Male Nurse in WW2?

Discussion in 'General' started by Jenny DL, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. Jenny DL

    Jenny DL Junior Member

    Hi

    I don't know if this is the right forum to post this (sorry if it isn't) but i'm looking for information on my Great Grandfather who was a nurse in WW2 and served in Africa. Unfortuantely, thats all i know about his military career and his name was John Bell! Does anyone have any idea how i can find out more?

    I know his date of birth (26 October 1901) and that he was born in Penicuik, Scotland. At the time of the war, He was married to my Great Grandmother, Grace, and lived in Leicester.

    I know it's a tall order, but any suggestions at all would be very gratefully appreciated.

    Thanks

    Jenny
     
  2. GPRegt

    GPRegt Senior Member

    Hi, Jenny

    Welcome to the Forum.

    You may be able to obtain his Service Record. You have his Date of Birth. His Rank was probably Medical Orderly.

    Hope this helps.

    Steve W.
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Jenny and welcome to the forum.

    As Steve suggested obtaining his Service rEcords are your best bet as a starter.

    Without treading on Steve's post can I suggest you use the MoD's website as a guide as many people appear to fill in the wrong forms (Myself included) on the Veterans Uk site.

    Army Personnel Centre - British Army Website

    Good Luck
    Andy
     
  4. GPRegt

    GPRegt Senior Member

    Without treading on Steve's post can I suggest you use the MoD's website as a guide as many people appear to fill in the wrong forms (Myself included) on the Veterans Uk site.
    Good Luck
    Andy

    Andy,

    No problem. Thanks for the link. I think the whole prosess is better explained.

    Steve W.
     
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  5. Capt Bill

    Capt Bill wanderin off at a tangent

    Hi Jenny

    Contact Capt Pete Starling, hes the curator of the AMS Museum

    AMS Museum


    Sorry to correct you GPRegt, but there were male nurses in WW2, orderlies were more of an unqualified assistant

    from a former army male nurse
     
  6. GPRegt

    GPRegt Senior Member

    Sorry to correct you GPRegt, but there were male nurses in WW2, orderlies were more of an unqualified assistant

    from a former army male nurse

    I appreciate the correction - no apology needed. Another fact to add to my store!

    Steve W.
     
  7. Capt Bill

    Capt Bill wanderin off at a tangent

    I appreciate the correction - no apology needed. Another fact to add to my store!

    Steve W.

    Steve - to repay your kindness

    each QA Sister had a cape medal - ribbon of QA corps colours, and the medal was of the danish 'Dannebrog' cross - all of them were/are solid silver

    male nurses of the second world war had a similar medal but bronze (rare, but definately not in an EBay way)

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  8. GPRegt

    GPRegt Senior Member

    Capt Bill,

    Thanks for the additioanl info.

    Steve W.
     
  9. Jenny DL

    Jenny DL Junior Member

    Thanks so much for all the advice. Just to confirm, is his name (John Bell) and his date of birth really enough to find his Service Records? Obviously i just ask for an opinion, not any kind of Guarantee!

    Also, is the "Record for Service Details of Deceased Ex-Service Personnel" the correct one for a nurse or orderly during word war 2? John was actually a Carpenter but i assume he was taken on in the Medical section due to his age, therefore although my mum says he was a nurse, i think it's more likely he may have been an orderly.

    Hope that makes sense.
     

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