WALSHE Mary Alice – Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service
Mary Alice Walshe, Staff Nurse, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, died at the Sisters Hospital, Strada Maggiore, Floriana, Malta on 21st August 1915. She was buried in Addolorata Cemetery, Malta, grave E. EA. A. 661.
Extensive research has not revealed any information on Mary other than an article in the Times Malta of 4th May 2010. The article was written by Denis A. Darmanin and contains the following information relating to a plaque in St Mary Magdalen, Merchants Street, Malta dedicated to Mary Walshe:
The plaque shows two central figures, a soldier wearing a khaki uniform and Foreign Service Helmet who is having his hands bandaged by a long haired female in biblical robes, possibly Mary Magdalene. Above her head is the badge of the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) Reserve. At bottom is a scroll with the legend; WHATSOEVER YOU SHALL DO TO ONE OF THESE, SHALL BE DONE FOR ME (Matthew 25:40), which is slightly painted over. Above at centre is a dedication which although also painted over, some of the text is legible; ……TO THE MEMORY OF MARY A. WALSHE Q.A.I.N.N.S.R. DIED AT MALTA 19 VIII 1915, flanked on each end by a shield, possibly that of St. George of England. The sculptor was C. di Paolo. Her age is not known but Staff Nurse Walshe is recorded as having died at the Nurses Hospital in Strada Maggiore, Floriana, from a disease that she had contracted, possibly from one of the patients that she was attending.
She was buried at the Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery. The plaque was erected as her memorial as her grave was located in the ‘public’ section of the cemetery and these graves are cleaned and reused.
She is also commemorated on the ‘Five Sisters’, the glass screens in the North Transept of York, Minster, England.
Source of the article: https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20100504/books/a-forgotten-memorial.305806