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Anderson, Louisa Garrett (1873–1943), surgeon and suffragette, was born at the house of her paternal uncle, 9 Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead, London, on 28 July 1873, the eldest of the three children and the only surviving daughter of James George Skelton Anderson (1838–1907), shipowner, and his wife, the pioneering physician ...

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Louisa Garrett Anderson (1873–1943) by Francis Dodd © reserved / artist's estate / Royal Free Hospital

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Monica Eileen Baly (1914–1998) by unknown photographer [detail] © reserved / News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baly, Monica Eileen (1914–1998), nurse and historian of nursing, was born on 24 May 1914 at 23 Shirley Park Road, Shirley, near Croydon, Surrey, the first of the two children, and the only daughter, of Albert Frank Baly (d. 1953), a clerk with ...

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James Barry (c. 1799–1865) by unknown photographer, c. 1860 [left, with a servant] Trustees of the Army Medical Services Museum

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Barry, James (c. 1799–1865), army medical officer and transvestite, was probably born Margaret, the youngest daughter of Mrs Mary Ann Bulkley or Bulkeley, the sister of the artist James Barry; her paternity is in doubt. From the age of ten she dressed and presented herself as a man, but the woman who laid out her corpse declared that she was female: 'The Devil, a General,' said the attendant. 'It's a woman. And a woman that has had a child' (...

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Beale, Dame Doris Winifred (1889–1971), nurse, was born on 9 August 1889 at 42 London Road, Sydenham, London, the daughter of George Beale, master draper, and his wife, Annie Maria, formerly King. Doris was educated at Prendergast School, Lewisham, and on leaving school she worked as a clerk before eventually embarking on nurse training at the ...

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Blair, Dame Emily Mathieson (1890–1963), nurse and nursing administrator, was born on 12 January 1890 at Boghead, Lenzie, Kirkintilloch, daughter of Hugh Blair, muslin manufacturer, and his wife, Mary Ann, née Croll. Blair trained as a nurse at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow, from 1912 to 1916. In July 1916 she was appointed ward sister at the ...

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Dame Sidney Jane Browne (1850–1941) by Langfier © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Browne, Dame Sidney Jane (1850–1941), nurse, was born on 5 January 1850 in Bexley, Kent, one of the four children of Benjamin Stocks Browne and his wife, Jane Sidney, formerly Deane. Sidney grew up in a medical family: her father was a surgeon and her two brothers were doctors. She was educated at home, and when she was twenty-eight started nursing at the ...

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Chisholm, Mairi Lambert Gooden, of Chisholm (1896–1981), ambulance driver and first aider, was one of the two ‘women of Pervyse’. Born on 26 February 1896 in Datchet, Buckinghamshire, she was the second child and elder daughter of Roderick Chisholm (b. 1864)...

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Furse [née Symonds], Dame Katharine (1875–1952), nurse and nursing administrator, was born at Clifton, Bristol, on 23 November 1875, the fourth daughter of the author John Addington Symonds (1840–1893) and his wife, Janet Catherine, sister of the painter and traveller Marianne North (1830–1890)...

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Dame Katharine Furse (1875–1952) by Elliott & Fry, 1919 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hutchinson, Beryl Butterworth (1892–1981), volunteer ambulance driver and member of the FANY, was born on 22 August 1892 at Tenter House, Spotland, near Rochdale, Lancashire, the only child of Robert Arthur Lord Hutchinson (1860–1925), woollen manufacturer, and his wife, Florence Mark (1866–1945). She grew up in ...

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Kenny, Elizabeth (1880–1952), nurse and specialist in the treatment of polio, was born on 20 September 1880 at Kelly's Gully, near Warialda, New South Wales, Australia, the daughter of Michael Kenny, an Irish immigrant farm labourer, and his wife, Mary, formerly Moore. Kenny...

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Elizabeth Kenny (1880–1952) by unknown photographer, 1942 [receiving the award of the Legion of Merit from Commander William Klatt] Getty Images

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McCarthy, Dame (Emma) Maud (1858–1949), army matron-in-chief, was born on 22 September 1858 at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, the eldest daughter of William Frederick McCarthy, solicitor, and his wife, Emma Mary à Beckett. She was educated privately, and after spending three years in ...

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Dame (Emma) Maud McCarthy (1858–1949) by Frank O. Salisbury, 1917 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Moore [née Feilding], Lady Dorothie Mary Evelyn (1889–1935), ambulance driver, was born at Newnham Paddox, Warwickshire, on 6 October 1889, the second daughter of Rudolph Robert Basil Aloysius Augustine Feilding, ninth earl of Denbigh (1859–1939), a colonel in the Territorial Army, and his wife, ...

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Dame Ellen Mary Musson (1867–1960) by unknown photographer Royal College of Nursing Archives