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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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Bannon, Dorothy Edith (1885–1940), nurse, was born on 7 June 1885 at New Romney, Kent, the daughter of James Norman Bannon, a solicitor, and his wife, Kate Mann. She trained as a nurse at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St Thomas's Hospital, London...

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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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Bridges, Daisy Caroline (1894–1972), nursing administrator, was born on 7 April 1894, the daughter of John Henry Bridges JP (1852–1925), and his wife, Edith Isabella Trillon (d. 1907) of Ewell, Surrey. Educated at Heathfield School, Ascot, and Cheltenham Ladies' College, she trained as a nurse 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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Cattell, (Fanny) Maud (1857–1947), nurse, was born on 23 April 1857 at Sheldon, Warwickshire, the second of the ten children of John Cattell (bap. 1828, d. 1921), farmer, and his wife, Fanny Mary (bap. 1832, d. 1908), daughter of William Pate...

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Edith Louisa Cavell (1865–1915) by unknown photographer, 1915 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Clay, Trevor (1936–1994), nurse and trade unionist, was born on 10 May 1936 at 47 Deacon Street, Chilvers Coton, Nuneaton, the eldest of the six children of Joseph Reginald George Clay (1901–1971), a wheelwright at Dunlop, and his wife, Florence Emma (1903–1991), née...

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Davies, Rachael Annie Cox- (1862–1944), nurse, was born at Glangrwyney House, Llangenny, near Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons, on 4 September 1862, the second daughter and fourth of five children born to Edward John Cox Davies (1823/1824–1878), attorney and solicitor, and his wife, ...

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Dearmer [née White], (Jessie) Mabel Prichard (1872–1915), illustrator, writer, and nursing orderly, was born at Bryn Eglwys, Llanbeblig, Caernarfon, on 22 March 1872, the daughter of William White (1816/17–1875), surgeon-major in the Indian army, and Selina Taylor Prichard (1842–1926), daughter of William Taylor Prichard...

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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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Ethel Gordon Fenwick (1857–1947) by unknown photographer, 1929 Royal College of Nursing Archives

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Alice Fisher (1839–1888) by Frederick Gutekunst, c. 1885 [right, with Edith Horner (Hawley)] courtesy of the Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

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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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Gill, Annie Warren (1862–1930), nurse, was born at Malew, Isle of Man, on 25 May 1862, the eldest of at least three daughters and two sons of the Revd Thomas Howard Gill (1836–1894), curate of Malew and later vicar of Tonbridge, Kent...

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Annie Gill (1862–1930), by Annan and Sons

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