Matron at the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital

September 1897 – June 1900




Born: 1853, Astley Bridge, Little Bolton, Lancashire.

Baptised: 17th July 1853, at St. Peter’s Church, Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire.


Father: Henry Bateson, born 1814, Ingleton, Yorkshire – son of Christopher Bateson, a draper. Henry was a well-known and respected silk merchant and draper in Deansgate and at 31, Knowsley Street, Bolton. Henry Bateson died 6th January 1890, at his residence, Starr Cliffe, Great lever, Lancashire.


Mother: Ann Bateson (nee Green), born 1813, Westhoughton, Lancashire. Ann Bateson died April 1867, Accrington, Lancashire. Laid to rest 24th April 1879, Immanuel Church, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire.


Isabella was a witness for her widowed father Henry and stepmother Mary’s marriage at St. Peter’s Church, Bolton-le-Moors, on the 19th November 1868.


Stepmother: Mary Bateson (1st marriage Brown (nee Hughes)), born 1839, St. George’s, Denbighshire, Wales. First marriage in August 1856 to Andrew Ferguson Brown, a brushmaker, from Preston, Lancashire. They had one son. Andrew died from the effects of excessive drinking in November 1865, at a lodging house – 121, Oxford Street, Preston, aged 31. Mary Bateson died 7th June 1920, at Buckley House, Walkden, Lancashire. Laid to rest 10th June 1920, Lancashire.


Stepmother’s son James Hughes Brown, born 1857, Stockport, Cheshire. James was a draper, he married 14th March 1889, at Trinity Church, Rhyl, Flintshire, Maria Jane Ansdell, born 1855, Liverpool. Isabella’s father, Henry Bateson was a witness to the marriage. James and Maria had two daughters – Gladys and Mary who both assisted in James’s draper business in Rhyl. James Brown died March 1923, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Rhyl.




Alice Ellen Bateson, born 20th June 1844, Manchester, baptised 6th October 1844, at St. Thomas Church, Red Bank, Lancashire – family residing at 19, Stocks Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester. On the 11th December 1867, at St. John the Evangelist Church, Farnworth with Kearsley, Lancashire, Alice married William Walmsley Wright, born 1842, Great Bolton, baptised 21st November 1842, at St. Peter’s Church, Bolton-le-Moors. Alice and William had eight children. William was a tea merchant. William Wright died 1916, Bolton. Laid to rest 3rd February 1916. Alice Wright died January 1933, of 48, Albert Road, Bolton. Laid to rest 11th January 1933, at Christ Church, Walmsley, Lancashire.


Elizabeth Anne Bateson, born April 1846, at 19, Stocks Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester. Elizabeth died aged 18 days – May 1846, at 19, Stocks Street, Cheetham Hill. Laid to rest 15th May 1846, at St. James the Great Church, Daisy Hill, Westhoughton.


Christopher Edward Bateson, born 14th August 1847, Manchester, baptised 16th October 1847, at St. Thomas Church, Red Bank, Lancashire – family residing at 19, Stocks Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester. On the 14th September 1871, at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Blackburn, 24 year old Christopher, a cotton spinner, married 19 year old Marianne Brothers, born 1852, Blackburn – daughter of Orlando Brothers, a gas engineer and Emma Brothers (nee Fawley), of Meadow Head House, Shorrock Lane, Livesey, Lancashire. Isabella Bateson was present and a witness at her brother’s wedding. Marianne and Christopher had four children. Christopher Bateson, a mill manager died 23rd May 1889, at Madras, India. Marianne Bateson died 26th January 1928, of 44, Crompton Place, Blackburn.


Ann Elizabeth Bateson, born 1849, Great Bolton, Lancashire, baptised 28th October 1849, at St. Peter’s Church, Bolton-le-Moors. Ann Bateson died 24th May 1850, Bolton. Laid to rest at St. James the Great Church, Daisy Hill, Westhoughton, Lancashire.


Henry Bateson, born February 1851, baptised 15th February 1851, at St. Peter’s Church, Bolton-le-Moors. Henry Bateson died just 18 hours old 16th February 1851. Laid to rest 16th February at St. James the Great Church, Daisy Hill, Westhoughton, Lancashire.


Henrietta Bateson, born 1855, Astley Bridge, Little Bolton, baptised 7th November 1855, at St. Peter’s Church, Bolton-le-Moors. On the 16th September 1875, at St. John the Evangelist Church, Farnworth with Kearsley, Lancashire, 20 year old Henrietta married 22 year old Arthur Wellesley Brothers, a manufacturer of fire clay bricks – employer, born 1854, Livesey, Blackburn, Lancashire. Henrietta and Arthur had seven children. Arthur was employed as a chemical agent and traveller for John Metcalf Chemical Co., Ltd, Accrington. Arthur Brothers died Friday, 3rd May 1929, of 110, Sandy Lane, Lower Darwen, Blackburn Funeral service was held Tuesday, 7th May 1929, at St. James’s Church, Lower Darwen. Henrietta Brothers died 1938, Lancashire.

Arthur Wellesley Brothers

Isabella’s nephew, the youngest son of her sister Henrietta and Arthur Wellesley Brothers, lost his life during the First World War. Bernard Brothers was ranked a Gunner, service number 18455, of the Royal Field Artillery, H.Q. 102nd Brigade. He served in Europe 28th November 1915 and was killed in action on the 28th January 1917, aged 28. Laid to rest at Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Belgium. Bernard was married in 1916 to Margaret Doris Chadwick, they made their home at 39, Cleveland Road, Lytham, Lancashire. Margaret never remarried and died in April 1966, Southport.






Jane Holgate Bateson, born 1869, Farnworth, Lancashire, baptised 30th November 1869, at St. John the Evangelist, Farnworth with Kearsley. Jane Bateson died 31st May 1871, Little Bolton. Laid to rest 5th June 1871.


Elizabeth Hughes Bateson, born 1869, Farnworth, baptised 30th November 1869, at St. John the Evangelist, Farnworth with Kearsley. Elizabeth Bateson died 14th June 1871, Little Bolton.  Laid to rest 19th June 1871


Henry Bateson, born 31st January 1872, Farnworth, baptised 11th April 1872, at St. John the Evangelist, Farnworth with Kearsley – family residing at Park View, Moses Gate, Farnworth. In 1897, at Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire, Henry married Edith Margaret Martin, born 12th March 1867, Little Hulton, Lancashire, baptised 7th May 1867, at St. John the Baptist Church, Little Hulton – daughter of William Young Martin, a surgeon and medical practitioner, and Jane Martin (nee Hall), and stepdaughter of Sarah Elizabeth Martin (nee Whittle), of The Limes, Worsley, Lancashire. Henry studied and qualified as a doctor in April 1894, at Edinburgh University. Edith and Henry had no children. Doctor Henry Bateson died 5th June 1932, at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, East Sussex, of ‘Overdene’ Southdown Road, Southwick, West Sussex. Laid to rest 7th June 1932, at St. Julian’s Churchyard, Kingston Buci, West Sussex. Margaret Bateson died 7th March 1942, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, of ‘Overdene’ Southdown Road, Southwick. Cremated before remains buried 21st March 1942, in the grave of Henry, at St. Julian’s Churchyard, Kingston Buci.


John Holgate Bateson, born 13th June 1880, Great Lever, baptised: 11th August 1880, at St. John the Evangelist, Farnworth with Kearsley – family residing at Starr Cliffe, Great lever, Bolton. In 1897, John started reading medicine at Manchester University, in 1900 he entered the Army through a University Commission. In 1902 he was ranked a Lieutenant for the Royal Garrison Artillery. Promoted to Captain in 1912, and Mayor in 1916. His early Army days were spent in India, on the Malabar Coast, and later on the North-West Frontier.  He returned to serve in Europe on the 28th April 1915, during the First World War with the R.G.A., 4th Battalion, 51st Division and served with distinction in Flanders and on the Italian Front. John was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star. In 1917 John was awarded the D.S.O. and the Croix de Guerre. He was brevetted Lieutenant-Colonel in 1918, and in 1919 was appointed Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George and Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur. John was mentioned in despatches four times. After the war Colonel John Bateson returned to India where he remained until 1926, when he returned to England to continue his service with the 6th Medium Brigade. He was later promoted to full Colonel, 28th Air Defence Brigade until 1936. At the beginning of World War Two John served with the Home Guard and in 1941 was recalled to the Army. He was forced to resign at the end of 1942 due to ill-health. Kent and Sussex Courier – Friday, 28th September 1956

On the 10th September 1908, at St. James Church, Hope, Lancashire, John, a Lieutenant with the Royal Artillery, at Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales married Mary Elizabeth Prestwich, born 1881, Irlam O’th Heights, Lancashire – daughter of Joseph Prestwich, a managing director – general engineers – own account and Elizabeth Prestwich (nee Lomax), of 72, Eccles Old Road, Pendleton, Lancashire. Mary and John had one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Prestwich Bateson, born 24th July 1909, Abbottabad, Bengal, India. Just ten days later on the 4th August 1909, at Abbottabad, Mary Bateson died. John’s daughter Mary went to live with his brother and sister-in-law Henry and Edith Bateson.

In 1915, Bedford, Bedfordshire, John married Madeline de Vere Scott, born 6th October 1878, Meean Mear, Bengal, India, baptised 16th January 1879, at Meean Mear – second daughter of William Walter Hopton Scott, Major-General, C.B., 11th (King Edward’s Own) Lancers, and Alice de Vere Scott (nee Alexander), of 35, Lansdowne Road, Bedford. William retired in 1895 and moved his family from India to Bedford. Madeline and John had one son – Henry Hopton Bateson. Henry died on the 9th January 1932, aged 13, following an operation at Brighton.

John had a passionate interest in boats and sailing, after he became ill, he took to making model boats. He was also a member of the Society of Genealogists. John Bateson died Wednesday, 12th September 1956, at the Kent and Sussex Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, of 40, Yew Street Road, Southbridge, Kent. Cremation service held at Charing, Monday, 17th September 1956. Madeline Bateson died 12th December 1967, of 40, Yew Street Road, Southborough.




1861   305, Blackburn Road, Little Bolton, Lancashire.

Isabelle was 7 years old she was living with her mother and siblings.

Ann, 48.

Alice, 16.

Christopher, 13.

Henrietta, 5.

1 female house servant.


In 1861, Isabella’s father was away from the family home – at 74, Coleman Street, St. Stephen’s, London, the home and business of 56 year old widow, Frances Mullen.

Henry, 47, a Silk Merchant.


1871   51, Bolton Road, Farnworth, Lancashire.

Isabella was 17 years old, a Milliner. She was living with her father, stepmother, sister, and twin stepsisters.

Henry, 57, a Silk Merchant and Draper.

Mary, 32.

Henrietta, 15.

Elizabeth, 1.

Jane, 1.

1 female general servant.

1 nurse.


1881   Marrcliffe, Great Lever, Lancashire.

Isabella was 27 years old, and a widow. She and her son were living with her father, stepmother and stepbrothers.

Henry, 67, a General Draper.

Mary, 42.

Henry, 9.

John, 9 months.

Orlando Brothers, 6.

1 cook.

1 nurse.


1891   St. Thomas Hospital, Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London.

Isabella was 37 years old, a Hospital Nurse.


1901   Haddockstones, Farnley, Yorkshire.

Isabella was 47 years old, a Hospital Nurse and Matron with ten male patients.

1 cook.

1 general female domestic help.


1911   20/24, Clarendon Road, Hyde Terrace, Leeds, Yorkshire.

Isabella was 57 years old, a Superintendent of a Nursing Home – Yorkshire Co-operation for Nurses.


On the 15th April 1874, at St. John the Evangelist, Farnworth with Kearsley Lancashire, by the Reverend John Bateson, vicar of Taddington, assisted by the Reverend W.H. Taylor, vicar of Farnworth, 20 year old Isabella married 26 year old Francis William Brothers, a Gas Engineer, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, born 1848, Blackburn. Francis was a gas engineer and manager of Chorley Gas Works, Water Street, Chorley.

On the 3rd January 1877, the business partnership between Francis William Brothers, Christopher Edward Bateson (his brother-in-law), and Robert Ormiston Paterson that had been carried on for some time under the style of Paterson, Brothers and Bateson, at Livesey, Lancashire as Chemical Manufacturers, was dissolved by mutual consent. All the debts due and owed to by the late firm were received and paid by the said Francis William Brothers, by whom, together with others, the said business would be carried on in the future style of “Francis William Brother and Co.” Blackburn Standard – Saturday, 20th January 1877

Francis Brothers died 3rd February 1880, at 35, Water Street, Chorley, Lancashire, formerly of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.


Probate to Isabella Brothers, widow, of Starr Cliffe, Great Lever, Bolton.


Isabella and Francis had one son:

Orlando Brothers, born 8th January 1875, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, baptised 29th September 1875, at St. Peter’s Church, Cheltenham – family home at Albion Terrace, Cheltenham.

Orlando Brothers. WW1

After the death of Francis Brothers, Isabella and Orlando moved back to Bolton to reside with Henry and Mary Bateson. Orlando added the middle name of Frank/Francis to his name – Orlando Frank Brothers. Orlando moved to South Africa, and later served as a Lieutenant in the Boer War with the Field Intelligence Department. He was awarded the Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal clasps and he also served with the South African Light Horse. On the 6th September 1904, 29 year old, Orlando married 20 year old Daisy Agnes Green, born Cape Province, South Africa. Daisy and Orlando had two children. They were divorced at the Supreme Court, 5th September 1912, with Daisy receiving custody of their surviving son, Orlando paid a regular allowance for his son. In May 1914, Orlando sailed on the S.S. ‘Ascania’ from the Port of Southampton to the Port of Montreal, he was a journalist. He enlisted on the 23rd September 1914 to serve with the British Columbia Regiment, 7th Battalion as a Lieutenant-Colonel and embarked to England 30th September 1914. Next of Kin was his mother, Mrs. Isabella Brothers, of 23, Clarendon Road, Leeds. On the 21st November 1914, Lambeth, London, Orlando married Janet Bell McClelland, born 9th October 1891, Edinburgh, Scotland – daughter of Thomas McClelland and Janet McClelland (nee Bell). Orlando served in France from the 10th February 1915. He was mentioned in Despatches 4th January 1917 and on the 20th July 1918, Lieutenant-Colonel Orlando Brothers was awarded the O.B.E. Orlando returned to Canada to be demobilised on the 15th August 1919. Janet Bell Brothers departed from the Port of London as a Military Dependant on board S.S. ‘Montclare’ 22nd August 1919, sailing to Halifax, Nova Scotia, before moving on to Vancouver, British Columbia to be with Orlando. Janet Bell Brothers died 17th December 1945, at a nursing home in Edinburgh, late of Devonshire Terrace, Glasgow.


Isabella Brothers died 11th December 1924, at her residence Arbory, Wellington Road, Parkstone, Dorset, of fibrosis of the lungs and myocarditis. The informant of the death – Mary Gibbins, of Arbory, Wellington Road, Parkstone

No post-mortem.


Laid to rest 16th December 1924, at Blackburn Cemetery, Blackburn, Lancashire.


Probate to Arthur Wellesley Brothers –nephew, a land valuer.



Isabella trained at St. Thomas’s Hospital, Lambeth for one year. She qualified for her certificate in 1891 and remained at St. Thomas’s for a further three years. Isabella then became the Night Superintendent and Assistant Matron at the Public Hospital and Dispensary at Sheffield. In October she resigns from this post for a new appointment at the Devon and Exeter Hospital.



The President moved that Mrs. Brothers be elected Lady Superintendent of the Hospital. He said the Committee did not think it necessary to advertise because they knew Mrs. Brothers to be an excellent official who would ably discharge the duties. She had been at that institution 17 months, and had received her training at St. Thomas Hospital, London, where she was for 4 ½ years. She had also held other important appointments. The Mayor of Exeter seconded, speaking in praiseworthy terms of Mrs. Brothers ability for the post of Lady Superintendent. Colonel Wyatt-Edgell supported, and the resolution was carried. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette – Friday, 6th April 1896


Isabella was appointed to Matron at the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital, in September 1897.



At a meeting of the Committee of Management of the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital this afternoon. Mrs. Brothers, Lady Superintendent of the Devon and Exeter Hospital, was elected Matron in succession to Mrs. Francis, who recently resigned, having decided to retire. Mrs. Brothers has had considerable experience, the last five years being in Exeter Hospital, where there are over 200 beds and a staff of about 60 nurses, including the staff maintained for private outdoor nursing. Evening Star – Wednesday, 8th September 1897



During the first week of December, Isabella, as Matron of the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital, wrote a letter to be published in the Evening Star newspaper to appeal to the sympathy of the public on behalf of the patients under her care. She invited the readers and all friends of the Hospital to join the staff in making the Christmas season as happy as possible for those men, women and children obliged to be away from their homes. All gifts in money, warm clothing – parcels or single items and presents of useful toys for the children would be gratefully received and acknowledged.

It had also become customary to have a Christmas tree at the Hospital and between Christmas and New Year entertainment to help make Christmas at the Hospital as happy as possible.

Each week leading up to Christmas Day, Isabella submitted an updated list to the Evening Star, acknowledging the kind subscribers and their generous donations.


Isabella too, received a Christmas gift, along with the House Surgeons, and members of the nursing staff. These gifts had been subscribed for by various friends of the Hospital.


Isabella resigned as Matron at the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital, in 1900. Miss May Deane was appointed the new Matron.



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