M.B.E. with large Guy's Hospital Medal to Nursing Sister Miss Hope Lucas. Served in India between the wars, includes original letter from Lady Mountbatten
Miss Hope Lucas died on 27th July, 1982. She was born at Frinton on 20th September 1900 and came to Guy's to commence her Nurse Training in 1921.
After completing her training in 1925 she held various appointments in the Hospital: Assistant Home Sister, Night Sister, Preliminary School Tutor and Sister Addison. During this time Herbert Eason was Superintendent and Miss Emily MacManus was Matron.
In 1931 she successfully completed her midwifery training at the General Lying-in Hospital, York Road.
Many years were spent in the Indian Nursing Service, of which she became Vice President. She was Matron of the Lady Curzon Hospital at Bangalore when the late Lady Mountbatten was a patient.
When India was granted independence she felt she could not return to serve under the new regime and settled in this country and continued to do interesting and profitable work. She joined the (then) W.V.S. and organised the Hospital Car Service for Buckinghamshire for four years until the NHS took over the Ambulance Service. Also for the W.V.S., she ran the shop at St. John's Hospital, Stone, nr. Aylesbury where in 3 years a profit of £3000 was made.
While in Bexhill she was the only woman member of the Chamber of Commerce (where she had a gift shop), and was also. a Founder-member of the Bexhill Business and Professional Women's Group, of which she became the President for a year or two. Her sister, Mrs G. N. Walter, has had Miss Lucas' name entered in the Book of Remembrance at the Cambridge City Crematorium with the fitting epitaph- 'Musch admired and loved'.