Salisbury Infirmary Advertises for Staff during the First World War


Throughout WWI the Infirmary constantly advertised for ‘House and Assistant Surgeon’, from the clippings below you can see that wages were dramatically increased to tempt applicants. The 1915 advert added that ‘women candidates will be considered’ and later included that ‘candidates must be ineligible for Military Service.’

Credit: Salisbury Medical Society
Credit: Salisbury Medical Society

Salisbury (General) Infirmary. –

Wanted, a HOUSE SURGEON. Salary £100 per annum, with

apartments, board, and lodging. Also an SSISTANT HOUSE SUR-

GEON. Salary £50 per annum, with apartments, board, and lodging.

Candidates must be unmarried, fully qualified, and registered.

All applications, with testimonials, to be sent to the Secretary not

later than the 6th February next.

The rules relative to the duties may be had on application to the

undersigned

Candidates to state the date when free to take up the appointment.

Canvassing by or on behalf of the candidates will disqualify.

Dated the 17th day of January, 1914. S. B. SMITH, Secretary.

 

Annotations in pencil swap 6th February for 10th July, and 17th January for 27 June, and says “The [     ] to [commence] on the 7th

 

Credit: Salisbury Medical Society
Credit: Salisbury Medical Society

Salisbury (General) Infirmary. (120

Beds). – Wanted at once, HOUSE SURGEON and ASSISTANT

HOUSE SURGEON. Salary £150 and £100 respectively, with apart-

ments, board, lodging, and washing. Candidates must be unmarried,

fully qualified, and registered.

Applications from women candidates will be considered.

All applications, with testimonials, to be sent to the undersigned, of

whom the rules relative to the duties may be had on application.

The duties will commence from the date of appointment.

Canvassing by or on behalf of the candidates will disqualify.

Dated 18th May 1915. S. Bu[       ] Smith, Secretary.”

 

Credit: Salisbury Medical Society
Credit: Salisbury Medical Society

“Applications from Women candidates will be considered, and Male candidates must be ineligible for Military Service.”

 

 

Credit: Salisbury Medical Society
Credit: Salisbury Medical Society

“SALISBURY INFIRMARY. –SECOND

PORTER WANTED (single), strong, good

character, wages to commence £25 a year, board,

lodging, uniform, washing – Applications, with

testimonials, to be sent at once to S. B. SMITH

Secretary”

 

In contrast to the wages of the House Surgeon, during 1915 a Second Porter could expect to earn £25 a year that included board, lodging and washing.

 

This story was kindly donated by Lesley Meaker of ArtCare, Salisbury District Hospital.


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