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Anderson, Katharine Edith McCall (1866–1924), civilian and military nurse  

Keiron Spires

Anderson, Katharine Edith McCall (1866–1924), civilian and military nurse, was born at 1 Woodside Crescent, Anderston, Glasgow, on 5 January 1866, the eldest daughter among the eight children of Sir Thomas McCall Anderson (1836–1908), who became a professor of the practice of medicine at the ...

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Baly, Monica Eileen (1914–1998), nurse and historian of nursing  

Susan McGann

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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Baly, Monica Eileen (1914–1998)  

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Beale, Dame Doris Winifred (1889–1971), nurse  

Penny Starns

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  

Catharine M. C. Haines

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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Browne, Dame Sidney Jane (1850–1941), nurse  

Susan McGann

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

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Chisholm, Mairi Lambert Gooden, of Chisholm (1896–1981), ambulance driver and first aider  

Diana Condell and Jean Liddiard

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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Deeble [née Egan], Jane Cecilia (1827–1913), nurse  

Susan L. Cohen

Deeble [née Egan], Jane Cecilia (1827–1913), nurse, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1827, the youngest daughter among the five children (two sons and three daughters) of Eleanor Ellen Egan, née Leffler (1795–1862), and her husband, Stephen Egan...

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Furse, Dame Katharine (1875–1952)  

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

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Furse [née Symonds], Dame Katharine (1875–1952), nurse and nursing administrator  

V. L. Mathews

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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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Kenny, Elizabeth (1880–1952)  

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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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Kenny, Elizabeth (1880–1952), nurse and specialist in the treatment of polio  

Naomi Rogers

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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Mackenzie [née Chalmers], Elizabeth Chalmers [Eliza] (1816–1892)  

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Eliza Chalmers Mackenzie (1816–1892), by unknown artist, 1838

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Mackenzie [née Chalmers], Elizabeth Chalmers [Eliza] (1816–1892), superintendent of nurses  

Susan L. Cohen

Mackenzie [née Chalmers], Elizabeth Chalmers [Eliza] (1816–1892) superintendent of nurses, was born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, on 3 July 1816, the second of six daughters of the Church of Scotland minister and social reformer Thomas Chalmers (1780–1847) and his wife, ...

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Moore [née Feilding], Lady Dorothie Mary Evelyn (1889–1935), ambulance driver  

Roy Terry

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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Musson, Dame Ellen Mary (1867–1960)  

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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  

Susan McGann

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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Parsons, Louisa (1855–1916), nurse  

Susan L. Cohen

Parsons, Louisa (1855–1916), nurse, was born Emma Amelia Parsons, in Sidbury, Devon, on 3 June 1855, the illegitimate daughter of Emma Mary Parsons (1833/4–1912), an unmarried lacemaker. No father was named on the birth certificate. From an early age Emma Amelia...

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Smythe [née Beaufort], Emily Anne, Viscountess Strangford (bap. 1826, d. 1887), military nurse  

Elizabeth Baigent

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 ...