Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nursing an Ambition

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nursing an Ambition

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Byline: By Ray Marshall

Britain's army barracks couldn't cope with the huge numbers of soldiers mobilised in 1914 at the start of the First World War.

Many had to be billeted in schools and their arrival at Plessey Road School, in Blyth, meant youngsters such as Ellen Greener, then known as Ellen Kinghorn, of Blyth, finished their schooling at the age of 12.

But Ellen, known to everyone as Nell, wasn't just prepared to enjoy her new found freedom by skylarking around with the rest of the gang.

It was not long before she had her first job, serving in Maynard's sweetshop in Blyth.

But young Nell, like many girls at the time, harboured ambitions to become a nurse, although it wasn't until 1926 that she started her training.

Nell started at Wingrove Hospital, in the West End of Newcastle, known today as the Newcastle General.

Our picture, brought in by Nell's daughter, Jennifer Taylor, shows Nell and the entire nightstaff of the Wingrove in May, 1929. …

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