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Dame Katharine Furse (1875-1952), Nurse and nursing administrator

Sitter in 11 portraits
A pioneer in the Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachments U(VADs), Katharine Furse served in France from 1914-17. In November 1917 she became Director of the Women's Royal Naval Service. This embryo service, although disbanded after one year, established a basis upon which the full service was founded some 20 years later. After the War Dame Katharine, who had grown up in Switzerland, joined Sir Henry Lunn's travel agency and became a representative of the Ski Club of Great Britain.

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x6505

Dame Katharine Furse

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1918
NPG x6505

x89307

Dame Katharine Furse

by Elliott & Fry
vintage print, 1943 (1919)
NPG x89307

x92099

Dame Katharine Furse

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1919
NPG x92099

x92101

Dame Katharine Furse

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass copy negative, 1919
NPG x92101

x16310

Dame Katharine Furse

by Elliott & Fry
postcard print, 1919
NPG x16310

x92100

Dame Katharine Furse

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, February 1935
NPG x92100

x27093

Dame Katharine Furse

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 31 January 1940
NPG x27093

x27094

Dame Katharine Furse

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 31 January 1940
NPG x27094

x27095

Dame Katharine Furse

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 31 January 1940
NPG x27095

x27096

Dame Katharine Furse

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 31 January 1940
NPG x27096

x27097

Dame Katharine Furse

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 31 January 1940
NPG x27097