action was considered advisable, request from OC, 1 South African General Hospital for certificates certifying that Sister A. M. Newth, SAMNS and Sister H. L. Baster, SAMNS are qualified Anaesthetists. Reported that these certificates were forwarded from this office on 30.6.18.
Sister K. E. Luard, ANSR: Reported to DGMS that Sister K. E. Luard, ANSR had received a communication informing her that her father was dangerously ill, and she had been permitted to proceed on 30.11.18 on 7 days’ special leave pending instructions with regard to her release.
Monthly return: Forwarded to DGMS detailed statement shewing requirements of Nursing Staff in France, and actual shortages on December 1st 1918. Total shortage on establishment of Trained Nurses is 396; total surplus on establishment of VADs 227. Actual shortage on effectual strength, 637 Trained Nurses and 2 VADs.
Miss Thurston, RRC, Matron-in-Chief, NZEF returned to England after her visit to France to inspect No.1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital.
Miss E. Thomson, Special Probationer: Forwarded to DGMS application from Miss E. Thomson, Special Probationer, to resign her appointment in the Army from December 12th in order that she may be able to accept the post offered her by the Foreign Office as a Nurse attached to the British Delegation at the Peace Conference at Paris.
Miss Morgan, VAD: Sent memo to DGMS asking for authority to be given for claims of refund against Miss Morgan, VAD to be waived in order that the Command Paymaster may adjust her claims. Miss Morgan’s reports have always been of a very satisfactory nature.
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Anaesthetists: Received War Office letter requesting that the certificates should be forwarded for Sister M. B. Huddleston, Sister M. Nicholas, and Sister G. M. Atkinson, NZANS testifying that they have been qualified as Anaesthetists.
Transport to the South of France: Received memo from DMS, L of C notifying that arrangements have been made for accommodation on the Rapide for the return journey of Nursing Sisters coming from the various Convalescent Homes in the South of France. A coach is to be reserved from the 6th for Sisters as for convalescent officers.
Reinforcements: Reported to DGMS. that the following reinforcements arrived on the 28th inst. for duty in France: 3 Reserve Staff Nurses, 4 Assistant Nurses, QAIMNSR.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS for favourable consideration application from Miss A. Hamilton, VAD to resign on termination of her contract on 20.12.18 on account of her approaching marriage. Forwarded to DMS, L of C application from A/Sister E. E. Wray, QAIMNSR to resign on termination of contract on 24.9.18, as her health is not good, and the need for nurses apparently being over. Asked DMS if any further action was necessary, as this lady was apparently resigning on account of ill health. Since her arrival in France on 10.1.16, Miss Wray has been on the sick list for over 3 months and 3 weeks at different periods. She joined Army Service in July, 1915.
CAMC: Forwarded to DMS, L of C copy of correspondence between DMS Canadians and the AG with regard to leave in France for the Nursing members of the CAMC. Enclosed draft of letter for his approval to administrative Medical Officers. The AG has given authority for these leaves to take place in France in lieu of in the United Kingdom.
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Gratuity Claim: Received War Office letter requesting that gratuity claim on AFW 3165 should be forwarded shewing the service of S/Nurse E. A. Baker, SAMNS, lately deceased.
Military Hospital, Bruges: Asked DGMS, with reference to British Nursing Sisters serving in Hopital St. Michel, Bruges, whether any arrangements had been made with regard to rationing and Messing of these ladies. They are at present drawing a small Belgian ration in no way adequate for their needs, and the supplementary food which it is necessary for them to purchase, is of an excessive price. It is now known under what conditions their rations are drawn.
Anaesthetists: Reported to DMS, L of C that certificates for Miss G. M. Atkinson, Miss M. B. Huddleston, and Miss M. Nicholas, NZANS testifying that they were competent to administer anaesthetics had been forwarded from this office.
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Miss Conyers, RRC Matron-in-Chief, AIF came to France in order to inspect Australian Units in this Command.
Miss Johnston, QAIMNS: Wrote to Miss I. Johnston, QAIMNS at 29 Lower Belgrave Street, S.W.1 requesting her to return the Badge of the QAIMNS now in her possession direct to the Matron-in-Chief, War Office, and notified DGMS that this action had been taken. This lady has recently resigned from the QAIMNS in order to be married.
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Promotion: Received War Office letter authorising the promotion of S/Nurse Ada Thompson, TFNS to the rank of Sister. This promotion to date from 17.11.18.
Sister K. E. Luard, ANSR: Received memo from DGMS stating that there was no objection to Sister K. E. Luard, ANSR being granted leave pending the acceptance of her resignation.
Transfer: Forwarded to DGMS for consideration application from A/Sister D. W. Stock, QAIMNSR to be transferred for Home Service as soon as possible owing to urgent private family affairs. She is anxious to see a friend to whom she hopes to be married at a future date, and he is returning to Australia.
Sister V. Rogers, TFNS: Reported to DGMS that Sister V. Rogers, TFNS had received several wires notifying her of the serious condition of her friend. This lady returned from leave on 19.10.18. Asked DGMS if she might be permitted to return to the United Kingdom, and report in person to the Matron-in-Chief, TFNS.
Hotel d’Esterel, Cannes: Received notification from DMS, L of C that the Hotel de l’Esterel, Cannes, was to be treated as a voluntary Hospital.
Contracts: Forwarded to DMS, L of C for approval draft of circular to all administrative Medical Officers with regard to the number of applications from members of the Nursing Staff asking to be released from their engagements or permitted to resign. Requested that these applications should not be forwarded without careful investigation on the part of the Matrons, in order to ascertain that the reasons given are legitimate. It was considered advisable to impress upon all that the services of the members of the Nursing Staff are as necessary as heretofore, and until demobilisation is ordered, or instructions received from the War Office for the release of members of the Nursing Services in anticipation of demobilisation, the obligation of all members for service remains unaltered.
College of Nursing: Received letter from the Secretary of the College of Nursing stating that Miss Vaughan, and Miss Crowlin, representatives of the ‘Nursing Times’ were shortly coming out to France to lecture to the Nursing Staffs of all the Hospitals. Forwarded this letter to DGMS asking if this was in order.
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Miss Conyers, RRC Matron-in-Chief, AIF proceeded with Miss G. M. Smith, Matron, QAIMNS, to visit Australian Units at Rouen and Abbeville.
Officers’ Convalescent Home: Received from DMS, L of C copy of War Office authority for the establishment of an Officers’ Convalescent Home of 250 beds. In respect of Nursing Staff, 1 Matron, 3 Sisters, and 5 VADs.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS for consideration application from Sister M. Potts, ANSR to be permitted to resign her appointment as owing to her constant change of station, she is unable to continue her work. The move to which this lady particularly alludes was made at the request of the DMS, 1st Army, when she was in charge of a Unit which was admitting large numbers of French civilians. Owing to Miss Potts limited knowledge of the French language, the DMS considered it advisable for the efficient administration of the Unit that a Sister with a fuller knowledge of French should replace her. She was therefore instructed to exchange duties with the Sister i/c of another Unit. The other moves to which she alludes were caused by the Military situation or necessitated by ill health.
Liverpool Merchants’ Hospital: Received information from DDMS Trouville that 18 Sisters from the Liverpool Merchants’ Mobile Hospital would be transferred to England tomorrow for final disposal.
Sister Tate, CAMC: Wired DGMS Canadians and reported DGMS that the OC 23 CCS had reported the condition of Sister Tate, CAMC who is suffering from Pneumonia, to have become very serious.
No.1 Eastern Rest Camp: Forwarded to DMS, L of C letter from Sister G. A. Aitchison, QAIMNS Ret. Sister in charge No.1 Eastern Rest Camp. This lady reported that there had been many irregularities occurring regarding the equipment of this Hospital. Indents for Red Cross goods appear to have been signed for without the knowledge of the Sister in charge. Asked DMS, L of C for his advice in this matter. Miss Aitchison worked for four years previous to arrival in France as Secretary to the Matron-in-Chief, War Office, and is now under orders to return to England for special work.
Miss A. E. Conyers, RRC: Received telegram from Headquarters AIF reporting that Miss A. E. Conyers, RRC, Matron-in-Chief, AIF onward passage to No.38 Stationary Hospital, Italy, had been arranged. DDMS Boulogne was to be asked for the necessary passes.
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No.1 Eastern Rest Camp: Spoke to ADDMS, L of C with reference to Miss Aitchison’s report, and the condition of affairs at No.1 Eastern Rest Camp. He was of opinion that a full enquiry would have to be made into this matter, that Miss Aitchison had acted in the right way in reporting the matter to her CO and that no further action need by taken by her unless she was called upon to be a witness.
American Nursing Service: Reported to DGMS that Miss G. M. K. Grant, VAD had reported her arrival at No.12 General Hospital, USA on 19.11.18 for a course in pathology and laboratory work.
HRH Princess Victoria’s Rest Clubs: Sent memo to DMS, L of C with regard to HRH Princess Victoria’s Rest Clubs for Nurses. The Lady Algernon Gordon Lennox had asked whether it was advisable that the Club at St. Omer should re-open, and whether one at Havre was still considered necessary, as a suitable house would now be procured for this purpose. I had said that in my opinion these were not now required, but would refer the matter to the DMS, L of C.
French Refugees: Sent cheque for £20, given me by Miss Allsopp, QAIMNS, for the relief of French refuges, to the DGMS for disposal.
Miss M. Donnelly, VAD: Forwarded to DGMS copy of wire received by Miss M. Donnelly, VAD notifying her that she could procure a passage to Newfoundland on the 11th. Asked for authority to permit this lady to proceed.
Return of Nurses: Sent Matron-in-Chief, War Office, statement shewing total number of Nurses serving in Casualty Clearing Stations on December 7th to be 549. Forwarded to DGMS weekly statement shewing wastage of Nursing Staff for period 1.12.18 to 7.12.18. Total wastage on establishment of Trained Nurses 403, total working deficit of Trained Nurses 671. Total surplus on establishment of VADs 256, total working deficit 39.
Leave without pay: Forwarded and strongly recommended to DGMS application for 2 months’ leave without pay submitted by A/Sister E. Raven, CHR, also her application to resign owing to urgent family affairs. This lady has a married sister who is critically ill with advanced tubercular trouble, and who has a child needing looking after, and an unmarried sister also suffering from this complaint. Said that I had interviewed this lady and advised her to apply for leave without pay until she had arranged her affairs satisfactorily. Miss Raven has served in France since August, 1915, and has always had excellent reports in all respects, and is worthy of special consideration. Her contract does not expire until 21.2.18.
Miss M. Hill VAD: Forwarded and recommended to DGMS application from Miss M. Hill, VAD to withdraw her resignation and to be permitted to renew her contract for a further period, as her home affairs have now altered. Stated that this lady had been asked to sign a contract which would be forwarded as soon as possible.
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N/Sister Tate, CAMC: Wired to DGMS Canadians and reported DGMS that the condition of N/Sister Tate, CAMC was considered critical.
Resignation: Forwarded to DMS, L of C application from Miss Johnson, VAD to be allowed to resign her appointment in order to resume her school work. This lady attached to her application a letter from the City of Nottingham Committee. Asked DMS, L of C his advice in this matter. Since December 1st, 1918, 11 applications from VAD members to be permitted to break their contracts had been forwarded to the DGMS for consideration.
S/Nurse L. Fitzgerald, CAMC: Forwarded to AAG, L of C request from S/Nurse L. L. Fitzgerald, CAMC to visit the grave of her fiancé who was killed near Rheims on July 20th, 1918. Asked with reference to this request and similar applications whether it was correct to say that permission to visit graves in the forward areas could not be granted at the present time.
Travelling: Passed to DMS, L of C correspondence from DDMS Boulogne with reference to the exceeding unpleasantness to which Nursing Sisters are exposed while travelling from Cannes. Said that I should be grateful if steps could be taken to prevent this unpleasantness.
Closing of Units: Sent memo to DMS, L of C asking that a copy of instructions sent to Administrative Medical Officers when Units were closing might be sent to this office, in order that preparations could be made with regard to (1) Disposal of Nursing Staff (2) Sending of extra help to Units which would possibly have extra work thrown on them by the Units closing in the same Area (3) Sending Nurses, now overdue, on leave.
Anaesthetists: Sent memo to 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Armies asking that a report could be forwarded in respect of members of Nursing Services who have acted as Anaesthetists in Units under their administration, so that the result of this new branch of women’s work might be placed on record.
Loss of kit: Forwarded to DMS, L of C correspondence received from ADMS Calais. The A/Principal Matron had reported that a trunk bearing the name of S/Nurse G. W. Shrive, QAIMNSR in white letters was stolen from the garden of one of the billets of No.35 General Hospital. Suggested that this matter should be reported officially to the Assistant Provost Marshal who would, it is presumed, take the necessary steps in the matter.
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Miss Thurston, A/Principal Matron, NZEF: Reported to DGMS and DMS, L of C that Miss Thurston, RRC, Matron-in-Chief, NZEF arrived in France on 21.11.18 for the purpose of inspecting the New Zealand Stationary Hospital, and returned to England on 2.12.18.
Miss Conyers, A/Principal Matron, AIF: Reported to DGMS and DMS, L of C that Miss Conyers, RRC, A/Principal Matron, AIF arrived in Boulogne on 5.12.18 for the purpose of inspecting Australian medical units.
No.1 Australian General Hospital: Received communication from DMS, L of C that all patients remaining in No.1 Australian General Hospital were to be transferred to other Hospitals forthwith, as it is proposed to transfer this Unit to the United Kingdom.
BRCS Units: Received notification from DMS, L of C that the following BRCS Units have been ordered to close as follows:- No.6 BRCS Hospital, Trouville, no patients to be admitted after 30.11.18: No.2 BRCS Hospital, Rouen, No.5 BRCS Hospital, Boulogne, no patients to be admitted after 31.12.18: No.10 BRCS Hospital, Le Treport, no patients to be admitted after 15.12.18.
No.1 General Hospital: Received notification from DMS, L of C that No.1 General Hospital was being closed forthwith. Any instructions received with regard to the disposal of the Nursing Staff would be communicated to this office.
AANS: Received letter from Headquarters, AIF requesting the immediate transfer of the following members of the AANS to England should be arranged: these ladies are eligible for 1914 leave to Australia: Head Sisters N. Morrice, and E. C. Fleming; Sisters E. L. Forsyth, J. S. Wood, G. P. Field, E. L. Connolly, W. Newel, and F. A. Nichols. Also that the transfer of S/Nurse P. Marsh, AANS should be arranged as approval has been given for her to proceed on transport duty at an early date.
Miss G. A. Peters, VAD: Forwarded to DGMS application from Miss G. A. Peters, VAD requesting that her record of service might be verified. This lady is anxious that her service from 11.9.15 to present date should count as continuous. The last ruling received from the War Office on this matter stated that her engagement terminated on April 10th, 1916, and that she rejoined for service on July 12th, 1916. Miss Peters states that she has not at any time submitted an application to resign, and has never wished to do so. In view of the fact that this lady embarked for duty in France without being asked to sign a further agreement form, asked that the ruling of the War Office might be reconsidered.
Convalescent Home, Etretat: DMS, L of C informed me that he had wired to DDMS Have with reference to the Convalescent Homes at Etretat, that they were not to be closed without further instructions from him. Notified Miss Crowdy accordingly.
Investitures: Wired Matron-in-Chief, War Office, asking whether any Investitures would take place during this month.
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Reinforcements: Received War Office letter notifying that the following reinforcements had been sent to France during the month of November. New arrivals – 22 Trained. Returned from sick leave – 28 including 9 VADs. Forwarded to DGMS statement shewing discrepancies noted from records in this office. Reinforcements sent to France during November are as follows: New arrivals – 33 Trained. From sick leave 30, including 9 VADs.
No.1 Eastern Rest Camp: DMS, L of C returned correspondence in connection with No.1 Eastern Rest Camp stating that it was impossible to take official action on an unofficial document, and that the Sister in charge should refer the matter to her Commanding Officer, in order that he might take necessary steps.
A/Sister J. Taggart, CHR: Forwarded to DGMS for consideration application from A/Sister J. Taggart, CHR to be released from further service. This lady’s father died suddenly, her mother is quite alone, and she is anxious to return home as quickly as possible.
Liverpool Merchants’ Mobile Hospital: Reported to DGMS and DMS, L of C that 18 sisters of the Liverpool Merchants’ Mobile Hospital had proceeded to the United Kingdom on demobilisation on 6.12.18, and 21 Staff Nurses and VADs on 11.12.18.
New Year’s Honours: In reply to enquiries made by the Military Secretary to the Commander in Chief, after referring to HQ, BRCS, ascertained that Miss Margaret Johnston, and Miss Mary Vivienne Burnham, whose names were submitted for the New Year’s Honours list should not have been shewn as VADs but as BRCS other workers.
French Civilians: Received from DMS 1st Army copy of report given by him to the French authorities and the DGMS reporting in general terms how the French civilians, sick and wounded, were taken over and cared for by the medical services of the 1st Army, mentioning by name Sisters of the QAIMNS Reserve, TFNS and CAMC for their excellent and devoted work.
New Year’s Despatch: Received from DMS, L of C file in connection with supplementary list of names for New Year’s Despatch, 1919. The names recommended for the supplementary Despatch are not to be submitted until the New Year Gazette has been announced. The DMS returned 28 names submitted to him on 8.12.18.
Investiture: Received wire from Matron-in-Chief, War Office, stating that Investitures would take place on the 19th and 21st of this month, and asking if I was desirous of attending on either of these dates. Replied by wire that Matron Hagar, 22 General Hospital (Harvard Unit) who had been awarded the RRC and Sister H. J. Hinckley, who had been awarded the ARRC were anxious to attend the Investiture on the 21st.
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Miss E. M. Davies, VAD: Reported to DGMS with reference to War Office Letter received yesterday that there was no trace of a VAD Miss E. M. Davies at present serving in this Command. Stated that Miss E. M. Davis, now serving at No.54 General Hospital, had not sent in her application to resign.
General Service Section: Received War Office letter drawing attention to the difficulty experienced by the Administrative Department of the Joint Women’s VAD Department in obtaining confidential reports on General Service VAD members when they are attached to other Units. It is pointed out that it is necessary for the administration of the Joint Women’s VAD Department that these reports should be furnished before the member is posted for Home Service. DGMS ruled that reports on General Service members are to be sent to the Area Commandant for transmission to the Commissioner, BRCS.
Miss Jasper Smith, VAD: Reported to DGMS that Miss Jasper Smith, VAD who is one of the 22 VAD representatives sent over from South Africa at the request of the BRCS for duty in Military Hospitals, is anxious to know whether, in the event of her taking up midwifery work in order to obtain her CMB, she would at the end of this time be entitled to a free passage back to South Africa. This lady joined Army Service on 23.9.16, and embarked for France 16.8.18.
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HRH Princess Victoria’s Rest Clubs: Received memo from DMS, L of C stating that a Club at Havre was not considered necessary. Spoke to the DGMS on this matter. Sent memo to Lady Algernon Gordon Lennox informing her that the matter of this Club and of re-opening the Club at St. Omer had been referred to the DGMS, and while appreciating the kind offer, it was not thought necessary that these Clubs should be established at the present time.
Contract: Sent memo to DGMS asking if permission could be granted to the Hon. C. Lawley, VAD to remain in France until the 20th instant. This lady’s contract expires today.
Demobilisation: Received correspondence from DMS, L of C notifying the reduction of extra accommodation in Hospitals on the L of C which are now to be demobilised; total 11469 beds.
Miss E. McQuillan: Received memo from Matron-in-Chief, CAMC requesting information as to the whereabouts of Miss E. McQuillan; replied that this lady was a member of the Reserve and at present serving at No.2 General Hospital.
Sister Care, TFNS: Forwarded to DMS, L of C statement from Mrs. Care, Sister TFNS explaining how it was that she returned to France. A War Office letter had been received notifying her transfer to the Home Establishment. This lady is most anxious to return to the United Kingdom, and has submitted an application to that effect.
A/Sister M. E. Young, QAIMNSR: Forwarded to DMS, L of C correspondence in connection with A/Sister M. E. Young, QAIMNSR who has been unfavourably reported on by the OC at 81 General Hospital. This lady was interviewed on 12.12.18, and has written a statement making certain allegations against the administration of the Unit. Asked that the correspondence might be passed to the ADMS Marseilles in order that this matter might be investigated.
Miss G. Pedlar, VAD: DMS, L of C returned correspondence in connection with Miss G. Pedlar, VAD who asked for 3 days’ special leave in order to be interviewed for a special offer of work. The DMS ruled that such applications should not be recommended.
Resignation: DMS, L of C returned correspondence in connection with Miss W. Johnson, VAD who applied to resign in order to resume her school duties, and ruled that applications based upon what would appear to be sound reasons might be forwarded for consideration.
Resignations: Forwarded to Matron-in-Chief, War Office, comparative statement shewing numbers of Trained Nurses and VADs who have resigned, transferred, or been retained for Home Service during September, October, and November this year as compared with last year: 1917 – Trained Nurses 105: 1918 – Trained Nurses 107: 1917 – VADs 136: 1918 – VADs 96.
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2nd Army: Miss M. M. Tunley, RRC A/Principal Matron, QAIMNS, 2nd Army, proceeded today by No.27 Ambulance Train to Cologne with 10 Nursing Sisters for duty with No.44 CCS. Arranged for these ladies to be supplied with 5 days’ rations for the journey. Sent memo to DMS 2nd Army stating that Miss Tunley had been advised to consult him as soon as possible with reference to the following questions (1) the provision of Hospital accommodation for Sick Sisters (2) the establishment of a hostel for the accommodation of reinforcements for temporary emergency duty and to replace casualties.
Casualty Clearing Stations: As the position of the different Armies and the ground covered by each has considerably altered, and the Units are scattered over large distances, it was thought advisable to ascertain what arrangements were most suitable now with regard to
(1) The provision of accommodation for reinforcements to replace casualties and for emergency and temporary work.
(2) The provision of accommodation for Sick Sisters.
A memo to this effect has been sent to the Directory of Medical Services of each Army, to ascertain what arrangements they consider advisable.
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College of Nursing: Miss Crowlin and Miss Vaughan, representatives of the College of Nursing arrived in France for a fortnight’s tour on the Lines of Communication.
Sister A. Fitzgerald: Sent memo to DMS, L of C with reference to Sister A. Fitzgerald, Edith Cavell Nurse, who was awarded the RRC 2nd Class in Birthday Honours, June, 1917, while serving with the BEF This lady is very anxious to attend an Investiture before returning to America, which she anticipates doing at an early date. Asked that arrangements might be made in order that this lady’s wish might be gratified. Miss Fitzgerald is now serving with the American EF in Paris.
Demobilisation: Wrote to General Thomson, DDGMS giving him the number of beds available immediately in Boulogne when demobilisation takes place; total 207.
Decorations: Forwarded to DGMS in accordance with his instructions recommendations for the award of French Decorations for members of the Nursing Staff. Submitted 4 names for the award of the Medaille des Epidemies en Vermeille: and 10 names for the award of the Medaille des Epidemies en argent for valuable services rendered to the French sick and wounded, both soldiers and civilians, in forward Areas.
N/Sister M. Austin, CAMC: Forwarded to DGMS application from N/Sister M. Austin, CAMC for transport duty in a Hospital Ship going from Marseilles to British West Indies in order that she may visit her home in Barbados. Requested that this application might be forwarded to the War Office for consideration should a favourable opportunity arise for this lady’s services to be utilised in order to enable her to visit her home.
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Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS for consideration application from A/Sister M. Wolsey, QAIMNSR to resign her appointment which expires on January 26th: owing to the death of her brother she is needed at home. She is anxious to visit the grave of her brother, which is at Tournai, before leaving France.
Weekly return of N/Staff: Forwarded to DGMS weekly statement shewing wastage of Nursing Staff in France for the period 7.12.18 to 14.12.18: total deficiency on establishment of Trained Nurses 414: working deficiency 641: total surplus on establishment of VADs 205: total working shortage 27.
Mrs. Care, TFNS: Received War Office letter suggesting the advisability of an early return to England of Mrs. Care, TFNS, nee Sister Lockhart. It was assumed that this lady returned to France before she received a War Office Letter transferring her to the Home Establishment. The DGMS requested the immediate return of this lady. Reported to DGMS that this lady proceeded on the 17th inst. with instructions to report in person to the Matron-in-Chief, TFNS.
Demobilisation: Received notification from DMS, L of C that No.11 (Scottish Section) Stationary Hospital, was closing down from the 18th instant. Received notification from DMS, L of C that the Hospitals at St. Germain and Cherbourg would be reduced by 50 only of their extra beds, instead of 188 as originally arranged.
Military Hospital, Bruges: DGMS forwarded copy of letter received from the Chief of the Belgian Mission relative to the rationing and messing of British Nurses serving at the Military Hospital, Bruges. This question has been taken up by a competent Military authority who is investigating the case.
Resignation: Forwarded and recommended to DGMS application from S/Nurse O. F. Tremain, 22 General (Harvard Unit) Hospital, to resign on account of her marriage which is being arranged to take place in Camp on December 19th. This lady has been granted 14 days’ leave in the United Kingdom from 19.12.18.
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New Zealand Stationary Hospital: Forwarded to DMS, L of C copy of memo received from ADMS St. Omer notifying that the New Zealand Stationary Hospital was being closed down with a view to being transferred to England. The OC has suggested that as the services of the Nursing Staff are no longer required they should be sent Home, and asked that this might be arranged as soon as possible. Asked DMS if he considered that these ladies should be detailed for temporary duty in British Hospitals at the Base until actual instructions received for their disposal.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS for consideration application from Miss G. Lucas, APMMC to resign on December 20th. Stated that Miss Lucas’ attention had been drawn to the date on which her application to resign had been submitted, very short notice being given.
College of Nursing: Reported to DMS, L of C that Miss Crowlin and Miss Vaughan, representatives of the College of Nursing, arrived in France on 12.12.18, and that Miss Rannie, RRC, A/Principal Matron, QAIMNS, had been instructed to conduct them on their 14 days’ tour on the Lines of Communication.
No.1 Eastern Rest Camp: Wrote to Miss Aitchison, QAIMNS Ret., requesting her to submit an official statement on the subject matter of her letter to me of the 5th instant, and requesting her to forward the statement to her late Commanding Officer at No.1 Eastern Rest Camp in order that her remarks might be embodied in his report.
Resignation: Reported to DGMS that A/Sister V. Standley, QAIMNSR, proceeded to the United Kingdom on resignation on 15.12.18. Also that Miss Birdwood, attached Australian Red Cross Society, at No.3 Australian General Hospital, proceeded to London on the 13th instant.
American Nursing Service: Wired Chief Nurse AEF and reported DGMS that Sister Audrey Barker, USANC was dangerously ill with Pleurisy.
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Promotion: Received War Office letter approving the promotion of 11 Staff Nurses to the rank of Sister at No.22 General Hospital (Harvard Unit), provided the numbers are kept to establishment.
American Nursing Service: Received from DGMS copy of ruling authorising the American Nurses attached to British Units to draw the same rations as British Nurses, viz. the Field scale.
CAMC: Forwarded to DGMS copy of memo received from DMS Canadians referring to the 35 Sisters of the CAMC who had lately been attached to Imperial Units, and whom it was considered should now fill vacancies of Nursing Sisters withdrawn from Canadian Units. Notified DGMS that 20 members of the CAMC in Canadian Units were soon to be recalled to England. In view of memo of DMS Canadians, it was suggested that these vacancies should be filled by members of the CAMC referred to who are working in British Units.
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Anaesthetists: Forwarded to DMS, L of C list of names of 12 members of the Imperial Nursing Services, and 5 Nursing Sisters of the CAMC who have completed a recent course of training in the administration of Anaesthetics, and who are certified as competent to act as Anaesthetists, enclosing reports on these ladies.
Special Probationer E. Z. Thomson: Reported to AAG that Miss E. Z. Thomson, Special Probationer, who had been authorised by him to proceed to Paris on resignation in lieu of the United Kingdom, proceeded to Paris on 17.12.18. Attached a copy of wire received by this lady from the British Intelligence Department in Paris, requesting her to report there. Reported to DGMS that this lady proceeded to Paris and attached a copy of correspondence.
Transfer: Reported to DGMS that S/Nurse J. L. Wilkie, QAIMNSR, proceeded to the United Kingdom on transfer to the Home Establishment on 12.11.18: enclosed confidential report on this lady.
Liverpool Merchants’ Hospital: Reported to DMS, L of C and DGMS that 8 Sisters from the Liverpool Merchants’ Mobile Hospital had proceeded to England on the 17th instant on demobilisation.
Visits to places of local interest: Asked DMS, L of C with reference to QMGs circular advising that excursions should be organised for all ranks to visit local places of interest, the necessary transport to be arranged, whether this ruling affects the Nursing Staff in any way, and if he considered it advisable that it should do so, asked for the exact interpretation of (1) the word ‘local’ (2) whether arrangements for transport would be referred to special authority (3) to whom application should be made for authority to visit these places.
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Miss Conyers, Matron-in-Chief, AIF left for England after a visit lasting 16 days.
Queen Amélie of Portugal arrived in Boulogne from Paris and was met by representatives of the BRCS.
Liverpool Merchants’ Hospital: Returned to DDMS Trouville through DMS, L of C, correspondence on the subject of Board Allowance for Nursing Sisters of the Liverpool Merchants’ Mobile Hospital, who were temporarily accommodated in British Units in the Trouville Area. Stated that it appeared from this correspondence that the Matrons of the Hospitals concerned should submit claims for the actual cost of the ration drawn in accordance with the Command Paymaster’s directions. It has been ascertained that n BRCS Units and Hospitals affiliated to the BRCS the system on which Sisters Messes are run is as follows:-
(1) Rations re issued free (2) A certain amount of money is allowed in respect of each member for the purchase of extra commodities to supplement rations. It is suggested that the OC of the Liverpool Merchants’ Hospital should be approached and requested to refer this matter to the Hospital Committee in order that these claims may be satisfactorily adjusted.
A/Sister M. Wolsey, QAIMNSR: Received memo from DGMS asking if it could be arranged for A/Sister M. Wolsey, QAIMNSR, to be temporarily attached to No.51 CCS situated at Tournai, as it would enable her to visit her brother’s grave. Made necessary arrangements and reported action taken to DGMS.
Miss G. G. Vaughan, VAD: Wired to Matron-in-Chief, War Office and reported to DGMS that Miss G. G. Vaughan, VAD had been knocked down by a motor car. Her foot had been amputated on the 17th. Her condition was good.
AANS: Received notification from DMS, L of C that 20 Sisters of No.1 Australian General Hospital who were to embark from Havre for Southampton on the 18th instant, and the second group of 20 Sisters who were to entrain at Rouen for Havre on the 19th instant, embarked on the 18th and 20th respectively.
Visits to graves of relatives: Forwarded to DGMS through DMS, L of C a number of applications received from members of the Nursing Services requesting permission to visit the graves of relatives who have been killed in action in the battle area and its near vicinity. Asked if it was considered advisable that these applications should be recommended at the present time.
Anaesthetist: Forwarded to DMS, L of C correspondence in connection with A/Sister M. A. Shaw, QAIMNSR, who completed a course of instruction in the administration of Anaesthetics in May, 1918, and who was certified as competent to act as an Anaesthetist. The OC of No.7 Stationary Hospital reported that “This lady requires supervision by a Medical Officer, and further instruction is recommended by a recognised instructor in Anaesthetics before giving Anaesthesia for clean operations.” Asked DMS, L of C if he approved of the DDMS Boulogne being asked whether he recommended she should undergo a further course of training in this work, or if the certificate which is at the War Office should be cancelled. This lady has acted as Anaesthetist in Casualty Clearing Stations in the 2nd Army Area continuously from 25.5.18 to 21.11.18, and the following is the report given by the adviser in Anaesthetics to the DMS 2nd Army, ‘Competent for ordinary cases, not sufficient skill for difficult ones.’
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Miss E. Hewetson, QAIMNS Ret.: Forwarded to DGMS correspondence in connection with Miss E. Hewetson, QAIMNS Ret. and the rate of pay she is authorised to claim. Miss Hewetson claims that she is authorised to draw full rate of A/Matron’s pay while on sick leave for the period 14.6.18 to 12.9.18, which claim the Command Paymaster will not allow. Have Miss Hewetson’s record of service in France. After she reported sick Miss Plimsaul, QAIMNS was appointed to take over the duties of A/Matron of 24 General Hospital in relief of Miss Hewetson. Asked that a ruling might be obtained as to the payment this lady was entitled to claim.
Dancing: Circulated copy of War Office Telegram giving permission for dances to be given in Nurses’ quarters or Messes or in RAMC Officers’ Messes for members of the Military Nursing Services, provided that no disturbance or inconvenience is caused to the patients. This permission is for this exceptional Christmas only, and covers the period from December 20th to January 3rd only.
French Refugees: DGMS returned cheque for £20.0.0. recently sent to him for transmission to the French authorities to relieve distress among French Refugees, requesting that it should be sent direct to the French Mission. Wrote to General de la Guise, Chief of French Mission, GHQ, enclosing cheque.
Queen Amelie of Portugal: Accompanied Queen Amélie of Portugal to Units in the Boulogne Area.
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Miss E. Z. Thomson, Special Probationer: Received War Office authority for Miss E. Z. Thomson, Special Probationer, to join the Nursing Staff of the British Delegation in Paris without returning to England. Her resignation has already been accepted.
Resignation: Received War Office letter accepting the resignation of Sister K. E. Luard, QAIMNSR from the 7th instant. This lady proceeded to the United Kingdom on 30.11.18 as her father was seriously ill.
New Zealand Stationary Hospital: Received ruling from DMS, L of C, with regard to Sisters of the New Zealand Stationary Hospital. They should remain with their Unit as they will doubtless have to proceed to the United Kingdom with it.
Miss Wavell, VAD: Received memo from DMS, L of C notifying that DDMS Boulogne had been authorised to grant 3 weeks’ sick leave to Miss F. Wavell, VAD at 32 Stationary Hospital. This lady was admitted to Hospital 4.12.18 suffering from Influenza, and a wire had been sent by the War Office on the 15th asking if Miss Wavell was soon to be evacuated to the United Kingdom. The Matron-in-Chief, War Office also forwarded a letter from Major-General Wavell asking that his daughter might be sent Home on sick leave as she seemed to be needing a very long rest.
Weekly return: Forwarded to DGMS weekly statement shewing wastage of Nursing Staff in the BEF from 14.12.18 to 21.12.18. Total deficiency on establishment Trained Nurses 420. Total working shortage of Trained Nurses 64. Total surplus on establishment of VADs, 185. Total working shortage, 8. Forwarded to Matron-in-Chief, War Office weekly return shewing number of Trained Nurses working in Casualty Clearing Stations on 21.12.18 to be 596.
American Expeditionary Force: Forwarded to DGMS for favour of transmission to the Director of Nursing Service American EF report from SMO Canadian Forestry Corps of the devoted work of R/Nurse E. Collins, ANCUSA of No.2 Hopital Complimentaire, Evreux, who nursed Lt. E. Couthard, ASC, MT from November 8th to 12th in his quarters.
American Nursing Service: Received correspondence from ADMS Dieppe asking if permission might be given and arrangements made for travelling permits to be issued and the accommodation arranged either in Hospitals or Hostels for the Nursing Staff of No.16 General Hospital to visit such places as Amiens, Albert, etc. The ADMS does not see how this can be carried out taking into consideration the great distances, etc., unless arrangements can be made by the BRCS or YMCA to organise parties. Sent to ADMS reply received from DMS, L of C in connection with QMGs circular referring to excursions to the effect that arrangements might be made for Nurses when off duty to visit local places of interest which would not necessitate journeys to places away from the various Bases where they are employed. The circular in question primarily referred to troops who would in consequence of the Armistice be unemployed.
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Queen Amélie of Portugal returned to England on the morning leave boat.
Casualty Clearing Stations: Reported to DGMS that 20 Nursing Sisters proceeded by No.26 Ambulance Train to Casualty Clearing Stations in the 4th Army on 20.12.18. Sister E. O. Schofield, CHR proceeded in charge of the party, and in relief of the present Sister in Charge of No.20 CCS.
General Service Section: Forwarded to DMS, L of C correspondence received from the Matron of No.3 General Hospital in connection with confidential reports to be furnished on General Service VAD members. Asked, in view of previous War Office Letter received, whether previous instructions on this subject were cancelled, and if so if the necessary instructions could be issued to Matrons. There appears to be some doubt as to whether confidential reports asked to be furnished by the War Office are to be rendered by Matrons or VAD Commandants.
Stolen Luggage: DMS, L of C returned correspondence in connection with stolen luggage of Nursing Sisters in Calais. The Assistant Provost Marshall and the Military Police have been notified and a statement sent to the French Police.
Convalescent Homes at Etretat: DMS, L of C forwarded for remarks, memo received from Commissioner, BRCS States that he is quite willing that the Convalescent Homes for Nurses and the Convalescent Home for QMAACs at Etaples should remain open until the end of January when the matter of their closing can be reconsidered, provided that satisfactory arrangements can be made for the sending out of rations and providing medical attendance. As one month’s notice has to be given to terminate the lease, which dates from the 15th of the month, this would mean that the Home would be open until the end of February or the middle of March.
American Nursing Service: Received wire from Miss Stimson, Matron-in-Chief, American Expeditionary Force, notifying that No.1 General (Presbyterian Unit) would be returning to the States in a short time. The Nurses were not to be attached to other Hospitals. A telegram has been sent to Colonel Veeder to transfer to the American EF casual American Nurses with British Units not attached to American Units if approved. Wired DMS, L of C asking what action should be taken, and repeated to DGMS.
Transfer: Received War Office letter approving the transfer to the Home Establishment of A/Sister Nixon, QAIMNSR; it cannot be promised that this lady will be posted to a Station in or near London unless a vacancy exists. Forwarded and recommended to DGMS application from Miss S. K. Laycock, VAD to be transferred to the Home Establishment pending resignation on termination of contract. As this lady has had no leave since her arrival in France on 1.3.18, she has been given 14 days’ leave from 4.1.19, and instructed to report her arrival in the United Kingdom to the Matron-in-Chief, War Office, in writing.
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AANS: Received from DMS, L of C notification that No.1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen closed on December 7th, 1918.
American Nursing Service: Received from DMS, L of C memo on the subject of No.1 (Presbyterian) General Hospital. No action is required by this office regarding Nurses pending receipt of detailed orders as regards personnel of the Unit. With regard to casual Nurses of the American EF, those who can be spared should be dealt with in accordance with instructions which may be received from the American authorities. Sent DMS, L of C communication received from OC No.12 General Hospital asking if the remarks of the DDMS Rouen might be asked for on this matter. OC 12 General Hospital had received wire from the Chief Surgeon, American EF asking that the Matron-in-Chief, BEF might be notified that all casual nursing personnel would be sent to Hospital Center, Mare-sur-Allier, Department Nievre, for reassignment when Hospitals to which attached closed. This does not apply to the Nursing Staff of American Units serving with the BEF as these Units will be sent Home when released from the BEF. Base Hospital No.2 already under orders, Nurses to remain with Unit. OC 12 General Hospital suggests that these ladies should be sent from the various Hospitals as soon as their services can be spared.
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No.2 BRCS Hospital: Received from DMS, L of C notification that No.2 BRCS Hospital, Rouen, was closed on December 20th.
Free passage to Dominions: Received War Office letter with reference to a free passage for Nurses from the Dominions. Passages will be provided for all members of the Reserve under conditions of ACI 902, irrespective of whether their service was originally with the Dominions or not.
CAMC: Received letter from DGMS, OMFC stating that application for the recall of 20 Sisters of the CAMC had been submitted and approved, selection to be left to the Principal Matron, Canadians, and reliefs to be sent from Imperial Units to which CAMC Sisters are attached.
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Decorations: Forwarded to DGMS in accordance with instructions, recommendations for the award of the RRC 1st Class to 1 French lady, and the RRC 2nd Class to 3 French ladies, who have rendered devoted services to the British sick and wounded.
Harvard Unit: Reported to DGMS that notification had been received that 19 members of the ANCUSA had reported for duty at No.22 General Hospital (Harvard Unit).
No.1 Australian General Hospital: Forwarded to DMS, L of C Nominal Roll of members of the Nursing Staff of No.1 Australian General Hospital who proceeded to Sutton Veny on the 17th and 19th instants.
No.48 CCS: Received memo from DMS 4th Army stating that arrangements were being made at No.48 CCS for the accommodation of 8 Sick Sisters; accommodation was also being arranged at the Hostel occupied by the Nursing Staff of No.48 CCS for 8 Sisters to replace casualties and other emergency work, and requesting that a Home Sister should be appointed to assist Miss Roy, QAIMNS, Sister in charge, in her work.
Sister M. Potts, ANSR: Replied to wire from DMS, L of C asking for contract signed by Miss Potts, ANSR which had just been requested by the War Office, that Miss Potts was a member of the ANSR and it had not been understood that a renewal of contract was necessary.
Luggage of Nursing Sisters: In accordance with instructions received from the War Office instructed all Bases to forward luggage of those members of the Nursing Service who are at present on 3 weeks’ sick leave to their home address. The War Office requests that all those leaving this Command on sick leave in future should take their heavy luggage with them.
Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS for consideration application from A/Sister M. O’Dowd, QAIMNSR to resign her appointment for the purpose of resuming her duties as Matron of the Albert Agricultural College, Glasnevin, Dublin.
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Resignation: Forwarded to DGMS application from S/Nurse C. L. Shann, QAIMNSR, to be permitted to resign her contract as she is in need of a long rest, and has received no promotion. This lady joined Army Service 19.7.15, and embarked for France 11.10.16. Her name has not been forwarded for promotion, and there are others on the waiting list who should have prior consideration. She proceeded on 3 weeks’ sick leave on 19.12.18.
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College of Nursing: Miss Crowlin and Miss Vaughan, representatives of the College of Nursing, returned from their fortnight’s tour on the L of C, on which they had been accompanied by Miss Rannie, RRC, QAIMNS, and embarked for England on the afternoon leave boat.
CAMC: Returned all correspondence to the Matron-in-Chief, CEF in connection with Lt. O. C. F. Hague, 2nd Brigade, CFA*, who died at No.1 South Midland CCS on 2.5.15. It is regretted that although 1 Sister and 2 Officers have been asked about the case, very little information can be obtained.
Miss Alice Fitzgerald: With reference to Miss Alice Fitzgerald, (Edith Cavell Nurse) received memo from DGMS notifying that the procedure laid down in para.27 of S.S.477 “Instructions with regard to Honours and Awards”, should be followed in connection with the attendance of Miss Fitzgerald at an Investiture before returning to America. If this lady is not a member of the BEF and is serving with the AEF asked DGMS if special arrangements could be made for her to proceed to England on a certain date for the express purpose of attending an Investiture. Stated that it was understood that the allotment of leave in the United Kingdom for the American EF was a very limited one.
Ambulance Trains: Received notification from ADMS Ambulance Trains that Nos.28, 29, 30 and 35 Ambulance Trains have been demobilised.
S/Nurse M. Davies, QAIMNSR: Received wire from the War Office asking that the luggage of S/Nurse M. Davies, QAIMNSR, left at Boulogne en route from Italy, might be expedited. Sent wire requesting that the address to which the luggage should be sent might be notified. Received wire saying luggage should be forwarded to the Prisoners of War Hospital, Oswestry.
Miss E. M. Turnbull: Received wire from War Office stating that the lady referred to in previous correspondence as Miss E. M. Turnbull should read Miss E. M. Towell. Wired in reply saying that luggage was despatched on December 18th to her home address.
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New Zealand Stationary Hospital: Reported to DGMS departure to the United Kingdom of Matron M. Brooke, NZANS and 37 members of the NZANS from the New Zealand Stationary Hospital on 27.12.18.
AANS: Reported to DGMS that 15 members of the AANS attached to No.1 Australian General Hospital proceeded on 23.12.18 to Sutton Veny.
Weekly return: Forwarded to DGMS weekly statement shewing wastage of Nursing Staff in France for the period 21.12.18 to 28.12.18. Total deficiency on establishment, Trained Nurses 431, working shortage 640. Total surplus on establishment, Untrained Nurses nil, total working shortage 36. Forwarded to Matron-in-Chief, War Office weekly return of Trained Nurses working in Casualty Clearing Stations; total on 28.12.18, 587.
Principal Matron, Miss Richards, QAIMNS: DMS, L of C forwarded proceedings of Medical Board convened at Cap Martin for the purpose of examining Miss Richards, RRC, Principal Matron, QAIMNS who was at the Villa Roquebrune. DMS, L of C asked for information regarding this lady. Stated that she had proceeded to Roquebrune on November 13th, special application was made by the Matron-in-Chief, War Office, for her to spend the winter there after a severe attack of Pneumonia. She came out to France with No.2 General Hospital on mobilisation and was evacuated sick to the United Kingdom on 27.5.15. On her return to duty she was employed as one of the Matron-in-Chief’s Assistant Principal Matrons at the War Office. Whilst at the Villa Roquebrune she has been treated medically, the matter being reported to the Commandant, Cap Martin. Stated it was regretted that the verbal consent of the DGMS and the DMS, L of C to her proceeding to the South of France was not confirmed on paper. Asked that she might be allowed to remain there for a longer period.
Blue Efficiency Stripe: Forwarded to DMS, L of C correspondence in connection with the Blue Efficiency Stripe to VAD members serving in Auxiliary Hospitals, printed instructions to examiners and questions set for an examination, which is supposed to be taking place in France. Major Hicks, Medical Assessor to the BRCS, called at this office with reference to the appointment of a QAIMNS Matron to assist a Medical Officer selected by the DDMS to examine VADs. This is the first intimation received in this office with reference to the Blue Efficiency Stripe which affects solely BRCS members serving in Auxiliary Hospitals. Asked if it was thought desirable that this request should be considered.
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Almeric Paget Corps: Received from DMS, L of C memo stating that it was not considered necessary for reliefs to be asked for, for members of the APMMC who were transferred to the Home Establishment for various causes.
New Zealand Stationary Hospital: Received from DMS, L of C notification that the New Zealand Stationary Hospital was now closed, and arrangements had been made for the personnel, including 41 Sisters to embark for the United Kingdom from Boulogne on 27.12.18.
Harvard Unit: Received notification from DMS, L of C that No.22 General Hospital (Harvard Unit) is closing; the personnel will return to the United Kingdom 8.1.19, conducted by Lt. Colonel H. H. White, who is managing this Unit.
Promotion: Wired to DGMS asking whether promotions of the S/Nurses of No.22 General Hospital (Harvard Unit) lately approved by the War Office were to take effect from date of War Office letter.
American Nursing Service: In reply to letter from Colonel Veeder, OC No.12 General Hospital suggesting that the Casual American Nurses serving with Imperial Units should be relieved from further duty as soon as possible and sent to Hospital Center Mare-sur-Allier for reassignment, sent memo to DGMS through DMS, L of C Stated that in addition to the American Nurses working in American Units there are still 111 Casual American Nurses working in Units nursed by British personnel. In view of the suggestion of OC No.12 General Hospital and as the work of the BEF has considerably decreased, it would appear that the services of these ladies could be spared at an early date, and if things remain as at present their vacancies could be filled by Imperial Nurses. Asked if it was considered advisable that any steps should be taken in this matter and authority obtained for these ladies to be returned to the American EF.
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Miss E. Maude, VAD: Reported to DGMS that Miss E. Maude, VAD was admitted sick to No.14 General Hospital on 30.9.18 with debility. She proceeded to Villa Roquebrune on 3.11.18 on convalescent leave and from reports received it would appear that this lady is not yet fit for duty. Asked if it was advised that she should appear before a Medical Board.
American Nursing Service: Forwarded to DGMS through DMS, L of C statement shewing the present position with regard to the 6 British Units staffed by American personnel serving in the BEF. Total strength 583, total establishment 469. Excess over Establishment 114. Of these 114, 77 are Nurses who were originally members of the Casual Groups. Authority was obtained for the vacancies caused by the withdrawal of these ladies to be filled by Casual Nurses attached to Imperial Units staffed with British Nursing Personnel. Now that the original staff are returning these 6 Units are much above strength. In view of the fact that there is very little work in these Units and that in all likelihood they will be among the first to close, it is considered advisable that they should without delay be reduced to their normal strength. Asked if the American authorities might be approached and arrangements made for the immediate transfer to the American EF of these surplus Nurses.
College of Nursing: Reported to DMS, L of C that Miss Cowlin and Miss Vaughan, representatives of the College of Nursing, completed their fortnight’s tour in France on 28.12.18, and returned to the United Kingdom on that date.
Casualty Clearing Stations: Satisfactory arrangements have been made with the Director of Medical Services of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Armies as regards accommodation both for Sick Sisters and for reinforcements for temporary duty and emergency work and to relieve casualties.