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Appeal on behalf of a “wonderful mother”

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Nursing times is launching an appeal on behalf of Mr Gerald Talbot, who has written in asking for help in fully restoring his mother’s set of nursing badges.

Sister Joyce Gertrude Talbot was awarded five medals for her bravery during World War Two. During her time serving aboard the HMHS Newfoundland the ship was bombed and subsequently sunk in Salerno Harbour, Italy. By a twist of fate, Sister Talbot survived and was transferred to the HMHS St David. Unfortunately the HMHS St David was also sunk, after being torpedoed off of the coast of Anzio, Italy.

Her son Gerald Talbot has compiled a manual of her life which is now on display in the Royal London Hospital Museum and the Imperial War Museum. On top of this, he has also successfully tracked down and mounted in a display case her full set of QAIMNSR badges.

However, he is still trying to track down a full set of five badges from the hospitals in which she did her initial training. Mr Talbot is appealing for badges from the Queen Mary’s Hospital for sick children in Carshalton, Surrey, and also a Staff Nurse badge from St. Andrew’s Hospital in Bromley near Bow, East London, where Sister Talbot passed her examination in June of 1940.

Mr Talbot said: “To complete her full set of nursing badges that she would have so proudly worn would just be so special for me.”

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