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Louisa Jordan

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Louisa Jordan
Born24 Julie 1878
Glesga, Scotland
Dee'd6 Mairch 1915 (aged 36)
Kragujevac, Serbie
Cause o daith
Restin place
Chela Kula Military Cemetery, Niš
Kent forNuirice durin WWI an 1915 Serbian Typhus epidemic

Louisa Jordan (24 Julie 1878 – 6 Mairch 1915) wis a Scots nuirice thit dee'd in service durin the First World War.[1][2]

Early life an nuiricein career[eedit | eedit soorce]

Louisa Jordan wis born at 279 Gairbraid Street (nou kent as Maryhill Road) in the Maryhill area o Glesga, Scotland, in Julie 1878.[1][3] Her parents, baith frae Ireland, war Henry Jordan, a white lead an paint mixer, an Helen (or Ellen) Jordan, an amang her 10 siblings (3 o thaim dee'd as littlins) war Helen (or Ellen), David, Elizabeth an Thomas.[4] The faimilie bade at 30 Kelvinside Avenue (nou kent as Queen Margaret Drive in North Kelvin).[5]

In 1901, she wis brocht on as a mantle maker.[1] She stairtit her nuiricein career in Quarrier's Hames, a Bridge of Weir sanatorium, afore muivin tae Shotts Fever Infirmary. She spent 5 year at the 1st Poor Law Crumpsall Infirmary in Manchester, whaur she became sister in chairge o ane o the wards an got muckle general nuiricein experience, afore muivin back til Scotland, first til Embro an than wirkin at Straiven, as a Queen Victoria Jubilee nuirice. Frae Straiven she wis muived ower til Buckhaven, Fife, whaur she wis a destrict nuirice.

First World War service[eedit | eedit soorce]

Wirkin as a nuirice in Buckhaven at the stairt o the First World War, Jordan enlistit wi the Scottish Women's Hospitals for Foreign Service ((in Scots) Scots Weemin's Infirmaries fur Furrain Service) in Dizember 1914.[6]

She jynt the 1st Serbian uinit unner the Eleanor Soltau's commaund. Thay depairtit frae Southampton in mid-Dizember. Whan thay arrived at Salonica, Serbie, the uinit wis pit oot tae Kragujevac. She stairtit aff treatin war-woundit sodgers at the Scottish Women's Hospital ((in Scots) Scots Weemin's Infirmary).[6][1]

List of 8 names including Miss Louisa Jordan (nurse)
Scottish Women's Hospitals roll o honour

Durin the Serbian epidemic o typhus in early 1915, she was pit in chairge o the new typhus ward.[6][1] Jordan haed volunteered tae treat Elizabeth Ross, thit wis deein o typhus, an Jordan deed hersel o the disease in Mairch 1915.[7] An Embro orderly nuirice, Margaret Neill Fraser, wis reported tae hiv dee'd frae typhus an aw, whan treatin sick fowk in Serbie at the same time.

Jordan wis burit at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Chela Kula Military Cemetery in Niš, whaur she is myndit ivery year in Serbie alang wi ether nurses thit servced durin the 1915 typhus epidemic. Her graff (D. 5), wi nae releegious emblem, is inscribed "GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN".[8] In Scotland she is myndit at the Buckhaven War Memorial an at Kelvinbridge Parish Church in Glesga.[7][9] Her name is includit in a memorial panel at York Minster an aw.[10]

NHS Louisa Jordan[eedit | eedit soorce]

In 2020, it wis annooncit bi NHS Scotland thit the NHS Louisa Jordan infirmary in Glesga, an emergency creetical care infirmary biggit tae deal wi the COVID-19 pandemic, wis tae be named fur her.

The Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman statit thit "She is a body thit haes mibbie up until nou been mair myndit in Serbie nor in Scotland. This hospital is a fittin treebute tae her service an her courage."[6]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. a b c d e "Jordan". www.scotlandswar.co.uk (in Inglis). Archived frae the original on 4 Apryle 2020. Retrieved 1 Apryle 2020. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "scotlandswar" defined multiple times wi different content
  2. "Glasgow's emergency coronavirus hospital to be dedicated to Maryhill nurse". Glasgow Times (in Inglis). Retrieved 1 Apryle 2020.
  3. "Who was Louisa Jordan? The story of the woman the SEC coronavirus field hospital is named after" (in Inglis). Edinburgh Live. 2 Apryle 2020. Retrieved 3 Apryle 2020.
  4. "Family of Glasgow hero nurse Louisa Jordan defend Covid-19 hospital honour". Glasgow Times (in Inglis). Retrieved 18 Julie 2020.
  5. "Census returns 1891". ScotlandsPeople (in Inglis).
  6. a b c d "NHS Louisa Jordan - gov.scot". www.gov.scot (in Inglis). Retrieved 1 Apryle 2020.
  7. a b O'Neill, Christina (1 Apryle 2020). "The story of the heroic Maryhill nurse giving her name to temporary SEC hospital". glasgowlive (in Inglis).
  8. "Nursing Sister JORDAN, LOUISA". Commonwealth War Graves Commission (in Inglis).
  9. "Kelvinbridge Parish Church". Facebook (in Inglis).
  10. "News & Events: A Maryhill Heroine Remembered | NHS Louisa Jordan". Maryhill Burgh Halls (in Inglis). Retrieved 18 Julie 2020.