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Offline Cornelius88

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« on: Saturday 09 October 21 10:58 BST (UK) »
Under 'Mother's name' on a birth certificate is given "...McConnell, ....."  The rest looks something like, "...or mental J--se of 28...".  Since no father's name is given it appears that she was a single mother so McConnell is likely to be her only name.

The birth was in 1920 and the birth address is given as 211 New Kings Road which is Argyll House, one time home to the Duke of Argyll.

Argyll House is now Grade 2 listed.  Unfortunately I have not yet been able to discover anything regarding it's use/occupancy during the 1920s. It is not impossible it was requisitioned for use as a hospital during the Great War.  An alternative is that it was occupied by a prominent family and Ms McConnell was in service at the time.

First task is to decipher the handwriting, but if anyone has any knowledge of Argyll House I would be grateful.

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Re: Birth Certificate
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 09 October 21 11:03 BST (UK) »
It looks like

McConnell
a Mental
Nurse of 28
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« Reply #2 on: Saturday 09 October 21 11:05 BST (UK) »
I agree with Gadget.
Researching among others:
Bartle, Bilton, Bingley, Campbell, Craven, Emmott, Harcourt, Hirst, Kellet(t), Kennedy,
Meaburn, Mennile/Meynell, Metcalf(e), Palliser, Robinson, Rutter, Shipley, Stow, Wilkinson

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Re: Birth Certificate
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 09 October 21 11:26 BST (UK) »
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211 New Kings Road which is Argyll House, one time home to the Duke of Argyll.

No! Argyll House is 211 Kings Road. Not the same street.

211 New King's Road was a maternity home. https://tinyurl.com/dbz6xbmk

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« Reply #4 on: Saturday 09 October 21 11:30 BST (UK) »
References here to 1919 births at Saint Mary's Nursing Home, 211 New Kings Road, Fulham.

http://www.geocities.ws/kenleegolding/gold.html
https://www.ancestry.com.au/genealogy/records/mavis-clare-donaldson-24-7fsmvw
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Re: Birth Certificate
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 09 October 21 11:42 BST (UK) »
Interesting.  The birth was May 1920.

I thought Mental Nurse but it didn't fit with other information I had, although this is not uncommon when researching family history.... 

Was she what we would understand as a "Mental Health Nurse"?  Alternatively, since single women who became pregnant were often seen as having mental health problems, was this a description of her condition rather than her occupation?

@ShaunJ: Thanks for the information regarding the Nursing Home.  After posting I did some further research and realised Kings Road and NEW Kings Road were different, but hadn't got any further. 

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« Reply #6 on: Saturday 09 October 21 11:45 BST (UK) »
This from a 1921 street directory
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« Reply #8 on: Saturday 09 October 21 11:50 BST (UK) »
This from a 1921 street directory
Thank you Shaun.  I was having trouble finding it in the link to the The British Journal of Nursing.  I'm on a Mac and for some reason Google Books doesn't want to play nicely.