Dame Maud McCarthy, Matron in Chief - WW1
Dame Maud Mccarthy Gbe Rrc - the Matron-in-chief in France of Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service image: a half length portrait of Dame Maud McCarthy, wearing her distinctive grey and red QAIMNS uniform and sitting at a desk.
'McCarthy sailed in the first ship to leave England with members of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), arriving in France on 12 August 1914. In 1915 she was installed at Abbeville as matron-in-chief of the BEF in France and Flanders, taking charge of the whole area from the Channel to the Mediterranean, wherever British and allied nurses worked; she was directly responsible to General Headquarters. In August 1914, the numbers in her charge were 516; by the time of the Armistice they were over 6,000. She was responsible for the nursing of hundreds of thousands of casualties from 1914 to 1918.'
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