Edith MacGregor Rome
Edith MacGregor Rome, RRC
Royal Red Cross
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(died 6 June 1938) was a British
United Kingdom
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 nursing matron and administrator. She served as President of the Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Nursing
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 (RCN) from 1933-34 and again from 1937-38.

She was trained at Westminster Hospital
Westminster Hospital
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 and later served as Assistant Matron of the Warneford Hospital, Leamington and as Matron of the Paddington Green Children's Hospital. She was Matron-in-Chief of the British Red Cross Society before going on to serve two terms as President of the RCN.


She served with distinction during World War I
World War I
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. She was awarded the:
  • Royal Red Cross, 1st Class (UK)
  • Order of Regina Maria, 1st Class (Rumania)
  • Order of St. Anne (Russia).


Mrs. Edith Rome died on 6 June 1938. Her funeral was held at the Southampton
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Crematorium on 13 June 1938 and a memorial service was held in the chapel.

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