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Okell, Charlotte

We greatly regret to record the death at Brighton, on December 12th, of Mrs Okell, at one time a well known and much respected member of the nursing world.

Mrs Okell was trained at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and was subsequently Assistant Matron at St Saviour's Infirmary, Dulwich. From 1891 to 1897 she was matron of the Bridgewater Infirmary, and in that year was appointed Superintendent of Nursing at the West Ham Infirmary.

She took an active interest in Nursing Organisations and stood firmly for self-government of nurses in their own Associations. Of late her sympathy and interest have been with a Religious Sisterhood in Brighton


Registration number522
First name(s)Charlotte

Backfoot Longsight, Manchester

Date of registration28 March 1890

St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1883 - 86
St Saviour' Infirmary (Assist Matron), 1887 - 90



Personal details

Date of birth1849
Place of birthStockport, Cheshire
Maiden nameCooper
Married nameOkell
Date of death12-Dec-32
Place of deathBrighton, Sussex
Additional personal details

Additional addresses: The Infirmary Bridgewater; 31 Montpellier Street, Brighton
Living on her own means in 1901
Left £1766 10s 10p

Professional details

Work experience

St Bartholomew's Hospital (Pro and Staff Nurse), 1883 - 86
St Saviour's Infirmary in Dulwich (Assist Matron), 1887 - 91
Bridgewater Infirmary (Matron), 1891 - 97
Superintendent of Nursing at the West Ham Infirmary, 1898 - 98

Professional activities

Member of Royal British Nurses Association, served on its General Council and member of Matrons' Council, resigned in 1898 in protest to new rules
Elected to Society for the State Registration of Nurses in 1902

Additional professional details

Received presentation in gratitude for her work at Bridgewater Infirmary
Met with resistance to her changes from the nurses at West Ham Infirmary
Lady Patroness of Nursing Exhibition, London, 1896


Kings College London Archives
1881-1901 Censuses
The Nursing World and Hospital World:
20 June 1896, p496
20 Nov 1897, p413
7 May 1898, p381
13 Aug 1898, p123 - 124
15 Mar 1902, p206 - 207

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