She was forced to move to 1, Tavistock Street, Covent Garden in increasingly dire financial straits. Her memoirs state that her own boarding house was full of sufferers and she saw many of them die.  One criticism made by supporters of Nightingale of Seacole is that she was not trained at an accredited medical institution. At the end of this epidemic she herself contracted cholera, forcing her to rest for several weeks. Shortly after her arrival, the city was swept by an epidemic of cholera. During the Crimean War, probably her greatest kindness was to serve hot tea and lemonade to cold, suffering soldiers awaiting transport to hospital on the wharf at Balaclava. This is the purport of her questions.  The building was stocked with provisions shipped from London and Constantinople, as well as local purchases from the British camp near Kadikoi and the French camp at nearby Kamiesch. Also known as: Mother Seacole .  While Lady Alicia Blackwood later recalled that Seacole had "... personally spared no pains and no exertion to visit the field of woe, and minister with her own hands such things as could comfort or alleviate the suffering of those around her; freely giving to such as could not pay ...". Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1881. Brunel University in West London houses its School of Health Sciences and Social Care in the Mary Seacole Building. She eschewed opium, preferring mustard rubs and poultices, the laxative calomel (mercuric chloride), sugars of lead (lead(II) acetate), and rehydration with water boiled with cinnamon. In 2005, British politician Boris Johnson wrote of learning about Seacole from his daughter's school pageant and speculated: "I find myself facing the grim possibility that it was my own education that was blinkered.  On 14 October 2016, Google celebrated her with a Google Doodle. Mary Seacole Centre TVU site with detailed resources. However, creditors who had supplied her firm in Crimea were in pursuit.  A short animation about Mary Seacole was adapted from a book entitled Mother Seacole, published in 2005 as part of the bicentenary celebrations. One British medical officer described Seacole in his memoir as "The acquaintance of a celebrated person, Mrs. Seacole, a coloured women who out of the goodness of her heart and at her own expense, supplied hot tea to the poor sufferers [wounded men being transported from the peninsula to the hospital at Scutari ] while they are waiting to be lifted into the boats…. Viewer complaints about the show led the BBC Trust to conclude that the episode's portrayal of "racial issues was materially inaccurate". In 2004, she was voted the greatest black Briton. She was voted the greatest black Briton in 2004. Mary Seacole (1805 – 1881) was a Jamaican nurse who became well known in the Victorian period for her nursing efforts during the Crimean War. Her grave in London was rediscovered in 1973; a service of reconsecration was held on 20 November 1973, and her gravestone was also restored by the British Commonwealth Nurses' War Memorial Fund and the Lignum Vitae Club. National Portrait Gallery/Getty Images.  Seacole's autobiography says she began experimenting in medicine, based on what she learned from her mother, by ministering to a doll and then progressing to pets before helping her mother treat humans. The soldiers would refer to her as "mother" and would ensure her safety by personally guarding her on the battlefield.  It seems likely that she approached Sir Harry Verney (the husband of Florence Nightingale's sister Parthenope) Member of Parliament for Buckingham who was closely involved in the British National Society for the Relief of the Sick and Wounded. Hundreds perished, mostly from Cholera. Business cards were printed and sent ahead to announce her intention to open an establishment, to be called the "British Hotel", near Balaclava, which would be "a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers".  Writing of his 1859 journey to the West Indies, the British novelist Anthony Trollope described visiting Mrs. Seacole's sister's hotel in Kingston in his The West Indies and the Spanish Main (Chapman & Hall, 1850).  She attempted to sell as much as possible before the soldiers left, but she was forced to auction many expensive goods for lower-than-expected prices to the Russians who were returning to their homes. Seacole returned to Panama in early 1854 to finalise her business affairs, and three months later moved to the New Granada Mining Gold Company establishment at Fort Bowen Mine some 70 miles (110 km) away near Escribanos.  She became a prominent figure in the country. Many thousands of troops from all the countries involved were drafted to the area, and disease broke out almost immediately. , After returning to Jamaica, Seacole cared for her "old indulgent patroness" through an illness, finally returning to the family home at Blundell Hall after the death of her patroness (a woman who gave financial support to her) a few years later. In the first chapter, she talks about how her practice of medicine began on animals, such as cats and dogs. Then she joined her mother in her work and occasionally assisted others at the British Army hospital at Up-Park Camp. He wrote her a letter of introduction to Nightingale.  Fund-raising activities included the "Seacole Fund Grand Military Festival", which was held at the Royal Surrey Gardens, from Monday 27 July to Thursday 30 July 1857. Mary Seacole, Jamaican businesswoman who provided sustenance and care for British soldiers at the battlefront during the Crimean War.  Her marriage, from betrothal to widowhood, is described in just nine lines at the conclusion of the first chapter of her autobiography. ", This page was last edited on 24 November 2020, at 09:09.  However, another blue plaque has since been positioned at 14 Soho Square, where she lived in 1857. Mary grew up to be an intelligent and independent minded young woman. "'Their Calling Me 'Mother' Was Not, I Think, Altogether Unmeaning': Mary Seacole's Maternal Personae. " There was opposition to the siting of a statue of Mary Seacole at St Thomas' Hospital on the grounds that she had no connection with this institution, whereas Florence Nightingale did. , Seacole's plight was highlighted in the British press. Mary Jane Grant best known as Mary Seacole was a Jamaican businesswoman known for her involvement in the Crimean War through providing health care and other services to wounded servicemen. In 2004 she took first place in the 100 Great Black Britons poll in the U.K. A Jamaican woman of mixed race, she was awarded the Order of Merit posthumously by the government of Jamaica and celebrated as a “Black Briton” in the United Kingdom.  Susan Sheridan has argued that the leaked proposal to remove Seacole from the National Curriculum is part of "a concentration solely on large-scale political and military history and a fundamental shift away from social history.