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

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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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Smythe [née Beaufort], Emily Anne, Viscountess Strangford (bap. 1826, d. 1887), military nurse, was baptized on 1 April 1826 at St Marylebone, Middlesex, the youngest daughter of Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort (1774–1857), hydrographer, and his first wife, Alicia Magdalena (1782–1834), daughter of ...

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T'Serclaes, Baroness Elizabeth Blackall de [née Elizabeth Blackall Shapter; other married name Elizabeth Blackall Knocker] (1884–1978), ambulance driver and first aider, one of the two Women of Pervyse, was born on 29 July 1884 at 1 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, Devon, the fifth child of ...

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Baroness Elizabeth Blackall de T'Serclaes (1884–1978) by S. A. Chandler & Co., pubd 1916 [left, with Mairi Chisholm] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wilkinson [née Lumsden], Dame Louisa Jane (1889–1968), military nurse, was born Louisa Jane Lumsden on 11 December 1889 at 5 Peel Street, Sunderland. She was the daughter of James Lumsden, merchant seaman, and his wife, Louisa, née Benskin; she had at least one brother, ...

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Dame Louisa Jane Wilkinson (1889–1968) by Bassano, 1944 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Yudenitch [Yudenich], Flora Sandes- (1876–1956), nurse and soldier in the Serbian service, was born on 22 January 1876 at Nether Poppleton, near York, the youngest daughter of the Revd Samuel Dickson Sandes (1822–1914) and his wife, Sophia Julia Besnard (d. 1911). She came from a large family, was educated by governesses, and trained as a secretary. She also received first-aid training with the ...