CROWN COPYRIGHT: THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, WO95/3991
SEPTEMBER 1st – 30th 1918
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Leave without Pay: Received War Office letter notifying that 2 months’ leave without pay had been granted to Matron H. R. Oates, TFNS as a special case, it being understood that a Matron is available in the BEF to perform these duties in her absence.
Sisters’ Hospital, Trouville: Received ruling from DMS, L of C that Nursing Sisters sent to the Women’s Hospital, Trouville, must necessarily be transferred as patients. There is no authority for the adoption of any other system, and no authority has been given for the establishment of a Convalescent Home at the Women’s Hospital, Trouville. Previous arrangements are therefore to be considered cancelled. (Sisters who are in need of a rest have been sent to Trouville for recuperative leave, and have been accommodated in a wing of the Sick Sisters’ Hospital, and the question as to rations, etc. has arisen, causing this ruling to be given).
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Weekly return: Received memo from DGMS with regard to the weekly return shewing strength of Nurses at present serving in the Area occupied by the British Armies in France. In future this return is to be submitted once a month only in duplicate.
Almeric Paget Corps: Received War Office letter authorising the embarkation on the 3rd inst. of Miss V. Lane, Miss A. M. McLelland, Miss N. E. Myddleton, and Miss E. B. Hampson, APMMC for duty in France.
Sister M. Ashton, AANS: Received War Office letter notifying that Sister Mary Ashton, AANS had been promoted temporarily to the rank of Head Sister at No.2 Australian General Hospital from 1.8.18 vice temporary Head Sister (now Sister) L. E. White, AANS transferred to the United Kingdom.
Resignations: Forwarded to DGMS list of trained members of the Nursing Staff who have sent in applications to resign since the last return forwarded on 1.7.18.
Rations: Sent to DMS, L of C all correspondence in connection with the drawing of rations from the American Expeditionary Force by Nursing Sisters on British Ambulance Trains. The Financial Advisor has ruled that the following procedure is to be adopted. The CO of the Ambulance Train will be asked to forward to the Command Paymaster monthly statement of rations received. Value of these rations will be deducted from the claim of Board Allowance of 3/1 per day, net amount only being paid to the Sister in charge to meet household expenses.
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Miss B. C. Wrigley, VAD: Received memo from DGMS giving authority for Miss B. C. Wrigley, VAD to be taken on the strength of this Command pending instructions from the War Office. Informed Principal Commandant VADs requesting that this lady should be posted to 47 General Hospital for duty.
NZANS: Received memo from DGMS forwarding a copy of a letter from Headquarters, New Zealand Expeditionary Force issuing instructions that members of the NZANS shall not in future be seconded for instruction in the administration of Anaesthetics, but those at present under training shall complete their course.
CAMC Transfers: Forwarded and recommended to DGMS application from N/Sister E. A. Davis, CAMC to proceed with the Hospital Unit to Russia: also from N/Sister E. A. Marshall, CAMC to proceed with the Canadian Unit which is being authorised to go to Siberia.
Anaesthetists: Reported to DGMS that 3 N/Sisters in the Dieppe Area are now ready to proceed to Army Areas for their final course of instruction in the administration of Anaesthetics. Asked for instructions as to postings. When these ladies have proceeded there will be no Sisters under instruction in Anaesthetics remaining in Hospitals on the Lines of Communication.
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Reinforcements: Received War Office letter notifying the arrival on 30.8.18 of 4 Acting Sisters of the QAIMNS and 6 Staff Nurses of the QAIMNSR as reinforcements.
Transfer: Sent memo to DGMS stating that S/Nurse R. M. Watling, TFNS has been informed that the only transfer that can be arranged for her is to the Home Establishment; this lady states that she is not desirous of availing herself of this offer, as she found the winter she spent in the United Kingdom very trying. Forwarded and recommended to DGMS application to transfer to the Home Establishment from Sister F. M. George, TFNS, her reason being that her husband has been given Home Service for 6 months.
Forwarded and recommended to DGMS application to transfer to the Home Establishment from Sister L. Riach, TFNS owing to the failing health of her mother. Forwarded and recommended to DGMS application to transfer to Home Establishment in order to be out of air-raids and if possible to be posted to Brighton, from Sister L. Rangecroft, TFNS.
S/Nurse L. Sutton, QAIMNSR: Sent memo to DGMS stating that the terms contained in letter from DMS, AIF had been communicated to S/Nurse L. Sutton, QAIMNSR, who regretted that she could not avail herself of the offer of a passage to Australia, as she was unable to pay her return fare.
Miss M. Metcalfe: Reported to DGMS that Miss Metcalfe, VAD whose application for 2 months’ leave without pay had not been granted by the War Office, is now desirous of renewing her contract which terminates 4.9.18. She was admitted to Hospital with a fractured ankle, and was evacuated to England on 1.9.18.
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QAIMNS Badge: Received memo from DGMS with reference to the resignation of A/Sister C. E. Bray, QAIMNS asking that her badge of QAIMNS should be forwarded by registered post as soon as possible.
Resignation: Received War Office letter approving the resignation of S/Nurse B. Philip, QAIMNSR 17 CCS. As this lady has resigned for reasons within her own control, she should be called upon to refund the additional pay issued under ACI 2306, or the amount to be refunded should be deducted from pay and allowances due to her before any further issue is made. It has been decided that Miss Philip may benefit by the terms of ACI 522 and only be called upon to refund a proportionate amount of the additional pay issued to her.
Transfer: Forwarded to DMS, L of C for favour of transmission to DGMS confidential report on Matron H. R. Oates, TFNS. As this lady’s vacancy has been filled, may she be transferred to the Home Establishment.
Trouville Area: Sent memo to DMS, L of C with reference to application from DDMS Trouville for the issue of a typewriter for use in the A/Principal Matron’s Office. The total number of Nursing Staff in the Area was 458, excluding General Service members, more Hospitals are opening in Trouville and the clerical work will naturally increase. A/Principal Matrons of all other Areas, excluding Marseilles and Calais, are supplied with machines.
Miss Bowden Smith, VAD: Returned to DGMS correspondence with reference to permission to serve in Military Hospitals in France for Miss Bowden Smith, VAD. This lady has been informed that her application has been approved.
Weekly return: Notified Commissioner, BRCS that the weekly return of personnel is only required monthly and in duplicate. Asked that it should reach this office on the last day of each month.
Monthly return: Forwarded to DGMS monthly return shewing total number of trained Nurses and VAD members, Assistant Nurses, General Service members and others working in Military and BRCS Units on 31.8.18. Forwarded to DGMS wastage return of members of the British Nursing Services from the 1st to 31st August, 1918.
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Miss E. Riggall: Notified DGMS and Matron-in-Chief, AIF that Miss E. Riggall, Australian Red Cross Worker, had been admitted to [blank] General Hospital on 31.8.18 and died the same night from cerebral haemorrhage.
Investiture: Sent circular to DGMS, all Armies and Bases, with a specimen form attached instructing that all members of the Nursing Services who have been awarded a decoration and have not attended an Investiture, should submit a form similar to the attached, duly completed, to the War Office, on arrival on leave.
AANS Transfer: Received War Office letter notifying that the application from S/Nurse Stevenson, AANS for Home Service in Australia has been approved. Owing to the large number of applications for transfer to Australia, it is impossible to say when this can be arranged.
USANC: Received War Office letter with reference to R/Nurses Cline and Wilson, USANC at 32 Stationary Hospital who arrived in France without Camp Kits, stating that these ladies were in possession of kits authorised by the United States Army, and we were not in a position to augment it.
VAD Contracts: Received memo from DDMS Trouville in reply to War Office letter stating that Miss M. King and Miss M. J. Masterton, VAD members, both signed for duration in 1917, saying that this matter had been referred to these ladies who still state that they read the form they signed on December 7th, 1917, and that they did not sign for duration.
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VAD Assistant Nurses: Received from DGMS War Office wire with regard to report received from VAD authorities that VAD Assistant Nurses in France had been ordered to change their uniform. If such orders have been given, they should at once be cancelled. ACI 214 of 1918 gives no such authority. Informed DGMS that no such orders had been issued from this office, that enquiries were being made and a further notification would be forwarded later. Sent memo to all Bases where VAD Assistant Nurses are serving asking if instructions have been given for these ladies to change their uniform, and if so on what authority, and drawing attention to ACI 214 of 1918 and instructions issued from this office, stating that the only change in uniform was the metal ‘AN’ to be worn on indoor and outdoor uniform.
Return of Voluntary Institutions: Received memo from DMS, L of C with regard to a return which has been called for from all Voluntary Institutions serving with the British Armies in France, exclusive of BRCS Hospitals, and inclusive of all Convalescent Homes, houses for nurses, VADs, General Service VADs, QMAACs, and Hostels for relatives of wounded, shewing designation of institution, location, accommodation, authority for formation, date of establishment, strength of staff, nature of personnel, whether RAMC, BRCS, General Service, or QMAAC etc. etc.
Camp Kit for VADs: Received memo from DGMS forwarding copy of ACI 164 of 1918 with regard to Camp Kit Allowance and issue of Camp Kit in kind to VAD members employed in Military Hospitals. (1) with reference to ACI 1215 of 1915 and 399 of 1918, the Joint War Committee have a number of repaired Camp Kits available for issue to VAD members when ordered abroad for Active Service Areas for which Camp Kit Allowance is authorised. (2) where new Camp Kit is issued in kind, no Camp Kit Allowance is admissible, but in cases where renovated Camp Kit has been issued, it has been decided to make a cash issue of £2. 10. 0. (3) applications to be addressed to the Joint Women’s VAD Committee, Devonshire House, and to be signed by the OC and Matron of the Hospital at which the applicant has been serving prior to being passed for duty overseas.
Home Sisters: Received War Office letter with reference to the entitlement of Home Sisters and Civilian Housekeepers to issues of increments of pay and uniform allowance. If a member of the QAIMNS, QAIMNSR or TFNS is employed as a Home Sister, this lady is entitled to receive increment of pay and allowances: if a civilian housekeeper is employed, no issue of increments of pay and allowances is admissible. When a claim is rendered, War Office authority for the employment of the trained nurse in the capacity of Home Sister must be attached. The rate of pay of civilian housekeepers is fixed at appointment.
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Military Medal: Received memo from DMS, L of C forwarding letter from DGMS with reference to the granting of the Military Medal to members of the Nursing Service. DGMS states that from time to time it has been suggested that it is derogatory for Nurses to be given the Military Medal, and that as a class they consider it a stigma to be given a medal reserved for Warrant Officers and other ranks, and that the proper decoration for them is the Military Cross. DGMS wishes to know the feelings of Nurses generally on this subject, and whether it is advisable to reconsider the necessity of awarding the RRC in future to Nurses instead of the Military Medal.
Reinforcements: Received memo from DGMS with reference to our wire for reinforcements, stating that they are being expedited.
Reinforcements: Received War Office letter authorising the embarkation on 6.9.18 of 8 members of the TFNS and 2 VAD members.
Colonel Jenner: Colonel Jenner, AAG came to the Office to ask if the 9 additional leaves for Sisters, making the daily allotment up to 29, would be sufficient. Said that an allotment of 30 per day would keep the leaves of the N/Sisters up to date, but that at the present time there were many overdue leave on account of having had an allotment of 20 per day for a considerable time. He also asked that the number of members of the Nursing Services eligible for Honours or Mentions on midnight of the 16th instant should be wired to him on the morning of the 17th, and an allotment would be sent later.
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Mrs. U. H. Scott, SAMNS: Received memo from DGMS stating that the question as to whether Mrs. U. H. Scott, SAMNS Probationer, should return to England for duty has been referred to the War Office.
Reinforcements: Received War Office letter authorising the embarkation on the 10th inst. of 6 Sisters, 12 Staff Nurses, 12 VADs and 1 Special Probationer for duty in France.
Assistant Nurses: Received War Office letter notifying that metal badges ‘AN’ for VAD Assistant Nurses can be purchased from Messrs. Nichol’s & Co. Regent Street. Orders for these badges must be sent by the Matron of the Hospital concerned, VAD Assistant Nurses are not authorised to order these themselves.
Miss C. Barrett, Special Probationer: Forwarded and recommended to DGMS application from Miss C. Barrett Special Probationer, to be trained n a recognised Training School, St. Thomas’ if possible, with a view to joining the QAIMNS.
VAD Contracts: Forwarded to Matron-in-Chief, War Office, correspondence in connection with the contracts signed by Miss King and Miss Masterton, VAD members, who both declare that they have not signed for duration, asking what further action should be taken in the matter.
USANC: Forwarded to DMS, L of C application from OC 9 General Hospital concerning Miss H. O’Brien, USANC being transferred to a different climate owing to ill health. As this would appear to be a case which should be dealt with by a Medical Board, should not this lady be admitted to Hospital and dealt with in the usual way.
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Almeric Paget Corps: Received from the Hon. Essex French copy of ACI 884 of 1918 notifying that the Uniform Allowance of members of the Almeric Paget Military Massage Corps serving in Military Hospitals will now be paid direct from Army funds: £2 half yearly payable in advance at the beginning of each six months. A list was also attached of members of this Corps shewing when their next Uniform grant will fall due.
S/Nurse B. Wollman, QAIMNSR: Sent memo to DGMS reporting the departure on the 7th inst. of S/Nurse B. Wollman, QAIMNSR to Taranto, where this lady is due to report on the 8th inst. Asked DDMS Boulogne for explanation as to why this lady did not proceed earlier, in view of the fact that orders were issued from this Office on the 28.8.18.
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Sister H. Urquhart, QAIMNSR: Received notification from DGMS that the presence of Sister Urquhart, QAIMNSR is needed at No.8 General Hospital, as her brother, Major Urquhart, DSO, MM is on the DI list there. Issued orders for this lady to go to No.8 General Hospital.
Assistant Nurses: Received War Office letter with reference to submitting names of VADs and Special Probationers for promotion to the rank of Assistant Nurse. ACI 214 of 1918 is under consideration by the Nursing Board, as to the qualifications of members for this promotion who resign almost directly after their appointment has been approved. No further applications are being approved until a ruling has been obtained on this matter.
Miss McGowan, USANC: Sent memo to DMS, L of C with reference to War Office letter asking for information to be sent as to Miss V. McGowan, Reserve Nurse, USANC who stated that she had no work to do, having been placed in a ward where there were no patients at No.26 General Hospital. It would appear from the correspondence that this was the case from 7th to 24th July. It is understood that this Hospital was especially light at this time owing to air raids which had taken place. It is regretted that I was not informed of this fact earlier, as it would have been easy to have moved Miss McGowan sooner.
Issue of typewriter: Received memo from DGMS that a typewriter is being issued to the A/Principal Matron, Trouville, for use in her office.
Contracts: Received War Office letter notifying that a further Army Form is being prepared for signature by Trained Nurses, Assistant Nurses, Special Military Probationers, and VAD members who wish to sign up for as long as required during the present emergency. As the forms issued for this purpose up to the present are now cancelled, all members of the above categories of Nurses whose contracts have expired and who are desirous of signing for as long as required, may sign the new Army Form and date their services from the expiration of their 6, or 12 months contract. AFW 3660 should only be used for a 6 months’ agreement.
Colonel Lyster: Colonel Lyster, Ophthalmic Specialist came to the Office to see me to discuss the question he is putting forward with reference to instituting Ophthalmic centres in the different Bases and Armies. The Nursing Staff and Orderlies of these Centres would be interchanged at intervals; this would specially affect the orderlies with regard to their promotion etc. Colonel Lyster is hoping that this proposal will be accepted, and that it will be in working order before long.
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Reinforcements: Received War Office letter notifying the embarkation on the 11th inst. of 25 members of the TFNS. Reported to DGMS arrival for duty in France on the 10th inst. of 6 Sisters and 12 Staff Nurses, members of the QAIMNSR, and 12 VAD members, and 1 Special Probationer.
Anaesthetists: Received memo from DGMS giving postings for 3 Sisters from the Dieppe Area who have completed two months of their course in Anaesthetics.
American Nursing Service: Sent memo to DGMS stating that the application for American Sisters made by us on the 4th instant meets with the approval of General Ireland. He is desirous that as Nurses are withdrawn from the 6 British Units nursed by American personnel for duty with the AEF, their vacancies shall be filled by American Nurses who are working in Units nursed by members of the QAIMNS and TFNS, they also being replaced by other American Nurses. The strength of the American Nurses working in Units nursed by members of the QAIMNS and TFNS would thus be kept up to 200, and they would constantly be gaining experience in our Active Service arrangements before ultimately joining their own Bases.
Sister G. E. Custance, QAIMNSR: Sent memo to DGMS as to the procedure to be adopted in the case of Sister Custance, QAIMNSR who received her training in Anaesthetics in group A, and was certified competent to act as Anaesthetist on 28.4.18, and who is now considered unsuitable for this branch of work, and has been posted to a Base Hospital for nursing duties only.
Military Medal for Nursing Sisters: Sent memo to DGMS with reference to the granting of the Military Medal to Nursing Sisters. Said that with the exception of the Canadian Nursing Service it is felt that no dissatisfaction exists among Nurses as a whole as regards the award of the Military Medal, and that those who have been awarded this distinction have always fully appreciated it and considered it a very great honour to be given a Medal which is awarded solely for bravery in the field. If this Medal were replaced by the RRC, which is now given in such large numbers at Home and Abroad, it would in my opinion, be a sad pity. Also the Military Medal is now an additional distinction.
6 Canadian General Hospital: Sent memo to DMS, L of C with reference to the accommodation of the Nursing Staff of No.6 Canadian General Hospital. The OC is in communication with the French Authorities on the subject with a view to taking another house in the neighbourhood, as the present accommodation is inadequate. He is of the opinion that the present staff of 60 is necessary for the efficient working of the Unit.
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Leave: Notified DGMS that Miss H. E. S. Twamley, VAD had been granted 7 days’ special leave from 11.9.18 on account of the dangerous illness of her brother. This lady was instructed to report in person to the Matron-in-Chief, War Office, as she had previously applied for 1 month’s leave.
Sent memo to ADMS Marseilles with reference to his request to be supplied with a copy of instructions with regard to the Messing accounts for Nursing Sisters, that a ruling has been given by DMS, L of C delegating the Matron-in-Chief, BEF to carry out the duty of auditing the accounts.
Anaesthetists: Sent memo to DGMS with reference to the training of New Zealand Nursing Sisters as Anaesthetists, asking that authority may be obtained for the 3 Nursing Sisters now undergoing this course of training, and the 2 who completed their training last May and are now employed in Anaesthetic duties, to be additional to the establishment, and for their vacancies to be filled. The New Zealand Unit has been very busy, and is consequently feeling the need of these 5 members, and they have had temporary help from members of the QAIMNSR.
Evacuation of American Nurses: Sent memo to DMS, L of C referring to the evacuation of American Nurses serving with the BEF, asking if the wishes of the DGMS, AEF may be ascertained as to the disposal of Nurses who have been sick in Hospital and are not considered fit to return to duty. In a recent interview with General Ireland he said he would prefer them to be sent to Paris, but there is no official ruling on the subject.
Masseuses: Sent memo to DDMS Trouville with reference to his application for additional Masseuses, asking if there is hutted accommodation for these ladies. At the present time the accommodation for Nurses at each Unit in Trouville is 125, while War Office Establishment for a 2500 bedded Hospital is 146. Thus it would appear that there is no accommodation for extra Staff. Sent memo to ADMS Dieppe stating that members of the Almeric Paget Corps in his Area could be utilised at any of the Hospitals in that Area, wherever most required.
Rations: Received memo from DGMS attaching copy of the suggested ration scheme for Nursing Sisters. DMS, L of C is of opinion that a fixed ration should be approved and issued to Nursing Sisters, the value thereof being deducted from their Board Allowance. He also thinks that this ration should be drawn by all Nursing Sisters, irrespective of the Service to which they belong, whether Regular, Colonial, or BRCS, and suggests the Financial Authorities should collect the costs.
Honours and Mentions: Received instructions from the AAG with reference to the New Year Honours. The recommendations to reach the DMS, L of C by October 1st.
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VAD Contracts: Received War Office letter giving dates of joining Army Service of the VAD members who embarked on 16.8.18 for duty in France. Sent memo to DGMS with reference to 7 VAD members who arrived in France on 10.9.18 and do not shew that they have signed fresh contracts from the date of leaving Home Stations, asking if they should be called upon to do so in accordance with War Office letter of 30.5.18.
Claim for lost kit: Forwarded to AQMG complaint from Sister W. S. Baker, QAIMNSR with reference to her claim for £35, to replace her kit lost during the Retreat in March, stating that the amount approved by HQ, L of C was insufficient to meet the necessary expenses incurred, and asking that the matter might be re-considered.
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Transfer to Italy: Received War Office letter instructing that arrangements should be made for the transfer of Miss G. E. Custance, QAIMNSR to Italy for duty in the Italian Command. The date of her departure to be reported.
S/Nurse B. Wollman, QAIMNSR: Received memo from DGMS asking for an explanation as to why orders contained in his wire of the 26th inst. with reference to the transfer of S/Nurse B. Wollman, QAIMNSR, to Taranto were not complied with before the 7th instant. Replied that this office did not know till the 7th instant that the instructions issued to Boulogne on 28.8.18 had not been carried out, and forwarded correspondence from DDMS Boulogne stating that delay was caused by misunderstanding, as it was thought that Miss Wollman was to leave Boulogne on the 8th instant.
N/Sister L. G. Squire, CAMC: Received memo from DGMS with reference to the posting of N/Sister L. G. Squire, CAMC to 2 Canadian CCS as Sister in charge, asking whether this lady will fill the appointment of A/Matron authorised in Routine Orders 2330 of 28.8.17 (that an A/Matron and 25 Nursing Sisters are allowed for each CCS) and whether this will appear in the London Gazette or AC & R or if not whether it is to be promulgated in Part 2 Orders.
Promotion: Forwarded to DGMS recommendations for promotion to the rank of Sister of 5 members of the TFNS regretting that reports were not submitted on AFW 3131, as they were received prior to DGMS instructions on this subject. Instructions have now been issued for reports to be submitted on AFW 3131. Forwarded copies of reports on these 5 members of the TFNS to the Matron-in-Chief, TFNS.
Sister Bray, QAIMNS: Received memo from DGMS asking that the Badge of QAIMNS belonging to Sister Bray, QAIMNS who has recently resigned to be married, should be expedited to him. Informed him that the DDMS Rouen states that this Badge was forwarded by Sister Bray direct to the War Office.
Miss Stimson, Chief Nurse: Received from DGMS white pass for Miss Stimson, Chief Nurse, American Red Cross, to visit Army Areas on condition that she is accompanied by me.
Military Medals: Received from AAG recommendations for the award of the Military Medal to S/Nurse R. Brain, TFNS and S/Nurse L. Calvert, TFNS. The recommendation for S/Nurse L. Calvert, TFNS is forwarded for the forthcoming Honours and Mentions List, if we so desire, as it is not considered that this Nurse’s actions merit the Military Medal.
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CAMC: Sent memo to DGMS with reference to a letter received from Canadian Section, GHQ with regard to the correct channels through which to pass correspondence affecting Canadian personnel, stating that all correspondence should be addressed to the Canadian Section, GHQ 1st Echelon. Presuming that this includes the Nursing Personnel, asked if it would be in order to ask that all matters in connection with the Nursing Service might be passed direct to this office for the Principal Matron, Canadians, to deal with.
American Nursing Service: Forwarded to DMS, L of C memo from No.9 General Hospital asking whether members of the American Nursing Service who have been awarded a decoration and have not already attended an Investiture, may obtain leave to the United Kingdom for this purpose, as by reason of not having near relations in England, they are otherwise ineligible for leave in the United Kingdom.
Canadian reinforcements: Received letter from Matron-in-Chief, Canadians, saying that as she is amply supplied with N/Sisters at the present time owing to the temporary closing of some of the Units, can we utilise for temporary duty in Imperial Units in France 30 or 35 of these Sisters, probably for three months. If this meets with approval, can a demand be submitted.
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No.1 General Hospital: Sent memo to DMS, L of C with reference to the order instructing the 4 VAD members attached to No.1 General Hospital to join No.2 Stationary Hospital for duty. This matter calls for immediate attention as the order has been held over till these ladies were relieved by competent workers. VAD Nursing members should not be posted to a Unit for domestic duties when French maids can be sanctioned. Asked whether authority could be obtained, as in the case of the Sick Sisters’ Hospital, Calais, for General Service members to be posted and accommodated at this Unit. (The 4 VAD members in question were working at the Sick Sisters’ Hospital attached to No.1 General Hospital.).
Leave: Forwarded and recommended to DGMS application from Lady Elizabeth Keppel, VAD for 6 weeks’ leave in order to go to the Hague to see her brother who is interned there.
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Transfer: Forwarded to DGMS application to transfer for service with the Women’s Royal Air Force from Miss M. McCarthy, VAD.
Miss Grace Allison, USANC: Forwarded to DGMS and Chief Nurse, AEF, notice that Miss Grace Allison, Chief Nurse No.9 General Hospital, proceeded to the United States of America on 5.9.18 on recall.
Anaesthetists: Sent memo to DGMS with reference to the issue of certificates to Nursing Sisters who have completed their course of training in the administration of Anaesthetics, and are considered competent to act as Anaesthetists. At present these certificates are not given for retention by individuals, and a Sister is in possession of no written guarantee as to her qualifications in this respect. In consequence, a Sister who is considered competent to act as an Anaesthetist cannot at a Unit be distinguished from a Sister who has undergone the training and who is not considered efficient, and for whom no certificate has been completed. Also the work of a Sister who has completed her training satisfactorily and has been employed as an Anaesthetist for some months may deteriorate, and it may be found necessary for her to resume nursing duties, and it cannot be guaranteed that in times of pressure she will not resume Anaesthetic duties, though the form of certificate held in the DGMS office has been cancelled. Suggested that certificates should be issued to these ladies and renewed by competent authority every 6 months.
Camp Kits, USANC: Received War Office letter notifying that Camp Kits for 120 American Nurses attached to British Units are being forwarded.
American Nursing Service: Received memo from Colonel Delaney, Liaison Officer, AEF saying that it would be of great assistance to them if American Nurses on duty with the BEF on going to the United Kingdom might be instructed to call at the Office of the Chief Nurse, Base Section, Belgrave Mansions, where they could be instructed about American Nurses’ Clubs and Hostels, and changes in Uniform, where American Uniform could be obtained, and information given as to many things which would add to their comfort and to the pleasantness of their stay.
Ration scheme: Forwarded to DGMS remarks with reference to the proposed new ration scheme for Nursing Sisters. The new scale of rations drawn up appears to be suitable, but the issue of rations on repayment has answered so admirably that before a change is made could definite information be given as to the amount to be deducted from the Board Allowance of Nursing Sisters, as it is essential that a surplus of 1/8 per day should be left. Extra expenses are at present heavy, as in addition to supplementing rations by fresh vegetables, eggs, etc., it is necessary to purchase (1) coal to supplement Government issue, which is very insufficient (2) Mess furniture, crockery, etc. and its upkeep (when starting a new Mess Sisters are not given a Government grant). Also Batmen, and in many instances French servants’ payments have to be met from this fund.
Order of the British Empire: The appointment of Miss Emma Maud McCarthy, RRC, QAIMNS, Matron-in-Chief BEF to be a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, announced in the London Gazette of June 7th has been cancelled, and instead she has been appointed a Dame Grand Cross of the said Order, to date from June 3rd.
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Honours and Mentions: Sent memo to DGMS requesting that 500 more forms for Honours and Mentions may be expedited, as those already sent have been issued to the Armies and Bases, and a further supply is urgently needed.
Leave: In reply to memo from DMS, L of C with reference to the port from which Nursing Sisters proceeding on leave from France should sail, stated that this office had been constantly asked if Sisters might sail from Havre, and had always replied that we had no authority to alter instructions. That an allotment has been issued monthly by the AAG giving the number of Sisters who could sail from Calais and Boulogne, but that if sanction was given for Sisters to sail from Havre a daily allotment of 4 would be sufficient.
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New Zealand Nursing Service: Received memo from DGMS in reply to our request that the vacancies caused in the Nursing Staff of the New Zealand Stationary Hospital through 5 members being trained as Anaesthetists, might be filled, suggesting that these 5 members should be relieved of their Anaesthetic duties and returned to their Nursing duties.
A/Sister G. E. Custance, QAIMNSR: With reference to correspondence forwarded from DMS 2nd Army to the effect that A/Sister G. E. Custance, QAIMNSR is unsuited as an Anaesthetist, received memo from DGMS stating that this lady should not again be employed on Anaesthetic duties, and notifying that correspondence had been forwarded to the War Office.
Servant Allowance: Received memo from DGMS asking for remarks on the proposed reply to War Office letter with reference to servants’ allowance for the A/Principal Matrons at Boulogne, Etaples, and Rouen.
Miss Stimson, Chief Nurse: Notified DMS, L of C that Miss Stimson, Chief Nurse American Red Cross arrived from Paris. She is in possession of a white pass from the AAG permitting her to accompany me on a visit of inspection to the Casualty Clearing Stations in the Front Areas.
S/Nurse W. M. Rooney, QAIMNSR: Received War Office letter notifying that S/Nurse W. M. Rooney, QAIMNSR did not renew her contract, her engagement therefore terminated 15th August. Asked for information requested in their letter of January 27th, 1915, and AFW 3165 to be forwarded. Also confidential report.
American Nursing Service: Received memo from DGMS approving the transfer to Paris for duty with the American Service of Miss C. Murray, Harvard Unit.
Servant Allowance: Forwarded to DMS, L of C memo to the effect that we concur in the proposed reply to the War Office letter with reference to the Servant Allowance for the A/Principal Matrons at Boulogne, Rouen, and Etaples, and enclosed copies of our previous correspondence on the subject.
Convalescent Homes: Received memo from DMS, L of C forwarding copy of acceptance of the following convalescent homes for Nursing Sisters:- (1) the BRCS Home at Cannes (2) Mrs. Warre’s Villa at Roquebrune (3) Mrs. Angus’ Rest Home for Dominion Sisters and Military VADs at Roquebrune, under the following conditions:- (1) Rations for Nurses who are patients at these Homes free at nearest Supply Depot (2) Rations for BRCS personnel on repayment at nearest Supply Depot (3) Light and petrol on repayment at nearest Supply Depot, petrol to be used only for conveyance to and from the Homes.
S/Nurse M. H. Foulds: Forwarded to DGMS statement that S/Nurse M. H. Foulds, QAIMNSR (Canada) is not willing to do temporary duty pending embarkation. She wishes to be struck off the strength from the date of termination of contract, 29.9.18.
S/Nurse M. Rees, QAIMNSR: Forwarded to DGMS memo stating that the contents of War Office letter of 30.8.18 had been communicated to S/Nurse M. Rees, QAIMNSR. This lady has decided not to leave England, as she would be unable to pay her return passage from New Zealand.
Reinforcements: Forwarded to DGMS arrival report and postings of 10 members of the QAIMNSR who arrived for duty in France on 18.9.18 and also of 10 members of the QAIMNSR who arrived on 19.9.18.
American Nursing Service: Received memo from Chief Surgeon, AEF in reply to our request that the vacancies caused by the withdrawal of 90 American Nurses from Units nursed by the QAIMNS and TFNS shall be filled, stating that it is absolutely impossible at the present time to furnish Nurses to replace those transferred, as American Hospitals are suffering from a shortage of Nurses. The 90 Nurses will be replaced when available.
Allowances of Matron-in-Chief, BEF: Received memo from DMS, L of C with reference to the allowances of the Matron-in-Chief, BEF. The AQMG states that it was understood from a letter of the 18.3.18 that the matter had been referred by the DGMS to the War Office, and that no reply had been received. It is suggested that the DGMS be asked how the matter now stands.
CAMC: Received memo from DMS, L of C asking if we have any correspondence in connection with extra accommodation for Nursing Sisters at No.10 Canadian Stationary Hospital, as a reply has been asked for by the ADMS Calais on the subject with reference to his request as to whether the 38 Nursing Sisters at present at No.10 Canadian Stationary Hospital are to be left there permanently, in order that the question of permanent quarters may be taken up. At present there is only hutted accommodation for 27.
Transfer: Notified DGMS that Miss C. O. Murray, 22 General Hospital, proceeded to Paris for duty with the American Nursing Service on 20.9.18.
VAD Contracts: Forwarded to Matron-in-Chief, War Office, agreement forms on AFW 3542 from Miss B. M. I. Masterton and Miss L. King, VAD members, which have been shewn to the ladies concerned. Their renewal of contract forms have been returned for destruction.
10 Canadian Stationary Hospital: In reply to DMS, L of C’s request for correspondence in connection with extra accommodation for the Nursing Staff at No.10 Canadian Stationary Hospital, forwarded statement that the authorised establishment is 27 Nursing Sisters, but that the Unit arrived in France in January, 1918 with a staff of 30 Nursing Sisters. This matter was discussed with ADMS Calais, the OC 10 Canadian Stationary Hospital, and the Matron-in-Chief, Canadians, on her recent visit to France, and no report has yet been received in this office from Headquarters of the Canadian Nursing Service as to whether it is necessary to increase the staff of this Unit. A reminder has been sent.
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Convalescent Homes: Received from DMS, L of C copy of letter from Commissioner BRCS stating that the tenancy of the Hotel d’Esterel, Cannes, as a Convalescent Home is sanctioned from October 15th and will be ready to receive Sisters soon after that date. Mrs. Warre’s Villa at Roquebrune will be available about October 15th and Mrs. Angus’ Villa at Roquebrune towards the end of the month. Arrangements as far as transport are concerned will be similar to last year, and the Deputy Commissioner will be asked to undertake to arrange train accommodation. Movement orders will be marked “demi-tariff” as last year.
Renewal of contracts: Forwarded to DGMS signed renewal of contract forms from members of the QAIMNSR who joined Army Service in October and November, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, and who have signed for a further 12 months’ service. Forwarded to DGMS renewal of contract forms signed by members of the QAIMNSR who joined Army Service in October and November, 1915, 1916, and 1917, and who have renewed for a further 6 months’ service. Forwarded to DGMS renewal of contract forms signed by members of the QAIMNSR who joined Army Service in April and May, 1915, 1916, and 1917, and who have signed for a further 6 months’ service.
Forwarded to DGMS renewal of contract forms signed by S/Nurse M. C. Brown, QAIMNSR who has signed for a further 6 months’ and by S/Nurse B. M. Solly, QAIMNSR who has signed for a further 12 months’. These ladies joined Army Service on 25.8.16 and 1.9.15 respectively.
A/Sister C. Gray, QAIMNSR: Sent memo to DGMS giving the date of joining Army Service of A/Sister C. Gray, QAIMNSR, and dates of renewal of contract. A signed agreement form was last forwarded on 17.5.18; should a duplicate be signed. (In War Office records the last contract signed by this lady was in August, 1917).
N/Sister Trottier, CAMC: Forwarded to DMS, L of C for whatever action he considered necessary, correspondence in connection with N/Sister Trottier, CAMC. This lady had put in an application for leave in France in June, 1918, which was refused, as leave in France was not at that time being granted, and had written direct to the Adjutant General, Canadian Section, complaining that leave was not granted to Nursing Sisters to places in France. This correspondence had been forwarded to this office by the Matron-in-Chief, CEF for investigation. Stated in memo to DMS, L of C that leave in France is granted when the military situation permits to Convalescent Homes and Rest Clubs, or if desired the Nursing Sisters may spend their leave with relations.
Leave: Received memo from DMS, L of C with reference to N/Sisters proceeding on leave, saying that they are not at present permitted to proceed via Havre, but that this question will be reconsidered later.
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AANS Transfers: Received War Office letter instructing that the Matron and 19 AANS Sisters lent by the Australian Government for work in Imperial Hospitals in France, and who have been serving at No.5 Stationary Hospital, and also the 18 AANS Sisters serving at No.74 General Hospital, shall be transferred to the United Kingdom for duty in Australian Hospitals there. The transfer to be arranged and the DGMS informed of the date of departure, so that arrangements can be made for their arrival in England.
SAMNS: Received memo from ADMS Abbeville, forwarding application from No.1 South African General Hospital for reinforcements of Nursing Sisters. It appears that if these do not soon arrive, all leave for Sisters at that Unit will have to be stopped. Asked that an urgent reminder might be sent for the immediate despatch of reinforcements.
Transfers: Forwarded and recommended to DGMS application to transfer to Home Establishment from Sister W. M. Hawkins, TFNS owing to the death of her sister, this lady wishes to be near home.
Confidential reports: Forwarded to DGMS confidential reports, together with reasons for not wishing to renew their contracts from 2 Special Military Probationers and 7 VAD members who joined for Army Service in April and October 1916, and 1917.
Mons Star: Received War Office letter enclosing list of names of members of the Nursing Service serving on Hospital Ships forwarded by us for the award of the Mons Star, asking if these ladies served in Hospitals other than Hospital Ships during the time specified – August 5th to 22/23 November, 1914.
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Anaesthetists: Received from DMS, L of C circular issued by DGMS with regard to Nursing Sisters employed as Anaesthetists. These ladies should not be so employed until the OC of the Unit has been notified by the Matron-in-Chief that the lady concerned is qualified and considered competent to act as an anaesthetist. Should a Nursing Sister arrive for this duty before this notification is received, the OC should refer to this office before employing her as Anaesthetist. Received memo from DGMS that it is regretted that the decision that certificates should not be given for individual retention to Nursing Sisters who have completed their course of training in the administration of Anaesthetics and are considered competent to act as Anaesthetists, cannot be amended. This question was fully considered last March.
Convalescent Homes: Received memo from DMS, L of C that the Convalescent Homes for Sisters in the South of France will be under the administration of ADMS Marseilles.
Accommodation at 10 Canadian Stationary Hospital: Received memo from DMS, L of C that the question of hutted accommodation for Nursing Sisters at 10 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Calais is dependent on the number of Sisters employed, and the War Office establishment of this hospital. He asks for the following information:- (1) No. of Sisters at present employed with the Unit. (2) War Office establishment for the Unit as regards Nursing Sisters. (3) If the number employed is above War Office establishment, the necessity for this additional staff should be explained. On receipt of this information the question of extra accommodation will be gone into.
Married members: Received memo from DMS, L of C regarding the Nominal Rolls of married members of the Nursing Services in the BEF whose husbands are also serving in this country, forwarded by us for any action he considered necessary, in view of the ruling contained in recent War Office letters. Nominal Roll returned, as it would appear from AG’s circular No. A.F. 3531 dated 19.3.18, that there is no objection to the employment of these ladies in this Country.
CAMC Reinforcements: Wired to DGMS to request that the 35 Nursing Sisters of the CAMC who had been applied for as reinforcements for temporary duty in British Units, might be expedited.
APMMC: Memo to DGMS asking that the reinforcements of members of the APMMC might be expedited.
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CAMC Reinforcements: Received memo from DGMS for our information, with copy of letter to DAG demanding 35 Nursing Sisters of the CAMC to be sent out to France for temporary duty with Imperial Units.
Lady B. Kepple VAD: Six weeks’ leave without pay granted as a special case to this lady, by War Office letter.
Miss C. Barrett SMP: Received War Office letter accepting the resignation of this lady, who is resigning in order to commence her training in a civil hospital. She must make her own arrangements regarding training. Her admission to the QAIMNS is being considered, she should forward an original copy of her birth certificate to the War Office.
Leave in France: Received memo from DMS, L of C with regard to Nursing Sister Trottier CAMC application for leave to Paris. Leave to Paris was reopened on June 1st. If leave was refused on the grounds stated, was it granted when leave was reopened? He would be glad of the remarks of the Principal Matron Canadians on the case.
AANS: Wired to DGMS with reference to the 39 members of the AANS who are being recalled to England for duty, might authority be granted for 14 of these ladies stationed at Trouville, to travel via Havre. Received reply that authority must be obtained from DMS, L of C.