Iris Brown 1929 – 2002

Iris Sylvia Canning was born on the 28th October 1929 in India. Iris had two sisters, Ruby and Violet (Taj). Iris grew up and her family moved to England. Iris’s father died in South Africa, while Iris was still young, her mother then became too ill to look after her, and Iris and her sisters went to live with cousins, Mr & Mrs Green.

Carte de visite photograph of Florence Nightin...

Carte de visite photograph of Florence Nightingale, by Kilburn, circa 1854. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Iris left school and became an auxiliary nurse, she was a very lively girl, full of laughter. In January 1950 Iris had a son and called him William.  Read more…

Nursing in the United Kingdom has a long history, but in its current form it probably dates back to the era of Florence Nightingale, who was instrumental in helping to lay the foundations of professional nursing in 1860. Her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, the first secular nursing school in the world (now part of King’s College London). The Nightingale Pledge taken by new nurses was named in her honour, and the annual International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on her birthday.

As time progressed Iris met a man called Archie Brown, they fell in love and got married. Iris then had 9 more children, they were called Steven, Philip, Rosemary, Julia, Andrew, Angela, Douglas, Christopher and Margaret. Read more…

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