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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KH/NL/PP13
HERBERT, Julia Ashbourne (Daisy) (1881-)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 files


Name of creator(s)

Herbert, Julia Ashbourne (Daisy), born 1881, nurse

Administrative / Biographical history

Julia Ashbourne Herbert was born at Brighton on 26 Mar 1881, the daughter of F A Herbert. She trained as a nurse at King's College Hospital, and in 1912, joined the Territorial Force Nursing Service (TFNS). At the outbreak of World War One, Herbert was employed at the Royal Free Hospital, Gray's Inn Rd, London. In August 1914, she joined her TFNS unit - the 4th Northern General Hospital, Lincoln, where she worked until Mar 1917. In 1917 Herbert volunteered for service in the field and was posted to the No.35 General Hospital at Calais, France, from Mar 1917-Aug 1918, then to the No1 Casualty Clearing Station near Arras and Mons, until demobilised, Mar 1919. Herbert was mentioned in despatches, 7 Nov 1917, and awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous devotion to duty after being wounded in the head by an aerial bomb. She received three blue service chevrons, and the British War Medal, 1914-1919; and The Victory Medal with oak leaf emblem. Herbert later joined the Society of St Margaret, East Grinstead, a Church of England religious community, where she was known as Sister Julian.

Archival history

Donated to KCH School of Nursing by St Margaret's Convent, East Grinstead, Sussex, 1975-1978. Some material also appears to have been donated by D Bridge, Gloucestershire.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from the King's College Hospital Nurses' League, 1985.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Julia Ashbourne (Daisy) Herbert comprising letter to Herbert from Sidney Brown, TFNS Matron-in-Chief, concerning joining the TFNS unit in Lincoln, Aug 1914; from Matron-in-Chief British Expeditionary Forces, congratulations on award of Military Medal, 20 Oct 1917; certificate recording Herbert's mention in dispatches, 7 Nov 1917; telegram and letter relating to investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Jul 1919; membership papers for TFNS [1922]; letters to Herbert's aunt, Miss Lucy Herbert, describing her activities and surroundings, Sep 1919-Jan 1919 (20 letters) including a New Year greeting card from No 1 Casualty Clearing Station, Mons, France, 1918; dance cards for Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Mons, 29 Nov 1918; and Soiree Dansante, Mons, 5 Dec 1918. black and white photograph portrait of Herbert in nursing uniform; newspaper cuttings recording wounded nurses, Oct 1917; announcement of award of Military Medal to Herbert and other nurses, including 'Gloucester nurse's bravery - awarded the Military Medal' Gloucestershire Chronicle , 1 Dec 1917; 'The Nurse who "carried on"', Daily Express , 1917; and the investiture at Buckingham Palace (with illustrations), 1919; printed copy of An historical roll (with portraits) of those women of the British Empire to whom The Military Medal has been awarded during the Great War 1914-1918 for 'bravery and devotion under fire' , compiled by Lt-Col J H Leslie, Sheffield, 1920; small envelope with medal ribbons; souvenir German wartime string made from paper; also includes correspondence with St Margaret's Convent, East Grinstead, relating to the deposit of Herbert's papers, 1975-1978.

System of arrangement

As outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

National Register of Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alison Field

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

April 2004

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  • Awards
  • International conflicts
  • Medals
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Social behaviour
  • Social norms
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Herbert, Julia Ashbourne (Daisy), born 1881, Nurse

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • Territorial Force Nursing Service


  • Nursing, Medical sciences
  • Paramedical personnel, Medical personnel, Medical profession
  • Personnel, People by occupation, People
  • Surgery, Medical sciences

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