Nursing & Midwifery

Annette Garfitt, 1915-2008

Display No. 38

Annette Garfitt was born in India in 1915. She studied at the Nightingale Training School for Nurses and served with Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service in India. As a military nurse she wore these identity tags, which would have made it possible to identify her body if she had been killed in the line of duty. Annette Garfitt was awarded a number of medals in recognition for her service.

Photograph of Annette Garfitt. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

Identity tags belonging to Annette Garfitt. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

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