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Briggs, Alice Elizabeth

Biographical

Registration number926
SurnameBriggs
First name(s)Alice Elizabeth
Address(es)

Military Hospital, Cottonera, Malta; Ivanhoe, Woodhall Spa, Lincs

Date of registration2 May 1890
Qualifications

Certificate, Netley Hospital 1884-1885; Chatham 1885-1888;

Remarks

Army Nursing Service, Portsmouth November 1893-Sep 1894; Army Nursing Service, Shorncliffe Camp Nursing Supt Sep 1894-Aug 1898; Hospital for Women and Children Lupus Street, Dec 1898-April 1899; L.O.S. diploma April 24th 1899 Deceased

Personal details

Date of birth26 November 1856
Place of birthLucknow, India

Professional details

Additional training

Hospital for Women and Children, London Obstetrical Society Diploma 1899; School for Massage, 10 Duke Street, West London Student

Additional qualifications

London Obstertical Society Diploma

Work experience

Army Nursing Service posts held: Chatham 1885-1888; Malta 1888-1893; Portsmouth Nov 1893-Sep 1894; Shorncliffe Camp Superintendant Sep 1894-Aug 1898; Hospital for Women and Children Dec 1898-April1899; Army Nursing Service, temporary sister 1900-1901, Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot; Convalescent Home for Invalid Soldiers Matron 1902; Nursing Home, Hove, Masseuse; Private Nurse 1902-1909

Professional activities

Member RBNA

Additional professional details

Alice Briggs joined the Army Nursing Service in 1884. Her records on completion of training comment that she is " favourably reported on" . She arrived in Malta in September 1888 and remained there for the next 5 years. Several comments refer to her as a good nurse, but delicate and she was ordered home in September 1893. By 1897, her health was not good, a Medical Officer reported " Chronic Bronchial affection, and Valvular disease of the heart, mitral regurgitation.In 1889 she was invalided out of the Army Nursing Service with a pension of 40.00 pa. However in June 1900 she was offered temporary employment at Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot, where she worked for another year. After this she worked as a private nurse. In June 1895 a letter from Alice is published in The Nursing Record. Dear Madam, I cannot express how grieved I am at the want of unity in our association. That changes are needed in the Executive is self-evident,but what ever confidence is left in the members of the RBNA will be removed if the chief matrons and leaders of our profession are excluded from the management of the affairs of the Royal British NURSES Association. It pains one to think that the founders who have worked so hard, and have paid so liberally for the Association should be set aside for those about whom we know very little and to whom we owe nothing. Dear Madam, Believe me, Yours faithfully, AE Briggs, MRBNA Sisters Quarters, Shornecliffe

Sources

Register of Nurses (RBNA 4/1) - Royal British Nurses' Association Records, King's College London Archives 1901 census War Office records WO/25 piece 3955 - The National Archives

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