Wednesday, December 30, 2020



Service Number 944 Australian Infantry A.I.F 13th Battalion 
Killed in Action
9 August 1915

 Age 24 years Son of John Adam & Frances Julia Markillie 110 Dalmeny Avenue, Norbury 

Buried 7th FIELD AMBULANCE CEMETERY Sp. Mem. A. 101 

Gallipoli WW1 

also citation on family grave at Camberwell Old Cemetery

Ernest Stuart Markillie - Pte 156 5th London KIA 18/1/15 Edgar's brother also killed

Father,  John Adam Markillie died in 1908 while serving as Mayor of of Camberwell - (a solider in the Afghan War)

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Ruth Elliott - COHSE Education

Women united to achieve
Ruth Elliott - COHSE Education

By Richard Ross
Wednesday 17 February 1999 
There are still too few women in senior positions within the trade union movement. That there are any owes a lot to Ruth Elliott, who has died aged 50. She spent most of her working life in trade union education, for 12 years with the TUC and then with Cohse (now part of Unison).
She was one of a group who saw trade-union education as the life blood of unions, and believed that it should be for all - members, shop stewards and officers. In particular, she set up courses to help tackle discrimination, and courses for women unionists taught by women tutors. Inside and outside the TUC, she had to battle to establish these courses in a male-dominated union world. Ruth was an inspiration to a whole generation who carried her ideas forward, so that many now seem mainstream.
Many people who come on union courses have few educational qualifications, and Ruth had a rare talent for devising innovative methods to awaken and stimulate their desire for learning. An excellent tutor herself, she also knew how to write materials that could be used by tutors throughout the country as part of the TUC's national programme of union education. Some of the TUC's first and most exciting educational publications sprang from her initiatives. Ruth lived most of her life in London, where she was active in union branches and trades councils, in community groups and in socialist feminist politics. She was part of a network of women trade unionists who offered each other support; there were, as one recalls, 'laughter and parties'. Ruth was born in Hull and educated at Newland High School, at King's College, London and at Chelsea College, where she met her future husband, David Elliott. (They eventually divorced amicably.) She worked at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, where she was encouraged to undertake research and, as a result, completed a PhD at the London School of Economics. Ruth joined the TUC in 1975, leaving to join Cohse in 1986.
She started a Research Fellowship at Warwick University in 1989, but became too ill with ME to complete it. Accustomed to being in control of her life, she searched for an effective treatment for herself and others. Sustenance came from books and music - she was a good cellist and pianist. Used to supporting others, she valued the support she received from friends and family. Despite being unable to work, she remained politically aware and intellectually curious, and was a constant source of advice and inspiration.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

COHSE Qualified Nursing Badge

COHSE Glen House

Pat McGinley - COHSE National Officer

COHSE Sponsored MP's

Angela Eagle MP

John Cronin MP

Allan Rogers MP

Joan Walley MP and Mo Mowlan MP (with the General Secretary and a non sponsored MP)

COHSE staff and members who became MP's include George Gibson, Charlotte Atkins, James Devine, Stephen Pound, Anne Picking (Moffat),

Mallinson - Dunn Ambulance Trophy 1991

Mallinson-Dunn Ambulance trophy 1991 Bob Abberley

Trophy named after Terry Mallinson - National Officer and Bill Dunn NEC Member

And Bob Abberley at Guildford Rally in 1982

COHSE Editor Journal 1992

Helen Findlay took over from Rowena Chapman in 1992 as Editor of the COHSE Journal

and previous to Rowena Chapman was Mark Crail

COHSE Region 8 Trophy 1992

Brian Lynch awarding the Region 8 South Thames & Wessex Region campaign trophy 1992 to nurse Jan Hambleton Deal & Dover District COHSE Branch (established 1988) at
Dover Buckland Hospital

Regional Secretary John Jaggon, 
Ernie Brook
Simon Bolton, Mick Brade, Brian Lynch

63 Victoria Road, Aldershort, Hampshire

also a Gravesend Office

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Angels of Hell (Hellingly)

Angels of Hell

COHSE Hellingly Hospital, Sussex on nurses pay protest 1962

COHSE Banner - 22 January 1979

Friday, May 27, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016

COHSE Northern Region Banner

COHSE Northern region banner 1986

photo Richard Grassick

COHSE North West Banner July 1982

COHSE North West Banner 10th July 1982 TUC Rally, Manchester

John Smith (IFL)