Nursing Sister Amy Madeline Alice Turner

Nursing Sister Amy Madeline Alice Turner served in the Army Nursing Service Reserve with the British Army during the Boers’ war. She is entitled to the Queen South Africa Medal (no clasp). It is very difficult to have information on her military service because Nursing Sister were not considered military personnel but rather civilian, so they had no service file.

She was born in Bham, Warwickshire, England on November 2nd 1872

1881 United Kingdom census taken in Westfield Bellevue Road, Harborne, Staffordshire, England

Her father was a coal merchant and they had one servant Elizabeth Greaves

1891 census taken in Ombersley Worcestershire

Father: George Thomas Turner (born 1848)             Mother: Emma (born 1849)

Sister: Elsie Emma A (born 1872)                             Sister: Mignon A (born 1882)

She completed her nursing education at the South Staffordshire Hospital in Wolverhampton.

June 1900: She joined the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service Reserve 41 as # 600 to serve in the Boer’s War.

She sailed from England on June 27th, 1901 on the Assaye. They left Southampton in the afternoon with 34 nurses (from London Times)

August 8th: Reported at the 3rd General Hospital in Kroonstad, South Africa

May 1st, 1902: The Simla left South Africa for England Apr. 27, with the following invalids … Nursing Sister A.M.A. Turner (from the London Times)

May 22nd: The Simla arrived at Plymouth yesterday and then sailed for Southampton. The following were listed Nursing Sister A.E. Turner (from the London Times)

1910: She married John Hearn

1974: She died at the Brookfield Hall Nursing Home in Broadclist, Devon at the venerable age of 102 in the second semester (April-May-June) of the year.

In an entry of the London Gazette of July 29 th 1974, the post-nominal M.B.E. appears after her name, so I guess she received the award at some point in her life but I cannot find a trace of that award.

If you know more information on this lady, please leave me message so I can add it to her small biography

Queen’s South Africa Medal with no clasp

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