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It is with deep sadness to let you know that Olivia Carter, former London Hospital Nurse, died this morSheila Briggs & Olivia Carterning with her family at her bedside at the Weston Hospice close to her home at Weston-Super-Mare.

Many of you in recent years have enjoyed reading Olivia's recollections of her time at The London pre-WW2 as she became our most sought after resource and mine of information on the Facebook Group; 'The London Hospital - which one?' Olivia joined the group four years ago in 2010 after her niece, Sara Mills, also a former LH Nurse suggested the group to her Aunt. This photograph taken last April show Olivia on the right with, you've guessed it, yet another LH trained Nurse on the left; Sheila Briggs. We are everywhere! Olivia will live on in the hearts and minds of so many who had the priveledge to know her.

Olivia Carter 13 May 1917 - 27 March 2014

Funeral arrangements:

Funeral service for Olivia Carter in St Gregory’s Church, Seaton on Friday 11 April at 1100 followed by private cremation.

Family flowers only (the brighter the better) but donations if desired to: 

Weston Hospice
C/o F J Luxton & Son Funeral Directors
Ottery St Mary,
EX11 1BE.

For more about Olivia please click here




A new Honorary Secretary for the Royal London Hospital League of Nurses. 

The core purpose of the role is:

• Organising the venues and refreshments for the 3 Executive Committee meetings and the 2 League meetings. Attending and recording the Minutes of the Executive meetings and the AGM of the April League meeting. 

• Managing the Clare Mann Fund

• Enjoying communication with League members, helping them with their queries. 

• The opportunity to be part of the decision making as a member of the executive Committee. 

Much of the communication now takes place via email so accessibility to this is essential. 

I have really enjoyed being secretary for the last fifteen years, but now feel the need to step down and let another enthusiastic volunteer take my place. 

If you are interested and need further information, please contact me: 
Email: secretary(at)

Jane Reeves Hon sec. RLH League of Nurses.


There is a new page named 'Shop' where some of the items you may be interested in are available to view with details of how to purchase them. Funds raised support the RLH League of Nurses  

The RLH is now on Twitter as yet another way to increase our membership from the current 1496. A button to follow on Twitter is on each page and will post a link to the current page you are view at the time. To follow @leagueofnurses and to hashtag #leagueofnurses. Lets start the Tweets coming in .....! 66 people now following us on Twitter  

Sarah Tindall is organising a 33 year reunion for Set 472 being held in Whitechapel on 11 October 2014 for more information about the Set Reunions click here  


The forthcoming AGM of the RLH League of Nurses is on Saturday 12 April 2014 1000-1600 Our speaker in the morning is Tom Sandford, former London Hospital Nurse and currently Executive Director, Royal College of Nursing. The Afternoon will be a Memorial Service for Dame Phyllis Friend. For details of the day please click here



If you would like to be in contact with former London Hospital Nurses then you are in luck. 'The London Hospital - which one?' is a Facebook Group for Nurses who trained at The London Hospital and there are currently 371 members.

The group is 'closed' which means postings can only be seen and read by other London Hospital Nurses who are members of the group. There are 1000s of postings each arranged under a 'theme' to keep all the memories and recollections in a semblance of order! If you trained as a Nurse at The London Hospital and would like to join, please click here



If a former London Hospital Nurse requires a transcript of training (cost £35) they will need to email:


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This iLuckes Entrance to Royal London Hospitals the entrance to one of the tower blocks of the Royal London Hospital. It is located on the original site of Luckes Nurses Home in Stepney Way. As you can see the name of one of previous Matrons; Eva Luckes, lives on as the name of the entrance into this hospital building. This photograph was taken on the day of the RLH League of Nurses AGM; 20 April 2013.

More photographs from the day spent during the AGM will be posted up in a week or so including ones taken of the garden and buildings of Mile End Hospital also taken during the AGM as we met in Bancroft Building of Queen Mary & Westfield College, located next to hospital.

The statue of Queen Alexandra has been movedQueen Alexandra Statue yet again and is now located on Stepney Way about 150 yards back from where she was before and now placed next to the tower block near the Luckes Entrance and over looking the main entrance of the other tower block opposite ...

Former London Hospital Nurses Nelda Harris nee Atfield (1952-1955) attended the AGM with her daughter, Karen Wynne (Set 464). Nelda had with her a copy of the Picture Post from 31 October 1953 featuring an article on the London Hospital. Also with two copies of The London Hospital Illustrated from 1959 & 1960. One featured the headline 'Queen Alexandra's Statue Moved to New Position' and the other 'New Ward Block Rises from the Hospital Garden'. Here in 2013, 54 years later history appears to be repeating it's self.

Alice Twaite (Set 445) has very kindly agreed to share some memories with us of her Mum and Auntie; the 'Howlett Twins' Violet Haylett and Rosemary Miners who trained at The London from 1938. Here is a photograph from Alice's collection c1942

More coming soon including their exam papers and certificates



Sarah Rogers has written three papers with lots of interesting and informative detail about the London Hospital Badge. They are available to view online:

Collecting Nursing History 16

Collecting Nursing History 17

Collecting Nursing History 18


A selection of photographs taken throughout the League Day on 20 April 2013 wil be available to view as a YouTube slideshow soon  

Two new pages:  
1. Deaths  
2. Meetings  

If you would like to contact any of the members of the Executive Committee for all matter connected with the League then please visit the contact page

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