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RCN welcomes Nottingham war memorial restoration

9 Nov 2018

The restoration of a war memorial in Nottingham – believed to be one of only a few that honour nurses among the fallen of World War One – has been applauded by the RCN.

Nurses Memorial Home in Nottingham

The bronze plaque commemorating sailors, soldiers and nurses from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire who died during the 1914-1918 Great War is mounted on a wall near the entrance to the city’s Park Estate beneath a former home for nurses now known as Royal Standard House.

Itself part of the Grade 2-listed memorial, the home was constructed after the War, funded by subscriptions from the public, on what was the site of Nottingham General Hospital until it closed in 1992.

The plaque and wall have been refurbished to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice thanks to funding from the War Memorials Trust, the Nottingham Park Conservation Trust, Nottingham Civic Society and residents of Royal Standard House and City Point.

'Special appeal to nurses'

Nurses and representatives of the RCN will be among the guests attending a ceremony at the memorial this Sunday (11 November) to mark the Armistice centenary and completion of restoration work. Dame Elizabeth Fradd, Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and a Fellow of the RCN, will be among the congregation.

Sheila Marriott, Regional Director of the RCN in the East Midlands, said: “We understand that memorials that accord nurses the same honour as military servicemen for their sacrifice during World War One are few and far between, so this one has a special appeal to nurses.

“As a nurse who was born and bred in Nottingham, I feel extremely humbled by the courage and dedication to duty exhibited by nurses from the city and county who lost their lives in the Great War.

“I also feel very proud that their sacrifice touched ordinary people back home so profoundly that they were moved to donate money towards the construction of this lasting memorial.”

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