Nurse Belgians and soldiers without charge

The Sonning and Woodley nurse who had volunteered to nurse wounded soldiers found that her own health wasn’t up to it. That was quite lucky for her normal employer. Nursing associations provided nursing care to local people in their own homes, and was a paid service with charitable status. Offering free care to servicemen and refugees was an unusual and patriotic step.

Thursday November 5th, 1914

Mrs Vaughan Williams had most kindly paid for 3 weeks and Mrs Drury Lavise for the 4th week of Nurse Bell’s services, thus saving the association all expenses, for which the very grateful thanks of the Committee were expressed. Nurse Mitchell had arrived on Tuesday October 6th and had taken charge of the District and had worked well. Nurse Andrews had broken down in health at the Military Hospital and had been released and had gone to her own home to recover, but after a rest had written to say she could return to tale up her District work again on Thursday November 3rd. Nurse Mitchell left on the morning of that day. The Committee were very glad to welcome her back….

It was proposed by Mrs Christie Miller and seconded by Miss Deare that any Belgians or Soldiers and Sailors in either Sonning or Woodley should be nursed free.

Sonning and Woodley District Nursing Association minutes (D/QNA/SO1/1)

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