May (Mary) Chavasse

Born in Oxford in 1866, Mary Chavasse, known as May, was the youngest of seven children. Five of them would go on to serve in the First World War. She was deployed in both the First and Second World Wars, during a time in which important developments in the care of the sick and wounded within the military workforce were taking place.

With special thanks to Lt Col (Retd) Keiron Spires, curator of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps Association and researcher for British Military Nursing in Peace and War

British Military Nursing in Peace and War