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Ward, Edith Kirwan


Registration number943
First name(s)Edith Kirwan

Asthall Vicarage, Burford, Oxon

Date of registration2 May 1890

Children's Hospital Nottingham 1882; St Bartholomew's Hospital 1884; St Mary's Hospital 1885-1887; N.I Nice 1887-9

Personal details

Date of birth16 June 1858
Place of birthMarlborough, Wiltshire
Family details

Father Rev John Henry Kirwan Ward. Mother Mary Coleman Kirwan Ward nee Hallowes

Date of death13th March 1955
Place of deathWoking Surrey
Additional personal details

On 1891 Census marked as sick with occupation trained nurse.

Professional details

Additional training

Holland Nursing Institute Nice (Private Nurse) 1887-89; Field Force (Nurse Sister) 1900-01;

Work experience

Served in the South African War. Nursed the Duke of Clarence during his final illness; Was King George V's favourite nurse and Miss Ward was recalled from the hospital barges at Anthwerp and the Seine in order to nurse the King, George V had been badly injured when his horse rolled over him when he was visiting the troops.

Professional activities

Member of Army Nurse Service Reserve; Member RBNA; Noted in The Nursing Record January 1892 that Miss Ward will take up the subject of " Private Nursing" .

Additional professional details

Noted as nursing Prince George of Wales since his return from Russia in 1891 and that Miss Ward was a special probationer at Children's Hospital Nottingham; In The Nursing Record 1892 noted that Miss Ward had gone abroad with the Prince and Princess of Wales to attend to Princess Mary who had been in delicate health for some time past. The Riviara in the early summer would benefit the young Princess as would some bracing place in Switerzland or the Tyrol as would the waters at Vicy in August: Miss Ward was shown as a member of the Sub-Committee for Nursing and Hygiene of the British Section of the Chicago Exhibition: Noted that the Royal Military Tournament (1892) had procured the services of Miss Ward, the nurse who attended, so faithfully and constantly the late Duke of Clarence.


Register of Trained Nurses 1892 and Register of Nurses (RBNA 4/1) - Royal British Nurses' Association Records, King's College London Archives 1891, 1901 and 1911 census Nursing Record November 26th 1891, 19th January 1892, 26th May 1892 British Medical Journal, Irish Diplomats and English Hospitals, 14th May 1892 The Hallowes Family Tree.

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