Matron Jessie Hume CONGLETON R.R.C.
Jessie Hume CONGLETON; born 12 November 1872 in Newport, Fife; educated at Dundee High School, and trained as a nurse at Dundee Royal Infirmary between 1896 and 1899.
Jessie Congleton was appointed as a Staff Nurse in Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service in September 1906, and promoted to the rank of Nursing Sister in April 1914. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross, First Class, in June 1915, and was also mentioned in Army Orders in early 1916 ‘for conspicuous bravery during a fire at No.14 Stationary Hospital.’
The information above was kindly provided by Sue Light.
Sister Congleton, as she was when Edie writes about her, was clearly a close associate of Edie's and one passage in the diaries which mentions her is one of the most telling and memorable. It can be seen on 31 July 1915 in Volume 2.1.
She retired from QAIMNS in March 1924, and died on 20 April 1932. Here is the notice of her death in the British Journal of Nursing for May 1932 (page 134):
THE PASSING BELL.
Miss Jessie Hume Congleton, R.R.C.
We regret to
report the death of Miss Jessie Hume Congleton, R.R.C., a retired matron
of Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Nursing Service, who died on Wednesday, 20th
April, at Tigh-na-Mara,
See the names index for dates on which she is mentioned in Edie's
Sue Light has an item on her blog entitled 'The Aristocrats' which includes a photo of Matron Congleton with Lady Murray on the steps of No.32 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux (formerly the Australian Voluntary Hospital). Click here to view.
Update 22 November 2011: