Hi Henk, my understanding is that Servants on these roles were women who looked after the nurses themselves, whereas Ward Maids worked in the hospital itself doing housekeeping type duties. Where Ward Maids were not employed orderlies would do the housekeeping.
Here are 2 more ladies’ names to be added to the lists. I could not find them mentioned in either Sheila Gray’s list or in Norman Gooding’s book. They appear on the bottom of the roll for the Edinburgh and East of Scotland Hospital, as “nurses servants” but that handwritten title is very difficult to decipher. However I have noted in a reprint copy of “Report of the work of the Edinburgh and East of Scotland South African Hospital” that they are mentioned in Appendix 1 (a list of personnel of the Hospital) as:
Laundress EJ Sinclair
Sister’s Maid Jane Pearson
The medal to Sinclair was sold in 2018 by London Medals named “EJ Sinclair Scottish Hospital”. I have been unable to trace either lady – perhaps other members of the Forum may be able to assist in this respect.