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Dame (Emma) Maud McCarthy

(1858-1949), Army Matron-in-Chief

Sitter in 3 portraits
Nurse. Born in Sydney, Australia, McCarthy trained at the London Hospital. She joined the army nursing service and served during the Boer War. From 1902 to 1910 she was in Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service and became Principal Matron at the War Office. McCarthy was on the first troopship to go to France in 1914, and was Matron-in-Chief for the British Armies throughout the war. By 1918 she was in charge of 6,500 nurses dealing with battle wounds, the threat of infection and the hitherto unknown effects of gas. After the war she was appointed to the Territorial Army Nursing Service.

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Dame (Emma) Maud McCarthy, by Frank Salisbury - NPG 5831

Dame (Emma) Maud McCarthy

by Frank Salisbury
oil on canvas, 1917
NPG 5831

Dame (Emma) Maud McCarthy, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x34212

Dame (Emma) Maud McCarthy

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 1924
NPG x34212

Dame (Emma) Maud McCarthy, after James Kerr-Lawson - NPG D38061

Dame (Emma) Maud McCarthy

after James Kerr-Lawson
lithograph, before 1935
NPG D38061

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