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Bentley, Charlotte Eliza (1915–1996), nurse and nursing activist, was born on 15 December 1915 at 63 Portland Court, Great Portland Street, London, the daughter of John Richard Bentley, hosier, and Charlotte Emma Redard. After education at a Swiss convent school and secretarial training ...

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Blackwood [née Lambart], Lady Alicia (1818–1913), nurse and philanthropist, was born probably on 29 November 1818 at Eaglehurst, near Ower Green in Hampshire, the daughter of George Frederick Augustus Lambart, Viscount Kilcoursie (1789–1828), and Sarah Coppin (d. 1823), the only daughter of ...

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Loane, Martha Jane (1852–1933), nurse and social commentator, was born on 7 February 1852 at 8 North Place, Eldad, Plymouth, Devon, to Jabez Loane (c.1821–1895), a master in the Royal Navy, and Jane, née Cooley (d. 1852). Her father remarried on 10 November 1852 and his second wife, ...

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Florence Nightingale (1820–1910) by Goodman, c. 1857 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Nightingale, Florence (1820–1910), reformer of Army Medical Services and of nursing organization, was born on 12 May 1820 at Villa Columbaia, Florence, where her parents were on a European tour. Their other daughter, Frances Parthenope Nightingale (1819–1890) [see Verney, Frances Parthenope], born in ...

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Pine, Catherine Emily (1864–1941), nurse and women's rights worker, was born at 10 Ashford Road, Maidstone, on 7 May 1864, the daughter of Robert Pine, a corn merchant, and his wife, Anne Brett. Despite prolonged absences at various times, she seems to have maintained a Kentish connection throughout her life. Nothing is known of her childhood and youth. At the age of twenty-nine she undertook nursing training, registering as a probationer at ...

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Smith [née Veitch], Zepherina Philadelphia (1836–1894), nurse and social reformer, was born on 1 April 1836 at Sopley, Hampshire, the elder daughter of the Revd William Douglas Veitch (1802?–1884), vicar of St Saviour's, Paddington, London (1862–73). Both her parents took an interest in the social welfare of the working class and, like many young women of her class and generation, ...

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Elsie Stephenson (1916–1967) by unknown photographer, c. 1945 photograph courtesy of Lothian Health Services Archive

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Stephenson [married name Gardner], Elsie (1916–1967), nurse and relief worker, the youngest of four children and only daughter of Henry Walker Stephenson (d. 1918), a farmer, and his wife, Ethel Watson, was born at Crawleas Farm, Merrington, in Bishop Auckland, co. Durham...