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Lady Superintendent Louise Margaret Hospital Aldershot


Edith Mary Beesby RRC began her military career in the Princess Christian's Army Nursing Reserve, saw active service in South Africa, and rose to become the Lady Superintendent at the Louise Margaret Maternity Hospital in Aldershot.

Edith Mary Beesby



Edith Mary Beesby was born on the 10th January 1868 at Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, England.

She trained at Southport Hospital. We think that her possible military ID number was 21785 and her possible service number was 359.

Kings South Africa Medal 587 Nursing Sisters

WO 100/353 shows her entitlement to the King's South Africa Medal. 587 Nursing Sisters were entitled to this medal.

midwives roll

Having qualified as a midwife on 27th February 1903 with a qualification recognised by the L.O.S (London Obstetrical Society) her Midwives Roll number was recorded as 8398. Edith commenced her post at the Louise Margaret Hospital, Aldershot, on the 27 October 1904.

Register of the Royal Red Cross

On the 21st June 1918 she was awarded the Royal Red Cross, First Class and received it on the 3rd July from His Majesty, the King, at Buckingham Palace.

Supplement of the London Gazette

The Supplement of the London Gazette 1st September 1921 states her appointment as a Matron of the newly formed Queen Alexandra's Military Families Nursing Service on the 1st March 1921.

Retired Pay Matron

This retired pay schedule shows her appointment on the 30th January 1903 to the permanent Nursing Establishment of the Military Families and Military Isolation Hospitals and her date or retirement from the Queen Alexandra's Military Families Nursing Service as 10th January 1923.

Edith Mary Beesby RRC died on the 7th May 1959 in Sussex, England.

Her family are seeking a photo and any other information. If you can help, please contact us.

Read more about the Princess Christian's Army Nursing Reserve PCANR.

1932 plans of the Louise Margaret Maternity Hospital in Aldershot .

Miss Sidney Browne Matron-in-Chief Hospital Inspection 1903.



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