Teesdale’s Florence Nightingale

The adventures of a heroic Teesdale nurse is the latest story to grab the attention of the Bowes Museum’s World War 1 Commemoration Project.

Lizzie Winpenny, Teesdale’s very own Florence Nightingale, was from Barnard Castle, where her parents, Mr and Mrs Albert Winpenny, of HorseMarket, owned a tailors/clothiers, Winpenny and Sons.

She volunteered for service in the First World War in the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, and was attached to Queen Victoria’s Imperial and Military Nursing Service.

She served in Belgium, France, Italy, Malta and Salonika. In 1919, she was appointed Sister at Stockton and Thornaby Hospital.

She was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal during World War I, and went on to serve in the Second World War. She then emigrated to Ireland in 1952.

Rupert Philbrick, who is heading up the Commemoration Project, is looking for anyone who can help to build a fuller picture of Lizzie and her family. He would like to hear from anyone with pictures of Lizzie, stories of her time of service as a nurse during World War 1 or details of her death. Rupert can be contacted at rupert.philbrick@thebowesmusuem.org.uk

The World War 1 Commemoration Project can be viewed online at www.thebowesmuseumww1.org.uk