Mary Anne Beatrice Revell began her training as a nurse at Alexandra College, Crowstone Road, Westcliff, Essex, England. She was a State Registered nurse and South Benfleet’s district nurse and midwife from 1924 until she retired 27 years later in about 1951. During this time she had helped 704 local babies into the world.
She worked in Kennington, London before returning to Benfleet as a private midwife early in 1925. She was “nationalized” when the National Health Scheme was introduced in 1948.
When she was 60 she was presented with an electric blanket, a television, a radiation lamp and £6. Electricity had to be laid on in her cottage so that she could use these gifts!
She worked together with Dr. Eaton for 18 years. She had a breakdown when she was 60. All three sisters were in nursing. She never married – spinster.
When my aunt Kathleen Gothard was poorly, my mother went down to Somerset and looked after her for a week, but had to return home as I was going into hospital. It was then that grand aunt Mary travelled down to Somerset to look after Kath. On the train journey down, a suitcase fell off the overhead rack and hit Mary on the head. About one week later, while still in Somerset, she died. Kath’s husband, Chas, helped to arrange for her body to be brought home to Benfleet for burial. The family believe that this accident caused her death.
Although she was not really allowed to, she delivered Eunice Marion’s (her sister) children. A nursemaid by the name of Mrs. Valentine (friend of Mary and Eunice) used to help her.
Since publication of this page, we have received a rather nice portrait photo of Nurse Revell, from our reader Bob Barnes. Bob recalls,
“She brought my two eldest children into the world. Although she had the reputation of being severe with husbands, I always got on well with her and we were very grateful to her”.