International Women’s Day 2020

International Women’s Day 2020

For International Women’s Day 2020 we are sharing some of our Bainbridge collection.

Kathleen Bainbridge (nee Burgoyne) served as a British Red Cross nurse during the Second World War in Belfast.

From her training certificates it is clear she had already volunteered for service before the war started but as the war progressed her training continued to include aspects such as anti-gas training.

During the war she married a Lt. J. R. Bainbridge, who just so happened to be an official War Office photographer. As a result, many photographs of Kathleen exist and Northern Ireland War Memorial are very fortunate to hold a number of these.

Civil Defence nurses. The ‘FAP’ on the helmets stands for First Aid Party. Kathleen is standing second from right in the front row

It must’ve been a pretty unique and bizarre experience being photographed by her husband whilst on duty.

The pictures below are of her identification bracelet (that includes her national registration no.) along with a medal she gained for her proficiency in red cross nursing.

After the war she received a letter and certificate from the YMCA by way of appreciation for her work during ‘the arduous war years’.

#NIWM #IWD2020 #internationalwomensday

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