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.