Severalls Hospital

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Severalls Mental Hospital

Second Essex County Asylum


Gladys Morgan

For the record, my Grandmother was Gladys Morgan, born 9 May 1892 in Pontymister near Risca in Monmouthshire (now Gwent). She went to Colchester in 1915 to train as a nurse at Severall’s. She became best friends with a fellow Nurse; Ethel Taylor and was a regular visitor to her family’s home at Marks Tey Station where Ethel’s father was the Station Foreman. In time Ethel (or Effie as she was known) went off to South Africa before returning to the UK and marrying a doctor at Epsom Hospital. This was Dr. Percy Banbury who was later to hold an appointment in Essex as a Medical Superintendent. Gladys (or Molly as she was known) stayed close to Colchester, marrying the twin brother of Effie Taylor in 1923, which, of course, ended her Nursing career. He was a Master Baker and they lived by his shop in Bury St. Edmunds where their children were born. Effie and Percy’s eldest daughter went on to become Matron of St George’s in London (before it’s move away from Kensington). Regards, John Orchard.

Severalls Nurse GLADYS MORGAN -September, 1917

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