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Dame Rachel Eleanor Crowdy

(1884-1964), Social reformer

Sitter in 4 portraits
After completing her training as a nurse, Crowdy joined the VADs in 1911. In 1914 she went with the first VAD to be sent abroad which was led by her friend, Katharine Furse. When Furse was recalled to London, Crowdy was appointed in charge of all VADs on the continent. Working primarily as a military administrator, she oversaw the formation of ambulance stations, hospitals and places for nurses and relatives of the wounded to stay. In recognition, she was twice awarded a Royal Red Cross. After the war Crowdy worked for twelve years as one of the most senior women at the League of Nations.

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Dame Rachel Eleanor Crowdy, by Olive Edis - NPG x7055

Dame Rachel Eleanor Crowdy

by Olive Edis
platinotype on photographer's card mount, early 1920s
On display in Room 25 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x7055

Dame Rachel Eleanor Crowdy, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x68897

Dame Rachel Eleanor Crowdy

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 6 October 1930
NPG x68897

Dame Rachel Eleanor Crowdy, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x68898

Dame Rachel Eleanor Crowdy

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 6 October 1930
NPG x68898

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Dame Rachel Eleanor Crowdy

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1923
NPG x6481

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