Anne Cole's memorial tablet

This brass memorial tablet of Anne Cole can be seen inside St Luke's Chapel of King's College Hospital in London.


Medical journal "The Lancet" mentioned the inauguration of this monument on its August 7, 1869, issue with the following words: "A very tasteful monumental brass, edged with an elegant pattern in mosaic and sunk into marble has been lately put up in the chapel of King's College Hospital to the memory of a nurse who died at her post. The inscription runs as follows: - 'To the memory of Anne Cole; for upwards of ten years a faithful, kind, and skilful nurse in the surgical wards; who died May 26th, 1868, aged 35. This tablet has been erected by the surgeons, house-surgeons, and dressers, in grateful recognition of the services rendered by her to this institution'. The credit of instituting this memorial is due to Messrs. Royes Bell and Napper (late house-surgeon); and the tablet is the work of Messrs. Hart and Son"1

  • Photos by Adrian Thomas (January 2023)

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