Staff Nurse Alicia Gordon Wishart (1870 – 1962)
Alicia Gordon Wishart was born on 16 July 1870 in Ythan Wells, Aberdeenshire. Her father, the Rev. Alexander Wishart, had been ordained minister at the United Free Church in Forgue six years earlier and married Agnes Watt in Old Machar the following year. Alicia had seven brothers and sisters and by the age of 20 had secured her first job as a music teacher. In 1901 she resided with her older brother Walter, who was also a church minister, and at the time war broke out in August 1914, she was working as a staff nurse at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Between August 1914 and August 1918 Alicia continued working in Aberdeen as a nurse at the 1st General Hospital in Aberdeen – a Territorial Force hospital now know as Woodend Hospital in Craigend. Toward the end of the war the health of Alicia’s parents, and in particular, her mother, began to fail, so unable to find a carer she found herself having to resign from Territorial Force Nursing Service.
Three years after the war ended Alicia re-applied to the nursing service hoer, at some point she returned to teaching and died in Aberdeen on 21 August 1962.
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