Ethel Henderson Collection

Scope and Content

Collection contains:

Envelope containing correspondence and papers re Henderson's internment as a prisoner of war of during the Second World War.

Certificate for passing the Examination of the Central Midwives Board of Scotland, 16 May 1955

Watercolour painting of a river scene

Photograph of a group of nurses and others, including Henderson

Large folder containing papers and photographs used for an exhibition on Ethel Henderson, includes:
- Page with typed exhibition description on Ethel Annie Henderson, with card backing. Includes a biography of Henderson and lists items included in the exhibition (photographs and medals)

- 3 photographs

- Red Cross Message dated August 1945, sent to Ethel Henderson from her mother.

- Henderson's certificate for her Diploma in Nursing from the University of Leeds, 29 Sep 1930

- Letter to Henderson from the Colonial Office on her retirement, 8 Oct 1954

- Certificate for award of the Star of Sarawak, 20 Jun 1946

- Certificate for award of an MBE, 13 Jun 1946

- Certificate for passing her nurse training at the Leeds General Infirmary, 3 May 1930

- Printed official list of receivers of the Star of Sarawak, n.d. [c.1946]

Administrative / Biographical History

Ethel Annie Henderson, (d.1989), known as Betty, was a nurse from Stockton-on-Tees. She trained at the Leeds General Infirmary between 1926 and 1930 and worked there as Sister Tutor. She then moved to Sarawak and became Sister at Kuching General Hospital from the mid-1930s.

During the Second World War, Henderson was interned as a prisoner of war by the Japanese army in Sarawak for three years and nine months. After her release in 1945 she was awarded the Star of Sarawak and an MBE. She then worked as a Matron in Singapore, before returning to the UK in 1954. She went on to work as Superintendent at the Edward Walker Home, Darlington.

Access Information

This collection is fully accessible and not subject to restrictions under the Data Protection Act

Conditions Governing Use

Material in this collection is in copyright. Photocopies or digital images can only be supplied by the Library for research or private study within the terms of copyright legislation. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain the copyright holder's permission to reproduce for any other purpose. Guidance is available on tracing copyright status and ownership.