She was refused. The chair of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal is a former Labour MP and peer, Lord Soley. None is known of. The promotion of Mary Seacole to “health care pioneer”, in 2012, was the work of another Conservative administration, with Jeremy Hunt as minister. Mary Seacole Florence Nightingale's great work began when she left a life of privilege in England, to minister to the maimed and wounded of the Crimean War of 1854, half a world away. Mary Seacole was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1805. Her father was a Scottish soldier, and her mother was a practitioner of traditional Jamaican medicine and had a boarding house where she cared for invalid soldiers and their wives. The headquarters of the Jamaican General Trained Nurses’ Association was christened "Mary Seacole House" in 1954, followed quickly by the naming of a hall of residence […] Mary learned about medicine from her mother, soon gaining her own reputation as a 'skilful nurse and doctress'. But for a long time her story was lost. Mary Seacole, 1869 ... asking to be sent as an army nurse to the Crimea where there was known to be poor medical facilities for wounded soldiers. Mary Seacole : biography 1805 – 14 May 1881 She has been better remembered in the Caribbean, where she was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991. Mary Seacole is now known for her medical work in the Crimean war, and as a brilliant woman who combated the racial prejudice she experienced in her lifetime.