Commentary on documents and photographs collected by Kate Maxey MM, RRC, FNM
by John Banham
This information was first compiled to support the ‘Somme 1916 – From Durham to the Western Front’ exhibition at Durham University Palace Green Library in 2016.
It adds information about Sister Kate Maxey’s documents and family photos, including the album she compiled while serving in France during the Great War.
The author, John Banham, revised the information in 2019 to reflect ongoing research into nursing in the First World War:
“Prior to the making of the Behind the Lines film in winter 2017/18, with the permission of Maureen Defty, Durham County Record Office photographed the album compiled during the Great War when Sister Maxey served in France. Material from this album was used in the film along with other material from the Maxey collection which I photographed for the Spennymoor’s Great War exhibition held in August 1914.
There is little written material with the collection but, over the last five years of research, those involved have compiled information which is worth sharing as a commentary on this collection of well over 100 items; the album itself contains 96 photographs and three sketches. This is the third version of my commentary and corrects errors made in the previous version posted in 2016.”
Contributed by John Banham