Funeral of Mrs Harriet Kirby (picture)

June 1937

Mexborough and Swinton Times June 18, 1937.


A large number of people lined the route to the church and cemetery on Sunday when the funeral took place of Ambulance Sister, Mrs Harriet Kirby (88), of 63, Bolton Street, Denaby Main.

Mrs Kirby was one of Denaby’s oldest inhabitants and also the oldest church member. In her younger days she was a very active member of the Parish Church, where she was greatly respected.

Her work with the St John Ambulance Brigade Nursing Division is known throughout the district and on Sunday full honours were accorded as a token of respect and esteem.

Ambulancemen and nursing sisters were in attendance from all over the district.

Leeds Mercury – Friday 11 June 1937

The oldest St. John Ambulance nursing sister in the country, Mrs. Harriet Kirby, of Bolton Street, Denaby, who has been connected with the movement for 28 years died at her home to-day, ten days before her 89th birthday.

Mrs. Kirby, who was the holder of the Grand Priory Medal of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, was also the possessor of the Coronation Medal for 1911, the St. John Ambulance Long Service Medal and a decoration for heroic work while attending the injured In the Cadeby Colliery explosion of 1912, in which about 90 lives were lost.

Mrs. Kirby represented Denaby at the Coronation of King George V., and the Coronation of King George VI. inquiries were made about her by African nursing sisters, who asked for her photograph, so that they might place it in their headquarters.