Three Nurses in Surgical Scrubs

Scope and Content

Reprint of a black and white photograph in surgical masks, gloves and scrubs. Eldridge can be seen on the far left. On the back is written “Mabel Daisy Eldridge b. 1912, Balham, London. Died Ross-on-Wye Sept 2012, 2 days after 100th b’day”

Administrative / Biographical History

Mabel Eldridge (nee Bagnall) was born c. 1912. She grew up in Balham, London and was the youngest of six children. She completed her nursing training at St. James Hospital, Balham and took her final state examination with the General Nursing Council for England and Wales in 1934. After qualifying, she began to work as a district nurse with the Queen’s Nursing Institute, first in Guildford, then Dover. She later moved back to Surrey where she worked as a midwife and got married. During the Second World War, she took a break from nursing to raise her children while her husband served overseas. When her four children were older, she returned to district nursing. Mary Eldridge passed away in 2012, aged 100.

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