Quest for background of local ‘Florence Nightingale’

Quest for background of local ‘Florence Nightingale’

AN APPEAL has been made for details about a Mirfield nurse who may have served in the First World War.

It is thought the woman, known only as K Matthews and pictured below right, cared for wounded soldiers when they returned home from the front line.

A picture of her was found after another Mirfield woman, Agnes Bottomley, died recently. Agnes used to live above a shop at the corner of Huddersfield Road and Station Road with her husband and children.

It is believed the picture was taken about 100 years ago. Written on the back is the following: “Dear Mrs Bottomley, how are you? We have had three emergency cases – one I went to.

“But am the next one out again. Just got these photos today so thought you might like one. With love to yourself and kiddies. K Matthews.”

Organisers of a war exhibition at Trinity Methodist Church in Mirfield would like to use the picture for their event.

Anyone with information can call Jane Yelland, who is Agnes Bottomley’s great granddaughter, on 07811 487372.

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