Louisa Jordan

1878 - 1915

Nurse. Born in Maryhill (Glasgow) of Irish parents, Jordan began working in the garment industry but qualified as a nurse and worked in Manchester, Shotts Fever Hospital (North Lanarkshire), Strathaven (South Lanarkshire) and as a district nurse in Buckhaven (Fife). In 1914 she volunteered for the Scottish Women's Hospitals for Foreign Service, led by Elsie Inglis (1864 - 1917) and was posted to Serbia. Initially she treated wounded soldiers but following the outbreak of a typhus epidemic, she was placed in charge of a ward treating those infected. Unfortunately she caught the disease and died. Jordan was buried at the Chela Kula Military Cemetery in Nis. In Scotland, she is commemorated at the Buckhaven War Memorial and at Wilton Church in Glasgow. In 2020, the NHS Louisa Jordan was setup as an emergency care hospital within the SEC Centre in Glasgow during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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