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Whistler, Katharine


Registration number1097
First name(s)Katharine

Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham; Brook House, Cricklade, Wilts

Date of registration2 May 1890

Certificate Leicester Infirmary 1881-82; General Hospital, Birmingham 1884; Navy Nursing Service 1884-90

Personal details

Date of birth1857 Bap 25 Dec 1857
Place of birthKnowsley, Lancs
Maiden nameWhistler
Family details

Second of ten children born to Henry Radcliffe Whistler, Broker, and his wife, Anna nee Evans.

Additional personal details

Living with parents and siblings at Mossnook, Egton Cum Newland, Lancs in 1871; Katharine's father died in 1880, when her youngest sister was only seven. Comfortable family. Children attending private schools; Living 10-18 Montpelier St, Nurses Home 1929

Professional details

Work experience

Pro. Leicester Infirmary 1881-82; General Hospital, Birmingham 1884; Navy Nursing Service 1884-92 (Haslar, Portsmouth, Chatham and Stonehouse, Plymouth)

Professional activities

Nursing in naval hospitals was below standard and the Director General decided to introduce trained female nurses. The sisters would not be required to join the navy. In 1884 Katharine Whistler was one of seven nurses recommended for Haslar Hospital, Portsmouth. She later became Head Sister. As a sister she initially received from 30-50 a year with 28 days annual leave, and as Head Sister 125-160 with 34 days annual leave. Katharine's younger sister, Eleanor, also joined the Royal Naval Nursing Service from 1888; MRBNA


Register of Trained Nurses 1892 and Register of Nurses (RBNA 4/1) - Royal British Nurses' Association Records, King's College London Archives Lancashire On Line Parish Clerks; Electoral Register 1929; Ancestry; Family Search; 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 census; Harland Kathleen, Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service

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