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Elsie Knocker (Baroness T'Serclaes)

(1885-1978), Nurse and war photographer; wife of Baron Harold de T'Serclaes

Sitter in 6 portraits
Knocker joined the Women's Emergency Corps in 1914 with her friend Mairi Chisholm. Knocker was already a trained nurse and keen motorbike rider. Both women were recommended for the Flying Ambulance Corps which was formed to move the wounded from the front-line to field hospitals. Realising that many lives could potentially be saved if they administered basic first-aid before transporting the wounded, Chisholm and Knocker set up medical outposts near the front line. Between 1915 and 1917 they were reported to have treated and transported over 1,500 wounded soldiers. Having gained wide press coverage in the British newspapers, the pair returned to England in 1917 to use their fame to raise funds.


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