A Biographical Blog

This is Your Life

Sister Caswell surprised her friend and colleague, British Red Cross ambulance driver David Ellaway on ‘This is Your Life’ (Season 26 Episode 8) back in 1985. Presenter: Eamonn Andrews. David thought that he was 'in on the secret' and that the man sitting beside him was the one about to…

On her rounds

Nurse Caswell trained to become a midwife at the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavillion (1961) in Edinburgh after completing general training at Shotley Bridge Hospital, County Durham (1957-60). She also worked as a staff nurse at Shotley Bridge General Hospital on the Orthapaedic Ward before deciding to train as a midwife. All…

Going for a picnic

To be honest there is absolutely no memory associated with this photo. I can only assume that Sister Caswell is the one holding the camera, although she has no memory of ever being there. Pupil Midwives Pupil midwives had to do ten deliveries in the hospital and ten deliveries in…

The First Meeting

On the 12th February 1974 the British Red Cross team met for the first time at the British Red Cross Head Quarters. Other Red Cross teams from Germany, New Zealand, Finland , Australia were also taking part as part of the International Red Cross’ mission. The British team lasted the…

Meeting an Orangutan

Sister Caswell meets a baby orangutan at an orphan sanctuary whilst on a day off in Sabah, North Borneo. This particular baby was not an orphan, its mother was called Freda. She was rather bad tempered and was kept behind bars. The smell of the baby orangutan was ‘serious’ and…