On Boxing Day 2013 our travels took us to North Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, where we came across the war memorial at Misterton. I remarked to Dawn that there was something unusual on there, the name of a woman, Nurse K. Jollands. Here is the memorial.
A little bit more internet research, mainly from this site http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic/5586-sheffield-nightingales/ uncovered her sad story. I have included it here as it struck me as particularly poignant, and made me think of all the nurses who died during the war whose names are not publicly commemorated in their native towns and villages.
Catherine (Kitty) Hannah Jollands wasborn 1894, and died 8th July 1915 of double pneumonia whilst nursing at Firvale House Hospital in Sheffield. The funeral service was held in Firvale House Chapel and later at the Primitive Methodist Church in Misterton. She is buried in the cemetery just north of Misterton on the road to Haxey.
Apparently she was feeling unwell on the ward and asked to go off duty but the sister refused. Eventually she went off and died soon after. Her family lived at Misterton Carr from 1903 – 1920before moving to East Lound from 1920 to 1922 and then to Skyer’s Farm at Haxey Carr which is where Agnes died.
OBITUARY The death of a Misterton young lady nurse at Sheffield on Thursday at a comparatively early age in her nursing career is much to be regretted. We subjoin a paragraph from the â€˜Yorkshire Star which testifies to the respect in which she was held by her Sheffield comrades and employers: –
A TOUCHING TRIBUTE PAID IN SHEFFIELD. A touching tribute to the memory of Nurse Catherine Hannah Jollands, of the staff of Fir Vale House, Sheffield, who died on Thursday after a short illness from double pneumonia was paid by the staff and officials of the institution.
A very impressive service was held in the chapel conducted by the Rev. L.E. Day (Vicar of St. Cuthbert’s, Firvale, and a member of the Sheffield Board of Guardians ). Among those present were: Nurse A. Jollands. (sister of the deceased) and other relatives, Mrs Gallimore, and Mr W.H. BARGE (representing the Sheffield Guardians), Captain J. Clark, R.A.M.C. (T) (medical superintendent). Lieut. B. McKean, R.A.M.C. (T) (deputy medical superintendent), Lieut. R.P. Anderson, R.A.M.C. (T) (assistant medical officer), Dr. J.M. Pringle (assistant medical officer), Mr. S.H.A. Healey (steward), Mrs. A.M. Rawson (matron), the nursing staff and many officers of the institution.
Afterwards the cortege was conducted to the gates of Fir Vale House by the Rev. L.E. Day, the medical staff, the male officers and several wounded soldiers. The remains were conveyed by road to Misterton, near Gainsborough, where they were interred on Tuesday. Floral tributes were sent from the medical staff, the nursing staff, the male officers, the domestic staff, and the wounded soldiers who are undergoing treatment at the institution. Nurse Jollands was only 21 years of age.
The funeral service of Nurse Jollands on Tuesday afternoon was held in the Primitve Methodist Church, Misterton, and was conducted by the Rev. Baldwin, of Gainsborough, assisted by the Chaplain of the Fir Vale Hospital, Sheffield. Among the mourners, the Hospital was represented by the Medical officer, the Matron, and a contingent of the nursing staff.
The wreaths were so numerous as to require a separate conveyance. Noticeable was a splendid wreath in red, white and blue, subscribed for by the wounded soldier patients of the Hospital, the Matron and staff sending a beautiful harp wreath with broken string. Others included a white floral anchor from the domestic staff, a heart in green foliage, and chrysanthemums. Large crowds gathered at the Haxey Road Cemetery to witness the internment.
Since the original research I have establish that Kitty’s older sister, Agnes, worked in Nottingham and died in 1923, whilst their brother Harry was killed in a mining accident in 1915 and is buried at Austerfield Church near Bawtry.
Agnes Annie Jollands.
Born 1892, went to Firvale Hospital to train as a nurse. Served 4 years in France with QIMNS (Reserves) as a VAD, and was mentioned in a despatch from Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haigh on Nov. 8th 1918. Also decorated with the Military Medal for assisting doctors in the trenches. After the war she entered the service of the Notts. Education Committee as a school nurse, and in May 1921 was living at 10 Kingsley Street, East Kirkby, Notts. After 5 years service with them her health broke down and had to give up work. She lived her last few months at Skers Farm, Haxey and died of consumptiom om 24th Sept. 1923 aged 31. Buried in the same grave as her sister Catherine at Misterton.
John Broom is the author of Fight the Good Fight: Voices of Faith from the First World War, a series of twenty-three case studies of individuals and families for whom Christianity was important in the war. It contains a foreword by respected MP Dan Jarvis, Labour’s spokesman on war commemoration.
A second volume, Fight the Good Fight: Voices of Faith from the Second World War is also available.