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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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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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Cavell, Edith Louisa (1865–1915), nurse and war heroine, was born on 4 December 1865, the first child of the Revd Frederick Cavell (1825–1910), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Louisa Sophia (1835–1918), née Warming, in Swardeston vicarage, Norfolk. Her father, a graduate of ...

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Davis [née Cadwaladr], Elizabeth [Betsy] (1789–1860), traveller and nurse, was born on 24 May 1789 at Penrhiw near Bala, Merioneth, the fifth child of Dafydd Cadwaladr (1752–1834), smallholder and Methodist preacher, and his wife, Judith (d. 1800), née Humphreys, the daughter of a ...

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Fenwick [née Manson], Ethel Gordon (1857–1947), founder of the International Council of Nurses and leader of the campaign for state registration of nurses in Britain, was born Ethel Gordon Manson on 26 January 1857 at Spynie House near Elgin, Moray, the third child of ...

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Fisher, Alice (1839–1888), nurse, was born on 14 June 1839 at Greenwich Hospital, Kent, the eldest daughter of George Fisher (1794–1873), and his wife, Elizabeth Alicia Woosnam. Fisher, whose father was a respected astronomer, Church of England clergyman, and headmaster of Greenwich Hospital school...

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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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Goodall, Frances Gowland (1893–1976), nurse, was born on 8 December 1893 at Ivy Cottage, 3 Buccleuch Road, Dulwich, London, the daughter of Allan Alexander Goodall, bank clerk, and Clara Louisa Emma Bryan. Frances was the middle child between two brothers, Robert and Claud...

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Huxley, Margaret Rachel (1854–1940), nurse and promoter of nurses' training, was born on 21 December 1854 at Thornton Heath, Croydon, Surrey, the daughter of William Thomas Huxley, clerk at the Brighton railway, and his wife, Esther Hopkins. Margaret was a niece of Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895)...

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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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Lückes, Eva Charlotte Ellis (1854–1919), nurse, was born in Exeter, Devon, on 8 July 1854, the eldest of at least three daughters of Henry Richard Lückes (1830/31–1884), banker, of the National Provincial Bank, Exeter, and later a manager of the Gloucestershire Banking Company...

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Marsden, Kate (1859–1931), traveller and nurse, was born on 13 May 1859 at the Parade, Edmonton, Middlesex, youngest of the eight children of Joseph Daniel Marsden, solicitor, and Sophia Matilda Willsted. She was educated at home, except for a brief stay at a boarding-school in ...

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Musson, Dame Ellen Mary (1867–1960), nurse, was born on 11 August 1867 at The Castle, Clitheroe, Lancashire, one of the twelve children of William Edward Musson (1831–1917), surgeon, and his wife, Susanna Catherine Robinson (1839–1911). Musson received a good education at home (1870–85), travelled in ...

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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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Paget, Dame (Mary) Rosalind (1855–1948), nurse and midwife, was born on 4 January 1855 at Greenbank, Liverpool, in the home of her grandfather, William Rathbone (1787–1868) [see under Rathbone, William (1757-1809)], whose daughter Elizabeth married John Paget (1811–1898), a London police magistrate, author, and an ardent whig, who had joined the ...

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Pattison, Dorothy Wyndlow [known as Sister Dora] (1832–1878), Anglican nun and nurse, was born on 16 January 1832 at the rectory, Hauxwell, near Richmond, Yorkshire, the eleventh of the twelve children of the Revd Mark James Pattison (1788–1865), rector of Hauxwell, and ...

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Powell, Dame Muriel Betty (1914–1978), nurse, was born on 30 October 1914 at Ruspidge, East Dean, Gloucestershire, the third child of Wallace George Powell (1878–1969), a stonemason, and his wife, Annie Elizabeth Harriet Florence Jones, née Stewart (1889–1959). She was one of seven children, the second of four daughters. At her first school she was remembered as a quiet, sensitive child who found pleasure in music and in literature. At ...

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Raven, Dame Kathleen Annie (1910–1999), nurse, was born on 9 November 1910 at Mountain View, Coniston, Lancashire, the only daughter of Frederick William Raven, director of a slate quarry, and his wife, Annie Williams Mason, who claimed descent from the potter Miles Mason...

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Seacole [née Grant], Mary Jane (1805–1881), nurse, was born Mary Jane Grant in Kingston, Jamaica, one of at least two daughters and one son of a Scottish soldier and the mixed-race proprietress of a boarding-house for officers and their families. Much of ...

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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...