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A lot of people have visited the grave of Nellie Spindler who died in Belgium in 1917, but how many really understand what happened on the day she died? 

Nellie Spindler was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, on the 10th August 1889. She was the eldest daughter of George and Elizabeth, had two younger sisters, Lillie and Mary, and a brother, Edward. Her father was in the police force1.  She was educated at Eastmoor Council School in Wakefield and then trained as a nurse in the Township Infirmary, Leeds, 1912-1915. She joined the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (Reserve) in November 1915 and was posted the the military hospital in Lichfield1. In May 1917 she was posted to join the British Expeditionary Force in France with No. 42 Stationary Hospital1, then building up at


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The 20th UK Association for the History of Nursing, Research Colloquium will be held on 28th June 2017 at the University of Huddersfield. We are very pleased to announce our keynote speaker as Teresa Doherty, library and archive manager, Royal College of Nursing, who will share how the wealth of resources and opportunities held within archives can inspire and inform us. She will be joined by a full schedule of research papers.

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