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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitlePapers of Nina Last
Ref No7NLA
Box Fetch NoBox 01; Textile rail 01; PC6.9
LevelCollection
Datec.1895-2009
Extent0.5 A box, 1 OS photograph and 1 textile
Admin Biographical HistoryNina Courage (nee Last) (1895-1973) was an orderly during the First World War at the Endell Street Military Hospital, run by Dr Louisa Garrett Anderson and Dr Flora Murray. She was responsible for laundry and also worked as a hospital porter, while her younger sister Barbara Last worked at the hospital as a medical nurse. After the war she married Mr Courage (of the Courage brewery family). They divorced in 1946. In later life she worked as a magistrate. She died in 1973.
DescriptionThe papers of Nina Last comprise: two autobiographical accounts, with transcripts, of Nina's childhood and her work during the First World War at the Women's Hospital Corps hospital in Endell Street; a photograph of the staff of the hospital and the uniform jacket she wore as an orderly; a third manuscript, with a transcript, which describes in detail incidents from her unhappy marriage to Ronald Courage, whom she tried unsuccessfully to divorce in 1930, eventually succeeding in the 1940s.
Related MaterialThe Women's Library also holds the Papers of Louisa Garrett Anderson (Ref: 7LGA) that relate to Endell Street Military Hospital, and scrapbooks relating to women's work during the First World War (Refs: 10/06; 10/16; 10/26; 10/51). The Imperial War Museum holds a scrapbook relating to Endell Street Military Hospital (Ref: 89 / 1782).
Related Record7LGA
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThis collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library @ LSE in advance of their first visit.
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