Web searching has led me to your site and the finding, taken from the badge design article by Sue Sullivan, has prompted this message.
"Marston Green Hospital was a Canadian hospital and the Canadian Maple leaf is on its design as well as on the Solihull school of midwifery. (I have 2 aunts who remember when the hospital was used by the Canadians and also it just happens to be the hospital where I was born - alas like many others no longer there).
Reference note: 'built in 1938 and used by the Canadians until the end of WW2 - known as the 19th Canadian General Hospital. It became the Marston Green Maternity hospital & Hospital for women in 1948 - one of the earliest opened under the newly founded NHS.
Midwifery training began in 1950." ..............
I would very much like to get in touch with Sue Sullivan, is she a member here?
My sister and I are trying to find out more about our mother who died in 1967 when we were very young, our father never spoke about her (as was often the way back then) and when he passed away a few years ago, we were left knowing little about the woman who gave birth to us. We do know that our mother was a nurse at MARSTON GREEN HOSPITAL during the 1940's (we have an autograph book from her time there) and in her article Sue Sullivan mentions she has aunts that remember the hospital - It's a long shot, but they could have been at MG at the same time as our mother?
Also having discovered this site, I would like to ask the question, is there any way of tracing the training records for nurses who trained back in the 1940's period?
A name to work on: Mary Ellen Cremin, originally from Cork, Ireland.
The search for information about our mother has been fuelled by a photograph taken in New Jersey, December 1945 and found by chance on the internet - intriguingly we have discovered the photograph is held in the archives of the New York Daily newspaper. The woman on the right in the photograph we believe to be our mother, but why she is in New Jersey we know not. She is a nurse at the time, are the other ladies nurses? ... would nurses of that time have a reason to be in this part of the world? Any information or suggestions welcome.
Unable to insert photograph, but have added as an attachment ...... no that hasn't worked either! ..... it's in the gallery!!
Sorry, I have rattled on a little - thanks for reading.