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Nurses in History - Ann Keats . Winzer (1794-1873) Nursing Heroine of Waterloo
Anne Winzer / nee. Keats, was a Waterloo heroine who assisted at that famous battle in 1815. By aiding & assisting the sick and wounded she endured many hardships having followed the British army from Brussels to Paris. From Paris to Dunney returned to England & from thence to the rock of Gibraltar where she remained 4 years. She afterwards resided in Fordington where she received a pension through the instrumentality of Colonel Astell with that of many other officers as a tribute of respect to a long life spent in true and faithful service.
It needs to be remembered that Ann’s nursing efforts were some 40 years before the legendary Florence Nightingale led her party of nurses to help the soldiers of the Crimea. Florence came from a wealthy background and her family initially refused to allow her to become a nurse because ‘it was not considered a suitable profession for a well educated woman’. Ann came from a different social background with none of the advantages Florence had, yet Ann clearly endeared herself to the soldiers of Wellington’s Army by her willingness to share their hardships and do all that she could to relieve their suffering.
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One expert said this would soon become "standard practice" in hospitals.
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