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Nurse LMS, definition needed

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CuriousFish Report 14 Dec 2012 13:01

Elizabeth is my newly discoverd great aunt, and a nurse too. So am I, and she is the only other nurse I have discoverd in my tree which is really quite exciting to me. But I do not know what the LMS stands for .As she was not in London I dont think it was London Missionary Society. Could it be the school she trained at
Can anyone shed some light on it for me.
I think offical nursing registration came in in 1919

Elizabeth Baker
[Elizabeth Hall]
Age: 46
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1835
Relation: Daughter
Mother's Name: Elizabeth Hall
Gender: Female
Where born: Crowland, Lincoln, England

Civil parish: Crowland
County/Island: Lincolnshire
Country: England

Street Address: Poors Lane
Condition as to marriage: Windower (Widower)

Employment status: View image
Occupation: Nurse

Registration district: Peterborough
Sub-registration district: Crowland
ED, institution, or vessel: 2
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 1597
Folio: 29
Page Number: 16
Household Members: Name Age
Elizabeth Hall 76
Elizabeth Baker 46


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K Report 14 Dec 2012 13:21

Not that it helps in identifying them but it does look like the intials were added later. The enumerator had very neat writing


CuriousFish Report 14 Dec 2012 13:33

Thanks K, I hadn't noticed that.
I did wonder if the 'L' had anything to do with Linconshire which is where she was.


K Report 14 Dec 2012 13:38

I wonder if the first letter was an S

From googling - Up until 1919 anyone could call themselves a Nurse. Putting Nurse SMS (Subsidiary Medical Services) (anyone other than a doctor);prev_next=prev


Potty Report 14 Dec 2012 14:02

If you do a search on the 1881 on Ancestry and put Lincolnshire as the county and Nurse LMS in the occupation box, 10 women come up (not your Elizabeth, though as the LMS hasn't been included in the transcription). 265 come up if you put SMS - over 3000 come up if using all counties and 56 for LMS for the whole country.

Looks like a fairly common abbreviation.


CuriousFish Report 14 Dec 2012 14:03

K, I've had a browse through other pages on this census and on page 8 is a governess with what looks like 'Sch' alongside so I think you are right about the first letter being an 'S'
Thanks again genes community.