First Staff Service Register – Males

Male ward Day Room, circa 1900alfred marshall cabinet maker.alfred marshall pensioned.arthur lamb retired.calvert pickard charge nurse and bandsman.calvert pickard resigned to take on a fish shop.calvert pickard.charles teale nurse.frank walton male nurse and bookbinder.frank walton.george broughton retired.george broughton tailor (stock butler).george broughton.george terry pensioned.george vernon charge attendantgeorge william jenner temp porter committed to prisongeorge william jenner temporary staff.george william jenner.harry smith pensioned.isaac waite 4 isaac waite engine tenter clerk of works isaac waite engine tenter.john edwin newton dismissed refused to sleep in asylum.john edwin newton.john elsworth pensioned.john elsworth shoemaker.john greenwood nurse bandsman organist choirmaster.john greenwood pensioned.john greenwood.raymond stephenson windle dismissed for kicking and striking a patientraymond stephenson windle male nurse.raymond stephenson windle.samuel reading pensioned.samuel reading timekeeper gatekeeper.samuel reading.thomas gordon thomas gordon in charge of farm residence.thomas gordon resigned.thomas hancock died.thomas hancock pumping station engine tenter.walker brearley charge nurse bandsman.walter riley resigned.

STAFF SERVICE REGISTER – MALES from 1888
The following extracts are taken from the First Service Register 1 – 500. The entries appear to have begun around 1911 and back lists the staff to their original join date and rank. The wage shown is more likely to reflect that of the post 1911 cataloguing. Each member of staff was obliged to sign the following undertaking officiated with their signature across a postage stamp.

We have compiled a database of all the staff members from this book, please get in touch if you are trying to trace relatives who were male employees – nursing staff, labourers, clerks, engine tenters, stokers, window cleaners or garden labourers and we may be able to help.

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Obligation

I the undersigned hereby promise to obey the rules of the asylum, to avoid gossiping about it’s inmates or affairs, to be careful of it’s property, to promote as far as I am able it’s objects, and to endeavour generally by my own good conduct and demeanour to sustain it’s respectability. I consider myself bound to perform any duty assigned, although not of a nature I usually perform, should circumstances require my doing so. If anything improper is done in my presence or to my knowledge, in the Institution, I consider myself bound to report it to the Medical Superintendent. I understand my engagement to be monthly, and agree to give a month’s notice or pay a month’s salary in lieu of such notice as and for liquidated damages, should I wish to give up my situation; but acknowledge that I am liable to dismissal without warning for acts of unkindness to the inmates, intemperance, disobedience of orders, or any transgression of the rules.

 

Name of Officer or Servant: George E Maude
Date of Birth: 14th November 1868
Rank: First Charge Attendant
Appointment Date: 1st November 1888
Wage: £3 2 shillings per week

 

Name of Officer or Servant: John Moyers
Date of Birth: 8th February 1865
Rank: Attendant
Appointment Date: 1st November 1888
Wage: £2 14 shillings per week

 

Name of Officer or Servant: Henry Glenden Smith
Date of Birth: 5th July 1865
Rank: Attendant
Appointment Date: 2nd December 1889
Wage: £2 14 shillings per week

 

Name of Officer or Servant: Isaac Waite
Date of Birth: 2nd May 1847
Rank: Engine Porter
Appointment Date: 3rd April 1891
Wage: £1 15 shillings per week

 

Name of Officer or Servant: George Brunsfith
Date of Birth: 10th October 1868
Rank: Second Charge Night Attendant
Appointment Date: 7th July 1891
Wage: £3 per week

 

Name of Officer or Servant: James Henry Jackson
Date of Birth: 21st November 1866
Rank: Charge Attendant and Bandsman
Appointment Date: 30th April 1892
Wage: £2 19 shillings 2 pence per week

 

Name of Officer or Servant: Walter Ryley
Date of Birth: 13th December 1865
Rank: Hall Porter
Appointment Date: 26th May 1892
Wage: £2 14 shillings per week

 

Name of Officer or Servant: George Vernon
Date of Birth: 30th July 1864
Rank: Charge Attendant
Appointment Date: 13th June 1894
Wage: £2 18 shillings per week

 

Name of Officer or Servant: Alfred Thomas Gordon
Date of Birth: 4th July 1872
Rank: Charge of Farm Residence
Appointment Date: 17th June 1895
Wage: £ 2 18 shillings per week

 

Name of Officer or Servant: William Thomas Hardy
Date of Birth: 13th October 1871
Rank: Attendant
Appointment Date: 7th October 1895
Wage: £2 14 shillings per week

 

Name of Officer or Servant: Robert Hawkes

Date of Birth: 12th October 1870

Rank: Attendant 
Appointment Date: 24th February 1896
Wage: £2 14 shillings per week

 

Name of Officer or Servant: Harry Leach
Date of Birth: 3rd March 1864
Rank: Charge Attendant
Appointment Date: 16th March 1896
Wage: £2 18 shillings

 

Name of Officer or Servant: John Vernon
Date of Birth: 4th April 1868
Rank: Charge Attendant
Appointment Date: 9th April 1896
Wage: £2 18 shillings

 

Name of Officer or Servant: George Fryer
Date of Birth: 17th July 1874
Rank: Attendant
Appointment Date: 5th May 1896
Wage: £2 14/- per week

 

Name of Officer or Servant: Hugh McClymont
Date of Birth: 23rd June 1862
Rank: Night Attendant 
Appointment Date: 8th October 1896
Wage: £2 18/- per week

 

Name of Officer or Servant: Richard Rae

Date of Birth: 11th November 1875
Rank: Charge Attendant
Appointment Date: 22nd December 1896
Wage £2 18/- per week

The very first Medical Superintendent at Menston Asylum Was Dr McDowell 1888 – 1906. He was succeeded by Dr S Edgerley who held the position from 1906 – 1933. 
Dr Walker, pictured performing on stage in the Ballroom Collection, became the Medical Superintendent in 1933 and it was noted in the Minutes of The Mental Hospitals Board, April 1934:-

That the premises recently occupied by the late Medical Superintendent are unsuitable for a Medical Superintendent’s residence, and that one room of the residence be added to the Clerk and Steward’s Office and that the other rooms be so adapted to form a part of a general re-organisation of the quarters of the living-in staff.

That the residence at present occupied by Dr Walker is unsuitable as the residence of the Medical Superintendent and that it be utilised for the accommodation of approximately 12 convalescent patients at an estimated cost of £50.00.

That a residence be erected for the Medical Superintendent, on a site to be chosen having regard to the future developments of the hospital, and that the architect be authorised to prepare plans, together with an estimate of the cost, for submission to this Committee.

Menston Mental Hospital 19th December 1933

Minute no 264: Vacancy on Medical Staff Caused by Dr. Walker’s appointment as Medical Superintendent.

The clerk reported that consequent on the appointment of Dr. R. C. Walker, the present Senior Medical Officer appointed to act as Medical Superintendent in the latters absence to the position of Medical Superintendent at this Mental Hospital, as from the 1st January 1934, a vacancy arose on the Medical Staff.

Resolve – that it be a recommendation to the Board that Dr. R.R. Kirwan, Senior Medical Officer, be appointed the Senior Medical Officer to act as Medical Superintendent in the latters absence, the appointment to take effect as from the 1st January 1934.

Dr Kirwans salary being at the present time £800 per annum, plus emoulements valued at £120 per annum, the promotion will carry no increase of salary.

Resolved – that it be a recommendation to the board that Dr J Russell be appointed Senior Medical Officer as from the 1st January 1934, the scale of salary for the position being £650 per annum, rising by annual increments of £25 to a maximum of £750 together with emoulements valued by superannuation purposes at £120 per annum.

Dr Russell is at present in receipt of £25 per annum being a special increase granted to him by the board on account of special qualifications as a pathologist possessed by him. It is understood that this amount of £25 per annum will now merge in Dr Russell’s salary.

Resolved: That a sub committee consisting of the Chairman of the Board, the Chairman and Vice Chairman of this committee, Alderman Titterington and Councillors Fernandez and Fletcher, be appointed to deal with the remaining of the Medical Staff and to advertise for an ungraded medical officer at the appropriate scale of salary to fill the ultinate vacancy.

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