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WW1 nurse plaque to be relocated to Stoke University Hospital

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A ceremony to relocate a plaque commemorating a devoted First World War nurse is taking place at Royal Stoke University Hospital on Wednesday.

Northern Ireland-born Margaret Mayne worked as a nurse at the North Staffordshire Infirmary from 1907 until the outbreak of the war in 1914. For her work in WW1, she was awarded the Associate Royal Red Cross.

A plaque commemorating Margaret Mayne’s life was located in the chapel at the old Royal Infirmary building but, with that building now not in use, the plaque has been restored and will be relocated in the atrium at Royal Stoke on Wednesday.

The relocation of the plaque to Margaret Mayne, who died in 1917 after contracting cerebral meningitis, coincides with the visit of Colonel David Bates, Director of Army Nursing, to the Trust. Col Bates, along with Trust staff, will rededicate the memorial plaque during his visit.

Margaret Mayne plaque

Margaret Mayne plaque

“After the remembrance of the 100-year anniversary of the start of the First World War in November, it feels fitting that this memorial is relocated from the Royal Infirmary site”

LtCol Simon Davies

Liz Rix, chief nurse, said: “The story of Margaret Mayne is incredibly inspiring and I’m delighted that this fitting memorial to her life and work is being relocated. It’s important that we recognised the incredible role nurses played during the war and the sacrifices they made.”

LtCol Simon Davies, a trauma nurse at Royal Stoke, added: “After the remembrance of the 100-year anniversary of the start of the First World War in November, it feels fitting that this memorial is relocated from the Royal Infirmary site.

“By bringing Margaret Mayne’s plaque to the new hospital we are ensuring that her achievements and legacy will be remembered for years to come”

Emma Robertson

“I’d like to thank UHNM Charity for the role they have played in ensuring that the plaque has been removed and restored so that current and future generations of visitors to our hospital can learn about Margaret Mayne’s life for themselves.”

Emma Robertson, UHNM Charity deputy manager, said: “UHNM Charity is delighted to have been able to support Royal Stoke University Hospital to restore and relocate this beautiful memorial. We know that there are a lot of people, staff and patients, who have a strong attachment to the Royal Infirmary and the history that surrounds it.

“By bringing Margaret Mayne’s plaque to the new hospital we are ensuring that her achievements and legacy will be remembered for years to come.”

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