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Rogers, Gertrude Anne

We have to record with deep regret the deaths during the year of Miss Gertrude A Rogers, a founder member of the 'National Council of Nurses'.

Miss Rogers, greatly beloved and universally respected, was a pioneer nurse who trained in 1875 in the Leicester Infirmary, where she subsequently held the position of Sister, going from there on the invitation of Bishop Webb to found a hospital in Bloemfontein. At the time of the first Boer War she went to the front, receiving some years later the South African Medal for her work at that time.

In 1883 she was appointed Lady Superintendent of the Leicester Infirmary where, under her able guidance, the training school attained a high reputation in the hospital world, and where she started the first Preliminary training School in the Provinces. Miss Rogers allied herself with many forward movements, and was one of the signatories to the Royal Charted of the Royal British Nurses' Association, steadily supporting the demand for State Registration of Nurses.

She was a Vice-President of the Matrons' Council of Great Britain and of the National Council of Nurses, President of the Leicester Royal Infirmary Nurses League and a member of the International Council of Nurses. During the Great War she did good work at St John's Gate in connection with the organisation of the Trained Nurses Branch of St John Ambulance Association.


Registration number7
First name(s)Gertrude Anne

The Infirmary, Leicester

Date of registration7 March 1890

South African Hospital, 1879 - 82
Basuto War Nursing Sister, 1882
Matron, Leicester Infirmary


1912 Retired

Personal details

Date of birth1852
Place of birthParkstone, Dorsetshire
Family details

Orphan (1871) from Parkstone, Dorsetshire

Date of deathDecmeber 1937
Place of deathWeston-super-Mare
Additional personal details

Visiting the family of the Rector of Birkin with her sister (1851)
Received the South Africa Medal for her work in the Basuto/Boer War

Professional details

Additional training

Entered Leicester Infirmary as a pupil in 1875

Work experience

Leicester Infirmary (Pupil and Sister), 1875 - 79
British Hospital, Endell St (pupil), 1879
Helped to found hospital in Bloemfontein (Lady Superintendent) worked there for several years under Bishop Webb. Went to the front in the Basuto/Boer War, 1879 - 82
Guy's Hospital (Sister) 1883
Leicester Royal Infirmary (Lady Superintendent), 1883 - 1912

Professional activities

Early member of the British Nurses Association
Signatory to the Royal Charter. Member and Vice-President, Matron's Council of Great Britain and Ireland
Developed Leicester's Preliminary Training School for Nurses, the first in the provinces
1903 founded the Leicester Infirmary Nurses League for the Infirmary's nurses world-wide
During the First World War worked with the organisation of the trained Nurses Branch of the St John's Ambulance Service in Cleveden


1871 & 1891 Censuses
England and Wales Deaths Register Oct - Dec 1937

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